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Dr. Frederik Gärtner

Frederik advises corporates, financial investors and start-ups on M&A and venture capital transactions as well as all matters of corporate law. His practice focuses on transaction and corporate law advice to, or in connection with investments in, growth-oriented companies in the areas of FinTech, InsurTech, PropTech, Digital Health, mobility. LegalTech and other regulated industries.

Leaders League ranks Frederik as one of only 15 leading German lawyers in Venture Capital (highest category). Business daily Handelsblatt in cooperation with US publishing house Best Lawyers© commended Frederik as one of Germany's best lawyers for venture capital, M&A and corporate law. Frederik has been also recognized by Chambers and Partners' FinTech Legal Guide 2020 as a notable practitioner.

Education and Career

Frederik studied law in Berlin and Kiel as well as law and management at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law of the University of St. Gallen. Frederik began his legal career with Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Before co-founding YPOG, Frederik worked at SMP, was Counsel at the FinTech Raisin ( and founded the LegalTech start-up


Frederik's recent work highlights include advising:

  • Allianz X on the investment in the mobility joint venture Heycar (with VW, Daimler and Renault)
  • Neobroker Trade Republic on various corporate law issues
  • Shopping community provider (mydealz, hotukdeals) on the merger with Global Savings Group and the acquisition of Savings United
  • Shareholders of the affiliate marketing company digidip on the sale to Waterland Private Equity/Yieldkit
  • Digital health start-up FORMEL Skin on all financing rounds (most recently EUR 30m Series A with Singular)
  • Crypto-as-a-Service start-up on funding round with Anthemis, Ilavska Vuillermoz, w3fund, Barclays Female Innovators Lab and Auxxo
  • Project A Ventures on numerous VC investments (including Amazd, Anyline, Baobab, Casavo, Dalma, ExpressSteuer, Heyflow, Knowunity, Laserhub, Trade Republic,
    Vaeridion, Vay, Yababa) and exits (Gabi to Experian (volume: $320 million), Eyeota to Dun & Bradstreet (volume: $165 million))
  • Logistics start-up Everstox on all financing rounds (most recently EUR 30m Series A with Acton)
  • Shareholders of big data start-up Data Artisans on sale to Alibaba (ETR: AHLA)
  • Formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI on the acquisition of Implenia's formwork business (SWX: IMPN) and on the investment in ConTech start-up Cosuno
  • APEX Ventures on various VC investments (including Mindpeak, Mobius Labs, Ororatech, Yuri Gravity)
  • InsurTech start-up InsureQ on all financing rounds
  • 42CAP on numerous VC investments and on the exit of BioTech start-up Allcyte to Exscientia (NASDAQ: EXAI)
  • Web3 startup Otterspace in funding round with Cherry Crypto, Inflection, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coinbase Ventures, btov and Paua Ventures
  • btov, Endeit Capital and Project A Ventures on Comtravo's exit to TripActions
  • Open payroll provider Mistho on funding round with Lightbird, Nauta Capital, GFC as well as FinVC
  • Shareholders of FinTech start-up TTMzero in the sale to United Fintech
  • PropTech start-up Gropyus on acquisition of BSH production from Mayr-Melnhof
  • Five Season Ventures on Series B financing rounds of Air-up (EUR 40m) and YFood
  • Shareholders of the product comparison platform LionsHome on the sale to Waterland Private Equity
  • Business Angels on the sale of FinTech start-up Cash Payment Solutions ( to the Japanese Glory Group
  • PropTech start-up Homeday on Series B financing round with Axel Springer (EUR 40m)
  • FinTech start-up CrossLend on Series A and Series B financing round with participation of Santander InnoVentures, ABN Amro, Lakestar and Earlybird (EUR 35m)
  • Shareholders of Testroom on the merger with Contentfleet (Ströer Group).


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur.) (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Executive Diploma in Law & Management (Universität St. Gallen)


  • German
  • English
  • The involuntary loss of the shareholder position of departed managers and employees - A practical test for the dismissal jurispudence („Hinauskündigungsrechtsprechung")
    Nomos, 2015
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