LACORE is a law firm specializing in commercial law. We focus on providing advice regarding transactions, projects, and complex issues related to commercial law.
LACORE acts internationally and feels particularly connected to Berlin.
LACORE has advised Mushlabs on its EUR 8.7 Million Series A financing round co-led by Redalpine and VisVires New Protein.
LACORE advises Meditopia on its USD 15 Million Series A Financing Round
LACORE advises Wandelbots GmbH on its 30 Million Series B Financing Round
LACORE advised CVOD.de, a label of Cinnovation GmbH, on its set-up and market launch.
LACORE advises YFood Labs GmbH on its 15 Million Series B Financing Round
LACORE advises Tech Open with Financing Round
Dr. Arnd Barnitzke is a founding partner at LACORE. He advises clients on transactions and investments, contract design, and on legal proceedings in and out of court. His industry focus is on real estate, health, and trade.
Mr. Barnitzke possesses long-standing experience in supporting the acquisition and sale of residential and office property portfolios and in providing ongoing advice regarding the portfolio and asset management of domestic and foreign real estate investors and housing associations. Moreover, he regularly represents the interests of trade associations and research-based companies from the health sector, of physicians, and of public authorities regarding contractual and commercial law matters as well as tax disputes.
Sohrab Beheshtipour in his advisory services mainly focuses on financing transactions in the industry of digital business models. As a legal counsel he applies a commercial-entrepreneurial approach.
Sohrab Beheshtipour studied law at the Georg-Agugust-University of Goettingen and hat a particular interest in international civil law and the law of limited companies. In the context of his legal training he has been among others assigned to an NGO in Africa.
Dr. Holger Bergbach advises clients on M&A transactions and further matters related to corporate and general civil law. He has a special focus on health care, particularly the law of medical collaborations (medical partnerships and medical care centres (medizinische Versorgungszentren)) and related questions regarding the medical code and licensing of practitioners. Other medical law topics (regulation of medical devices, reimbursement by the statutory health insurance) are a regular part of his work. Mr. Bergbach possesses extensive experience in litigation.
Mr. Bergbach studied law at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. He gained a Master of Laws from the University of Nottingham (UK) with a dissertation on European mergers control and holds a doctorate from Friedrich Schiller University Jena with a thesis on the position of shareholders under the guarantee of property stipulated by the German constitution. During his training, Mr. Bergbach worked for several major law firms in the area of corporate law.
Stefanie Berges advises clients in the area of corporate law. Her practice focuses on advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors on financing and M&A transactions with a focus on venture capital.
Before joining Lacore Ms. Berges worked for several years for an international auditing firm in the field of legal tax transaction advice.
Ms. Berges studied law at the University of Potsdam. During her legal traineeship at the Appellate Court of Berlin, Stefanie Berges worked for international law firms with stations in Berlin and New York City.
Matthias Braun is a one of LACORE´s founding partners and is the head of the firm´s IP/IT practice. He advises clients on transactions, investments, contract design, and on legal proceedings in and out of court. His industry focus is on media, entertainment and technology.
Mr. Braun possesses long-standing experience in supporting and advising movie, television, games and live music / event productions both nationally and abroad. He moreover regularly represents the interests of financing companies, individual investors and banks in the media and entertainment industries, of public figures, advertising /digital agencies and of foreign media companies regarding their activities in Germany.
Paula Deus advises clients in corporate law as well as in the area of copyright and commercial property protection.
Ms. Deus studied law at the University of Konstanz, Humboldt University Berlin, and the University Paris-Sorbonne. After graduating, she completed the international course in “International Studies in Intellectual Property Law” of the chair of Prof. Dr. Götting at TU Dresden in Dresden and Exeter (UK). During her legal traineeship (Referendariat), Ms. Deus was active particularly in the area of intellectual property, among other things at the publishing house Suhrkamp.
