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

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Austria: Schoenherr advises proptech scale-up GROPYUS on major Austrian scale-up financing round





to the point: technology & digitalisation l May 2024

Welcome to the May edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!


to the point: technology & digitalisation l April 2024

Welcome to the April edition of Schoenherr's to the point: technology & digitalisation newsletter!


The VCC: a new company form launched in Bulgaria

The eagerly awaited Variable Capital Company (VCC) was introduced on 1 August 2023 with amendments to the Bulgarian Commercial Act. It blends the limited liability company (LLC) and joint stock company (JSC), and somewhat resembles the UK's open-ended investment company (OEIC). Like the OEIC, the VCC can issue shares at any time and its capital may vary. But as it is not a regulated investment fund, the VCC is not regulated or supervised by the financial supervision authorities.


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The Austrian FlexCo

Numerous unresolved legal questions accompany the introduction of the Flexible Company (FlexCo) in Austria. After all preparation in theory for the various features of the FlexCo, and in order to gain hands-on experience for the upcoming client work, our start-ups & venture capital team established one of the first FlexCos in Austria in January 2024. This experimental FlexCo shall serve as a testing ground for exploring the diverse opportunities presented by the new corporate form. Follow along the self-experiment!

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.


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venture capital glossary

Navigating the world of venture capital and its jargon can be challenging. Therefore, we are explaining the top 20 common venture capital terms and concepts in our glossary. Get clear and easy-to-understand definitions of key terms that will help you understand the VC landscape. 

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