Venture Capital Lawyers

Your leading venture capital adviser with innovative Solutions

Venture capital transactions are a key strength of CMS Germany. Clients and the prestigious JUVE Handbook rank us among the top venture capital practices in Germany.

Tier 1 and 2 – JUVE Handbook, 2014/2015

By developing innovative solutions, we have become widely recognised as a pioneering player and standard setter. In addition to our focus on transactions, we have broad-based, in-depth expertise in all relevant legal areas.

Global markets in view

Our clients (investors and technology-oriented start-ups) benefit from our expertise in dynamic sectors such as biotech, cleantech, IT, medtech, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, software and eCommerce.

As a member of the international CMS organisation, we provide you with direct access to resources that span more than 71 offices in over 40 countries. Strong partner involvement in the advisory teams guarantees efficient and high-quality advice – at both national and cross-border level.

Our service portfolio covers every Topic

We advise our clients throughout the acquisition and ownership phases – from the initial investment through further rounds of financing and restructuring of the venture capital-financed companies, right up to exit.


  • Transaction structuring
  • Cross-border "flips" or "re-flips" in preparation for investment
  • Drafting and negotiating letters of intent and/or term-sheets
  • Due diligence Preparing agreements and resolutions
  • Contract negotiations
  • Transaction management
  • Assistance with post-closing activity

Portfolio support

  • Advice on further rounds of financing
  • Non-dilutive financing (e.g. venture loans)
  • Providing assistance for shareholders' meetings
  • and general meetings Preparing shareholder resolutions
  • CEO and directors' service contracts
  • Employee stock option programmes
  • Support for operational activities
  • Preparing for restructuring and expansion


Trade sale

Secondary transactions

Merger, share exchange

IPO Agreements with M&A advisers

What others say about us

"Leading private equity and venture capital practice which handles a high volume of transactions across the mid-cap and large-cap markets. Highly recommended for cross-border work."
(Chambers Europe 2014)

"A leading law firm for PE and VC. Its practice is considered to be the broadest in the market – and continues to grow."
(Chambers Europe, 2013)


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Christopher Lilien-Waldau
Christopher Freiherr von Lilien-Waldau
Germany, Duesseldorf
Christopher von Lilien-Waldau advises companies, shareholders and investors on domestic and cross-border private equity and M&A transactions, including distressed M&A. He also advises financial investors...
Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider
Dr. Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider
Germany, Munich
Jessica Mohaupt-Schneider advises financial investors, large corporations and fast-growing companies on international M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as on complex restructurings...
Stefan-Ulrich Müller
Stefan-Ulrich Müller, M. Jur. (Oxford)
Germany, Munich
Stefan-Ulrich Müller specialises in domestic and cross-border venture capital, growth capital and M&A transactions. He advises financial investors, strategic investors as well as tech companies and management...
Jörg Zätzsch
Dr. Jörg Zätzsch, LL.M. (Tulane University)
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public
Germany, Berlin
Jörg Zätzsch advises in particular start-ups and emerging growth companies – from start-up to exit. He also represents venture capital as well as private equity funds and strategic investors that...
Arne Burmester
Dr. Arne Burmester, EMBA (M&A)
Germany, Berlin
Arne Burmester has long-standing experience with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, advising companies on all relevant aspects, including terms sheet, due diligence, negotiations and post-merger...
Helge Rieckhoff
Dr. Helge Rieckhoff
Germany, Leipzig
Helge Rieckhoff advises on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital transactions and joint ventures. He also regularly advises on complex restructurings and general...
Friedrich Spee
Dr. Friedrich von Spee
Germany, Berlin
Corporate lawyer Friedrich von Spee advises on M&A as well as on private equity and venture capital transactions. He has particular expertise advising start-ups, including through the CMS equIP programme...
Laura Christin Stein
Laura Christin Stein
Germany, Cologne
Laura Christin Stein advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions with a focus on real estate, industry, automation and robotics as well as on healthcare. She...
Frederike Volkmann
Dr. Frederike Volkmann, LL.B.
Germany, Hamburg
Frederike Volkmann advises German and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, restructurings and corporate actions as well as general corporate law matters including...
Cornelia Wiendl
Dr. Cornelia Wiendl
Rechtsanwältin, Tax Adviser | Fachanwältin für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Frankfurt
Cornelia Wiendl has extensive experience in the structuring of cross-border open-end and closed-end funds and advises institutional investors as well as family offices on the tax implications of investing...