Peter advises private equity and venture capital funds as well as domestic and international public and private technology companies and their (supervisory) boards in corporate law and tax matters, in particular in relation to financing and M&A transactions.

His focus: M&A transactions, buyouts and corporate finance transactions in the software, internet, financial technology (fintech), e-commerce and digital media industries. He mainly advises on acquisitions of, and investments in, public and private portfolio companies as well as in connection with larger financing and exit transactions (both on sell side and buy side).

Education and Career

Peter studied law in Freiburg, Würzburg and at the London School of Economics (LSE). Before co-founding SMP, he was a Senior Consultant at McKinsey & Company, mainly in the private equity and banking sector, and most recently a Partner at Flick Gocke Schaumburg.

Peter frequently speaks at conferences and publishes on tax and corporate-law matters. He is a co-editor of and contributor to both “Venture Capital Agreements in Germany” and a commentary on the German Trade Tax Act; moreover, he is a co-founder of the Berliner Unternehmenssteuerforum. Peter has been recognized as a leading venture capital lawyer in Germany by JUVE, Legal 500 and Chambers Global.


Peter’s recent work highlights include advising:

  • Shareholders of Flightright on the sale to Intermedia
  • Tourlane on financing round, i.a. with Sequoia, Holtzbrinck Ventures und DN Capital
  • Battery Ventures on the Series D financing round of GetYourGuide
  • Shareholders of Contorion on the sale to Hoffmann Group
  • Shareholders of Tennis-Point on the sale to Signa Retail
  • Ströer Group on the acquisition of various companies, inter alia Statista and Foodist
  • Project A Ventures, Lakestar and Digital+ on numerous acquisitions of, and investments in, private portfolio companies
  • Creandum, Union Square Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Mosaic Ventures  and various other international venture capital investors on their acquisitions of, and investments in, portfolio companies in Germany
  • Raisin, Zeitgold, Clue and many other technology companies on their financing rounds (including venture debt)
  • German Trade Tax Act - Legal Commentary
    Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt 2017 (co-editor) - (in German) (forthcoming)
  • Venture Capital Agreements in Germany
    C.H. Beck 2017 (co-editor) - (in German) (forthcoming)
  • Employee participation (Mitarbeiterbeteiligung)
    in: Drüen (Ed.), Taxation of employees, 41th annual meeting of the Taxation Lawyer Asscociation e.V., 2017, 401-448 - (in German)
  • Granting “Other Consideration” for a non-cash capital contribution according to the German Tax Amendment Act 2015
    FR 2016, 741-749 (together with Andreas Benecke) - (in German)
  • Bombshell for the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
    DB 2011, Issue 49, M1 (together with Helder Schnittker) - (in German)
  • Stock market prices and transactions close to the dividend record date as criterions for valuation of a company in terms of its inheritance and gift tax matters
    BB 2010, 407-413 - (in German)
  • Loss exploitation in case of a share acquisition during the fiscal year depending on the legal form of the acquirer
    DB 2010, 1150-1152 - (in German)
  • Impacts of sale of entrepreneurial partnership interests by corporations or partnerships in terms of business tax purposes
    DB 2010, 1662-1669 - (in German)
  • Seriousness of agreements between close relatives
    BB 2009. 1737-1738 - (together with Klaus Tiedtke) (in German)
  • Liability pitfall in a voluntary work
    DStR 2009, 2125-2132 - (in German)
  • Loss exploitation in case of a share acquisition during the fiscal year
    DB 2009, 2564-2570 - (in German)
  • Non-profit status in the light of the European fundamental freedoms
    DStZ 2008, 69-81 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Reform of German law for donations and non-profit organizations
    NJW 2007, 3321-3323 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Donations and foundations should become more attractive
    DStR 2007, 509-514 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Validity of an agreement between close relatives under civil law as requirement for its tax approval
    DStR 2007, 1940-1947 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Tax-deductibility of donations under European Law
    IStR 2007, 837-844 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Fiscal privilege of non-profit corporations between the poles of constitutional law and European fundamental freedoms
    2007 - (in German)
  • Recent development of Judgement of the German Supreme Court in terms of leasing law
    DB 2004, 915-920 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)
  • Impacts of the reform of the German law of obligations (2002) on leasing law
    DB 2004, 583-589 (together with Klaus Tiedtke) - (in German)