Paula Deus’ practice concentrates on copyright law and commercial property protection. She focuses on advising international and national film and television productions. Also, Mrs Deus advises companies with IT-based business models in copyright and information technology issues, in particular intellectual property and technology transfer.
Another focus of Paula Deus is on corporate law. In particular she advises entrepreneurs, start up companies and investors in the field of venture and growth capital financing.
André Eggert is a founding partner at LACORE. He advises companies and entrepreneurs as well as investors. One of his core activities is the support of M&A and financing transactions. Mr. Eggert has special knowledge in the areas of private equity financing and quasi-equity instruments. His focus is, moreover, on negotiating and drafting joint venture and cooperation agreements. Mr. Eggert possesses relevant experience resulting from his involvement in a wide range of international transactions with parties from the Anglo-American legal system. Additionally, he possesses specific expertise in the technology and entertainment industries.
Yamila Eraso focuses her practice on M&A transactions and financing with an emphasis on venture capital and private equity. She especially advises entrepreneurs, companies and investors on matters related to cross-border business, in particular involving the U.S. and Latin America. She has advanced knowledge on startups and crowdlending/crowdfunding.
Before joining Lacore, Ms. Eraso worked as an associate for prominent law firms in Colombia and the U.S., as well as in-house legal counsel in a German crowdlending startup in Berlin.
Ms. Eraso received her first law degree in Colombia, and she holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in the U.S. and a Master of Law and Business (MLB) from Bucerius Law School and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.
Ms. Eraso is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the State of New York and the Republic of Colombia.
Viktoria Gott advises in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution. She represents clients primarily from the commercial and real estate sectors in demanding judicial and extrajudicial proceedings.
Another focus of her work is tenancy law.
Viktoria Gott studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. Following on from her specialization in comparative law, she completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a comparative law focus at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. During her legal training, Viktoria Gott worked as a research assistant in the litigation department of several major German law firms.
Torsten Heinrich is a founding partner at LACORE. He works on a forensic level but also advises clients in corporate, banking, trade, and commercial law. Mr. Heinrich’s focus is on committed litigation in cases involving complex and complicated facts – particularly in disputes between companies, shareholders, and supervisory board members – and for banks in all banking activities, particularly regarding the handling of distressed fund financing.
Moreover, Mr. Heinrichs specializes in stock corporation law and commercial agency law. He comprehensively advises clients on the formation of public limited liability companies and the preparation/organization of their general meetings with complicated/complex contents or if critical shareholders are involved. In the area of commercial agency law, he primarily engages in the drafting of commercial agency contracts and all related matters.
Maria Höricke advises clients in the field of industrial property rights, copyright and media law. She focuses on contractual consulting for movie and television productions as well as on advising companies on their industrial property rights and on disputes involving competition, press and media law.
Maria Höricke studied law at Humboldt University Berlin.
During her legal traineeship (Referendariat) Maria Höricke worked for a law firm specialised on Intellectual Property Law, the Brandenburg antitrust authorities and a production company for television and movies.
Before passing her bar exam (Zweites Staatsexamen) Maria Höricke was employed by a well-‐known, national IP law firm for many years
Mrs. Dr. Kurta advises German as well as international employers, CEOs and executive managers on all aspects of the German Individual and Collective Labor Law. In addition to day-to-day issues (especially employment contracts, remuneration and working time models, annulment agreements and termination) Dr. Kurta has particular experience in the field of Social Security Law (especially in the field of status determination and legal representation and consulting in and out of court of health insurance boards).
Dr. Kurta studied law from 2003 to 2008 at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Kurta worked – as part of her legal clerkship from 2009 until 2011 – in the employment-law-department of an international corporate law firm and received her doctor´s degree for a thesis in the area of comparative law with a liability law focus (comparison of German to English and French legal liability system). Dr. Kurta was admitted to the bar in 2012, and as a lawyer specializing in employment law in 2015.
