Dirk Kocher

  • Partner
  • Edirk.kocher@lw.com
  • Warburgstrasse 50
  • 20354 Hamburg
  • Germany
  • T +49.40.4140.3248


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.


Dr. Dirk Kocher’s experience includes advising:

  • Novo A/S on strategic PIPE investment in listed German Evotec AG by way of a capital increase (private placement)
  • Aliaxis S.A. on mandatory bid for and subsequent squeeze-out of Friatec AG
  • Capvis Equity Partners AG in the acquisition of the majority stake in listed WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG and the subsequent sale to KKR
  • Corsair Capital LLC on capital increases of MPC Capital AG including on exemption from the mandatory tender duty
  • Deutsche Bank AG, London, in the restructuring of listed German corporations, including debt-equity swaps (Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG, Vivanco-Gruppe AG) 
  • Senior Creditors’ Committee regarding the loan-to-own restructuring of Honsel AG
  • HBOS Group on capital increase of MLP AG
  • Kalina International S.A. on delisting, squeeze-out and subsequent sale of Dr. Scheller Cosmetics AG
  • Nord Pool ASA on sale of a stake in EEX AG
  • Rhön-Klinikum AG on its €3.07 billion sale of major assets to Fresenius Helios and on its share buyback program with tender rights admitted to trading on the stock exchange and a volume of approx. €1.7 billion
  • German listed stock corporations in shareholder disputes (e.g., Klöckner-Werke AG, WCM AG, FAME AG, Friatec AG, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics AG, Röhn-Klinikum AG)

Thought Leadership

  • General Meetings During the COVID-19 Crisis in Germany -  March 19, 2020
  • Europe’s New Market Abuse Rules for Issuers of Debt Securities -  February 02, 2016
  • Das Gesetz zur Quote tritt in Kraft -  May 05, 2015
  • Verhaltensanforderungen an GmbH-Geschäftsführer in der Krise des Gesellschafters -  March 17, 2015
  • Bundesgerichtshof erleichtert Rückzug von der Börse -  December 01, 2013
  • Disclosure of Inside Information: Disclosure Requirements May Become Stricter in the European Union Due to a Pending Referral to the ECJ -  February 14, 2011
  • Ad-hoc-Publizität: BGH schafft weitere Unsicherheit bei gestreckten und zukünftigen Sachverhalten -  25 January 2011
  • Die Empfehlungen des neuen Deutschen Corporate Governance Kodex -  August 2, 2010
  • Insider-Compliance bei der börsennotierten AG -  April 26, 2010
  • German Risk Limitation Act—More Risk for Investors and Stock Corporations? -  July 23, 2008
  • Corporate Governance: European Directive on Shareholders’ Rights - Overview of its Status of Transposition in France, the UK, Germany and Spain -  October 4, 2007
  • SmartCapital Newsletter - US Edition, Issue 5 -  May 2007
  • New Risks of Mandatory Bids in Germany for Corporate Groups -  August 30, 2006
Dirk Kocher is “well versed” in complex restructurings and corporate governance issues.The Legal 500 EMEA 2015
Bar Qualification
  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • Dr. jur., University Frankfurt, 2003
  • LL.M., University of Helsinki, 2001
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Stuttgart, 2000
  • First German State Exam, University of Tuebingen, 1998
  • Automotive
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • German
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • Private Equity
  • Nordic Practice