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Dr. Matthias Möller

Dr. Matthias Möller

German Attorney at Law since 2003
Partner at SCHIEDERMAIR since 2015

   

Practice Areas

  • M&A
  • Venture Capital
  • Stock Corporation Law
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Accounting Law

Practice Summary

Dr. Matthias Möller has over ten years of experience advising on venture capital and corporate transactions. Specifically he:

  • Has advised on venture capital transaction either on the side of investors or founders;
  • Has represented and advised corporations on acquisitions or divestitures in the small und midcap segments, whether domestically or cross-border;
  • Has advised stock corporations, as well as associations limited by shares, on preparing and holding shareholders’ meetings, in particular in connection with capital increases and restructurings;
  • Has represented minority shareholders during shareholders’ meetings for the purpose of protecting the rights of such minority shareholders;
  • Has represented and advised corporations and former corporate executives on asserting claims or defending liability claims; and
  • Has structured and advised on the placement of corporate debt, either through a public offering or a private placement.

Industry Focus

Automotive, Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Retail (e.g., shoes and childrens’ furniture), Renewable Energy, Bank-Independent Finance Technology, Web Intelligence

Representative Clients

  • Advised an owner-shareholder on the sale of an automotive engineering service company to various private equity investors
  • Advised majority shareholders of an automotive company engaged in drive engineering and vehicle technology on the sale of the company to a Canadian investment company
  • Prepared and organized the shareholders‘ meeting of VestCorp AG to remove the supervisory board and board of managers as they were acting in an unauthorized manner (covered by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on April 11 and 12, 2013)
  • Advised various venture capital funds und business angels on the acquisition of capital holdings
  • Represented a bankruptcy administrator on making a claim for liability against various corporate executives
  • Represented various managers (directors and managing directors) in connection with the resignation of their executive positions, including defending against claims of executive liability
  • Advised on the structuring and the private placement of a corporate bond with a collateral structure
  • Advised on the introduction of a corporate stock option program
  • Advised on the structuring and placing of corporate bonds for a leading German education financer (“education bond”) as part of a public offering
  • Cross-border forward-share deal of a real estate company that owned the new headquarters of a Big Four accounting firm
  • Advised on the structuring, placing, and restructuring of a corporate bond
  • Advised on the change of corporate form of a photovoltaic system company from a closely held entity (GmbH) into a stock corporation (AG)
  • Advised on the structuring of various crowd funding platforms

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Venture Capital Investment in Germany: Market and Regulatory Overview, in Multi-JURISDICTIONAL Guide 2014/15, online publication: global.practicallaw.com/6-500-9525, co-author with Petra Eckl
  • Success of the Modernization of the Legal Framework Conditions for Venture Capital in Germany? Claims and Reality (Erfolg bei der Modernisierung der rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen für Wagniskapital in Deutschland? Anspruch und Wirklichkeit), co-author with Axel Schilder, Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2007, p. 2753
  • Right of Inspection to an Auditor’s Report of the Statutory Auditor Pursuant to Section 321 a Commercial Code (Einsichtsrecht nach § 321 a HGB in die Prüfungsberichte des gesetzlichen Abschlussprüfers), co-author with Karl-Heinz Forster and Hans Friedrich Gelhausen, Die Wirtschaftsprüfung (WPg) May, 2007, p. 191
  • Support of Private Equity and Venture Capital through Proposed Improvements to the Tax Framework (Förderung von Private Equity und Venture Capital durch geplante Verbesserung der steuerlichen Rahmenbedingungen), Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2006, p. 971
  • Book Review of “The Act on Equity Investment Companies” by Dr. Till Fock (Fock – UBGG - Gesetz über Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaften), WM 2006, p. 251
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Holdings (Venture Capital- & Private Equity-Beteiligungen), co-author with Axel Pfeifer, in Moritz (Editor), Handbook on Financial and Asset Advice (Finanz- und Vermögensberatung), 2004
  • Legal Corporate Forms for Venture Capital (Rechtsformen der Wagnisfinanzierung), Frankfurt am Main 2002 (Doctoral Thesis)
  • Forms of Contracts Between Start-Ups and Investors (Vertragsgestaltung zwischen Start-up Unternehmen und Investoren (Contracting)), co-author with Theodor Baums, in: Hommel (Editor), Value Oriented Management for Start-Ups (Wertorientiertes Start-Up-Management), Munich 2002
  • Venture Capital: American Model and German Stock Law (Venture Capital: US-amerikanisches Modell und deutsches Aktienrecht), in: Baums and Hopt (Editors), Corporations, Capital Markets and Business in the Law, London 2000; co-author with Theodor Baums

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Association of Corporate Law (Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht (VGR) e.V.)
  • Founding Member of the German Stanford Student Association
  • Founding Member of the Association of German Students to Osnabrück (Verein Deutscher Studenten zu Osnabrück im VVDSt)

Education and Career

Matthias has been a German Attorney at Law since 2003 and a Partner at SCHIEDERMAIR in Frankfurt since 2015. As a Member of the firm’s Corporate Law, M&A, Tax, and Notarial Services Practice, he focuses on venture capital, capital markets law, stock corporations law, and accounting law.

Before joining SCHIEDERMAIR, Matthias practiced at the law firm of GSK STOCKMANN + KOLLEGEN in Frankfurt for eight years (six of which as a Local Partner) concentrating also on corporate and capital markets law. Prior to that, he practiced at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG as in-house counsel in the Legal and National Reporting Department. Matthias began his legal career at the German law firm of MPK RECHTSANWÄLTE in Frankfurt.

Matthias studied law at the University of Osnabrück and served as an Assistant Lecturer to Prof. Theodor Baums of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Law. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Osnabrück in 2002. His doctoral thesis was on the legal differences of venture capital financing in the United States and Germany. He completed a stint as a researcher at Stanford University as part of his doctoral research.

Professional Recognition

Matthias‘ doctoral thesis was supported and publicly recognized by the Heinz-Ansmann-Foundation. He is listed in the Legal 500 (2014) as a recommended attorney in the areas of corporate law and M&A. Matthias was nominated for the PLATOW Legal Award 2013 for his representation in the VestCorp case.

Languages

German
English