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04-07-2022News

Heuking advises AlphaQ Venture Capital on structuring and launching an innovative VC fund of funds structure

A team led by Dr. Thorsten Kuthe and Dr. Christoph Gringel advised AQVC Management GmbH (AlphaQ Venture Capital) on the registration process with the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority as an AIF capital management firm and on structuring and launching an innovative VC fund of funds structure. Using an investment stock corporation with fixed capital, the VC fund of funds structure is also intended to allow private investors to invest in VC funds in the future.

The initial target fund volume is EUR 500 million, which will be mainly invested in Europe, with exposure to the startup nation of Israel and the United States.

Initiated and led by the founding team of Stephan Heller (former founder & CEO FinCompare and Watchmaster, former Managing Director Intel), Marius Weber (former General Partner Rheingau Founders), Oliver Oster (formerly Optiopay, Lawyer), and Marcus Börner (former founder & CEO Optiopay and ReBuy), the fund aims to strengthen the VC ecosystem by backing established tier-1 funds and emerging breakout managers.

The fund will invest globally, with heavy focus on Europe. Capital will be allocated to 50 to 60 VC funds, which in turn would each fund about 20 different, primarily European, startups, giving AQVC an indirect stake in up to 1,200 companies. The team is screening over 2,000 VC funds annually for investment and has secured allocations in 50 top-tier VC funds including Northzone, Partech, Speedinvest, Headline, Nucleus Capital, White Star Capital, and many others.

Counsel to AlphaQ:
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Dr. Thorsten Kuthe (Capital Markets, Corporate / M&A), Cologne
Dr. Christoph Gringel (Investment Funds, Banking & Finance), Frankfurt
Alexander Weber, LL.M. (Victoria University of Wellington) (Venture Capital, Corporate / M&A) Munich
Dr. Frank Metz (Corporate / M&A), Munich
Fabian G. Gaffron (Tax, Investment Funds, Corporate / M&A), Hamburg
Dr. Daniel Lehmann (Tax, Corporate / M&A), Munich
Dr. Sarah Slavik-Schulz (Tax, Investment Funds/FATCA), Hamburg
Philipp Börger (Venture Capital, Corporate / M&A), Berlin
Roman Ettl-Steger, LL.M. (King’s College London) (Venture Capital, Corporate / M&A), Munich
Michèle von Lewinski (Investment Funds, Banking & Finance), Frankfurt
Andreas Wiencke (Investment Funds, Banking & Finance), Frankfurt

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