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YPOG advises BlueYard Capital on structuring of $185 million early-stage fund

Berlin – A YPOG Team led by Stephan Bank and Helder Schnittker provided comprehensive corporate, tax and regulatory advice to early-stage investor BlueYard Capital (“BlueYard”) on the structuring of its third main fund BlueYard 3, a $185 million (approx. €173 million) early-stage fund focusing on investments in web services, web applications, information technology, software and mobile communication. 

By relying on Stephan Helder and their team, BlueYard continues a longstanding successful client relationship, which includes the structuring of BlueYard 1 and BlueYard 2, each a $120 million (approx. €115 million) predecessor fund of BlueYard 3, and also related transaction work as well as ongoing advice. 

With the new fund, BlueYard continues its strategy of operating as an early-stage lead investor emphasizing technologies for a prosperous and sustainable future. Over the past 12 months, BlueYard has invested in 17 portfolio companies such as zK-SNARK hardware acceleration, RNA to protein manipulation and programmable chemistry. BlueYard 3 brings the total amount of assets managed by BlueYard to $500 million (approx. €479 million). 

Advisors BlueYard Capital:

Dr. Stephan Bank (Co-Lead, Structuring/Corporate), Partner 
Dr. Helder Schnittker (Co-Lead, Structuring/Tax), Partner
Lennart Lorenz (Regulatory), Partner
Dr. Michael Filipowicz (Structuring/Corporate), Senior Associate  
Dr. Dajo Sanning (Tax), Associate  
Ivo Schmiedt (Structuring), Associate 
Dr. Friedrich Wöhlecke (Tax), Associate 
Antonia von Treuenfeld (Regulatory/ESG), Associate
Sylwia Luszczek (Investor Onboarding), Legal Project Manager 

About BlueYard Capital 

BlueYard is an early-stage venture capital firm backing founders building the fundamental fabric layer technologies required to build a positive outlook for humanity: from web 3 for an open and immutable internet, programmable biology to enhance human resilience to breakthrough engineering & computation to ensure an increase of humanity's computational capabilities and the ability to mitigate climate breakdown risks. The firm was founded in 2016, manages four funds with a total assets under management of $500 million, mainly from US university endowments, foundations, families and selected fund of funds.


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