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Johannes Schmidt

Johannes mainly advises corporate clients and financial investors on national and cross-border M&A transactions and financing rounds as well as generally on issues of corporate law.

Best Lawyers® in cooperation with business daily Handelsblatt has recognized Johannes repeatedly in the “Ones to Watch” list for Germany for 2024 in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Venture Capital Law.

Education and Career

Johannes studied law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, and at Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne. His practical legal training at Hamburg's Hanseatic Higher Regional Court included stints at Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and in the legal department of Goldman Sachs. Before joining SMP and YPOG, he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and held various operational positions at the FinTech growth company Deposit Solutions (now: Raisin).


Johannes‘ recent work highlights include advising:

  • Armira on the de-SPAC transaction of Boxine („Tonies“) with 468 SPAC
  • Deutsche GigaNetz inter alia on the entry of DWS
  • BPE Private Equity on the acquisition of farmermobil Group (management buy-in), Group (owners buy-out), DeutschAkademie Group (management buy-in) and OPEN Group (owners buy-out)
  • Project A on the management buy-out of kfzteile24 from EQT
  • Founders of AMANA on the acquisition by LucaNet, a portfolio company of HgCapital
  • Management of adSoul on the acquisition of adSoul from Otto Group (management buy-out)
  • Founders of ComX on the entry of FLEX Capital
  • Founders and investors of Stocard on the exit to Klarna
  • DeFi Labs („Violet“) on the Seed and Series A financing rounds lead by BlueYard, and FinTech Collective, Ethereal and Balderton respectively
  • Kopernikus Automotive on the Series A and Series A extension financing rounds lead by Continental
  • US family offices on their shareholdings in Celonis, inter alia on the Series D extension financing round lead by Qatar Investment Authority


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • Second German Law Degree (Higher Regional Court of Hamburg)
  • First German Law Degree
  • LL.B. (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)


  • German
  • English
  • Annotation to Federal Court of Justice (BGH) judgement of 20.7.2009 - II ZR 36/08 - Liability for an equity-substituting guarantee in the case of enforcement of another security through sale to the guaranteeing shareholder
    Business Law Cases (Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht, EWiR) 2010, pp. 81 - 82 (together with Dr. Felix Steffek, LL.M. (Cambridge))
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