SMP

Transactions

We are experts in the field of alternative investments, particularly private equity and venture capital. We advise our clients on highly complex transactions and on issues and processes that fall within the scope of corporate law. Our clients include not only private equity and venture capital funds, but also up-and-coming tech firms, family companies, business angels and corporations.

Our transaction experts boast excellent connections within the venture capital ecosystem. They have supported many of the largest German equity financing rounds and venture-debt transactions, as well as many prominent exit transactions in the tech sector.

Track Record Transactions

Members of our tax practice group have recently advised in key roles on the following matters:

1. VC

Members of our transaction practice group have recently advised in key roles with respect to approximately 200 equity and venture debt financing transactions including:

  • Various Venture Capital funds and corporate Venture Capital investors such as:
    • Project A Ventures across all fund generations with respect to all investment activities in Europe
    • e.ventures across all fund generations with respect to all investment activities in the DACH region
    • Battery Ventures with respect to investment activities in Switzerland
    • Mosaic Ventures with respect to investment activities in Germany
    • Union Square Ventures with respect to investment activities in Germany
    • Greycroft Partners with respect to their investment activities in Germany
    • METRO Group with respect to several venture capital investment activities in Germany
    • Vorwerk Ventures with respect to their venture capital investment activities in Germany
    • CareCapital with respect to investment activities in Germany
  • Various technology and fast-growing companies including:
    • FinTech companies Raisin, Payworks and Catana
    • Securitization platform Crosslend
    • Credit scoring company Bonify
    • InsurTech company Coya
    • US-based LegalTech company LegalZoom, Inc. on all of its investments in Germany
    • Bookkeeping AI startup Zeitgold
    • HealthTech companies Clue and Qunomedical
    • Real estate crowdfunding platform Exporo
    • Carpooling app Wunder
    • Big data company ParStream (until and including the exit)
    • Technology platform NumberFour
    • Large scale stream processing company Data Artisans
    • AI companies Merantix and aiso-lab
    • B2C e-commerce (nutrition) platform nu3
    • B2C e-commerce (fashion) platform Lesara
    • B2C e-commerce (home and living) platform MONOQI
    • B2C e-commerce (beverages) platform Flaschenpost
    • B2B e-commerce (tools) platform Contorion (until and including the exit)
    • Retail analytics platform MiNODES (until and including the exit)
    • Vertical brand Horizn Studios
    • Job matching platforms HeyJobs and Zenjob
    • Online marketing agencies Stoyo and RCKT

M&A

Members of our transaction practice group have recently advised in key roles with respect to numerous M&A transactions including:

    • Project A Ventures, Eindeit, Jahr Assetmanagment and all other shareholders in Contorion on the sale to Hoffmann Group
    • Project A Ventures and all other shareholders in MiNODES to Telefónica Next
    • finanzen.de on the acquisition of Comfort Plan
    • Vorwerk Ventures, Omnes and all other shareholders in Tennis-Point, the B2B sportswear portal, to SIGNA Retail
    • Project A Ventures on its co-investment with EQT in kfzteile24
    • Project A Ventures on its co-investment with Bregal in Onlineprinters
    • Project A Ventures on its co-investment with 3i in Lampenwelt
    • freenet on the acquisition of a 25% stake in Sunrise Communications from CVC Capital Partners
    • Korian on the acquisition of Casa Reha Group from Hg Capital and Advent
    • Goldman Sachs Capital Partners on its joint venture investment in OIG/CEONA
    • MDAX-listed Ströer on the acquisitions of (i) Statista, (ii) Foodist and (iii) GAN Game Ad Net
    • Khosla Ventures and all other shareholders in big data startup ParStream on the sale to CISCO
    • GoodsCloud (now: NewStore) on its acquisition of an IT business unit from pepperbill GmbH
    • W Capital on its secondary investment in Brainlab
    • LegalZoom, Inc., a portfolio company of Permira, on the acquisition of LegalBase (distressed M&A)
    • Shareholders in Tirendo, the B2C online tire platform, on the sale to exchange-listed Delticom
    • Linde on the merger with Praxair (treatment of equity awards)
    • Shareholders in Doxter on the sale to Dutch competitor Doctena
    • VR Equity Partners on various mezzanine financings and buy-out transactions
    • Oddo & Cie. on the acquisition of Close Brothers Seydler Bank from Close Brothers
    • Valovis Bank on the sale of its retail business to Targobank
    • Brambles group on the acquisition of Trans Pac
    • Axel Springer on the acquisition of meinestadt.de
    • Shareholders in Vertical Media (gruenderszene.de) on the sale to Axel Springer
    • Shareholders in inconso, the logistics software company, to Körber Group
    • Shareholders in C1 Group on the sale of six companies to NASDAQ-listed Cognizant Group
    • Shareholders in Inostics, the biotech diagnostics company, on the sale to Sysmex Corp. of Japan
    • Shareholders in ClickDelivery on the sale to Delivery Hero