Carsten Bernauer




Carsten Bernauer has many years of experience in advising companies in the sectors of private equity and venture capital as well as in advising listed companies.

A special focus is on the comprehensive support of start-up technology companies and their investors. In this context, he accompanies his clients through all stages of growth with the aim of providing fast and efficient support in the implementation of their growth plans and investment strategies.

His clients benefit from his extensive experience in structuring, managing and coordinating complex transactions, including all other advisors involved in the transaction. In international transactions, he has access to Orrick's comprehensive technology, private equity and venture capital platform.

Carsten Bernauer also advises on national and international corporate transactions, in particular in the field of technology, as well as on corporate restructurings.

After many years working for an American and an English commercial law firm, Carsten Bernauer joined Orrick's Düsseldorf office in 2019.

    • PayPal Ventures on leading the EUR 22m Series B of;
    • Korelya Capital on co-leading the EUR 40m Series C of Habyt;
    • Payroll decacorn deel on the acquisition of Munich-based zavvy;
    • BioThrust on closing its financing round;
    • Service4Charger on closing its USD 10m Series A with bp ventures and Energie 360°;
    • ProteinDistillery on raising over EUR 15m in seed funding;
    • Coatue on leading the USD 250m Series B and on its investment in the USD 1bn Series C of Gorillas Technologies as well as on the sale of Gorillas to Getir;
    • Camunda on its EUR 82m financing round led by Insight Ventures and Highland Europe;
    • Coatue on its investment in the EUR 900m Series E of N26;
    • GIC on co-leading the EUR 190m Series B of H2 Green Steel;
    • auxmoney on its EUR 150m growth financing round led by Centerbridge Partners;
    • Gerresheimer on its investmen in and partnership with Finnish medtech start-up Adamant Health;
    • Henkel on its investment in medtech startup Smartz AG;
    • Haniel on several fund investments and its Series A investment in Sdui;
    • Haniel on its EUR 30m Series B financing Round of German robotics start-up Wandelbots;
    • Contentful on its USD 80m Series E with lead investor Sapphire and the preceding Series D and Series C financing rounds;
    • Headline Ventures on the merger of its fintech portfolio company Deposit Solutions with Raisin;
    • Headline Ventures on participating in the EUR 122m Series D financing of Staffbase;
    • Energy Impact Partners on its investment in the Series B financing round of zolar;
    • Taktile and a double-digit number of other German start-ups on their flip transactions into U.S./German holding structures.