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Axel Zirn

Axel advises asset managers and investment funds on fund structuring with a particular focus on drafting and negotiating contracts as well as on all operational and tax matters. Axel also provides advice to institutional investors on their investments in closed-end investment funds.

Another focus of his practice are venture capital and M&A transactions. Here, Axel represents founders and start-ups in financing rounds and exit transactions.

Education and Career

Axel performed his civil service in Ecuador and, subsequently completed his law studies at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at SciencesPo in Paris. He then worked as a research assistant at Kirkland & Ellis in Munich before completing his legal clerkship at the Berlin Court of Appeal. Axel joined YPOG (formerly SMP) in 2021, first as a research assistant and then as a lawyer.



Axel’s recent work highlights include advising:

  • ERIC/PropTech1 on the structuring of early-stage venture capital funds
  • HV Capital on the structuring of venture capital and growth funds
  • Vorwerk Ventures on the structuring of an early-stage corporate venture capital fund
  • KKA Partners on the structuring of a private equity fund
  • 468 Capital on fund structuring and general operational issues
  • Speedinvest on the structuring of an early-stage venture capital fund
  • General advice to BlueYard/BY Capital
  • Advising NRW Bank on investment activities
  • Advising Headline on operational issues and the structuring of early-stage funds
  • Advising Armira on fund projects and operational business
  • Advising Project B since the first financing round
  • Corporate law advice to Element AG


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws)


  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
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