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Dr. Thilo Winkeler

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Dr. Thilo Winkeler is a partner in the Berlin office and a member of the corporate practice group. He provides comprehensive advice in the areas of venture capital/emerging growth and private equity, in particular in connection with tech and digital transactions (fintech, health tech, SaaS). Mr. Winkeler accompanies established start-ups as well as international VC funds, family offices and corporates. He advises on the structuring of start-ups, their financing rounds, management participations, acquisitions and sales. He also advises on international real estate and energy transactions.

Professional Background

Mr. Winkeler joined K&L Gates in October 2016. He has been a lawyer since 2001 and was a partner in a US law firm in Frankfurt from 2007 to 2016.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • American Council on Germany

Additional Information

  • SPACS on the advance, Börsenzeitung, 2 April 2008, with Marc V. Kramer
  • SPACS - In Search: Are SPACS an Alternative to Private Equity Investors?, Finance, March 2008
  • What is a deadlock with a shoot-out?, Finance, April 2006
  • What is a Basket, actually?, Finance, November 2005
  • Due Diligence - Hidden - Concealed contributions in kind in share deals, Finance, March 2005
  • One step forward - News on the taxation of private equity funds, Finance, February 2005
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.