EP 2 – Legal Considerations with Sven Greulich

EP 2 – Legal Considerations with Sven Greulich


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Sven Greulich is a technology lawyer with Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe that advises companies on complex, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and general corporate counseling. His clients include tech companies of all stages as well as investors at all points of a company’s life cycle. He also counsels major corporations on their European expansion projects.

With a dual background in business and law, Sven has an entrepreneurial spirit backed that is backed by experience with hundreds of M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries. With the little free time that he has, Sven volunteers with Prepare! The Entrepreneurs Academy and the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable, guest lectures on venture capital finance at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, serves on the advisory board of its entrepreneurship program, and spends time with his family and young daughter.


Interview Introduction (0:29)

Intro to Sven (1:28)

Part 1: Sven’s Career Story (1:59) 

Part 2: Learning Tech through Venture Capital (4:46)

Part 3: When Startups Use Legal Counsel (6:44) 

      MUSIC INTERLUDE (8:39) 

Part 4: What kind of legal counsel do you need? (9:06) 

Part 5: When should startups invest in legal services? (11:13) 

      MUSIC INTERLUDE (16:44) 

Part 6: Founding with Friends (17:14) 

Part 7: Bridging the Atlantic as a Startup (19:09) 

Part 8: Notable Startup Clients? (21:25) 

      MUSIC INTERLUDE (24:52) 

Part 9: Cost of Starting a Business in Germany (25:08) 

Part 10: Founder Friendly vs Investor Friendly Terms (27:42) 

      MUSIC INTERLUDE (31:08) 

Part 11: Capitalization: The Devil is in the Details (31:34) 

Part 12: Where should German founders incorporate? (34:32) 

Part 13: Where to Start with Legal (37:49) 

      MUSIC INTERLUDE (39:21) 

Part 14: Trajectory of the German Startup Scene (39:57) 

Part 15: Sven’s Connection to New Zealand (41:03) 

Part 16: What are you currently reading? (44:09) 

Part 17: What’s on your playlist? (45:08) 

Closing Summary: (45:52)