Start-up "Lifetime-Cycle" - From funding to Exit - The Legal and Tax Side of a Start-up Life Cycle
Thursday 17 July, 10:00 AM 2014 to 8:00 PM 2014
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, Berlin, , 13355 (View Map)

Every start-up faces several legal and tax related challenges on its path to success. How do I set up the legal structure and is it ideal for tax purposes? How to protect IP and how to get the most out of it? Where should I operate my business? How to find the right premises for young but growing businesses and what are the key issues in commercial leases for founders? How can I tackle the legal and tax related challenges when investors come on board? Do I have to go for a VC or are there alternative sums of funding available? What are the best exit strategies? 

Gain from experienced advisers: SammlerUsinger, GSG|Berlin and Scheuermann, Westerhoff, Strittmatter will jointly host the day and address most of the topics relevant in a start-up „Lifetime-Cycle" – from founding, funding, tax and IP issues through choosing the premises and negotiating the lease to exit strategies. 

We start in the morning at 10:00 and go until late afternoon. Throughout the day we will be of service for you for all questions you would like to discuss. 

The sessions can be booked separately. Thus you can join us for single or multiple sessions according to your interest.

We take care of lunch. An informal farewell get-together featuring a keynote speaker from the start-up scene will round up the day.



  • Welcoming by Christian Blecke

10.30 am - 1.30 pm - MORNING SESSIONS

10.30 am - 11.30 am - How to set up the legal structure

  • Relevant legal forms and founding process 
  • Company agreements - the basis for sucessfull work
  • Admission of new partners / Participation of emloyees

11.30 am - 12.30 pm - Copyright and IP issues for start-ups

  • IP-risks while running a business
  • How to obtain trademark protection
  • Copyright law and licensing
  • Complying with unfair competition law
  • How to avoid and handle warning letters
12.30 pm - 1.30 pm - The ideal structure for tax purposes
  • Taxation of corporations and partnerships / sole proprietorship
  • Bookkeeping from the start
  • Use of tax loss carry-forward resulting from the starting phase
  • Value added taxes
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm - LUNCHBREAK 

2.30 pm - 6.00 pm - AFTERNOON SESSIONS

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm - Commercial rent agreements

  • Choosing the right premises
  • How to negotiate the lease

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm - Start-up funding 

  • A few numbers - you are competing for money
  • Ways to fund a start-up business (government grants, debt mezzanine, equity)
  • Consequences - safeguard your influence and interest

5.00 pm - 6.00 pm - Exit scenarios 

  • Sale - IPO - licensing model
  • Exit taxation


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Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, Berlin, , 13355 (View Map)
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