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Associated Partner*

Dr. Johannes Janning

Berlin / Cologne

Johannes specializes in venture capital and M&A transactions. He advises investors, start-ups and other companies in day-to-day corporate law, financing rounds, acquisitions, joint ventures and exits. Johannes is particularly active in the insurance, life sciences and PropTech sectors. His clients appreciate his negotiation skills as well as his dedicated entrepreneurial thinking.

Johannes was recognised by WirtschaftsWoche as one of three Future Leaders in the Best of Legal Awards 2021. Legal 500 lists him as a recommended lawyer in the life science segment.

Education and Career

Johannes studied law in Bonn, Marburg and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and received his doctorate from the University of Cologne. Before joining YPOG, Johannes was Junior Partner at Oppenhoff and Associate at DLA Piper. Johannes frequently publishes on matters related to corporate law.


As part of his previous work with Oppenhoff, Johannes’ work highlights included advising:

  • Altana New Technologies, BeyondBuild, EIC Fund, Viva Biotech and various other national and international investors on their investments in portfolio companies in growth-oriented companies
  • Zurich on the acquisition of the InsurTech Dentolo and the sale of the participation in ADAC Autoversicherung
  • VHV on the acquisition of digital service providers Eucon and InterEurope
  • Shareholders in Babybe on the sale to Natus Medical Incorporated
  • SQS Software Quality Systems on the public takeover by Ardian and the subsequent squeeze-out

 * not a partner within the meaning of the German Partnership Company Act (Partnerschaftsgesellschaftsgesetz – PartGG)


  • Rechtsanwalt
  • Dr. iur. (Universität Köln)
  • LL.M. (London School of Economics and Political Science)


  • German
  • English
  • § 11 German Act on Advertising in the Healthcare Sector (HWG) and Social Media – Influencers as celebrity advertisers?,
    PharmR 2021, p. 49 ff. (together with Dr Fee Mäder and Sophie-Christine Hebbinghaus) (in German)
  • Import of cannabidiol oil from EU member state,
    LMuR 2021, p. 21 ff. (in German)
  • Application of Sections 113, 114 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) to agreements between stock corporations and their contractual partners in which a supervisory board member is holding a share,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2020, p. 105 (together with Dr Peter Etzbach) (in German)
  • Virtual stock option plans of listed stock corporations,
    Europäische Hochschulschriften Recht, Peter Lang, 2020 (in German)
  • Employee participation in startups – pros and cons of actual and virtual participation,
    The LEGAL ®EVOLUTIONary, 6. August 2019 (together with Anna-Catharina von Girsewald) (in German)
  • Election of the Supervisory Board: Resolution not contestable on grounds of a deviation from GCGC recommendations,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2019, p. 775 (together with Dr Günter Seulen) (in German)
  • Equal treatment of the shareholders in a capital increase from authorised capital and exclusion of subscription rights,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2019, p. 358 f. (together with Dr Nefail Berjasevic) (in German)
  • Dismissal of supervisory board members by a court,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2018, p. 2868 f. (together with Dr Günter Seulen) (in German)
  • No actio pro socio of the limited partner against the third-party manager of a general partner GmbH,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2018, p. 1456 (together with Dr Peter Etzbach) (in German)
  • Limitation in the articles of association of the limited partner’s right of inspection pursuant to Sec. 166 para. 1 German Commercial Code,
    Der Betrieb (DB), 2018, p. 881 (together with Dr Peter Etzbach) (in German)
  • No contestation in insolvency pursuant to Sec. 135 para. 1 No. 2 German Insolvency Code of withdrawals made by a limited partner from the company’s assets,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2017, p. 1957 (together with Dr Nefail Berjasevic) (in German)
  • Disbursement within the meaning of Sec. 30 para. 1 German Limited Liability Companies Act in case of a third-party claim against a shareholder secured by the company,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2017, p. 1438 (together with Dr Peter Etzbach) (in German)
  • The prohibited restitution of contributions by creating a security within the scope of an acquisition of shares,
    Der Betrieb (DB) 2017, p. 1133 (together with Dr Peter Etzbach) (in German)
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