Private Equity/Venture Capital

For almost 20 years we have been providing comprehensive advice to private equity- and venture capitals funds, strategic investors (corporate ventures), and business angels regarding their investment in innovative and growing businesses, as well as founders and managers in buy-out-transactions, also involving our expertise in tax law and intellectual property protection.

Our Services includes:


Preparing the investment

  • Due diligence-processes (tax, financial and legal)
  • Drafting investment- and shareholder agreements
  • Mezzanine financial instruments (convertible loans, silent partner­ships, profit participation)
  • Structuring of buy out transactions (MBO/MBI), including financing


Maintaining the investment

  • Employee participation (i.e. phantom stocks, stock options, exit-based compensation)
  • Pooling
  • Moderation in critical situations and shareholder disputes
  • Reorganizations
  • Day-to-day legal advice of the target company in corporate matters and operations (i.e. drafting general business terms, software agreements, license-/cooperation agreements)


“Venture your capital,
not your rights”


  • (vendor) due diligence
  • structuring of M&A-transactions (share deal/ asset deal)
  • restructurings, mergers


Our comprehensive experience is not only reflected in a wide range of published articles, but also in leading standard works

Handbuch Venture Capital, 4th ed., 2011 (5th ed. forthcoming)
Handbuch Management Buy Out, 2nd. ed., 2013

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