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venture capital

Schoenherr's team of venture capital experts advises founders and investors across CEE.

Working with investors requires a broad set of legal skills. At Schoenherr our lawyers cover the full range of commercial legal services and are well-equipped to handle all aspects that become relevant during the lifecycle of a start-up.

Partner Thomas Kulnigg leads and coordinates the Schoenherr expert team which regularly advises investors and founders in Austria and CEE.

our services

Our services for investors include:

  • legal due diligence
  • investment and exit structuring, also from a tax perspective
  • transaction documents, including investment agreements and shareholder agreements
  • minority protection, joint ventures
  • ip assignment agreements
  • structured sales processes (exits)
  • dispute resolution, arbitration, litigation
  • restructuring and refinancing
  • corporate ventures
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our team

Meet our experts across all our CEE offices, highly experienced in dealing with venture capital matters.

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Austria: Schoenherr advises Bitpanda on its USD 52 million Series A financing round




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Austria: Schoenherr advises Storyblok on USD 47m Series B financing

Schoenherr advised the Austrian scale-up Storyblok on its Series B financing worth USD 47m, one of several major transactions in the Austrian start-up scene on which Schoenherr has advised in the recent past.

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Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises BlackPeak Capital on equity investment in courier and fulfilment provider

Schoenherr advised BlackPeak Capital in relation to their equity investment of up to EUR 7.5m in, a courier and fulfilment provider with operations in the EU and the UK and the holding company of InOut Trade.


We help Start-Ups!

In an attempt to help start-ups during the current corona situation obtaining the much needed financial liquidity support from their shareholders or other investors, we put together a short and simple forward equity agreement, the "Simple Equity Investment Contract (SEIC)"


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Gesellschaftsverträge für Startups

Der Gesellschaftsvertrag ist das A und O bei der Gründung eines Startups. Bei welchen Bestimmungen muss man aufpassen? Wie sieht es bei den Stimmrechten aus? Soll es einen Beirat geben? Worauf achten Investoren?
Schönherr Partner und Startup Experte Thomas Kulnigg beantwortet gemeinsam mit seinem Kollegen Sascha Smets und Jingle Founding Partner & COO Lukas Binder all diese Fragen.


Start-up Financing Primer


This primer offers a general overview of (i) financing tools of start-ups, (ii) the structuring of corporate governance within a start-up, (iii) the structure of a typical venture capital transaction, (iv) employee participation programs and vesting terms as well as (v) start-up exits and provides answers to the key legal issues arising within the life cycle of a start-up for the following jurisdictions: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovenia.