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Jörg Zätzsch

Dr. Jörg Zätzsch, LL.M. (Tulane University)


CMS Hasche Sigle
Lennéstraße 7
10785 Berlin
Languages German, English

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 finance such businesses. His focus is on M&A transactions, financing rounds, corporate law and Employee Participation Schemes ‑ often in an international context. Jörg has special technology, digital and life sciences expertise. In particular his advise on exits comes highly recommended. Some of the start-ups he works with are part of the CMS equIP programme.

He joined CMS in 1999 and became a partner in 2004. Jointly with Stefan-Ulrich Müller, he heads the CMS "Venture Capital Excellence Cluster".

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„sehr lösungsorientiert, pragmatisch und verlässlich“

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2020

"He quickly finds pragmatic solutions and also implements projects under very tight deadlines." (client)

Chambers Europe, 2019

"always thinks outside the box" (client)

Chambers Europe, 2019

Recommended for Venture Capital

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

Listed for M&A

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2019 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"strong combination of M&A and finance expertise" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011 (GCLF)

Gelistet als Führender Name im Venture Capital in Deutschland

JUVE Handbuch, 2014/2015; 2015/2016; 2016/2017; 2018/2019

Relevant experience

  • Advising Signavio GmbH on investment of Summit Partners
  • Advising Glispa GmbH and its founder on investment of Markettech Holdings
  • Advising the founders of Sociomantic on the sale to dunnhumby (a Tesco subsidiary), one of the biggest German start-up exits
  • Advising the shareholders of job portal Absolventa on the sale to Funke Medien Gruppe
  • Advising Divimove on the acquisition of a majority stake by Fremantle/RTL
  • Advising the shareholders of kfzteile24 on the acquisition of shares by private equity firm EQT, one of the biggest exits in the German e-commerce sector
  • Advising Seerene (software diagnostics) on financing round with Earlybird and others
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  • PhD at TU (Technical University) Dresden
  • Law studies in Freiburg and New Orleans, USA
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  • Beurkundung von Unternehmenstransaktionen, Praxishandbuch mit Gestaltungshinweisen, C.H. Beck 2015; Mitautoren: Dr. Jochen N. Schlotter, Dr. Gerd Leutner
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Flex Cap­it­al, a private equity fund launched by a num­ber of in­vestors and founders from the Ger­man start-up scene, has ac­quired a ma­jor­ity stake in Biele­feld-based QR code spe­cial­ist Egod­it­or GmbH. The Ber­lin-based CMS Ger­many tech­no­logy team headed by le
Private Health In­sur­ance As­so­ci­ation ad­vised by CMS on es­tab­lish­ing ven­ture...
Frank­furt/Main – Ger­many’s Private Health In­sur­ance As­so­ci­ation (PKV) has launched the “heal cap­it­al” ven­ture cap­it­al fund to­geth­er with Ber­lin-based di­git­al health in­vestors Heart­beat Labs and Fly­ing Health...
CMS ad­vises soft­ware com­pany Sig­na­vio on in­vest­ment by lead in­vestor Apax...
Sig­na­vio has gained new in­vestors. Apax Di­git­al, as the new lead in­vestor, and ven­ture cap­it­al fund DTCP are in­vest­ing in the Ber­lin-based soft­ware firm in a deal worth USD 177 mil­lion...
CMS equIP pro­gramme: New format for ad­vising in­nov­at­ive di­git­al and tech...
The ob­ject­ive of equIP is to sup­port se­lec­ted high po­ten­tial start-ups via ex­clus­ive ser­vices and in­ter­na­tion­al full-ser­vice leg­al ad­vice from CMS...
CMS ad­vises founders of per­form­ance mar­ket­ing agency Peak Ace on sale of...
The founders of Ber­lin-based per­form­ance mar­ket­ing agency Peak Ace AG have sold 51% of the shares in their com­pany to the in­de­pend­ent con­sult­ing and me­dia agency My Me­dia Group of France...
CMS ad­vises lead in­vestor Ponooc on series B round of fin­an­cing for elec­tric...
Dutch ven­ture cap­it­al fund Ponooc B.V. has led the series B fin­an­cing round for Ber­lin-based mo­bil­ity start-up unu GmbH. Ex­ist­ing in­vestors in­clud­ing Cap­nam­ic Ven­tures, French firm VC-Fund IRIS Cap­it­al, NRW.BANK and oth­er private lenders also made fur­ther
CMS ad­vises share­hold­ers of soft­ware pro­vider Soft­garden on sale to In­vest­corp...
Tech­no­logy in­vestor In­vest­corp Tech­no­logy Part­ners has ac­quired Soft­garden, a hu­man re­sources (HR) soft­ware pro­vider...
CMS ad­vises Cir­cu­lar­ity Cap­it­al on in­vest­ment in Ber­lin-based Grover
Ber­lin-based Grover has com­pleted a Series A round of fin­an­cing totalling EUR 37 mil­lion...
CMS ad­vises tech­no­logy star­tup uber­all on round of fin­an­cing
uber­all GmbH, a spe­cial­ist in di­git­al loc­a­tion mar­ket­ing, has com­pleted its series B round of fin­an­cing, rais­ing a total of around USD 25 mil­lion....
“Leg­al Man­age­ment of In­nov­a­tion” sur­vey: Pres­sure to in­nov­ate re­quires...
Ger­man com­pan­ies gen­er­ated an ex­port sur­plus of EUR 257 bil­lion in 2016 alone. Yet suc­cess comes at a price: in or­der for Ger­many to re­main a lead­ing play­er in world mar­kets, busi­nesses must pour more and more money in­to R&D. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent es­tim­ates
CMS ad­vises founders of DAA Deutsche Auftrag­sagen­tur on sale to Bosch Ther­mo­tech­nik
Heat­ing en­gin­eer­ing firm Bosch Ther­mo­tech­nik GmbH is seek­ing to ac­quire DAA Deutsche Auftrag­sagen­tur GmbH (DAA), which op­er­ates spe­cial­ist portals re­lat­ing to house build­ing and renov­a­tion. DAA will con­tin­ue to op­er­ate as an in­de­pend­ent unit after the acq
CMS ad­vises share­hold­er side on in­vest­ment by H.I.G. Cap­it­al in In­finig­ate...
H.I.G. Europe, the European arm of H.I.G. Cap­it­al, is tak­ing a stake in In­finig­ate Hold­ing AG...