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  1. Restructuring and insolvency: Insolvency
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Biner BĂ€hr - White & Case LLP
    • Rainer BĂ€hr - HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm
    • Axel Bierbach - MĂŒller-Heydenreich Bierbach & Kollegen
    • Lucas Flöther - Flöther & Wissing
    • Arndt Geiwitz - SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner
    • Ottmar Hermann - HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm
    • Michael JaffĂ© - JaffĂ© RechtsanwĂ€lte Insolvenzverwalter
    • Hans-Gerd Jauch - Görg Partnerschaft von RechtsanwĂ€lten mbB
    • Frank Kebekus - Kebekus et Zimmermann
    • Bruno KĂŒbler - KĂŒbler
    • Jörg Nerlich - Görg Partnerschaft von RechtsanwĂ€lten mbB
    • Horst Piepenburg - Piepenburg - Gerling RechtsanwĂ€lte
    • Jan Markus Plathner - Brinkmann & Partner
    • Michael Pluta - Pluta Rechtsanwalts GmbH
    • Christopher Seagon - Wellensiek RechtsanwĂ€lte - Partnerschaftsgesellschaft
    • Sven-Holger Undritz - White & Case LLP
    • RĂŒdiger Wienberg - HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm

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Görg Partnerschaft von RechtsanwĂ€lten mbB is ‘one of the leading firms in the area of restructuring and insolvency’ and besides handling traditional insolvency administration also has deep expertise in insolvency under self-administration and protective shield proceedings. The broad practice also advises clients on restructurings, distressed transactions and contentious matters and ‘in complex domestic cases stands out for its great pragmatism and practice-oriented approach’. The team surrounding Jörg Nerlich handled several high-end mandates: Hamburg-based Oliver Dankert was appointed as preliminary insolvency administrator for the insolvency of Schneider Versand and its parent company Creatrade; the company was forced to file for insolvency after a failed restructuring attempt. Rolf Weidmann acted as trustee in the insolvency of fashion chain SinnLeffers and Jörg Bornheimer was appointed preliminary insolvency administrator in the insolvency proceedings of home accessories company Butlers. The renowned Hans-Gerd Jauch advises the insolvent solar power company and longstanding client of the firm SolarWorld on restructuring issues. Sascha Feies and Nils Meißner were promoted to partner in May 2017.

White & Case LLP is one of the top addresses for restructuring and insolvency matters with an international aspect and a particular strength of the firm also lies in its expertise in the shipping area. Consequently it not only advises financial institutions, insolvency administrators and companies but also often shipping companies. The team consists of eight insolvency administrators and besides traditional insolvency administration is also well versed in financial restructurings and rescission proceedings. In a prominent matter practice head Sven-Holger Undritz and Riaz Janjuah advised a well known bank on the restructuring of some shipping companies. Sylvia Fiebig also often acts in large restructuring projects in the shipping sector. With the firm’s particular expertise in the automotive industry Jan-Philipp Hoos was appointed insolvency administrator of the automotive supplier Kemmerich, which was successfully sold to the Portuguese Sodecia Group within the frame of a so-called transferring restructuring. The highly regarded Biner BĂ€hr acts as trustee in the insolvency of DĂŒsseldorf Stockheim Group; the distressed catering company wants to rehabilitate itself entirely in self-administration. Insolvency administrator Tim Brune, formerly at Rasenberger Toschek Global Services CoopĂ©rative, joined the firm as counsel in June 2016.

With 30 offices Brinkmann & Partner is represented across Germany and has a particularly prominent presence in northern Germany. The firm has expertise in restructurings and the continuation of distressed companies and a focus on the maritime sector, among others. Insolvent Hamburg shipping company Rickmers appointed Christoph Morgen as board member and chief insolvency officer (CIO) and is undergoing comprehensive restructuring. Recent prominent highlights also include the insolvency of online outlet dress-for-less for which Jan Markus Plathner was appointed as insolvency administrator; he managed to find an investor for the fashion company and transfer the business operation to SIGNA Retail in the course of an involvency plan procedure. As one of the most popular insolvency administrators in Germany he was also appointed as trustee in the insolvency proceedings of pet supply trader Karlie. In November 2016 the Frankfurt office was strengthened with the arrival of Sebastian Netzel, formerly at HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm.

HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm’s ‘excellent and experienced’ practice delivers ‘work at the highest standards’ and covers traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship but also restructuring advice. The firm, which is also noted for its ‘competent and engaged working methods’, caused a stir in the market when it announced that it will in in the future only handle large insolvencies. In a particular highlight Jan Wilhelm was appointed insolvency administrator of the energy supplier Care-Energy, which went bankrupt due to legal actions and fines; the company was able to continue and stabilise its business operations. In another notable mandate renowned insolvency expert Rainer BĂ€hr was appointed as insolvency administrator of MittelsĂ€chsische Textilreinigungs- und - handels AG (MTR), which was also able to successfully continue its business operation. The ‘totally reliable, results-oriented and experienced’ RĂŒdiger Wienberg and Ottmar Hermann, who ‘always acts with sound judgement and a sense for what is practical’, are also recommended. The Frankfurt office, however, saw the departure of Sebastian Netzel to Brinkmann & Partner In November 2016.

Jaffé RechtsanwÀlte Insolvenzverwalter is present at eight locations across Germany and besides standard insolvency proceedings increasingly also acts in protective shield proceedings, self-administration, restructurings and insolvency plan procedures. The firm has experience in insolvency and restructuring scenarios with complex company and financial structures and is also well versed in insolvency-related litigation. In a highlight Miguel Grosser acted as insolvency administrator for the international travel company Deutsche Touring, whose business operation was successfully maintained. Michael Jaffé effectively restructured Geraer Verkehrsbetrieb (GVB) and subsequently sold the fixed assets to the city of Gera. He also acts as insolvency administrator for the municipal utility Stadtwerke Gera and sold a share in housing association Elstertal to the real estate company Benson Elliot. The team is comprised of eight partners, who are appointed as insolvency administrators and trustees.

With additional offices in Spain, Italy and Poland Pluta Rechtsanwalts GmbH is well connected on the international level and the broad team around name partner Michael Pluta not only has experience in insolvency administration, trusteeship, self-administration and protective shield proceedings but also in restructuring- and transaction-related matters. The firm continues on its expansion course; in February 2017 Steffen Beck and his team joined from the now closed Stuttgart-based insolvency firm Beck and insolvency expert Michael Bremen additionally strengthened the practice in March 2017 with 12 employees of former firm Bremen RechtsanwĂ€lte. Consequently the firm’s domestic network gained two further offices in DĂŒsseldorf and Aachen. A recent highlight was Stephan Thiemann’s appointment as trustee in the insolvency proceedings of Leipzig aluminium foundry SĂ€chsischer Druckguß (Drubo), which was able to continue operating due to comprehensive reorganisation proceedings. Ivo-Meinert Willrodt found ASTO Telematics as investor for the insolvent telematics company Eureka Navigation Solutions and was able to sell the business operation in the course of a transferring restructuring.

With over 40 offices in Germany, France, the UK and Italy Schultze & Braun belongs to the largest insolvency administration firms in the country. Its 30 administrators increasingly also provide pre-insolvency restructuring advice and act in ESUG (New German Insolvency Code) proceedings besides traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship. In a prominent matter Volker Böhm was appointed as trustee of fashion chain Wöhrl, who filed for insolvency solvency under self-administration. Tim Beyer acts as preliminary insolvency administrator in the standard insolvency proceedings of the Garrel-based construction company GLG Lanfermann, which previously attempted restructuring in self-administration. Dirk Pehl handled the transferring restructuring of steel processing company Friedmann Stahltechnik by finding an investor for the distressed company. Restructuring expert Christoph Chadron, formerly at Wellensiek RechtsanwÀlte - Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, heads the Munich practice since August 2016.

SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner stands out for its broad portfolio of insolvency matters and increasingly acts in large domestic mandates. The team covers traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship, advice in protective shield proceedings and self-administration but has also seen more work related to pre-insolvency issues with a particular strength in matters around two-way trusteeships. Practice head Arndt Geiwitz was appointed as trustee of the Friedrichshafen division in the insolvency of sand casting specialist MWS; Patrick Wahren acts as insolvency administrator of MWS Garching; and Alexander Hubl for MWS Germany. Geiwitz is also trustee of the insolvent Saatgutherstellers Strube and together with Wahren and Christian Plail handled the trusteeship of the Leiser Group in the retail trade. The firm’s client portfolio furthermore includes Scholz Recycling and Schlecker.

With 12 partners across 40 offices BBL Bernsau Brockdorff & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte is recommended for its ‘good distribution of tasks between its specialised lawyers’ and provides ‘top quality’ advice, including comprehensive expertise in ESUG proceedings. Besides insolvency administration, general advice around insolvency plays an increasingly important role for the practice, particularly after gaining restructuring experts Florian Linkert, AndrĂ© Binder and Markus Birkmann with their team from the the now closed firm LB RechtsanwĂ€lte. In a high-profile matter Justus von Buchwaldt was recently appointed as insolvency administrator for luxury pawn shop Lombardium Hamburg. Peter Jark is considered a ‘brilliant, internationally well connected lawyer’ and Georg Bernsau is recommended ‘particularly for his detailed advice and implementation of economic parameters’. Lars Hinkel left for anchor RechtsanwĂ€lte.

With seven insolvency administrators at eight offices in Bavaria, Dr Beck & Partner GbR RechtsanwĂ€lte covers traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship but also increasingly pursues ESUG matters, such as advising on self-administration and protective shield proceedings. Joachim Exner’s expertise ranges from the mechanical engineering to the automotive supply sector; he was appointed as insolvency administrator of CrossLink Faserbundtechnik and transferred the business operation to an investor and thereby secured the continuation of the company. Hubert Ampferl recently acted as insolvency administrator of commercial vehicle company ROHR, which was also saved from bankruptcy via transferring restructuring.

Flöther & Wissing is an ‘absolutely fantastic firm, suitable for proceedings of any scale’ and continues to focus on insolvency administration and trusteeship. The team is well versed in self-administration and protective shield proceedings, but also provides restructuring advice. ‘Outstanidng’ practice head and ‘very good negotiator’ Lucas Flöther was recently appointed as trustee of the insolvent Air Berlin. He furthermore acted as insolvency administrator of the Unister Group, whose business operation he successfully stabilised and has continued to the full extent. In another highlight, as insolvency administrator of Heyform Bramsche, he prevented the imminent closure of the plastics producer. Also in the insolvency proceedings of Basler Mode and wheel construction company Mifa the firm acts as insolvency administrator. Andreas Wissing is another key figure.

Grub Brugger has a particularly prominent presence in southern Germany and is well versed in insolvency administration, trusteeship and issues surrounding self-administration. The team has a multi-disciplinary approach both in contentious and non-contentious matters and regularly draws on the expertise of criminal and compliance lawyers. In the self-administration proceedings of automotive group Kontec Philipp Grub was appointed as insolvency administrator and Martin Mucha as trustee. In another highlight the latter acts as chief restructuring officer (CRO) of engine supplier Hoeckle; the company is restructuring in self-administration. Besides executives and corporations the team also represents insolvency administrators. Michael Jilek and Hendrik Wolfer were promoted to equity partner at the start of 2017.

DĂŒsseldorf-based firm Kebekus et Zimmermann follows a two-track approach and offers traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship alongside restructuring-related advice. Most recent highlights include the appointment of Frank Kebekus as fully authorised representative of the insolvent Air Berlin in the connection with its restructuring. He also acts as insolvency administrator of textile group Steilmann, which was partially saved from bankruptcy. Another key figure is Ralf Zimmermann. Dorothee Madsen departed for BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen in June 2016.

