Dieter Schmitz has practiced international business law in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago, Berlin and Frankfurt offices since 1984. He has been ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers.
Mr. Schmitz has written numerous articles about various aspects of international business transactions and been published in The International Lawyer and The Business Lawyer.
Mr. Schmitz’s practice principally involves advising US and foreign clients on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other international transactions. The transactions involve companies in a wide range of product and service sectors.
Because of Mr. Schmitz’s international background and German fluency, nearly all of these transactions are cross-border in nature — principally between the United States and Europe.
- DePaul University College of Law (LL.M. Taxation) (1990)
- University of Munich (1985)
- Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. cum laude) (1984)
- University of Freiburg (1981)
Admissions : Illinois~United States (1984)
Mr. Schmitz is active in many international organizations. He has been a long-time member of the board of directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, and serves on its Executive Committee.
Over the years, he has held various leadership positions for international issues with the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and the Greater Chicago Chapter of the United Nations Association – USA.
On the civic and charitable front, he is a long-standing member of the board of directors of the Juvenile Protective Association, a 115-year old social welfare agency founded by Jane Addams.
He also launched and has chaired for over 12 years at Baker McKenzie the Chicago office’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, which has been extended to all North American offices.
The father of four children, he served on the St. Athanasius School Board, including two years as Chairman. Mr. Schmitz has been a mentor and financial sponsor for various African-American high school students through Link Unlimited.
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