YPOG > Berlin, Germany > Firm Profile

YPOG
Hardenbergstraße 27
10623 Berlin
Germany

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 1

YPOG impresses with broad expertise in the technology sector, where it regularly advises on matters related to software, digitisation and fintech. The team has established itself as a popular address for national and international VC investors, which the group assists with financing rounds, fund structuring and co-investments with private equity investors. In addition, the group is also adept at the interfaces to IP and IT law. Stephan Bank covers VC and M&A transactions and jointly heads the practice with Jörn Wöbke and Benjamin Ullrich, who also advises on corporate compliance. Senior associate Adrian Haase is another key contact for growth-oriented companies.

Testimonials

You can always rely on the law firm and the team, even with very time-critical projects. Things are always implemented quickly, with reasonable effort and with very good quality.

The expertise of the team is unique. In addition, the team is characterized by a very pleasant interaction – the contact with them is always a great pleasure. All in all we are extremely satisfied.

The individuals are characterized by excellent expertise, which is always target-oriented. Things are enforced efficiently and not with unnecessary additional effort. The people are on top of their tasks and always have a very good overall view of the projects. The entire team deserves a special mention, including: Stephan Bank, Benjamin Ullrich, Frederik Gärtner and Adrian Haase.

Solution orientation and willingness to compromise, negotiating skills, pleasant demeanor, excellent experience in venture capital, responsiveness, process management.

YPOG is very customer oriented and the lawyers have been exceptionally responsive and helpful. They took the lead in reviewing documents and formulating recommendations, and their experience was invaluable in understanding the norms in European VC investing and under German law. They made everything easy for us and I would definitely recommend them .’

Stephan Bank was exceptionally responsive, patient and helpful from start to finish. He explained the problems clearly and concisely and offered us well thought-out options. He took responsibility for the legal documents and contract negotiations in a way that made it easier for the VC team to focus on the business terms and maintain a positive relationship with the start-up. He quickly became a trusted partner and we would choose him again for VC investments in Germany in a heartbeat.

Very fast and pragmatic and at the same time very thorough, even in complex situations.

Empathetic and able to explain and represent complex issues in a founder-friendly manner.

Key clients

Trade Republic

Dawn Capital

Rhein Invest

German Bionic

Bayer

Project A

SellerX

BPE Unternehmensbeteiligungen

Atomico

The Stryze Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the innovation and venture division of Bayer AG (Leaps by Bayer) on the Series B financing round of Ada Health GmbH with a volume of around €75 million.
  • Support of Trade Republic’s Series B financing round for the investors Project A and Creandum.
  • Advising Dawn Capital on the Series B investment in BRYTER.

Banking and finance > Fintech Tier 3

At YPOG (formerly SMP), the individual expertise of its team members mirrors the group's respective priorities in the fintech and insurtech sphere: while Frederik Gärtner and Lennart Lorenz routinely lead advice on financing rounds, M&A transactions as well as corporate-related regulatory issues and matters that require regulatory expertise alongside investment supervisory experience, Daniel Resas is particularly experienced in assisting with digital assets and decentralized finance. Lorenz also handles regulatory issues pertaining to crypto tokens and blockchain-based business models. In addition to fintechs and insurtechs, the client base also includes prestigious banks and investors.

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge and understanding of VC-funded start-ups.’

Key clients

Baloise

Coya

Creandum

ECBF Management

Exporo

Moonfare

IDnow

Publity

TTMzero

Trade Republic Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising IDnow on the acquisition of Wirecard Communication Services.
  • Advising publity AG, an asset manager and investor specializing in office real estate in Germany, on the tokenization of up to 50 million shares in its subsidiary PREOS Global Office Real Estate & Technology AG (PREOS).
  • Advising Project A, Creandum and Trade Republic on the fintech’s €62m Series B.

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 3

With YPOG's recent appointment of two associated partners as well as the recruitment of various young professionals, the firm is clearly on its way to grow. The group continues to centre its attention on integrated tax, corporate and regulatory advice with a focus on venture capital and private equity. Helder Schnittker routinely assists private equity companies with the structuring and operation of funds and jointly heads the practice with Stephan Bank, who, in addition to collective asset management, also advises sponsors and investors on secondary transactions, as well as with Jens Kretzschmann, who, among other things, advises investors on investments in open and closed funds.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘You can always rely on the firm and its team, even with very time-critical projects. Things are always implemented quickly, with reasonable effort and with very good quality. The expertise of the team is unique. In addition, the team is characterized by a very pleasant interaction – the contact with them is always a great pleasure. All in all we are extremely satisfied.’

