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Berlin – While working at SMP, members oft he YPOG team advised Revent Capital (Revent) on the structuring of its impact-focused venture capital fund "Revent Ventures I" with a target volume of 50 million Euro. the shareholders of the Munich-based mobility and FinTech company Cluno on the acquisition by British online car dealer Cazoo. Cazoo says that it intends to establish Cluno as the company's European headquarters, which will serve as the basis for the company's international growth strategy in Europe. In addition, Cazoo intends to launch a subscription service in the UK in the coming months. Cluno's shareholders received comprehensive legal and tax advice on the acquisition of the Munich-based car subscription provider by a team led by partner Benjamin Ullrich. The company has already relied on the team's expertise in connection with its Series B financing round in 2019.

"The transaction again demonstrates that acquisitions can be an important part of the growth strategy also for young companies. We are pleased that we were able to advise the shareholders of Cluno on this cross-border transaction, having advised the company on the last financing round," says partner Benjamin Ullrich.

Cluno

Cluno is a flexible mobility concept. The digital car subscription service offers a flexible and hassle-free alternative to car ownership, offering a choice of up to 100 makes and models, with a single monthly subscription fee which includes the car, maintenance, service, warranty, tax and insurance. Founded in 2017 by Christina Polleti, Nico Polleti and Andreas Schuierer, Cluno has grown to a team of over 100 based in Munich. The founders look back on many years of experience in the automotive and internet sectors. Their last company, easyautosale, was acquired by Autoscout24 in 2015. Cluno is supported by leading venture capital investors including Valar Ventures, Acton Capital Partners and Atlantic Labs.

Cazoo

Cazoo is a UK-based online car retailer and already one of the fastest growing businesses in Europe. Cazoo owns and fully reconditions all its cars before offering them on its website and has thousands of cars available at any time for either delivery or collection in as little as 72 hours. The company is pioneering the shift to online car buying and, since its launch just over one year ago, has already delivered almost 20,000 cars to consumers across the UK. Cazoo was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman OBE, has a highly experienced management team and is backed by some of the leading global technology investors.

Advisors shareholders Cluno:

Dr. Benjamin Ullrich (Co-Lead/Corporate), Partner
Dr. Malte Bergmann (Tax), Partner
Dr. Adrian Haase (Co-Lead/Corporate), Senior Associate
Ann-Kristin Lochmann (Tax), Senior Associate
Matthias Kresser (Corporate), Senior Associate
Daniela Machado (Corporate), Senior Foreign Associate
Christiane Schnitzler (Corporate), Associate

About us

YPOG is a boutique law firm for tax and business law which is active in the core fields of Tax, Funds, Corporate, Litigation, Transactions, IT/IP and notarial services. The Team at YPOG represents a broad client base, which ranges from emerging technology companies and family-run SMEs to large corporations as well as private equity and venture capital funds. YPOG is one of the leading players for venture capital, private equity and fund structuring in Germany. The firm and its partners have been recognized nationally and internationally by JUVE, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, Focus and Chambers and Partners. Today, YPOG has more than 70 experienced lawyers and tax specialists and a notary, in three offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. More information about YPOG: www.ypog.law and www.linkedin.com/company/ypog.