Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is our dedicated MCEI partner for legal advice. 

Osborne Clarke is one of the most dynamic commercial law firms in Germany. With more than 130 lawyers and tax advisors in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich and over 800 lawyers worldwide, they advise a wide variety of companies on all relevant areas of commercial law. Their lawyers combine significant experience in key industry sectors with first-class legal expertise in order to provide clients with real commercial value.

As one of the pioneers in advising leading market players in digital business, Osborne Clarke has specific know-how in all matters relating to technology-driven business models. Their M&A team benefits from a Europe-wide leading Venture Capital practice.

Osborne Clarke advise start-ups and investors at all stages, from foundation to exit; they advise start-ups on the construction and development of corporate structures, development of the capital structure, implementation of participation programmes, negotiation of management arrangements and exit transactions. When it comes to investors, Osborne Clarke advise on legal due diligence, the negotiation and drawing up of investment and finance agreements as well as exit strategies. They also have a well-established team comprising of data privacy experts with many years consulting experience.

Reference tractations:

-       Consultation of High-Tech Gründerfonds on various investments

-       Consultation of MCI Management on investment in Windeln.de and investment in yd.yourdelivery GmbH (Lieferando)

-       Mentoring at Microsoft Ventures

-       Consulting on financing round headed by 7Ventures (ProSiebenSat.1 Gruppe) at Amorelie

-       Consulting of Highland Europe on the investment in Mobile App Analytics Start-up adjust

-       Consulting on financing of HolidayInsider and Home24 GmbH at Rewe Group


For further Information visit osborneclarke.com 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your needs and we will write you an intro to Rouven Siegmund or Nicolas Gabrysch

Forum Finance NRW is holding a workshop adressing the financing options for companies in the growth phase on September 26, 2013. The workshop is taking place at MCEI's partner Osborne Clarke and will also feature a speach by one of Osborne Clarke's financial advocats.

Companies which have reached the first growth-phase will inevitably face major challenges: On the one hand they have to keep their daily business up and running, on the other hand they have to secure financing for the reflationary growth-phase. Administrative and operational tasks often hinder an effective and structures approach to raise capital. Additionaly, companies often lack networking opportunities to international investors. Therefore, this Forum Finance NRW workshop focuses on the  topics of venture capital and later-stage-investment modes, which will enable start-ups to stay successful during their growth-phase.


Thomas Schröter: CEO of eventurecat GmbH and Corporate Finance Advisors specialist for raising venture capital

Thomas Nagel: Advocate at Osborne Clark, Area of expertise within bank and capital market law and financing

Udo Wendet: Deutsche Bank AG, Member of the regional management team for private and corporate customers in Köln/Bonn/Aachen

The workshop is aimed at entrepreneurs, financial supervisors and product managers of internet and gaming companies. It will take place on September 26, 2013 from 4 - 7 pm and will include speaches by the three speakers, opportunities for questions and discussions and networking opportunities. The event is free of charge, however, it is necessary to register by using the following link http://www.eventurecat.com/finanzierungsoptionen-wachstumsphase/.

On Thursday , May 23 (13:45-15:15 in M003), Nicolas Gabrysch of Osborne Clarke will come to Mannheim and talk about Venture Capital (“Myth Venture Capital”).  This event is definitely a highlight for all those being interested in Entrepreneurship and part of our MAN 632 Advanced Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. The event is open for everybody being interested in Entrepreneurship and mandatory for MAN632 students.


Nicolas is an advocate and partner at Osborne Clarke (Cologne office) and a true expert in venture capital, PE and cross-border M&A transactions from a legal perspective. He advises Startups, helps establishing German subsidiaries for international clients and is experienced in public takeovers and stock option schemes. For instance, in 2011, he supported the Heilemann brothers with exiting their company DailyDeal and selling it to Google. What is more, Nicolas and his team have advised numerous venture capital and business angel financing for both venture capital funds and companies seeking capital. He regularly publishes articles in the ”Venture Capital Magazine” and other influential journals of the VC scene. He is co-author of ‘Steuerberater Rechtshandbuch’ and the Compendium Corporate Law with Beck Verlag. Nicolas regularly holds lectures at venture capital conferences and is a lecturer for entrepreneurship at the University of Applied Science in Cologne. Furthermore, he is on the board of directors of RefLine AG.


We thank Nicolas for coming to Mannheim, are looking forward to this great event and hope M003 (PwC lecture hall in the castle) will be crowded. There will be an opportunity for startups in the digital business (app, e-commerce, web,..) to establish contact and discuss ideas subsequent to the lecture. 


Osborne Clarke has, among other influential startups such as DailyDeal and lieferando.de, also worked with the Mannheim Startups simfy and Stocard. Osborne Clarke is an international law firm that employs over 550 lawyers that are working in 13 offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and North America. To obtain further information, please refer to:





Recent Press releases (Source Osborne Clarke):



  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum