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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises German and international VCs, corporates and start-ups on a wide array of venture capital issues, including financing rounds, add-on acquisitions, exits and IPOs. The close cooperation with US colleagues also benefits clients in international transactions, with Jörg Ritter, who mainly covers matters pertaining to software and life sciences, and practice head Sven Greulich among the key contacts here. The team underwent some recent changes: Christoph Rödter (focus on technology and life sciences) was appointed partner in January 2022 and Damien Simonot (focus on corporate transactions in the tech sector) joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in July 2022.

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‘Very good experience in start-up, venture capital.’

‘Sven Greulich is very experienced in venture capital. Very practical and cost-conscious handling.’

Key clients


Alstin Capital

Blossom Capital

BMW i Ventures


Coatue Management



Energy Impact Partners


GIC (Singapur)

Goldman Sachs

Goodwater Capital


Gruppe Deutsche Börse

Haniel Gruppe


HPE Growth





PHW Gruppe

RSBG SE (RAG-Stiftung)

TVM Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Coatue on the co-lead investments in Gorillas’ $1 billion Series C and N26’s $900 million Series E.
  • Advising Energy Impact Partners on their lead investments in Grover’s $330 million Series C and Zolar’s €100 million Series C.
  • Advising DasLab on the $7.1 million seed financing.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's arbitration practice broadly covers party representation, thereby benefiting for both governments and corporations. Thus, the arbitration team recently accompanied post-M&A and joint venture disputes, investment arbitration proceedings as well as supply, commercial and insolvency law disputes, with numerous matters stemming from the energy sector, but also from the technology and life sciences industries. Practice head Siegried Elsing also often acts as an arbitrator, as does Nicholas Kessler who further focuses on post-M&A, delivery and construction disputes. Karsten Faulhaber is well versed in international arbitration on both state and corporation side.

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Outstanding arbitration practice.’

Dr Karsten Faulhaber: Fast, thorough, friendly, cost-effective – an excellent lawyer for demanding mandates.’

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Kraftanlagen (KAO)

MET International

Republik Nordmazedonien


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the Federal Republic of Germany in arbitration proceedings regarding claims of allegedly €560 million in connection with the car toll.
  • Representing the Republic of North Macedonia in a UNCITRAL investment protection arbitration against London-based investors.
  • Representing the Kraftanlagen Group in a newly drafted arbitration proceeding in connection with claims arising from the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland after the BGH had successfully set aside an ICC arbitral award.

Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP primarily advises technology companies on data protection compliance (in the transactional framework), prevention and response to cybersecurity breaches, data transfers and matters pertaining to licensing, IP and the Internet of Things. Cross-border mandates are also routinely handled, thanks to the integration into the firm’s global network. Data protection law expert Christian Schröder leads the team and, in addition to the advisory role, also represents companies in court, before supervisory authorities as well as patent and trademark offices.

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‘Pragmatic in dealing with data protection.’

‘Orrick’s advice is tailored to us, which is particularly evident in the fact that the colleagues try to understand the business model and ask the right questions. This allows them to do many things with little coordination and draw the right conclusions.’

‘Orrick is very ‘tech’ and that’s not easy to find, ie Orrick not only has excellent legal knowledge but also understands the technology and that is extremely useful and important in the IT/privacy space.’

‘Every Orrick attorney that my team has dealt with over the years has been very knowledgeable and informed, provided us with timely and pragmatic advice and has a deep understanding of the industry, the law and our company – everything at a reasonable price.’

‘Orrick has become an important partner for our legal needs.’

‘Urgent issues are dealt with quickly and to our complete satisfaction.’

‘Christian Schröder: He is undoubtedly one of the best IT/data protection lawyers in Germany. Technically first class, very pragmatic (“to the point”) and excellent customer service.’

‘Christian Schröder: He is one of the most responsive and knowledgeable attorneys I have worked with in my career.’

Key clients

Carnival Corporation

Carrot Fertility

CA Immo

Flexera Software



Work highlights

  • Advising CA Immo on their new skyscrapers ONE and HAB at the interface of data protection and IT in connection with several smart office projects.
  • Comprehensive advice to Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise line, on European data protection regulations in connection with strategic projects such as facial recognition products and external data transfers.
  • Comprehensive data protection advice to Lilium during SPAC preparation and afterwards. Establishment of a data protection compliance program.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's corporate practice focuses on advising companies in the technology, infrastructure and financial services sectors, representing a range of start-ups as well as established international companies. The practice is led by Thomas Schmid (corporate and capital market law) and also assists with issues related to restructuring and insolvency as well as capital market and stock corporation law; notably, the group also contributes its corporate expertise in the context of cross-border joint ventures and venture capital transactions. Jörg Ritter represents companies in disputes, while Oliver Duys and Christoph Rödter, who made partner in January 2022, are experienced in M&A transactions, VC deals as well as reorganizations and restructurings; Sven Greulich advises technology companies on expansion projects in Europe and the US as well as on international restructuring.

Practice head(s):


‘Thomas Schmid: One key contact for all corporate law matters. He is always available and thinks very pragmatically and creatively. I am in a scaling phase so need creative legal minds and Thomas is exceptional at finding ways to reduce risk and support the growth of the business.’

