About us

ESOP-Direkt.de is a service of ESOP1 GmbH in close cooperation with the business law boutique trustberg.

Our mission is to advance the topic of employee participation in Germany and to create transparency in the process. We provide business and legal advice, draw up your customized contract and design solutions for the introduction and administration of your program.

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Dr. Christopher Hahn


Kolja Czudnochowski

Founder & Consultant

Our legal partner: the law firm trustberg

trustberg is a business law boutique specializing in corporate law and venture capital with offices in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg.

Our partner Dr. Christopher Hahn is himself a serial founder and entrepreneur as well as the author of leading books (e.g. "Virtual Employee Participation"). He is therefore a proven expert in the introduction of employee participation schemes and their legal implementation. His area of expertise includes in particular the participation of employees, executives and other key persons.

> 100
books & publications
Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Prague, Milan

Corporate law
Consulting from a single source

We specialize in employee ownership, but our team has the expertise and experience in any other corporate law issues.

Foundation consulting

Legal Due Diligence


Financing rounds

Sales and M&A support

Miscellaneous contract creation

Excerpt of our publications

of start-ups

published: SpringerGabler

Employee participation

published: SpringerGabler


published: SpringerGabler

Our whitepaper

published: ESOP-direct

Three reasons for expert advice

The design of your participation program is highly dependent on the structures and circumstances of your company. In addition, there are numerous factors to consider from a company and employee perspective, which make individual consulting essential in order to avoid costly omissions.

Avoid expensive mistakes and pitfalls
Legal security
Time saving

Our process

From initial contact to finished ESOP / VSOP in just a few days

Conversation to understand your needs

We want to understand your business and your unique needs in order to create the right equity program.

Personal consultation and preparation of contracts

You have various options for designing your participation program. We advise you to find the right solution for the company and its employees.

Sending of your immediately usable contract work

Within a few days we create your desired participation program. This is ready for immediate use to involve your employees in the company's success.

"Our new virtual company-s shares are a top motivator."
HR Department Manager @ Medium-Sized Business
- Marianne W.
"Thanks to our VSOP, we were able to attract our first key employees quickly - despite significantly higher salary offers from other companies."
Founder @ Tech Start-Up
- Dawid R.
"I'm keen to share in our company's success without bearing any tax risks. This is now possible thanks to my virtual shares."
Tech Lead @ Tech Start-Up
- Moritz H.
"Six days from inquiry to first signed subscription form."
CEO @ Travel Start-Up
- Constantine O.