In 2014, Berlin attracted for the second year in a row more venture capital than London. Berlin Start-ups managed to raise 2,2 billion dollars in venture capital (Dow Jones VentureSource).

ZIMMERMANN KALINER are part of Berlin’s start-up culture. We advise national and international investors on all legal matters regarding their investment. We support founders from the idea through to exit.

At the heart of our legal advice for founders is the incubator concept. We support businesses in all legal areas in the implementation of their business plans.

We will find the legal form that best fits your idea. We compare, draft and finalize all necessary contracts, and all along will keep a tight focus on your goals and the future of your business. We negotiate and draft the participation and shareholder agreements, the legal basis for each and every investment, for the founders as well as for the investors.

We help you in finding the best funding model for your idea – whether Crowdfunding, as a silent partnership, a convertible loan, capital loan or debt financing from your bank.

For investors, we ensure the most optimal tax solution for your money, both for the best case as for the worst case.

You would like to share the financial success with your employees? We advice on options and draft tailor-made contracts, taking tax law into consideration. ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) and virtual shares are merely two possible forms of valuing the work of your employees and to increase their loyalty to the company.

What will happen with the company’s expertise? Are there possibilities to protect your ideas? Licenses and competitive obstacles will need to be assessed, names and labels to be checked for risk of collision. You can confide in us not to loose sight also of these matters.

Call us to arrange a meeting.

Our expert for founders and investors is RA Marcus Kaliner.