Dr. Jochen Herbst, co-founder of Therawis Pharma, has more than ten years of professional experience at his disposal. For several years, Mr. Herbst has worked in the New York and Duesseldorf offices of the international top-tier US law firm Shearman & Sterling. Afterwards Dr. Herbst has been equity partner in a regional mid-sized law. Also due to his performance contribution, this law firm has been choosen to be nominated Medium-sized Law Firm of the Year in Germany in 2007 by the publisher’s board of the well-known JUVE Verlag. Since 2003, Mr. Herbst is also acting as a lecturing professor at the University of Cologne. Dr. Herbst (co-)published numerous legal articles and two books. Dr. Herbst’s most recent publication is a law book on International Economic Law published by the prestigious German C. F. Müller Verlag. Dr. Herbst’s practice is focused on German general corporate and investment law, private equity, venture capital, funds, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Dr. Herbst’s experience covers a wide array of industries (including biotechnology, life sciences, renewable energy chemicals, consulting business etc.). Dr. Herbst’s M&A, venture capital and capital markets experience includes numerous acquisitions, cross-border mergers (including publicly listed companies and funds), dual listings on stock exchanges both in Germany and the US, as well as financing rounds for venture capitalists (including tax structuring). He has also advised clients in joint ventures. Dr. Herbst regularly advises clients in the formation and structuring of early stage technology companies, particularly in the area of biotechnology, life sciences, health care, renewable energy and Consulting.