Dr. Melanie Lahr advises and represents employers and executive staff in all aspects of individual and collective employment law. Her main practice areas are advising on actions against unfair dismissal and day-to-day employment law consultancy. Dr. Lahr has particular knowledge with regards to works constitution and collective bargaining law, whilst specializing in contract design.
After obtaining her law degree at the University of Rostock Dr. Lahr completed a Master Programme at the University of Manchester. Moreover, Dr. Lahr obtained her doctorate with a thesis on employment contract design at the University of Passau. Prior to this, Dr. Lahr advised, acting as an attorney at a major American law firm, national and international companies on all matters of employment law.
Sven Lochelfeldt advises exclusively in labor law. He is counsel to employers and senior employees, both in court and outside litigation. He gives legal advise in all areas of individual and collective labour laaw. His focus is in particular in legal disputes related to termination of employment agreements an in the structuring and drafting of employment, service and termination agreements. Further Sven Lochelfeldt has specialized knowledge in social security law, in particular with regard to status assessment proceedings.
Katrin Mühlstädt advises clients in various areas of commercial law. Her focus is on corporate law, on the acquisition of companies and shareholdings, and on real estate and internet law.
Ms. Mühlstädt studied law at Humboldt University Berlin and at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), where she was awarded the degree of “Licence en Droit.” After completing her first state examination in law, she worked as a lecturer in commercial and European law at the University Panthéon-Assas and as a research assistant at the chair of civil law, trade, commercial, and European law of Humboldt University Berlin.
Mr. Nieke focuses on advising clients on real estate and corporate law transactions – particularly in an international context, such as e.g. cross-border mergers. His advisory services cover all transaction phases.
Another work area Mr. Nieke engages in is general contract design in the area of commercial law. Contracts designed by him often concern the legal implementation of innovative corporate concepts and are accordingly tailored to the individual case’s needs.
Mr. Nieke furthermore has in-depth knowledge of insolvency law and commercial real estate law. He first worked as a lawyer at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in the service line “Real Estate.” Before completing his bar exam (Zweites Staatsexamen), Mr. Nieke for two years worked as a lawyer for an insolvency administrator in Berlin.
Mr. Nieke studied law at Humboldt University Berlin and in France at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), where he was awarded the “Licence en Droit”.
Inez Nuding is a corporate lawyer with a focus on venture capital. She advises both founders and investors on financing transactions and other corporate matters. In addition, she assists start-ups with the establishment of their companies.
Inez Nuding studied law in Heidelberg and Bergen (Norway). During her traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, she worked for national and international business law firms in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as at the German Theatre.
Dr. Jens-Ullrich Pille advises clients in the fields of TMT and Data Protection. He further advises companies on Competition Law. Mr. Pille has a broad experience in litigation.
Mr. Pille studied law at the University of Hamburg with a focus on Communication Law and holds a Master in International Business an Economic Law (LL.M) of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Mr. Pille obtained a PhD from the University of Hamburg for his work on the regulation of social networks. During his studies Mr. Pille worked for several major and medium-sized law firms in Germany and abroad, in the German Bundestag and at the University of Potsdam. Before joining LACORE, Mr. Pille worked several years for a medium-sized corporate law firm.
Natalie Vahsen is a partner at LACORE. She advises investors and entrepreneurs on transactions. Focus points of her practice are mergers & acquisition, Private Equity and Venture Capital. Natalie Vahsen has broad experience in advising and structuring cross border transactions as well as in the negotiation of joint venture agreements. Her practice also comprises all issues of corporate law. Her advice is strongly business-orientated.
Before joining LACORE Natalie was part of the M&A/Private Equity and Corporate teams of an international law firm in their Berlin, London and Frankfurt offices for more than ten years. She studied at the universities of Bonn, Aix-en-Provence and Strassburg. She speaks English, French and Italian.
Moritz Vierneisel advises clients in the fields of corporate, banking, commercial and business law. His practice focuses on litigation in complex matters, in particular on disputes between companies, shareholders and supervisory boards as well as disputes involving banks with respect to all banking transactions. Another field of activity of Mr. Vierneisel is the general drafting of contracts with reference to commercial law. He also has experience in the field of cross-border and extrajudicial dispute resolution.
