Dirk Middelhoff is a partner at Clairfield Germany. He has more than 12 years of experience in corporate finance, business development, and strategy. Until 2008, Dirk worked for the listed EMC Corporation, headquartered in Boston, one of the 25 largest IT companies in the Fortune 500. There as head of strategic alliances and mergers & acquisitions, he led national and international projects involving companies such as Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, and Metro. After 2008 Dirk worked as director for a medium-sized M&A consultancy firm with a focus on technology as well as start-ups in the fields of software, internet, and media. Dirk holds a degree in business law and is member of advisory and supervisory boards at several technology companies.