‘High level of service, very good accessibility and very reliable. Excellent quality.’

‘Quick, perfect solutions even for complex issues.’

Key clients




Coatue Management

Convergenta Invest

Goldman Sachs




Luxempart S.A.

RAG-Stiftung Beteiligungsgesellschaft



Work highlights

  • Corporate advice to Goldman Sachs on the merger of its portfolio company Raisin with Deposit Solutions.
  • Advising Convergenta Invest on the long-standing, comprehensive corporate dispute with Ceconomy AG (formerly Metro AG) over Media Saturn Holding GmbH, which ended with an €815 million transaction at the beginning of June 2022.
  • Corporate law advice to IONITY, the JV of BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Daimler and VW, in connection with the entry of BlackRock as part of a €700 million investment by the previous shareholders and BlackRock.

Private equity > Transactions Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's team, headed by Christoph Brenner and Oliver Duys, advise a loyal client base, consisting of national and international players from the life sciences and healthcare sectors on transactions in the mid-cap segment, whereas technology-related transactions constitute a recent growth area. In January 2022, Christoph Rödter (industry focus on technology and life sciences) was appointed partner and in July 2022, the team welcomed PE, VC and M&A specialist Damien Simonot (previously at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP).

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Key clients

Access Industries



CRCI China Renaissance Capital Investment

Core Equity

DBAG Deutsche Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG


Findos Investor


Gimv NV

GII Gulf Islamic Investments



Knauf Family Office


MCP Monitor Clipper Partners



SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement


VREP VR Equitypartner

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising the Dutch Main Capital and its portfolio company Textkernel on the acquisition of the US software group Sovren Group.
  • Advising Luxempart on the sale of the Austrian education provider eduPRO Group to the Switzerland and Germany-based investment company Invision.
  • Advising Genui and its portfolio company Mindcurv on the acquisition of the data & AI specialist initions GmbH and six other add-on acquisitions.

Corporate and M&A > M&A Tier 5

International transactions are at the heart of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice, with its China and India/Middle East desks facilitating advice on cross-border matters. The team specializes in advising technology companies on company acquisitions and sales as well as on joint ventures, but is also active in private equity and venture capital arenas; here, practice head Thomas Schmid primarily advises technology and life sciences companies. Oliver Duys is the key contact for real estate transactions and, like Sven Greulich, is particularly well versed in venture capital deals and joint ventures.

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Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies



Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co.

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software


Goldman Sachs

IONITY (Joint Venture zwischen BMW, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, VW)



Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)


PHW Group

ProLeiT AG



The firm: Founded in San Francisco more than 150 years ago, Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. The firm is recognized worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially oriented legal advice and has more than 25 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

In Germany, Orrick has more than 60 lawyers in Düsseldorf and Munich, advising on all major areas of commercial law.

One focus is on M&A and private equity transactions as well as growth, expansion and venture financing. In this area, Orrick advises on the entire relevant spectrum of complex acquisitions and disposals, often with an international element, LBOs and MBOs, minority shareholdings, joint ventures and strategic cooperations, as well as capital market transactions such as public takeovers.

Another strength of the German offices is dispute resolution team, which conducts litigation before state courts and arbitration tribunals in all areas of business law, in particular in the fields of energy & infrastructure, post-M&A and corporate law.

Also recognised as a leading practice is the German team for data privacy and data innovation, which assists clients in particular with compliance and in connection with cyber breaches.

In addition, Orrick covers other (transaction-related) areas in Germany, such as tax law, employment law, IP/licensing as well as antitrust, competition and investment law, with high caliber teams.

Orrick has been ranked by PitchBook as the firm advising on more venture transactions in Europe than any other firm for 28 consecutive quarters (Q4 2022). In 2021, Orrick was nominated as one of five law firms for the JUVE Award in the category Law Firm of the Year for Private Equity & Venture Capital. In 2020, Orrick won the JUVE Award as Law Firm of the Year for Dispute Resolution in Germany.

Other offices: Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Orange County, Paris, Portland, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington DC, Wheeling.

Employment Law Dr. André Zimmermann
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Dr. Timo Holzborn
Compliance Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff
Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Dr. Christian Schröder
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisition Dr. Oliver Duys
International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Complex Litigation Prof. Dr. Siegfried H. Elsing
Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Fonds Dr. Thomas Schmid
Restructuring Dr. Oliver Duys
Tax Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein
Antitrust & Competition Dr. Lars Mesenbrink
Energy Transactions Dr. Werner Brickwedde
Number of Partners : 19
Practice Areas : Employment Law
Practice Areas : Banking & Finance, Capital Markets
Practice Areas : Compliance
Practice Areas : Energy & Infrastructure
Practice Areas : Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
Practice Areas : Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
Practice Areas : International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Complex Litigation
Practice Areas : Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Fonds
Practice Areas : Restructuring
Practice Areas : Tax
Practice Areas : Antitrust & Competition
Managing partners : Dr. Oliver Duys
Managing partners : Dr. Christoph Brenner