Matthias advises financial investors, start-ups and other corporate clients on venture capital transactions with a focus on venture debt, other equity and debt financings, M&A and general matters of corporate law.

Additionally, he is experienced in advising investors and corporate clients in all situations of financial distress including insolvencies.

Education and Career

Matthias studied law in Mannheim and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining SMP, Matthias was Principal Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Hamburg with a focus on Restructuring & Insolvency.


Matthias' recent work highlights include advising:

  • Magazino on the conclusion of a venture debt financing (co-lead) and its series B financing round
  • IDnow on its acquisition of Wirecard Communication Services out of insolvency (co-lead)
  • SellerX and Next Gen Foods on the conclusion of venture debt financings in the context of larger financing rounds
  • a shareholder of Razor in connection with its venture debt financing
  • the shareholders of sofatutor on the finance law aspects in the context of the sale to Emeram Partners
  • Sarbacane on its acquisition of Rapidmail and the related acquisition financing
  • Ventech, 468, Mosaic, Lakestar, ForceOverMass and other German and international venture capital investors on or in connection with their investments in portfolio companies (in Germany)
  • publity AG on the tokenization of up to 50 million shares of its listed subsidiary PREOS Global Office Real Estate & Technology AG

As part of his previous work with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Matthias' work highlights include advising:

  • OSRAM Licht AG on the sale of its lighting business Siteco to an investment branch of advisory firm Stern Stewart & Co.
  • Hamburg Commercial Bank AG on a liability management exercise in connection with its hybrid capital instruments
  • Air Berlin group prior to its insolvency and on the insolvency filing
  • BARTEC group on its financial restructuring including a change of ownership, investment of new equity and a significant reduction of financial debt
  • a German bank on the financial restructuring of its largest credit engagement (EUR 1.7 bn) in the shipping sector
  • Subordination agreements in practice,
    DB 2016, pp. 33 ff. (together with Dr. Lars Westpfahl)– (in German)
  • Positive continuation prognosis despite a lack of profitability? – Reflections on the over-indebtedness test pursuant to sec. 19 of the German Insolvency Code with a focus on distressed asset financings,
    ZIP 2012, pp. 1733 ff. (together with Prof. Dr. Georg Bitter) – (in German)
  • Facilitation of debt-equity-swaps in German law insolvency plan proceedings,
    ZInsO 2010, pp. 1409 ff. – (in German)