Venture Nights

Venture Nights are aimed at both founders and professionals on the investor side. In 7 sessions, experienced experts from POELLATH teach everything you need to know about legal and tax issues in order to negotiate the terms of an investment on an equal footing with founders, business angels, VCs or other investors.


Christian Tönies Partner | POELLATH
Dr. Sebastian Gerlinger Partner | POELLATH
Christine Funk Counsel | POELLATH

Venture Nights 2023

Date to be announced here

The upcoming Venture Nights are expected to take place in the summer of 2023 as a hybrid event.

+49 (89) 24240-131

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Venture Nights

Experienced experts from POELLATH teach everything you need to know about legal and tax issues in order to negotiate the terms of an investment with founders, business angels, VCs or other investors on an equal footing.

Agenda (all lessons in German only)

Session 1: VC Contracts I (Basics)

In VC financing, fundamental interests of founders and investors often collide.

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Session 2: VC Contracts II

In the second module, we look at the necessary contractual documentation, the so-called Investment and Shareholders’ Agreement.

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Session 3: Venture Debt | Employment Law

Venture Debt: This chapter covers the basic aspects of venture debt financing models.
Employment Law: The employment law section covers the “basics” of employment law for start-ups and focuses on points that, in our experience, typically “go wrong” and can then lead to problems in due diligence.

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Session 4: IP/IT Law and Data Protection

The protection of intellectual property is particularly important for many companies, as there are often no other assets beyond this.

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Session 5: Employee Stock Ownership Plans | ESOP

Stock options (also virtual, if necessary) are a frequently chosen form for start-ups and young companies to attract employees and retain them in the company.

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Session 6: Tax Law | Preparation and Realization of the Exit

Tax Law: In addition to the design and implementation of their own idea, young entrepreneurs and start-ups should also ask themselves questions regarding taxes.

Preparation and Realization of the Exit: In this unit, strategies for a successful exit, practical recommendations for the preparation of an exit and general conditions under tax law and company law are presented.

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Session 7: Venture Capital Funds

Many exciting questions arise around venture capital funds, which POELLATH’s experts answer in this module.

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