Thorge Drefke advises national and international companies in capital market law and banking regulatory law issues.
His advice focusses on payment transactions and other regulatory law and in the structuring of capital investments/alternative investments, in particular (closed-end) investment funds, profit participation rights, and crowdfunding as well as ICOs/STOs.

In the field of fund law, Thorge advises issuing houses, initiators and fund managers on regulatory issues, in particular with regard to the KAGB. In financial regulatory law, he advises numerous companies on BaFin proceedings (negative opinions, licensing procedures).

After completing his studies in Bonn, Thorge completed his legal traineeship in Cologne, Wellington and Düsseldorf, including positions at the German Embassy and in the legal department of a DAX-30 company.

Since the beginning of 2015 Thorge works as a lawyer for Osborne Clarke in Cologne. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he acts as a coach and consultant at start-up events.
He is co-author of the legal handbook Digital Financial Services published by Beck Verlag, regularly publishes in various professional journals and has led and coordinated various international studies on crowdfunding and ICO/STO regulation with other Osborne Clarke offices and other international best-friend law firms. He regularly lectures in the field of financial regulatory and capital market law.

He runs the  Osborne Clarke FinTech Blog.


Token Gruppe

Osborne Clarke advises Token Group on BaFin licence, read more


Osborne Clarke advises Earlybird on €4m investment in Bitwala, read more

PartnerFonds AG

Osborne Clarke advises PartnerFonds AG on 44% acquisition of Blue Cap AG, read more


Osborne Clarke advises Acellere on €2.25m series A financing round, read more

ECN Crowdfunding Review 2017

Co-edits ECN Crowdfunding Review 2017, read more


Advised Caruso GmbH on the market launch of their platform Caruso, read more

FISMA Report 2018

Co-edits FISMA report 2018, read more

CrowdfundRES Report

Co-edits CrowdfundRES Report, read more