Moritz Vierneisel first studied business law and law at the University of Mannheim. He then obtained a Master's degree from King's College London. Mr. Vierneisel completed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin with stations in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and in renowned commercial law firms.
Dr. Ralf Vogt is a founding partner at LACORE. He exclusively advises clients in the field of employment law and advises and represents employers and executives in all labor and civil courts (Regional Court – LG and Higher Regional Court – OLG) in Germany. Dr. Vogt specializes in employment law related to transactions and employment contract law of board members and has extensive knowledge of all areas of negotiations with unions and workers' councils regarding mass layoffs and restructurings as well as within worker´s arbitration committees.
LACORE has a strong focus on the sector technology, in particular with respect to web 2.0.
Lawyers of LACORE have advised founders, business angels and funds in numerous financing rounds and exits. LACORE is structured to enable transactions efficiently. LACORE is thus the right partner from the beginning. Founder and business angels can rely on the expertise and experience of LACORE at an early stage already.
Next to the advise on the incorporation and financing, LACORE covers all areas relevant for companies and their investors. This includes, among others, structuring of employee participation programs, protection of intellectual property, including trademark law, general terms and conditions as well as the sensitive area of data protection.
Lawyers of LACORE have a strong network in the Berlin start-up scene and are members of various advisory and supervisory boards.
Corporate law is one of the core competences of LACORE. We advise on the conception as well as the structuring and in disputes.
Determining the right corporate structure requires a particular level of experience and understanding of the goals and different interests of the parties. It is a setup for the future and shall ensure a efficient distribution and allocation of chances and risks. Articles of association, shareholders agreement or joint venture governance set up the frame for a successful project.
Lawyers of LACORE have advised on numerous structures beeteween founders, investors and strategic partners with aligned or conflicting interests. Generally, they have continued to advise projects right after their start and have seen the contractual agreements in practice. These valuable experiences are taken into account in their practice and provide legal certainty for the involved.
LACORE accompanies its clients also in litigious cases between shareholders or members of corporate bodies. Extensive experience in lawsuits at ordinary civil courts, arbitral tribunals, as individual arbitrators and as mediators allow for an alignment of an efficient strategy and a certain predictability of the outcome.
LACORE has a team of specialized employment lawyers which are all certified specialists in such field. Dr. Ralf Vogt, Dr. Linda Kurta, De. Melanie Lahr and Dr. Sven Lochelfeldt are only advising employers and select management positions (CEO´s and managing directors) in matters of individual and collective employment law and in contractual negotiations.
We have proven expertise for re-structuting / change of corporate structures – we´re on your side for mass-layoff procedures, negotiations with the worker´s council and with arbitration coucils as well as during any labour court proceedings; for collective bargaining negotiations and related issues; corporate transactions and (partial) takeovers; for beginning and ending contracts with employees as well as CEO´s and Managing Directors; for adivse on statutory employee particiation (BetrVG); social security issues such as statua claims against the German Social Security Insurance.
For our clients´interests we fight all over Germany before labour courts (first instance, court of appeal, German High Court) and before regular civil and social security law courts.
Our main clientele come from welfare institutions, „old economy“ (such as metal/manufacturing industry, start-up/technology businesses and third-party deployment services.
The health care industry in Germany is subject to constant change. Due to political changes and financial necessities, the legal health system has for years repeatedly been the subject of basic structural reforms, recently through the statutory health insurance (GKV) financing act and the pharmaceutical market restructuring act (Arzneimittelmarktneuordnungsgesetz) as well as very recently the GKV (Versorgungsstrukturgesetz – structure of medical care law). A regular adaptation of German health legislation also occurs in the context of requirements of the European Union, for instance regarding the German Drugs Act (Arzneimittelgesetz).
