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Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.

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David Hamala

David Hamala

I am a venture capital lawyer and work with startups, investors and other stakeholders in the German and international VC ecosystem on a daily basis. We support our clients from their formation through the various financing rounds (Angel, (Pre-)Seed, Series A, B, C etc.) to a successful exit, but also advise on employee participation/incentive programs, the leap into the United States (e.g., by flip or incorporation of subsidiaries) and generally act as a sparring partner for founders in the realization of their ideas.

Clients I've worked with: Haniel | Blossom Capital | Voltfang | Energy Impact Partners

Contact me Associate, Düsseldorf [email protected] +49 211 36787 344
  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    To be able to advise such successful technology companies, I have to constantly develop myself to keep up with the rapid advances in the various industries (climate, health, generally AI etc.) and to be a trusted advisor to our clients. I am constantly amazed by the incredible opportunities that technology can offer , which makes it all the more enjoyable to be a part of this progress.

  • Where do you find inspiration in life?

    I go with Lex Luther on this one: “Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.” For me, it's often the little things that inspire me the most, for example when I see how meticulously other people work in their respective professions.

  • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

    In general, I am really excited about developments in the field of AI - as I am privately friends with many founders in this field, it is always exciting to hear about the latest developments that sometimes go unnoticed by the public. Personally, however, I am even more excited about developments in the field of health tech (because they can improve the lives of many people in the short term) and climate tech (because without developments in this area we will face major problems in the medium to long term).

  • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

    I really enjoy reading the books of Rolf Dobelli (The Art of Thinking Clearly, The Art of Acting Smart, The Art of the Good Live).

  • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

    Time travel (although I am familiar with the phenomenon of the butterfly effect).

    Kristy Hart

    Kristy Hart

    I represent early and growth stage companies as well as investors and venture capital funds on a wide range of corporate transactions throughout their life cycle. I am passionate about helping founders and investors at the forefront of technology drive innovation, and to support them by providing commercially focused advice at the crucial moment as well as every-day moments of their startup journey.

    Clients I've worked with: Butternut Box | Connexin | Vitruvian Partners | Sonantic | 9fin

    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

      Working with some of the most driven founders who are relentlessly pushing the boundaries and shaping our future is incredibly inspiring and exciting. At the same time, playing a pivotal part in that journey and guiding a founding team through many of their key milestones (from incorporation, through hiring their first employees, closing their first round and beyond) is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.

    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

      I would probably be a pilot. The closest I came to "piloting" an in-flight experience was running the first in-flight hackathon (a rapid and collaborative prototyping sprint), Hack Horizon, looking to revolutionise the TravelTech industry while at 40,000 feet above sea level and going at 564 miles per hour on a commercial flight from Hong Kong to London.

    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

      I was a competitive figure skater in a past lifetime. As a longstanding heavy metal fan, my greatest memory was convincing my coach to let me skate my short program to my favourite heavy metal track (admittedly the acoustic version). These days I prefer to glide around on the back of a motorbike.

    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

      There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

      Nicholas Hayes

      Nicholas Hayes

      I work with investors and companies at all stages of the venture capital lifecycle and enjoy helping them to understand and overcome the legal challenges involved in raising financing. I spent a year on secondment to Atomico where I worked with the investment team on new deals and partnerships with portfolio companies. I gained an invaluable insight into how a leading venture capital fund operates and broadened my understanding of the European tech ecosystem.

      Clients I've worked with: Atomico | Moonfire | Global Processing Services Group | Bought By Many

      Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4789
      • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

        No surprises that my favourite client is Atomico. Atomico’s investment into climate financing platform Opna was definitely a highlight of my secondment as it was the first time I got to work alongside my colleagues at Orrick who were advising Atomico on its investment in the company. This deal was my first experience of the role an in-house lawyer plays in a transaction and I’m sure the lessons I’ve learnt will be hugely beneficial when advising Atomico, other investors and founders at Orrick.

      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

        Despite not being musical, I’ve always thought being a guitarist in a rock band would be incredible, like Jimmy Smith from my favourite band Foals. You’re not famous enough to be stopped in the street and can live your own life but still experience the massive highs of playing to thousands of people. The buzz they get from performing must be insane.

      • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

        Probably instant boiling water - a Quooker tap is a game changer!

      • What is your ideal weekend?

        Some form of gig with mates on Friday evening. Swimming with my daughter on Saturday morning. A Bath rugby game at The Rec on Saturday afternoon, with Wales beating England in the Six Nations afterwards. A lie in on Sunday with the papers and a roast with family. That, or Glastonbury Festival…

      • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

        I’ve recently finished reading Shuggie Bain by Scottish writer Douglas Stewart and it really knocked me for six. It’s a sad story focusing on poverty, addiction and abuse in 1970s Glasgow and made me realise how extremely fortunate we are to be doing what we do day to day.

      • What's the best advice you've ever received?

        It’s a motto my head teacher at secondary school used to say; work hard, play hard and look after each other. I think this neatly sums up the best way to approach life.

        Gregory Heibel

        Gregory Heibel

        I've spent my career working for and with startups of all stages beginning with my time selling solid state electric meters in the APAC region, and my role as an associate at a Swiss-based venture fund, before practicing law in the Silicon Valley. My representation of high growth companies and their investors leans on this experience to apply market context to sophisticated financing, acquisition and commercial transactions globally. I also work with some of the world's most important technology companies to help guide their early stage investment processes.

        Clients I've worked with: Go1 | Logikcull (acquired by Reveal) | Syllable | Microsoft | Workday

        Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7394
        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

          As the son of a serial entrepreneur, I early on learned the intense highs and lows of starting companies, and I always knew that I needed to be a part of energy. There is a special thrill and pride that comes from being an advisor to a company from their formation to their exit, living with and guiding the founders through the trials and tribulations that come from taking a raw startup to success. I never forget that a startup is deeply personal for its founders, and I'm honored to share that.

        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

          I would have gone to medical school and become an emergency medicine physician. There is something raw and important about being a physician who doesn't know what emergency will arrive at their doorstep next, but who also knows that they will be ready to take care of that emergency because they've prepared for years for each of those encounters.

        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

          I have a pair of first class seats from a 757 in my office. It even still has the Airfone in the armrest (remember those?).

        • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

          I believe that the application of AI to healthcare will fundamentally change how humans live and thrive, and it will do so in ways that we can't yet imagine. I think the benefits will most prominently be seen in parts of the world where putting access to AI's clinical insights in the hands of caregivers to diagnose early and treat patients effectively without the need for expensive equipment like MRI's and CT's.

        • What is your ideal weekend?

          A long overnight flight with my wife to an exotic city for a fantastic dinner before waking up at a luxury hotel with a really great breakfast buffet.

        • What's the best advice you've ever received?

          Never threaten, just do.