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OVH – Startup Services


OVH Attorneys at Law and Tax Advisors provides competent and comprehensive advice on all topics related to founding, venture capital and start-ups from both a legal and a tax perspective.

In the context of founding the start-up, we offer the following services:

Choice of the most suitable legal form with special consideration of tax aspects;
- Accompanying the formation process to any legal form;
- Drafting the articles of association and shareholders' agreements;
- Drafting of managing director employment contracts and rules of procedure;
- Implementation of employee participation models, for example option models, virtual participations or         phantom stocks.

Furthermore, it is indispensable for start-ups to design the company's supply and sales relationships in the basic outlines as part of the company set-up. We are happy to provide support in the areas of:
- Drafting general terms and conditions (GTC);
- Drafting distribution contracts;
- Design of online platforms;
- General advice on the basic functioning of revenue models and weighing up risks.

Important questions also arise, especially for start-ups, in all matters relating to business financing. They often cannot take out a classic bank loan and therefore have to resort to other financing methods. In this respect, we are happy to advise you on the following topics:

- Review of term sheets, e.g. Non Binding Offer, Letter of Intent, Memorandum of Understanding;
- Advice on all financing matters with investors: This includes venture capital, business angels and  strategic investors;
- Drafting and reviewing contractual documentation in the context of investor participation, e.g. shareholders' agreements and participation agreements;
- Drafting of financing documents, such as corporate bonds and profit participation rights;
- Support in the implementation or initiation of crowdfunding financing (selection of platforms, reviewing the specifications for contracts or drafting prospectuses and other information materials).

We also advise you in the following areas:
- Restructuring (e.g. mergers, spin-offs, spin-offs) as well as, for example, advice on the implementation of holding structures and related cash pooling or profit transfer agreements;
- Clarification of all emerging corporate law issues in the further course after the formation (ongoing advice);
- All issues relating to the purchase and sale of companies.

Within the framework of our legal areas of expertise, we would also like to give you the option of an external legal department for your start-up. This gives you the option of contacting an advisor assigned to you at short notice at any time, who will advise you on all legal questions that arise and is on call to do so at any time. Your questions will be coordinated within our office, if necessary, in order to be able to answer all questions comprehensively and professionally. Furthermore, we can also take care of claims management and debt collection for you.
By outsourcing your internal legal advice to us, you save a large amount of personnel costs and can rely on comprehensive advice and support in a wide range of areas of civil law throughout the year. You also benefit from a high degree of planning security and, of course, from the experience of our specialised lawyers.
We are happy to work with you on a long-term basis in order to get to know the specifics of your company and to adapt our work accordingly, but we also offer project-related advice in individual areas of law on request. Depending on your needs, we will put together an individual offer for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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