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 voestalpine on foundation of technology joint venture for production of TransAnt

Schoenherr successfully advised voestalpine Stahl GmbH on the establishment of a joint venture with the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group for the production of the TransAnt – an innovative platform car. The 50/50 joint venture which aims to further combine the activities of both companies to additionally enhance the jointly developed TransAnt platform car is now entering a preparatory phase. 

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Austria: Schoenherr advises Austrian start-up Carbomed on multi-million euro financing round

After Schoenherr recently advised the Austrian fintech company Bitpanda on the largest European Series A financing round in 2020, the firm successfully advised on another start-up financing: Under the leadership of partner Thomas Kulnigg, the Schoenherr team advised Carbomed Medical Solutions, an Austrian FemTech start-up, on a EUR 3m financing. The financing round was led by aws Gründerfonds.


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.