Dr. Dirk Kocher is a partner in the Hamburg office of Latham & Watkins and practices in the firm’s Corporate Department, focusing on public and private M&A, stock corporation, and capital markets law as well as restructurings. He advises corporations, private equity, and strategic investors on all related matters. This includes in particular:
- Acquisition and sale of stakes in listed corporations and other companies
- Taking privates and capital markets transactions
- Corporate governance, reorganizations, and capital markets’ compliance
- Loan-to-own and other restructurings
He also has extensive experience with joint ventures and shareholder disputes.
Mr. Kocher is a former vice chairman of the board of the Finnish-German Trade Association in Hamburg and a lecturer at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg). He regularly publishes on corporate and capital markets law issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on these topics.
Mr. Kocher has been "repeatedly recommended" for Corporate Law (BUJ Kanzleimonitor 2015/2016). He is also currently listed in Chambers Global as a notable practitioner for Corporate/M&A, not only for Germany but — as a foreign expert — also for Finland. He is “recognized as a prominent figure in cross-border corporate cases” (2014).
Mr. Kocher had a lead role on Rhön-Klinikum’s €3 billion sale of a portfolio of major assets and subsequent innovative share buyback, which was honored inter alia by The Lawyer as European Corporate Deal of the Year 2015.