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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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, Hamburg
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...
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 transactions and complex restructurings. She also uses her combination of corporate...
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...
Mario Galle
Mario Galle
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Germany, Berlin
Mario Galle provides comprehensive corporate law advice to German and international clients, with a focus on M&A transactions as well as private equity and venture capital investments. He is also experienced...
Annemarie Lietmeyer
Annemarie Lietmeyer
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Germany, Cologne
Annemarie advises and represents national and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and corporate advisory.Studied...
Fabian Mayer
Fabian Mayer, LL.M.
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Germany, Berlin
Fabian's practice encompasses all aspects of corporate law, with a special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also advises corporate clients including groups, medium-sized...
Helge Rieckhoff
Dr. Helge Rieckhoff
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
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...
Felix Schmitt
Felix Schmitt
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Germany, Munich
Felix Schmitt focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, covering the entire investment lifespan from early stage to exit. He advises growth-oriented companies, start-ups as well as German...