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Dr. Thilo Winkeler

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Dr. Thilo Winkeler focuses on venture capital and new digital media transactions, as well as structuring stakes in ventures, financing rounds, acquisitions, and exits. He has spent several years advising various ventures and incubators on corporate structure development.

He has also assisted various ventures and incubators with general corporate matters and M&A, in particular national and cross-border mergers.

Having worked on a number of large-scale transactions in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors in recent years, Dr. Winkeler has 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:
  • Epic, the former incubator of German media group ProSiebenSat1, on the establishment of the incubator structure, as well as on numerous ventures (Amorelie, Petobel, and Valmano).
  • SMACC, an online accounting software start-up, in connection with the establishment of a venture structure, as well as seed and series A financing.
  • Berliner Berg, a start-up brewery, with regard to the establishment of a venture structure, a seed financing round, and convertible loans.
  • CLX Communications on the acquisition of
    • Dialogue Group Ltd. and Xura Secure Communications GmbH
  • IEG Investment Banking Group on the investment in TK Ride GmbH, a start-up cycling studio, and in Doctorbox GmbH.
  • Shareholders 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
  • BRIX Pension GmbH, an online pension sales platform, on the establishment of a venture structure and financing matters.
  • Civey, a German online market research institute, on the establishment of a venture structure and financing matters.