Berlin - SMP advised 468 Capital on the formation of its new early-stage "deep tech" focused venture capital fund. According to 468 Capital, the fund with a volume of 170 million euros will invest in early-stage start-ups in an effort to bridge the innovation gap between Europe and the US. In particular, the fund intends support start-ups in the machine learning, open source and automation segments. The team behind 468 Capital comprises the former rocket internet executives Alexander Kudlich and Ludwig Ensthaler as well as Mesopher founder Florian Leibert. The fund's investor base includes institutional investors, successful founders and larger family offices. 468 Capital received comprehensive legal, regulatory and tax advice on the structuring of the fund from a team led by SMP partners Helder Schnittker and Stephan Bank. In addition, 468 Capital has already relied on the expertise of SMP for transactions.

"The formation of this fund is an important sign for the deep-tech industry," says Helder Schnittker. "468 Capital is driving forward important topics such as machine learning, open source and automation and we are pleased to have been able to accompany them in this process as advisors and to create the legal framework for their fund" adds Stephan Bank.

468 Capital
468 Capital is a Berlin-based investment company specialising in investment management and financial services. The company focuses on investments in companies specializing in the provision of energy platform frequency and high-tech investments. 468 Capital was founded by Alexander Kudlich, Ludwig Ensthaler and Florian Leibert.

About SMP
SMP is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation and Transactions. The attorneys and tax specialists at SMP represent a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Founded in 2017, SMP has become one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, SMP has more than 50 experienced lawyers and tax specialists in three Offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.

Advisors 468 Capital: SMP
Helder Schnittker (Lead), Partner
Stephan Bank (Lead), Partner
Benjamin Ullrich, Partner
Lennart Lorenz, Partner
Jens Kretzschmann, Partner
Matthias Enge, Associated Partner
Adrian Haase, Senior Associate
Niklas Ulrich, Associate
David John, Associate
Mirco Zantopp, Associate
Florian Wilbrink, Associate