These regulatory changes cause a great need among market participants for advisory services regarding the adjustments required. LACORE here assists clients with legal know-how and industry expertise. The lawyers possess long-standing experience in the representation of interests of companies and trade associations in the health sector, for example as representatives in different appeals procedures vis-à-vis the European Commission on the subject of infringements of competition and regulations concerning pharmaceutical and pharmacy law.
Physicians and dentists regularly mandate LACORE regarding professional codes of conduct and legal matters concerning statutory health insurance physicians as well as concerning the contract design for group practices, associations for medical cooperation, and medical care centers. Also in this area, new economic and legal approaches are possible, e.g. in the context of the GKV-Versorgungsstärkungsgesetz, which came into effect in July 2015.
LACORE advises on the negotiation of cproduction, distribution, financing and state aid contracts as well as all other contracts relevant for movies, TV movies, (TV or streaming) series/formats, commercials, branded content, influencers, celebrities and games. Our range of advisory services also includes reviewing rights chains of title, negotiating software development agreements, IP license agreements and IT services agreements of all kinds as well as taking care of IP/IT (compliance) checks during M&A transactions (due diligences), audits and other (tax) examinations.
LACORE has special expertise in privacy law, in trademark/design issues and in advertising/unfair competition law and represents its clients vis-a-vis (governmental) administrations, (trademark) offices and in court proceedings.
For years, the asset class real estate has increased in popularity in Germany with domestic and, in particular, foreign investors. In the course of this development, the real estate market has experienced a growing professionalization in all its facets – whether in the context of transaction management or regarding the structuring and standardization of processes in day-to-day real estate management.
With an eye to constantly changing market conditions, the lawyers at LACORE have advised significant national and international real estate investors and companies for years on their investments in Germany. Their focus is on the acquisition, sale, and financing of residential property portfolios, office and retail developments and portfolios, as well as hotels in large German cities.
Partners at LACORE are themselves active as entrepreneurs in significant development projects, portfolio transactions, and fund financing.
LACORE employs the resulting profound knowledge of the real estate market – e.g. in the form of a real estate law expertise – in order to create a real added value for clients.
This is not only relevant for advisory services in the sector of real estate transactions in form of share or asset deals and project developments of commercial properties, but also for continuous advisory services regarding the portfolio, asset, and property management of real estate companies, for instance regarding (re)financing, corporate restructuring and joint ventures, or improvements in tenancy parameters.
LACORE has advised Mushlabs on its EUR 8.7 Million Series A financing round co-led by Redalpine and VisVires New Protein.MORE
LACORE advises Meditopia on its USD 15 Million Series A Financing RoundMORE
Mushlabs is a Berlin-based biotech company using fermentation to create sustainable foods from the roots of mushrooms. The mission of the company is to produce nutritious and sustainable foods that appeal to both meat-eaters and vegetarians, while preserving the planet.
The company has closed the financing round with the support of André Eggert, Sohrab Beheshtipour (both corporate) and Maria Höricke (IP).
LACORE has advised the Berlin-based start-up Meditopia on its series A financing round with Creandum and Highland Europe as investors. Meditopia has raised USD 15 million Dollars which shall be used for the further growth of their mindfulness and mental well-being platform.
Meditopia has been advised by André Eggert, Sohrab Beheshtipour (both Corporate) and Maria Höricke (IP).
LACORE advises Wandelbots GmbH on its 30 Million Series B Financing RoundMORE
LACORE advised CVOD.de, a label of Cinnovation GmbH, on its set-up and market launch.MORE
LACORE has advised Dresden-based robotics start-up Wandelbots GmbH on its latest series B financing round. Wandelbots has collected around 30 million Euros with which it aims to finance the market entry of its teaching platform for robots. Venture capital firm 83North, who has already invested in the software provider Celonis, acted as lead investor along with Microsoft investment fund M12 and Siemens startup unit Next47 as co-investors.
Wandelbots was advised by Natalie Vahsen, Stefanie Berges, Paola Leiva (Corporate), Magda Grünenwald (Corporate, IT/data protection), Paula Deus and Maria Höricke (IP).