Besides insolvency administration and trusteeship KĂŒbler increasingly also focuses on self-administration and pre-insolvency advice. In the insolvency proceedings of the Seidnitz Center in Dresden Bruno KĂŒbler successfully secured the establishment for the long-term by selling it off to foreign investors. He also advised the catering company bean & beluga, which is restructuring in self-administration. Restructuring expert Bettina BreitenbĂŒcher is also highly active and restructuring advisor Tillman de Vries joined as new partner from King & Wood Mallesons, where he formerly acted as counsel. After longstanding managing partner Franz Ludwig Danko and Dominik Montag departed for Römermann and Thomas Rittmeister for Reimer RechtsanwĂ€lte in autumn 2017, the firm closed its offices in Frankfurt and Hamburg and Rainer Fröhlich and Christoph NĂŒsser also left to work at the insolvency administration division of multi-disciplinary firm AHW Steuerberater WirtschaftsprĂŒfer RechtsanwĂ€lte in Cologne at the start of 2018.

The five-strong insolvency administration team at MĂŒller-Heydenreich Bierbach & Kollegen has a particularly prominent presence in Bavaria. Besides insolvency administration, restructuring and litigation, advice to insolvency administrators and creditor committees also form part of the firm’s repertoire. The highly recommended and internationally well connected Axel Bierbach recently acted as insolvency administrator of H. Schreiner Test- und Sonderanlagen; already one month into the proceedings he was able to find an investor with Cincinatti Test Systems. Oliver Schartl was appointed as trustee of the fashion company Roeckl, which is temporarily restructuring in self-administration. Stefan Debus is also recommended.

With a total of 11 offices Piepenburg - Gerling RechtsanwĂ€lte has a strong presence in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia; nevertheless restructuring expert and name partner Horst Piepenburg enjoys a good reputation nationwide. He was appointed as insolvency administrator in one of the most high-profile insolvencies of the year; Germany’s largest solar company SolarWorld had to file for insolvency a second time due to its illiquidity. Other name partner Klaus Gerling is the firm’s second key figure; he advises creditor committees and handles various large cross-border proceedings.

Schmidt-Jortzig Petersen Penzlin provides not only traditional insolvency administration but also advice on restructuring-related matters and is also well versed litigation with insolvency aspects. The team regularly handles significant domestic and international insolvencies, such as name partner Dietmar Penzlin being appointed insolvency administrator of the European business operation of the heavily indebted Hanjin Shipping. Besides companies in the maritime sector, the firm’s client portfolio also includes municipal utilities and clients in the renewable energy sector. Niklas Marwedel and Bjarne Petersen are other key figures.

With a new office in DĂŒsseldorf since February 2017 insolvency and restructuring boutique anchor RechtsanwĂ€lte strengthened its presence in the Ruhr area and is also visible in Baden-WĂŒrttemberg, Bavaria and Lower Saxony. The firm’s services include traditional insolvency administration and pre-insolvency restructuring advice but also interim management for distressed companies. The insolvency proceedings of food producer Lutz Fleischwaren were a most recent highlight; Robert HĂ€nel, Paul Abel and Martin Hörmann were appointed as insolvency administrators. Other key figures are Christopher Herbst and Alexander Reus and the team was additionally strengthened with the arrival of Lars Hinkel from BBL Bernsau Brockdorff & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte in February 2017 and litigator Michael Flitsch from Wellensiek RechtsanwĂ€lte - Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, who joined in June 2017.

AndresPartner’s broad restructuring and insolvency practice increasingly covers self-administration and general insolvency-related advice. With 18 offices in Germany the firm is well networked and especially advises companies in the textile and plant construction industries. In one the most recent prominent matters Dirk Andres was appointed as insolvency administrator of WollschlĂ€ger Group, which is restructuring in standard proceedings. He was also responsible for the restructuring of mechanical engineering company ATB Schorch. Including Andreas Grund and Martin Schmidt the team consists of a total of seven insolvency administrators, who act nationwide.

BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen enjoys a particularly prominent presence in northern Germany, but also opened new offices in Bochum and Dortmund in mid-2016. The six-strong team is well versed in traditional insolvency proceedings and trusteeship but also covers litigation, advice on restructurings and distressed transactions. Stefan Denkhaus was appointed as trustee of the largest German agricultural corporation KTG Agrar and also acts as insolvency administrator of renewable energy company Erneuerbare Energie Versorgung (EEV) in Göttingen. Insolvency administrator Dorothee Madsen joined the firm in June 2016 from Kebekus et Zimmermann and Katharina Gerdes, formerly at P+P Pöllath + Partners, strengthened the Hamburg office in March 2017.