‘The individuals are characterized by excellent expertise, which is always effective. Things are enforced efficiently and not with unnecessary additional effort. The people are on top of their tasks and always have a very good overall view of the projects.

‘Very client-oriented, high commitment, even complex issues solved; hot topics and situations well managed.’

‘Jens Kretzschmann is a great sparring partner and demonstrates a high degree of professionalism.’

‘Lennart Lorenz is very solution-oriented, quick and professional; a high willingness to deliver.’

‘Very dedicated and tax knowledgeable; very well networked, also with tax authorities; very fast turnaround of binding information.’

Quick to respond and responsive over holidays/weekends during critical periods; creative tax structuring with individual risk assessment.’

‘The clear head of the team is Helder Schnittker. He is very competent in terms of content, experienced and creative as well as a very good contact for all complicated topics, in which he always finds very good and clever solutions. Stephan Bank is also worth mentioning as a partner. Very thorough, thoughtful and always available.’

Key clients

468 Capital

Armira

Atlantic Food Labs

Bitkraft

DTCP/DIV

ECBF Management

La Famiglia

Project A

Revent

Vorwerk Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advice to DTCP/ DIV on the launch of an infrastructure fund and on an anchor investment in the Netherlands.
  • Advice to Armira on the establishment of the Armira II Active Invest structure.
  • Advised 468 Capital on the launch of a €170 fund for deep tech start-ups.

Germany > Tax Tier 6

YPOG has established itself as a popular choice for the tax structuring of VC funds and fund investments, including investments in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets – here, among others, Andreas Kortendick assists funds and start-ups as well as private and commercial investors – and complements this key competence with expertise in transactional tax advice. Stefan Richter and Thomas Töben are among the key contacts for M&A; Richter is also experienced in tax planning for token-based business models and Töben in assisting with tax audits and tax disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘You can always rely on the law firm and the team, even with very time-sensitive projects. Things are always implemented quickly, with reasonable effort and with very good quality. The expertise of the team is unique. In addition, the team is characterized by a very pleasant interaction – the contact with them is always a great pleasure. All in all we are extremely satisfied.’

‘The individuals are characterized by excellent expertise, which is always effective. Things are enforced efficiently and not with unnecessary additional effort. The people are on top of their tasks and always have a very good overall view of the projects .’

‘Very high client orientation, professional, solution-oriented, good at dealing with investors, strong team.’

‘Andreas Kortendick: High ability to deliver, also addressed complex and unique issues well, assessed tax risks and worked out clear recommendations, managed a wide range of topics and issues.’

‘Extensive knowledge of German tax law with a specialization in investment funds, but also in the area of corporate and M&A, everything from a single source. Fast reaction times and excellent knowledge of what is specific to us as a customer.’

‘Andreas Kortendick knows all the relevant details of our funds and management companies. He advises us very tailor-made and always with a sense of proportion and can draw on his wealth of experience in matters of German tax law. This includes all aspects of tax law, which Andreas can cover.’

Key clients

DTCP (Open Dutch Fiber)

Project A

DTCP

Hg Capital

Oakley Capital

Armira (Active Invest II)

Vorwerk Ventures

Flink SE

DTCP/DIV

Publity

Work highlights

  • Advised DTCP on structuring their stake in Open Dutch Fiber.
  • Advising Publity on the tokenization of up to 50 million shares in its subsidiary PREOS Global Office Real Estate & Technology AG (PREOS).
  • Advising Flink SE on setting up an SE holding structure for future German and European business and on designing the governance and group structure.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

YPOG focuses on advising companies from the technology sector and is experienced at the interface with venture capital.
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Firm Overview:

YPOG is a highly specialized German law firm advising its clients in the core areas funds, tax, corporate, transactions, litigation, IT/IP law and notarial services. More than 80 lawyers and tax professionals advise and represent a large variety of clients, including private equity and venture capital funds, tech companies, growth companies, large and medium-sized family businesses, as well as international corporations. The lawyers and tax specialists at YPOG pursue a multi-disciplinary approach: advice is provided to clients from a corporate as well as a tax and regulatory angle to help clients reach their objectives. However, YPOG advisors do not only provide first-class legal and tax advice, but also understand their clients’ business needs and strategic goals. The firm’s fund practice has a leading position in structuring private equity and venture capital funds. YPOG’s tax specialists advise companies in all stages of their development, including tax structuring, reorganizations and transactions. The firm’s corporate practice group offers high-calibre advice in the areas of venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations (including stock corporation and European stock corporation law) as well as corporate litigation.

