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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 on the sale of the oral hygiene start-up Playbrush to the Sunstar Group

Schoenherr advised the shareholders of the Austrian oral hygiene start-up Playbrush on the sale of the majority shares to the international health care company Sunstar Group.

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Austria: Schoenherr advises Bitpanda on Austria's largest scale-up financing round

Schoenherr provided legal advice to Bitpanda on the largest scale-up financing round in Austria to date.


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.