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Lennart Lorenz


Lennart advises fund initiators, fund management teams and fund investors in the field of alternative investment (private equity, venture capital, debt, real estate) on all matters of regulatory law as well as on the structuring of funds and other investment vehicles. This also includes advising foreign funds and management teams on the private placement of fund participations in Germany. In addition, he accompanies and advises financial market players in (banking) regulatory licensing procedures as well as initiators on regulatory issues in connection with crypto tokens and blockchain-based business models. Lennart is a member of #TeamCrypto.

Education and Career

Lennart studied law in Göttingen, Maribor (Slovenia) and Stockholm. Before joining SMP, Lennart spent a number of years practicing as an attorney in the field of investment regulatory law with P+P Pöllath + Partners, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, and Debevoise & Plimpton in their Frankfurt und Hamburg offices.


Lennart's recent work highlights include advising:

  • A UK PE fund manager for the formation of a German company and obtaining of a § 32 KWG permit
  • A German fund sponsor for the launch of its first private debt fund in Luxembourg (EUR 250 million fund volume)
  • A leading German fund sponsor on regulatory issues, including coordination of cross-border notifications in the acquisition of control of portfolio companies
  • Several German venture capital managers obtaining registration applications
  • Multiple initiators for regulatory structuring and placement of token offerings
  • Several investors on regulatory issues relating to the acquisition of Crypto Token


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • LL.M. (Stockholm University)


  • German
  • English
  • (Non-)applicability of the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB) in constellations of practical relevance involving holding companies and employee-shareholding schemes,
    in: BKR 2019, pp. 386–392 [a magazine on banking and capital markets law] (together with David John) [in German]
  • Domestic [German] fund structures / Fund reporting, fund compliance and fund governance,
    in: Jesch/Striegel/Boxberger, Legal Handbook Private Equity, 2019 (together with Niklas Ulrich) (forthcoming) [in German]
  • Rules governing remuneration,
    in: Pöllath/Rodin/Wewel, Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds, handbook, 2018 (together with Sebastian Käpplinger) [in German]
  • Country Chapter – Germany,
    in: Fund Finance 2018, Global Legal Insights, 2nd edition, 2018 (together with Patricia Volhard and Klaudius Heda)
  • Private Equity – Overview Germany,
    in: Private Equity, The European Lawyer, Jurisdictional Comparisons, 2nd edition, 2014 (together with Patricia Volhard, Jens Hörmann and Solveig Polsfuß) [in German]
  • "Reverse payments" and "pay-for-delay" in the light of the Lundbeck decision of the European Commission and the judgment by the U.S. Supreme Court in re FTC vs. Actavis et al.,
    in: Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte ['Communication of German Patent Attorneys'] 2013, pp. 390–398 (together with Ulrich Worm) [in German]
  • Patent thickets and other patent-related strategies in the light of the Astra Zeneca decision of the European General Court (Case T-321/05),
    in: Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte 2012, pp. 301–306 (together with Ulrich Worm) [in German]
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