One of the leading technology transactions firms in Germany with a special focus on cross-border financings and corporate venture capital

We advise start-ups, venture investors as well as corporate investors on technology transactions day in day out: Together with our international colleagues, we are ranked as the law firm advising the most venture capital transactions in Europe – for the 14th quarter in a row (PitchBook, Q2 2019).

Being one of the top tech law firms in the U.S. and having strong routes into the Silicon Valley and other major U.S. tech hubs, we are very familiar with the U.S. venture market and its customs and practices. We especially want to help German technology companies to take advantage of the world’s largest venture capital ecosystem and help them to expand into, and scale in, the U.S. market. In its 2017 Innovative Lawyer Report Europe, the Financial Times praised the work of our German team to build bridges into Silicon Valley as outstanding.

In a time of ever-shorter innovation cycles and the increased digitalization of many value-added chains, established businesses need to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves – even going so far as to rethink their core business. Corporate venture capital (CVC), can play a key role in the corporate innovation portfolio. We have a special focus on and long-standing experience in global CVC investments.

Some of our recent technology transactions include:

Tech Exits and Acquisitions

Venture Capital Investments

Corporate Venture Capital Investments

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro bono advice to an impact investment fund anchored by the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) on their Series A growth investment into a Germany-based social impact startup
  • We regularly support entrepreneurship activities at the WHU– Otto Beisheim School of Management where for example we have teamed up with the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable to organize a number of international events around corporate venturing and corporate innovation. Our partner Sven Greulich is a member of the Advisory Board of the Master in Entrepreneurship study program of the WHU and a frequent guest lecturer on VC and CVC financings.

In order to bring the U.S. and German entrepreneurship ecosystems closer together, we have incorporated some of our expertise in the following Guides:

Orrick Legal Ninja SeriesThe Orrick Legal Ninja Series (OLNS)
With this series we will provide overviews on current legal trends and take deeper dives on certain legal topics that are particularly relevant for start-ups and their investors.
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Go WestGo West: Venture Financings and Expansion Projects in the United States
2nd Edition | After the huge success of the first edition, and in response to multiple requests from the German tech community, we have launched an updated and expanded version of our Go West Guide.
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Venture Capital Deals in GermanyOrrick's Guide to Venture Capital Deals in Germany
This Guide discusses many of the most-contested issues in venture financings, presenting both the investor’s and the founder’s perspective.
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Nicholas ThompsonCorporate Venture Capital 2017 - Structures, Challenges, Success Factors
Corporate Venture Capital can play a key role in the corporate innovation portfolio, increasingly also for medium-sized companies, and for start-ups it regularly brings specific opportunities with it.
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