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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Lenbachplatz 6
München, 80333

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 2

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP around practice head and transaction expert Sven Greulich is regularly instructed by investors, start-ups and technology companies across the entire value chain of VC matters, such as early financing rounds and US flips as well as other financing instruments, cooperation agreements and exits, including IPOs. He is supported in this by senior associate Michael Gläsner, who joined the team from Raue in April 2023; he advises start-ups and investors on financing rounds and also covers various corporate law issues. Thomas Schmid (VC, PE, M&A, capital markets and corporate law) moved to SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft MBB in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sven Greulich

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Rödter; Johannes Rüberg; Carsten Bernauer; Michael Gläsner


‘Broad and deep specialist knowledge and always available, with a solution-oriented approach.’

‘For me, Christoph Rödter is one of the best lawyers in the field of venture/growth in Germany.’

‘Good accessibility, practical, solution-oriented, very good market knowledge.’

‘Very pragmatic and knowledgeable advice.’

‘Sven Greulich in particular has extensive experience in the area of ​​venture capital.’

‘Very quick response time and very high quality of work.’

‘Christoph Rödter: Extremely competent, constantly looking for solutions, communicating directly and available at any time.’

‘Dr. Sven Greulich is one of the best lawyers we have met. His ability to communicate is only surpassed by his legal know-how and humor. Sven is always there and provides neutral and open advice on all topics. He’s exactly the kind of lawyer one wants as a founder.’

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has extensive expertise in DIS and ICC arbitrations, which it primarily demonstrates in disputes in the energy, infrastructure and plant engineering sectors, as well as in post-M&A, commercial and investment protection disputes. The team acts for both states and companies and is led by Siegfried Elsing, who is experienced in party representation but also enjoys an excellent reputation as an arbitrator. Nicholas Kessler also acts as an arbitrator and further represents clients in supply, construction law and post-M&A disputes, while Karsten Faulhaber primarily demonstrates arbitration expertise in representing companies and states.

Practice head(s):

Siegfried Elsing

Other key lawyers:


‘The arbitration team led by Nicholas Kessler was very efficient, competent, commercially oriented and grasped the difficulty of the case, which helped us achieve several successes.’

‘Nicholas Kessler: Has a special view of the situation and knows how to look at it from the best angle! A real partner.’

‘There is always a competent contact available if the actual contact person is not available. The team also ensures that there is no loss of information and that the partner is always kept up to date.’

‘Karsten Faulhaber and Nicholas Kessler: Outstanding lawyers. They are not only characterized by their excellent technical expertise, but also always know how to strike the right tone depending on the situation. Furthermore, Karsten Faulhaber particularly impresses with his ability to adapt the strategy quickly to the benefit of his clients depending on the situation. They always keep their team up to date and involve them very well.’

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 allegedly amounting to €560 million in connection with the car toll.
  • Representing the Republic of North Macedonia in a UNCITRAL investment protection arbitration against London-based investors.
  • Representation of Kraftanlagen Group in a newly initiated arbitration procedure in connection with claims arising from the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland after the BGH had an ICC arbitration award overturned.

Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's team primarily advises technology companies on data protection compliance, the prevention of and response to cyber security breaches as well as licensing issues. Cross-border matters are also covered thanks to the international network. Practice head Christian Schröder is experienced in clients' representation before courts and EU authorities.

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‘The practice is very informed on current developments in the market; the advice is targeted and practical; They understand very well how to grasp even complex content and show great commitment even under time pressure.’

‘We have been working with Orrick in the area of ​​data protection and cybersecurity for several years now. In addition to its expertise in data protection and IT law, Orrick stands out for us through its excellent understanding of the needs and challenges of a global organization and the corresponding practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘Christian Schröder and his team always deliver reliable, quickly accessible and technically excellent results.’

‘Legally excellent, pragmatic and solution-oriented. Extremely short response times without sacrificing quality. A team that is great fun to work with, also on a personal level.’

‘Dr. Christian Schröder: Technically excellent, super networked, creative solutions.’

‘Their understanding of technology and industry, as well as their excellent legal knowledge and pragmatic advice, give them an exceptional advantage.’

Key clients

Carnival Corporation

CA Immo

Flexera Software


Work highlights

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

Private equity > Transactions Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP supports national and international private equity houses, companies and fund managers in national and cross-border transactions in the mid-cap segment. The group is led by Christoph Brenner, who advises on takeovers, management-buy-outs and growth financing, and Oliver Duys, who specialises in corporate and real estate portfolio transactions as well as joint ventures. The team was strengthened with the addition of Damien Simonot (M&A transactions) from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in July 2022 and Werner Brickwedde (focus on the energy sector) from Eversheds Sutherland in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Brenner; Oliver Duys

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Schmid; Sven Greulich; Christoph Rödter; Damien Simonot; Werner Brickwedde

Key clients






Findos Investor

GIC (Singapur)

GII Gulf Islamic Investments



Knauf Family Office





VREP VR Equitypartner

Work highlights

  • Advising the listed Vantage Towers AG in connection with its multi-billion dollar takeover by PE investors.
  • Advising Luxempart on the sale of EduPRO, a group of companies in the areas of further training, further qualification and adult education, to the Swiss PE investor Invision AG.

Corporate and M&A > M&A Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's global practice maintains strong relationships with international clients, primarily from the US, Europe and China, advising them on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. The practice particularly focuses on advising the technology sector, from start-ups to listed companies. Real estate transaction lawyer Oliver Duys and Christoph Brenner, who assists private equity investors with M&A, have jointly led the practice since former practice head Thomas Schmid joined SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft MBB in July 2023. Key contacts also include Sven Greulich, who is experienced in technology transactions, and Werner Brickwedde, who assists with cross-border deals in the energy sector and joined from Eversheds Sutherland in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Duys; Christoph Brenner

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‘Oliver Duys ensures he understands client’s objectives and viewpoints and is able to resolve issues efficiently. The combination of excellent legal advice and outstanding teamwork both within the firm and with other stakeholders guarantees great results.’

‘Very reliable and supportive team, very friendly and professional!’

‘Good representation in cases of absence, availability, quick understanding of complex issues.’

Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies



Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co.

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software

EP Power Minerals

Goldman Sachs

ifb SE



Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)


Paulig A/B

ProLeiT AG



Vantage Towers AG

Wipro Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising ifb SE on the sale to EY.
  • Advising Aptean on the acquisition of German software company ImPuls AG.
  • Advising listed Vantage Towers AG on its multi-billion dollar takeover by PE investors.

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.

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