Ilona Schütz

Managing Associate


Ilona advises on venture capital transactions as well as entrepreneurs at all stages of development.

When working with clients, she pays special attention to providing them with efficient and pragmatic advice that offers them appropriate support at all stages of growth.

Ilona has special experience in university spin-offs, restructurings and employee ownership programs (ESOPs, VSOPs).

She advises companies on venture capital transactions and international venture capital investors on their investments in German technology start-ups and scale-ups.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ilona worked as a research assistant and trained in mergers and acquisitions and corporate litigation at two other international law firms.

    • Fusion Power Plants start-up Proxima on their EUR 20m Series Seed financing round
    • Open-Source Industrial IoT Infrastructure Platform start-up United Manufacturing Hub on their Series Seed financing round led by Freigeist
    • Bioreactor start-up BioThrust on their Series Seed financing round led by Freigeist
    • Sustainable energy start-up Voltfang on its EUR 5m financing round
    • Alstin Capital as lead investor in the EUR 15m Series A of Hessian ANCLA Logistik
    • Energy Impact Partners on a number of investments, including as lead investor in the EUR 330m Series C of Berlin-based Grover and (together with GIC) the EUR 100m Series C of German cleantech company Zolar
    • Haniel in a number of investments, including (together with b2venture, Eurazeo and eCAPITAL) in the EUR 215m financing round of 1Komma5°, which has turned the company into a unicorn
    • Headline on their investment in the EUR 45m financing round of hospitality start-up numa
    • UK investor Blossom Capital on their lead investment in the EUR 15.6m Series A of Superchat
    • 3D printing finishing start-up DyeMansion on their EUR 15m financing round
    • U.S. investor Coatue on their co-lead investment in the EUR 700m Series E financing round of fintech N26
    • Care tech start-up Kenbi on their EUR 23.5m Series A financing round led by Endeavour Vision
    • Leading mobile games platform Skillz on a EUR 50m investment in and a strategic partnership with Hamburg-based Exit Games, global developer of Photon, the world’s most advanced synchronous multiplayer gaming technology
    • U.S. investor Coatue on their co-lead investment in the nearly EUR 1bn Series C financing round of Gorillas Technologies with DAX company Delivery Hero as the other co-lead investor
    • Deep tech start-up ACCURE Battery Technologies on their EUR 8m Series A funding round with Blue Bear Capital, CAPNAMIC and 42CAP
    • U.S.-based global payroll scale-up Deel on the acquisition of German AI startup Zeitgold