Johannes is passionate about accompanying entrepreneurs, start-ups and (corporate) VCs on their growth trajectory, helping them to innovate and disrupt industries.

This includes venture and growth financings in all stages and general corporate counseling. His practice further focuses on advising strategic and financial investors on mergers and acquisitions.

Legal 500 Deutschland lists Johannes as a "recommended lawyer" for venture capital (2024), including the testimonials "very supportive and a pleasure to work with", "extremely conscientious", and "quick response time" in its 2022 edition. Since 2021, he has been recognized by Germany's leading business daily Handelsblatt as a "Ones to Watch" lawyer for corporate law.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Johannes has completed the joint Executive MBA program by U.S.-based Kellogg University and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany’s leading startup university.

  • Projects and transactions in which Johannes has recently provided advice:

    • Aachen-based deeptech Accure Battery Technologies on its Series Seed led by Capnamic and 42cap, its $8M Series A as well as the following €7.2M financing round led by Blue Bear and HSBC Asset Management;
    • Baden-Württemberg based medtech Aesculap on its venture investment in neuroloop, one of the largest university spin-outs in the medtech sector in Germany ever and neuroloop on various financing rounds as well as on its major partnership with Merck KGaA;
    • Alstin Capital on leading the €15M Series A of Hesse-based ANCLA Logistik;
    • Düsseldorf-based fintech auxmoney on its €150M growth financing round led by Centerbridge;
    • Coatue on various investments, including on co-leading the $900M Series E of German fintech N26; leading the $44M Series A, the $290M Series B and co-leading the $1B Series C of Berlin-based Gorillas Technologies together with DAX company Delivery Hero;
    • Berlin-based SaaS scaleup Contentful on its $80M Series E with lead investor Sapphire as well as on the preceding Series D and Series C;
    • Energy Impact Partners on various investments, including on leading the $330M Series C of Berlin-based Grover and (together with GIC) on leading the €100M Series C of German cleantech Zolar;
    • Munich-based radiology AI start-up Floy on raising €3.4M from 10x Founders, xdeck, SB21 and several angel investors as well as on its €5.4M Series Seed led by HV Capital;
    • Singapore state fund GIC on various investments, including on co-leading the €190M Series B of H2 Green Steel and on its investment into the $500M financing round of EcoVadis;
    • Berlin-based gaming startup GRID eSports on its $10M Series A;
    • Haniel on various investments, including on its investments into the $200M Series D of Berlin-based vertical farming scale-up Infarm, into the €30M Series B and $84M Series C of Dresden-based robotics start-up Wandelbots and (together with b2venture, Eurazeo and eCAPITAL) into the €215M financing round of 1Komma5° that has turned it into a unicorn;
    • Headline on participating in the €122 million Series D financing of Chemnitz-based Staffbase;
    • Berlin-based healthcare start-up Kenbi on various financing rounds including its €23.5M Series A led by Endeavor;
    • Berlin-based Service4Charger on closing its $10M Series A with bp ventures and Energie 360° as investors;
    • Aachen-based sustainable energy start-up Voltfang on its €5M Series Seed with various investors including Pirate Impact;
    • U.S. listed gaming scale-up Skillz on a $50M growth investment in and partnership with Hamburg-based Exit Games, developer of the Photon synchronous multiplayer gaming technology;
    • NRW.BANK on the sale of its portfolio company Frontastic to Munich-based ecommerce unicorn commercetools;
    • Chinese furniture producer KUKA Home on the acquisition of German luxury furniture producer Rolf Benz;
    • German energy company STEAG on the sale of STEAG Power Minerals to EP Power Europe;
    • Luxempart as well as the other shareholders on the sale of Austrian education provider eduPRO Group to Swiss-German investor Invision.