In recent years venture capital and private equity have become increasingly important sources of funding, not only for young and fast growing companies, but also for more established businesses. We know and understand both sides of the market – financial investors as well as capital-hungry companies and their shareholders.
When it comes to venture capital, we advise investors (VC funds, corporate VCs and business angels) as well as young companies and their founders. As a start-up, you will benefit from our legal expertise and our wide-ranging experience in assisting clients in financing transactions. If you are planning to sell investments or raise venture capital, we can also explain the various options open to you and put you in touch with reputable market players best suited to you and your company’s situation. This also increases the chances for a successful transaction – a transaction that is legally secure, strategically sound and reliable.
Our private equity team assists German, Luxembourg-based and international affiliated companies with every aspect and through every phase of their transactions – structuring, term sheet negotiations, letters of intent, sales agreements, shareholders’ agreements, management participation programmes, recapitalisation, exit strategies and dispute resolution.
GSK is a member of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften, BVK) and of Invest Europe, a European private equity and venture capital association. This means that we are able to voice our professional opinions and lend our expertise to current pieces of proposed legislation which are of importance to investors. It also ensures that we are always up to date with the legal and tax frameworks applicable to venture capital and private equity investments.
The success of a young company depends in large part on speed and making use of limited resources as efficiently and effectively as possible. We are well aware of this.
This is why we support you and your company with established teams, which have many years of experience in transactions and, where necessary, are complemented by colleagues with special expertise and sector knowledge. We have particular expertise in the following areas:
We advise German, Luxembourg-based and foreign financial investors and family offices on the design and implementation of their funds. We also provide advice on investments undertaken by funds and assist with ongoing asset management.
In addition to professional investors, our clients include companies seeking capital and their shareholders. We specifically rely on our strong sector expertise in sectors including the automotive & mobility, energy/smart grid, FinTech/blockchain, healthcare and real estate/PropTech sectors. Key practices are: