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Dr. Thilo Winkeler

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Dr. Thilo Winkeler focuses on venture capital and tech transactions. This includes in particular financing rounds, management participation programs, joint-ventures/shareholder agreements as well as acquisitions and exits. He has spent several years advising various ventures and tech-companies on setting-up their corporate structure and growing it to the next level. Most of his transactions include cross-boarder aspects. Having worked on a number of large-scale transactions in the real estate and oil and gas sectors in recent years, Dr. Winkeler has also obtained significant experience in these industries.

Professional Background

Mr. Winkeler joined K&L Gates in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was partner in the Frankfurt office of a U.S. law firm, where he focused on corporate law, private equity, venture capital, and M&A since 2007. He began his legal career in 2001 with a global law firm in Frankfurt. He completed a bank apprenticeship at Commerzbank in Hamburg in 1993 and worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Greifswald and in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • American Council on Germany
Among others, Thilo Winkeler has advised:
  • Immobilien Scout GmbH in the sale of all its shares in classmarkets GmbH to Kimeta GmbH 
  •  Avenue Europe International Management LP in its acquisition of the Schletter-Group
  • Chembio Diagnostic Systems in its acquisition of all shares in OpTricon GmbH
  • German aspects of the merger between II-VI Incorporated and Finisar Corporation 
  • TenTwoEight GmbH in its sale to Profile Partner Ltd.
  • CLX Communications on the acquisition of
    • Dialogue Group Ltd., and
    • Xura Secure Communications GmbH
  • Direct Energy LP in its Series C2-Investment in GreenCom AG
  • Lekker Strom Beteiligungs GmbH in its Investment in Mieterengel GmbH
  • DiaMonTech GmbH in its Series A financing round
  • Little Sun GmbH in its Series A financing round 
  • Berliner Berg, a start-up brewery, with regard to the establishment of a venture structure, a seed financing round, and convertible loans.
  • IEG Investment Banking Group on the investment in TK Ride GmbH, a start-up cycling studio, and in Doctorbox GmbH.
  • Family Offices on their investments in
    • Movinga, a European platform for house removals
    • Optiopay, an online payment processing platform
    • FinCompare, a German Fintech start-up
    • Auctionata, an online auction house for luxury goods and art (insolvency in 2017)
    • Finiata, a Hamburg-based FinTech company
    • Figo, a German FinTech company
  • Vantik GmbH, an online pension sales platform, on the establishment of a venture structure and first financing rounds.