Enjoying the personal relationship with our clients and taking pleasure in our work

We share with our clients curiosity and creativity. They are the basis for innovation, both for our clients and ourselves. We aim to establish and maintain sustainable long-term client relationships based on individual cooperation in mutual trust and respect.

With dedication, long-standing experience and an economic understanding of our clients’ needs

We are personally committed to our clients and their concerns. We think entrepreneurial. Our advice goes beyond review and explanation of legal positions: we offer specific and pragmatic recommendations how to deal with the matters at hand, based not only on our legal expertise, but on our long-standing experience in the markets we act in.

Efficient and transparent

Our experience creates efficiency. In areas outside our expertise, we use our national and international networks to involve external advisors that live up to the high expectations of our clients. If we anticipate that fees will run out of proportion to value added or transaction volume, we recommend ways to avoid this.

Handelsblatt Rating in co-operation with Best Lawyers

Dr. Frank Vogel:

Lawyer of the Year 2021, Private Equity Law, Berlin

Dr. Jan Heerma:

Lawyer of the Year 2021, Technology Law, Berlin

The Legal 500

V14 ranks 1st tier in Venture Capital.

“Vogel Heerma Waitz, a law firm specialising in growth capital, technology and media, is one of the top addresses for advising start-ups and investors and advising them on financing rounds, transactions and related topics such as IP and data protection.”

Handelsblatt Rating in co-operation with Best Lawyers

Germany’s Law Firm of the Year 2020 – Venture Capital Law

Dr. Clemens Waitz:

Lawyer of the Year 2020, Venture Capital, Berlin

The Legal 500

V14 ranks 1st tier in Venture Capital.

Berlin-based venture capital boutique Vogel Heerma Waitz has become a notable market player in the short time since its inception in 2014. The team acts for start-ups and investors, including recently advising Earlybird on Movinga’s financing rounds with the total value exceeding $25m. Start-up Kreditech received advice on an €82.5m financing round. Frank Vogel and Clemens Waitz are highly regarded.”

JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien

Frank Vogel and Clemens Waitz are mentioned as leading names in venture capital, Frank Vogel is an „experienced all-rounder in VC business“, „very competent, strong negotiating partner”, Clemens Waitz is “very likable, has “significant market presence, Vogel Heerma Waitz is “one of the best addresses in the Berlin VC business.” “The boutique law firm, like no other, knows how to set a clear focus on advising founders and early stage financings for investors.


Vogel Heerma Waitz is one of the „top corporate law firms 2017”

Handelsblatt Rating in Zusammenarbeit mit dem US-Verlag Best Lawyers

Frank Vogel:

Lawyer of the Year 2017, Venture Capital, Berlin

Germany’s Best Lawyers 2017, M&A

Germany’s Best Lawyers 2017, Private Equity

Germany’s Best Lawyers 2017, Venture Capital


Jan Heerma:

Germany’s Best Lawyers 2017, Venture Capital

JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien

It was expected that the spin-off of SJ Berwin would be successful in the Berlin VC market in the first two years after its launch. But hardly anyone expected that the firm’s market share would grow so rapidly and that it would so quickly become the prototype of a firm that offers both advising investors as well as founders. By leaving a large organization, Frank Vogel was able to expand his investor client base beyond Earlybird and Peppermint; but the two remain the enviously gazed at cornerstones of the practice. However, the success of the firm is not based solely on Vogel’s work, but rather on a sustainable strategic positioning. This includes the broadly diversified IT and technology expertise of Jan Heerma as well as the contacts of the former Morrison & Foerster counsel Clemens Waitz in the startup scene. VHW thus made a tailor-made start and immediately proved its market position with prominent exits such as “6Wunderkinder” for Earlybird and regular activities in large financing rounds. VHW thus presents itself as a serious competitor for the established major law firms. The two younger associates are also already attracting attention. It all looks like VHW has built a solid basis for future success.”


Vogel Heerma Waitz is one of the „top corporate law firms 2016”

The Legal 500

„As a boutique law firm, Vogel Heerma Waitz distinguishes itself from other law firms by its particularly strong focus on advising growth capital investors and startups and convinces with “excellent work”. … Frank Vogel (listed under “leading names”) is “widely recognized”, Clemens Waitz is “particularly active”).


JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien

Frank Vogel is one of “the most experienced and best VC-lawyers.”