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Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach

Of Counsel

Capital markets |

It is all about quality

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About Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach

Dirk’s practice extends to all areas of banking and finance, as well as corporate transactions.

Dirk is well-known for his expertise in the finance and aviation industries. He has concentrated over the past few years on cross-border financings, advising German and international clients, in particular on debt and equity financings, and M&A transactions. Several of the deals Dirk has worked on have been named deals of the year. He has also been named a leading finance lawyer in numerous industry publications.

His industry expertise is particularly strong in the aviation and finance sectors where he acts as relationship partner and trusted adviser for some of the firm’s most valued clients

Dirk speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising an international airline on an innovative debt capital market finance structure.
  • Advising a leading fund arranger on a new asset finance product.
  • Advising a major European Airline on its corporate restructuring.



  • Universities of Marburg and Goettingen (Dr iur)


  • Co-editor The Corporate Finance Handbook (Handbuch der Unternehmensfinanzierung)

  • Author in Bamberger/Roth German Civil Code, Comprehensive commentary on the law of money transfers under the German Civil Code