CVOD.de is a platform which offers current theatrical films throughout Germany for home/private use and which shares its revenues with local cinemas which are still closed. The films on offer usually run only on specific days and are complimented by live Q&A sessions with the film team and other free-of-charge perks. The first film on offer was „Systemsprenger“ on May 10, 2020, which won eight German Film Prices this year.
The company has been advised by Matthias Braun (IP) and Magda Grünenwald (IT/Privacy and Corporate).
LACORE advises YFood Labs GmbH on its 15 Million Series B Financing RoundMORE
LACORE advises Tech Open with Financing RoundMORE
LACORE has advised Munich-based smart food start-up YFood Labs GmbH on its latest series B financing round. Despite the Coronavirus crisis, the company has received around 15 million euros in this financing round with which it aims to expand into other European countries. British fund Felix Capital, who also holds shares in All Plant and Deliveroo, has acted as lead investor and was joined by dairy cooperative Fonterra as well as Five Seasons Ventures and New Ground Ventures in this financing round.
Noel Bollmann and Benjamin Kremer, former investment bankers, founded YFood Labs GmbH in May 2017 with the purpose to provide complete food solutions. YFood currently sells liquid meals in supermarkets and drugstores as well as online.
LACORE has already advised YFood in previous financing rounds.
YFood was advised by Natalie Vahsen, Yamila Eraso (Corporate) and Magda Grünenwald (Corporate, IT/data protection).
LACORE advised the Berlin start-up Tech Open in a financing round. The company received i.a. an investment of the japanese Infobahn Group Inc.
Tech Open Air is an annually interdisciplinary technology festival which takes place in Berlin. The festival has developed into one of the most well-known technology conferences in and outside of Europe. The festival gathers a number of influential speakers, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and start-ups from Germany and over 55 other countries.
The company has been advised by André Eggert and Sohrab Beheshtipour (both Corporate).
LACORE Advises Vielmetter on the Production of Face MasksMORE
LACORE advises BIOMES with Pre-Series A Financing RoundMORE
In times of the Corona pandemic, manufacturers are making new use of production capacities. The Berlin-based medium-sized company Vielmetter, which "actually" produces hydraulic and pneumatic components for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, is dedicating its capacities in 3D printing to the production of face masks. LACORE has provided the company with regulatory support, in particular clarifying and ensuring the requirements of medical device and product safety law with the responsible authorities.
Vielmetter was advised by: Dr. Arnd Barnitzke and Dr. Holger Bergbach
LACORE advised the Berlin based life science start-up on its pre-Series A financing round. The company received two million euros from the Munich based investor yabeo.
BIOMES uses state-of-the-art biotechnological methods to examine bacteria that live in and on the human body. The intestinal flora self-test – which was released as the first product 2018 - is now being marketed and sold internationally. The investment will be used for product development, further microbiome studies and the expansion of the corporate structure.
BIOMES has been advised by André Eggert and Sohrab Beheshtipour (both Corporate).
LACORE supports wirhelfen.eu platformMORE
LACORE Advises on the Conversion of a Dialysis Practice into an MVZ-GmbHMORE
“WirHelfen” is a digital platform (wirhelfen.eu) as first contact for help and support in Germany connecting people looking for and offering help in these days of crisis. LACORE advises the initiative pro bono.
WirHelfen is advised by: Magda Grünenwald (corporate, IT/data protection)
LACORE advised the owners of a dialysis practice with two locations in Central Germany, which had previously been organized as a partnership, on its conversion into an MVZ-GmbH. Under corporate law, the conversion was effected by way of a change of legal form in accordance with the German Transformation Act (Umwandlungsgesetz). The aim of the conversion was to open up the practice for the acquisition of further practices as well as to prepare for a potential sale at a later stage.
The transaction was advised by Dr. Arnd Barnitzke and Dr. Holger Bergbach.