Dirk Behnsen is a senior associate of Mayer Brown. His practice focuses on cross-border restructurings, distressed investments, fundraising and secondary transactions. Prior to commencing his legal studies, Dirk worked for a German bank in Bremen and Frankfurt. He then studied German and English law in both Germany and England, and trained and worked in the London and Hong Kong offices of a U.S. law firm. Dirk joined Mayer Brown in August 2016 from an international law firm in Hong Kong.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • German


  • Represented a major Indonesian natural resources exploration and exploitation company, in a strategic investment deal valued at approximately US$1.35 billion that represents one of the largest M&A transactions in Indonesia in 2014. One phase of the transaction alone represents one of the largest ever acquisitions in terms of consideration paid for a stake in an Indonesian mining company.
  • Advising a private equity firm on its successful fund-raising for a fund in excess of US$5.5 billion, making it the second largest secondaries fundraising globally to date.
  • Advising a private equity fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of private equity-related investments. This was the largest unsyndicated secondaries transaction globally at that date.
  • Advising sovereign wealth funds on their strategic investment in the management business of a private equity firm.
  • Advising the fund management team of a private equity firm on its client due diligence process and on the client’s largest private equity fund raising to date with a fundraising period that lasted only a few months from start to finish.
  • Advising on the restructuring of a real estate development investment by a financial institution, which involved companies onshore (PRC) as well as offshore (Hong Kong and Cayman Islands).
  • Advising a client on the terms of a limited partnership agreement and private placement memorandum.
  • Advising clients on non-disclosure agreements.


University College London (University of London), Master of Laws, Specialisation in Finance, Banking & Commerce

Hanse Law School, Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg, Bachelor of Laws, European and Comparative Law


  • England and Wales
  • Hong Kong