Dr. Philip Schwarz van Berk , LL.M.

+49 (30) 25353-110 call


Philip has been advising German and international fund managers on the structuring of alternative investment funds for over 15 years. He and his team have advised numerous German fund managers for new venture capital, buyout and real estate private equity funds. His expertise also includes secondary transactions and advising family offices on investments and investment structures for private equity and venture capital. Clients appreciate his insight into market standards, economic understanding and diligent legal solutions. On weekends, you will occasionally meet him in Zingst on the Baltic Sea or on the bicycle path on the way there.

  • Venture Capital
  • Private Funds
    • Fund Structuring
    • Fund Regulatory Law
    • Investor Advice
    • Fund Tax Law
    • Secondary Transactions
    • Fund Economics
    • Fund Terms


  • Joined POELLATH in 2004
  • Admitted to bar in 2004
  • Studied law in Muenster/Westphalia (Ph.D. 2003) and London (University College London; LL.M. 2000)
German, English
“One of the very best I’ve worked with”
Who’s Who Legal Private Funds
“Just incredibly knowledgeable abour fund structures”
Who’s Who Legal Private Funds
“is held in high esteem by sources who note he is ‘excellent‘ when it comes to fund-related transactions and structuring”
Who’s Who Legal Germany
„experienced [and] confident even in critical negotiation situations“
The Legal 500 Deutschland
„(...) extensive ex­perience [in] provi­ding first-rate coun­­sel to international and German invest­ment funds“
Who’s Who Legal Private Funds Formation and Regulatory Guide
Dr. Philip Schwarz van Berk , LL.M. (London)
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)