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Dirk Horcher

Corporate Partner, Munich

“I have been involved in many groundbreaking public M&A deals in Germany over the last decade. I aim to provide clients with deep knowledge of the market, commitment and good commercial judgment, as well as an ability to explain complex technical issues simply and clearly.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Dirk advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and corporate law, with a particular focus on public takeovers, both in Germany and internationally. He counsels clients on corporate advisory issues, including integration and re-organisation measures, shareholders’ meetings, complex governance matters and the Market Abuse Regulation.


In addition, Dirk has advised a number of financial institutions and corporates in the context of administrative fine proceedings initiated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) in connection with violations of capital markets law.


Dirk has previously worked in the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and London.


Work highlights

Dirk has advised on many significant M&A deals in Germany. These include advising:

  • E.ON SE on the (ongoing) public takeover of innogy SE
  • Continental AG on the joint venture with Osram Licht AG in the automotive lighting sector
  • Prof. Ferdinand Piëch on the sale of his shareholding in Porsche Automobil Holding SE
  • J. P. Morgan on the cash confirmation exercise for (i) the takeover offers and the delisting offer by Bain/Cinven to the shareholders of Stada Arzneimittel AG, (ii) the takeover offer by Hellman & Friedman / Blackstone to the shareholders of Scout24 AG, and (iii) the takeover offer by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure to the shareholders of VTG AG
  • Deutsche Börse AG on its (planned but aborted) merger with the London Stock Exchange Group
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in Saint-Gobain Oberland AG
  • McKesson Corporation on the public takeover of Celesio AG
  • ThyssenKrupp on the sale of its steel plant in the U.S.

Professional experience

Dirk regularly contributes to legal publications, and his articles include:


Chapter on insider law, Beck’sches Handbook on Stock Corporations, 2018 


Chapter on capital market aspects of transformations and on the takeover law squeeze-out, Munich Handbook on Corporate Law, Vol. 8, 2018


Chapter on disputes regarding shareholders‘ meetings, Munich Handbook on Corporate Law, Vol. 7, 2016 (with Cornelius Wilk)


Legal developments in Takeover Law 2018, Der Betrieb 2018 (with Stephan Oppenhoff)


Legal developments in Stock Corporation Law 2017, Der Betrieb 2017 (with Tim Johannsen-Roth and Arne Kiessling)


Legal developments in Takeover Law 2016, Der Betrieb 2016 (with Stephan Oppenhoff)

Education and qualifications

Dirk studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth and holds a master’s in commercial and corporate law from Queen Mary University of London.