Under Alexandra Schluck-Amend’s lead CMS’s restructuring and insolvency team advises insolvency administrators, banks and companies in various sectors on distressed transactions, financial and operational restructurings and self-administration proceedings. Michael Frege was appointed as insolvency administrator of HRB Tailor. In another highlight Niklas LĂŒtcke acted as insolvency administrator of video-technology provider Clipkit. Daniel Kamke is well versed in bond financings and Joachim KĂŒhne is also recommended.

Hoefer Schmidt-Thieme - RechtsanwĂ€lte und Insolvenzverwalter’s practice is spread across 11 offices in Germany with the majority based in the southern part of the country. Besides traditional insolvency administration the team also has expertise in restructurings. In a highlight Marc Schmidt-Thieme was appointed as insolvency administrator of electronics company Zentro; it was successfully and fully able to continue its business operations, which were sold to MLS Lanny. Another key figure is Tobias Hoefer.

The team surrounding Martin Lambrecht at Lambrecht Partnerschaft von RechtsanwÀlten mbB covers traditional insolvency administration and provides pre-insolvency advice but additionally offers strong expertise in self-administration and protective shield proceedings. Annamia Beyer advised furniture company Matratzen Direct in protective shield proceedings; after the unexpected exit of a creditor the client found itself in financial difficulties. Union Knopf is another client regarding the restructuring via protective shield proceedings. Besides companies and creditors the firm also advises investors and executives.

LECON Insolvenzverwaltung stands out for its ‘pronounced orientation towards restructurings’ and ‘delivers outstanding work in all aspects’. Besides restructurings the firm also handles insolvency administration, and self-administration and the preparation of insolvency plans are further pillars of the practice. Practice head Thomas Klöckner recently advised V.I.P Service on the insolvency plan proceedings in self-administration. The ‘solution-oriented’ Michael George and the ‘extraordinarily competent’ Gunther Neef are also recommended.

After the spin-off of the DĂŒsseldorf office in August 2016, which now operates under Lambrecht Partnerschaft von RechtsanwĂ€lten mbB, Leonhardt Rattunde is now comprised of four offices in Germany. The team continues its strong presence in Berlin and has experience both in traditional insolvency administration and restructurings. In a particular highlight Rolf Rattunde was appointed as insolvency administrator of cocoa processor Euromar as the company strives for its restructuring. Torsten Martini is another key figure.

Reimer RechtsanwĂ€lte primarily advises on matters with maritime aspects and focuses on restructurings and litigation. In total the practice includes seven insolvency administrators; Peter-Alexander Borchardt was recently appointed as insolvency administrator of Magellan Maritime Services, whose containers are now being sold, and Hendrik Gittermann acts as insolvency administrator of 22 single-ship companies. Tjark Thies is also recommended and in Octobre 2017 the firm opened two new offices in Frankfurt and Mannheim in addition to its current six offices in northern Germany; Thomas Rittmeister, who joined from KĂŒbler, took over as practice head at both locations.

Besides traditional insolvency administration and trusteeship Dr. Ringstmeier & Kollegen is also experienced in giving general insolvency-related advice. The team surrounding Andreas Ringstmeier has four administrators; Mark Boddenberg recently acted as insolvency administrator of industrial bakery Kronenbrot and sold the company to London-based funds in the course of a transferring restructuring. Ruth Rigol was appointed as trustee of the fashion chain Promod.

Wellensiek RechtsanwÀlte - Partnerschaftsgesellschaft increasingly places a focus on pre-insolvency and insolvency-related advice and saw the departure of Michael Flitsch to anchor RechtsanwÀlte in June 2017. The team primarily advises companies, executives and shareholders in crisis situations and distressed transactions. Christopher Seagon and Sebastian Rudow are the key figures; Patric Naumann was promoted to partner.

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