 

Main Areas of Practice:

  • Transactions (Dr. Benjamin Ullrich and Ansgar Frank for Venture Capital and Dr. Jörn Wöbke for Private Equity)
  • Funds (Lennart Lorenz for Regulatory, Dr. Stephan Bank and Dr. Fabian Euhus for Corporate, Jens Kretzschmann and Dr. Helder Schnittker for Structuring and Tax)
  • Tax (Dr. Thomas Töben, Dr. Malte Bergmann and Andreas Kortendick)
  • Corporate (Dr. Tim Schlösser and Dr. Martin Schaper)
  • Litigation (Dr. Matthias Schatz and Dr. Sebastian Schödel)
  • FinTech and Digital Assets (Daniel Resas, Stefan Richter and Dr. Frederik Gärtner)
  • IP/IT (Dr. Benedikt Flöter)
  • Notarial Services (Dr. Lilly Fiedler)

 

Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation:

The firm combines profound legal advice with an entrepreneurial and economic approach; its advisors have broad experience and a deep understanding of various fields, including new sectors such as HealthTech, FinTech and other regulated industries. Furthermore, YPOG is a pioneering firm in advising projects and transactions which relate to digital assets, crypto token or blockchain-based business models. Its unique method of applying only the highest standards in terms of technical excellence and yet managing to take a commercial and economic approach enables the firm to focus on creating true value.

 

Global Recognition and Network:

The YPOG team is regularly commended in leading national and international rankings. In addition, the firm benefits from an excellent network in the venture capital and private equity ecosystem, both nationally and internationally, and has strong ties to other top-tier law firms across the world. YPOG is committed to the highest quality level and provides the global background that is expected from leading, internationally successful firms.

 

 

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Transactions Dr. Benjamin Ullrichbenjamin.ullrich@ypog.law+49 30 767597586
Corporate Dr. Martin Schapermartin.schaper@ypog.law+49 30 767597535
Funds Dr. Helder Schnittkerhelder.schnittker@ypog.law+49 30 767597576
Transactions Dr. Jörn Wöbkejoern.woebke@ypog.law+49 40 607728149
Transactions Ansgar Frankansgar.frank@ypog.law+49 30 767597585
Funds Lennart Lorenzlennart.lorenz@ypog.law+49 40 607728198
Funds Dr. Stephan Bankstephan.bank@ypog.law+49 30 767597581
Funds Dr. Fabian Euhusfabian.euhus@ypog.law+49 30 7675975 68
Corporate Dr. Tim Schlössertim.schloesser@ypog.law+49 30 767597582
Litigation Dr. Matthias Schatzmatthias.schatz@ypog.law+49 221 66956987
Litigation Dr. Sebastian Schödelsebastian.schoedel@ypog.law+49 221 66956952
Funds Jens Kretzschmannjens.kretzschmann@ypog.law+49 30 767597573
Tax Dr. Thomas Töbenthomas.toeben@ypog.law+49 30 767597591
Tax Andreas Kortendickandreas.kortendick@ypog.law+49 221 66956977
Tax Dr. Malte Bergmannmalte.bergmann@ypog.law+49 40 607728184
FinTech & Digital Assets Dr. Frederik Gärtnerfrederik.gaertner@ypog.law+49 30 7675 975 89
FinTech & Digital Assets Stefan Richterstefan.richter@ypog.law+49 40 607728192
FinTech & Digital Assets Daniel Resasdaniel.resas@ypog.law+49 40 6077281 39
IP/IT Dr. Benedikt Flöterbenedikt.floeter@ypog.law+49 30 7675975 177
Notarial Services Dr. Lilly Fiedlerlilly.fiedler@ypog.law+49 30 7675975 44
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