It's a rich man's world? For many years, increasing growth as an indicator of social prosperity was the mantra for the capital market. Today, in addition to strategic, growth-oriented or financial investments, ESG-compliant investment in particular is at the center of the political, economic and social debate. In parallel, cryptocurrency has increasingly become a serious investment tool in recent years. At the same time, start-up sompanies want and should be financed just as much as traditional companies by raising new capital in the private sector or through IPOs.

We assist in the negotiation of the legal framework and the examination of the legal risks of a planned investment, in the design and provision of collateral, be it letters of credit, land charges, guarantor liability or letters of comfort, in the liquidation of such collateraly but also in the context of an exit.

Which investment can we accompany with you? Read more about our consulting services in selected industries:

Digital Business

The amount of digital business models in the global economy is constantly rising. The rapid development of new technologies enables companies to introduce a wide range of scalable products to the market. Whether platform services, artificial intelligence or the use of blockchain technology for secure and transparent transaction processing, we help to develop and implement new business models in a legally secure manner. Our experts have extensive experience concerning the legal framework and requirements in the field of digitalization and can help you to exploit the potential of new technologies in compliance with the law.

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Food Products

The food industry is significantly exposed to dynamic changes due to climate change, increasing regulations such as the Green Deal and accompanying ESG requirements, the new supply chain law, but also disruptive events such as variants of swine or avian influenza. At the same time changing consumer trends and consumer protection regulations as well as continued pressure from food retailers to meet conditions as commodity prices fluctuate require a high degree of flexibility. Yet this creates growth potential. The market is highly competitive and new players, be they global players or innovative startups, are changing the balance of power.

In this complex environment, we advise manufacturers, importers and stakeholders on various legal issues related to the product, on competition and antitrust issues, on the drafting of contracts (including R&D and cooperation agreements, purchasing and framework agreements, distribution structures and licensing agreements) but also on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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Hydrogen

The use of hydrogen in industry and transport as a versatile energy carrier of the future is increasingly being researched and tested. We offer legal advice on the development and implementation of new business models, cooperations, joint ventures or introductions of H2 technology as part of growth and future strategies.

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Private Equity

We have been advising clients in the private equity sector already since the foundation of the law firm. A major focus of our advice is to support our clients when necessary capital for their growth strategies needs to be raised and parameters negotiated. We are familiar with the special requirements of private equity investors (such as earn-out provisions, co-selling rights and obligations, good leaver/bad leaver clauses, liquidation preferences, dilution protection, piggy bank rights, ratchets, etc.) and know how to deal with them from the perspective of the client seeking financing. In advising private equity companies we can draw on many years of experience in advising companies.

Our services in this area cover all stages of a private equity financing, starting from seed over mezzanine, to series-A, series-B and so on. We know how transactions have to be structured in order to meet the special requirements of private equity companies for a defined exit strategy.

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Real Estate

We advise private and commercial real estate owners on corporate, often cross-border structuring, on the purchase and sale of real estate companies and/or real estate property, on the establishment of joint ventures. We support project developers and fund companies on real estate development or revitalization projects. This includes corporate law expertise as well as advice on construction and architectural contracts. Our real estate law expertise also includes regular assistance in commercial lease and/or rental matters, including the administration and enforcement of securities, collaterals and guarantees.

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Retail and E-Commerce

We offer comprehensive advice on all legal aspects of retail and e-commerce. We support in drafting general terms and conditions and privacy notices for retail and online stores or in complying with consumer protection and competition law in digital marketing campaigns. We advise on issues of trademark law and copyright and support in implementing business strategies. Should things not work out as planned, we can also assist you in enforcing your rights in the event of disputes with customers or business partners.

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Your key contacts

Partner

Philipp von Dietze

Partner

Andrea Tiedemann

Partner

Sebastian Kühn

Partner

Johannes Struck

Partner

Christoph Oertel

Quotes from the Team

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bauer Florian Bauer
Senior Associate