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Dr. Adrian Haase


Adrian provides advice on all matters of corporate law related to funds, corporations and growth-oriented companies. He specializes in M&A and venture capital transactions.

Legal500 has elected Adrian as the "Rising Star 2020" for Venture Capital in Germany.

Education and Career

Adrian studied law at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Humboldt University (Berlin) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His legal training included stints at a large international law firm and at the First Circuit Court of O’ahu (Honolulu, Hawai’i). 

After that, he was a research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin) as well as a visiting research fellow at the University of Parma (Italy) and at Harvard Law School. Before joining YPOG, he worked for several years at SMP and Flick Gocke Schaumburg.


Adrian’s recent work highlights include advising: 

  • Atomico, Battery Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures and various other international venture capital funds on their investments in portfolio companies in Germany
  • Acton Capital Partners, Project A Ventures, Signals Venture Capital and many other venture capital investors on their investments in portfolio companies
  • Flaschenpost, Raisin, IDnow, Wunder Mobility, Choco Communications, Cluno, Zenjob and numerous other technology companies on their financing rounds as well as on corporate law matters
  • Signals Venture Capital in connection with the acquisition of Circ by Bird
  • Shareholders in Priori Data on the sale to AppScatter (AIM:APPS)


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur.) (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • LL.B. (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)


  • German
  • English
  • Permissibility and limitations of VC vesting schemes
    in: Betriebs-Berater, Issue 36-2022 (together with Philipp Dubiel | in German)
  • Computer crime under European criminal law – Division of competences, harmonization and cooperation perspectives
    Mohr Siebeck, 2017 (forthcoming) - (in German)
  • Ubiquitous computing and increasing engagement of private companies in governmental surveillance
    Oxford Journal of International Data Privacy Law, 2017, 126-126 (together with Emma Peters)
  • Redemption of GmbH-shares upon the termination of a service agreement
    EWiR 2017, 265 - (in German)
  • Criminal law vs. security law – Computer criminal law beyond the scope of protection of legal interests and ultima ratio?
    in: Gusy/Kugelmann/Würtenberger (Eds.), Legal Handbook of Civil Security, 2016, 517-526 - (in German)
  • Harmonizing substantive cybercrime law through European Union directive 2013/40/EU – From European legislation to international model law?
    IEEE Xplore, ICACC 2015, 1-6
  • Congress Report: Cyber crime as an international challenge
    ZIS, 2015, 422-425 (in German)

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