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Dirk Michels

Dirk Michels

GABA Development Director

Partner at K&L Gates

Dirk Michels is a partner with the international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis. As a resident in K&L Gates‘ Palo Alto and San Francisco offices, he advises publicly traded and privately held U.S. and international Cleantech and IT companies in venture funding, private equity, M&A, corporate and financing matters. Mr. Michels is admitted to practice law in Germany and California.

Mr. Michels is a frequent speaker on topics relating to VC financing, M&A, and international business transactions, and a frequent guest lecturer at the International School of Management, San Diego/ Berkeley, California, The Wharton Business School, San Francisco, California and the University of San Francisco, California.

He is on the Board of Directors of various privately held companies, and member of the Board of Advisors of Ecosystem Ventures, Silicon Valley, California, and Provider Venture Partners, Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Michels is listed in Marquis’ Who is Who in American Law, Millennium Edition 2000-2001, Marquis’ Who is Who in American Law, 2005-2006 Edition, and Marquis’ Who is Who in the West 2007 Edition.