As a fund attorney, Joel advises managers of venture capital, growth, buy-out as well as social-impact funds on the structuring of their domestic (German) and foreign fund structures. In addition, he assists them with their worldwide fundraising as well as with tackling supervisory and compliance requirements.

In particular, his advice covers conceptualizing the fund structure, drafting the fund documentation, establishing the necessary legal entities, assisting with obtaining regulatory permissions under the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB), the German Banking Act (KWG) and the EU Regulation on European venture capital funds (EuVECA), as well as fundraising and investor onboarding including aspects relating to compliance with anti-money-laundering provisions and other norms, both leading up to closing and during the term of the fund.

Education and Career

Joel studied law at Hamburg-based Bucerius Law School (LLB 2009), at Queen Mary University of London, at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts/USA (LL.M. 2015) as well as a Cross Registrant at Harvard Law School.

Before joining SMP, he was a senior associate with the Private Funds Team of P+P Pöllath + Partner in the firm's Frankfurt and Berlin offices, practicing in the field of investment regulatory law and fund structuring.


Joel's recent work highlights include advising:

  • a German buy-out house on the fundraising of a Luxembourg-Guernsey structure and, on an ongoing basis, regarding governance and compliance
  • several venture capital and growth managers on drafting the fund documentation, obtaining KAGB and EuVECA registrations as well as on worldwide fundraising including investor onboarding and ongoing compliance
  • on a roll-over secondary transaction of a venture capital fund
  • a social impact fund-of-funds that invests globally, on its launch and ongoing matters