Comprehensive legal support of startups

We provide a broad range of services for startup companies and their venture capital investors. From the first business plan and formation of the company, the hiring of employees and conclusion of agreements with business partners, to corporate financing through external investors (financing rounds) and their exit, we offer comprehensive advice for the full range of legal issues faced by young and innovative companies. In particular, we provide the following legal services:

  • Advice on the selection of the suitable corporate form, drafting of articles of association and additional shareholders’ agreements

  • Obtaining of necessary licenses and/or permits (e.g. permission from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority) or negative clearance, regulatory advice (e.g. FinTechs on the requirements of the German Banking Act [Kreditwesengesetz - KWG] and the German Investment Products Act [Vermögensanlagengesetz - VermAnlG])

  • Protection of trademarks, IP, know-how and other intellectual property

  • Counselling on the availability and securing rights in trade names, trademarks and internet domains, including management of IP portfolios, clearance searches, and licensing of such rights

  • Drafting and advising on terms of services for websites, apps and other digital services

  • Advising on copyright rights clearance, licensing and assignments, as well as litigation, anti-piracy and digital rights enforcement

  • Drafting of distribution agreements, general terms and conditions, license agreements, sale and purchase agreements and other business contracts

  • Drafting of directors’ service agreements and employment contracts as well as employee and management participation programs

  • Drafting and negotiation of lease agreements as well as representation in the entire spectrum of real estate law

  • Permanent support in corporate governance, such as the preparation and holding of shareholders’ meetings, including preparation of shareholder resolutions and assistance in applying resolutions for entry in the commercial register

  • Drafting of marriage contracts and wills for entrepreneurs and founders

  • Advice on corporate financing via debt capital (bank loans), promotional programs/promotional loans (e.g. KfW, BAFA), business angels, venture capital (see below), mezzanine capital (e.g. profit-participating loans, convertible and subordinated loans, silent participations) and crowdfunding/crowdinvesting

  • Representation in extrajudicial and judicial disputes
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