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Restructuring/Insolvency: Administration — Germany


Brinkmann & Partner - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well represented nationally, this insolvency boutique has an on-the-ground presence in all regions of Germany. Receives strong market recognition for its prominence in mid-cap work. Often appointed as insolvency administrators to advise on the reorganisation and financing of distressed entities, including in judicially enforced receivership scenarios.

Notable practitioners

Jan Markus Plathner is a prominent figure in the field of insolvency administration, experienced in the areas of forced administration and reorganisations. "He is very business-driven and knows all the legal details," comments one source, adding: "He is a lawyer, but a businessman at heart."

Manuel Sack is well reputed for his regional administration work in northern Germany. He is also experienced in corporate reorganisations and real estate matters.

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CMS - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Respected team active in both the restructuring and insolvency administration areas. Offers expertise in financial restructurings and advises both creditors and debtors on pre-insolvency and insolvency plan proceedings. Additionally involved in distressed transactions, liquidation matters and insolvency disputes. Attracts praise for its strength in bond restructurings and cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Sources praise the team's cross-border capabilities with one client highlighting: "The co-operation between the international offices was effective and well co-ordinated."

Notable practitioners

Michael Frege is a highly renowned insolvency administrator and corporate restructuring specialist. He is reputed for acting on high-profile insolvency cases, such as the Lehman Brothers, as well as matters involving financial institutions. He is regularly appointed as an insolvency administrator on major national proceedings.

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Dr. Beck & Partner GbR - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Increasingly prominent boutique that advances in the rankings in recognition of its presence on high-profile insolvency cases and strong recommendations from market sources. Enjoys a very strong market share in Bavaria. Very well-regarded for its local expertise, but also handles international group insolvencies. Further capabilities lie in protective shield proceedings. Client base spans the automotive, construction, real estate and food and beverage industries.

Strengths According to sources, the team is "very successful," especially in "a number of big automotive insolvency cases."

Notable practitioners

Joachim Exner is a widely respected insolvency administrator in German market, advising on the restructuring of insolvent companies and insolvency plans. He is particularly well known for his strength in the automotive sector.

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Flöther & Wissing - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Enters the rankings following a string of recommendations from market commentators and recent activity in major German insolvencies. Well represented across Germany, the team offers expertise in self-administration and in-court insolvency proceedings. Additionally handles group insolvencies, trusteeships and restructuring matters.

Notable practitioners

Sources note that Lucas Flöther has "a strong reputation" and is enjoying a "rapid but sustainable ascent." He has a strong track record in a number of high-profile insolvencies in the past years, regularly acting on company insolvencies and restructurings. His practice also covers self-administration, insolvency plans and trusteeships.

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GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Martin Stockhausen and Hans-Gerd Jauch
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Outstanding domestic presence that is active on the full range of German restructuring mandates. Experience in administration and out-of-court trusteeships allows the team to lead insolvency proceedings as well as offer pre-insolvency solutions to clients in financial distress. Recognised strength in the financing side of restructuring mandates. Regularly acts for creditors, insolvency administrators and companies in self-administration. Highly recommended for the domestic aspects of international transactions.

Strengths Sources report positively on the lawyers' capabilities, as one states: "They absolutely knew what they were talking about. They were very efficient, very involved and offered really good value for money," also highlighting: "They will tell you straightaway that there is no perfect solution and will give you very good advice."

Another interviewee underlines the "very good and reliable co-operation" with the team, adding: "The lawyers have a good knowledge of insolvency law and how to implement it, and a good strategy to work with borrowers."

Work highlights Assisted a pool of creditors with an action against HETA Asset Resolution and their entering into a so-called lock-up agreement, as well as negotiating the terms of a repurchase of creditors' debt instruments by the Republic of Austria.

Acted for the International Investment Bank in its capacity as main lender on the cross-border restructuring of Takata Group.

Significant Clients Centerbridge Partners, Steilmann, Transmar Commodity Group, KTG Energie, DNZ Holding.

Notable practitioners

Helmut Balthasar has an established reputation in restructuring matters and is particularly known as an experienced practitioner advising on distressed situations.

Thorsten Bieg is known for his company-side advice, serving clients across the shipping, energy and real estate industries. He is also skilled in trusteeship matters and debtor-in-possession proceedings. One source describes him as "very open, communicative and transparent," adding: "If he represents you, he is always able to give you good advice with regards to the other parties."

Hans-Gerd Jauch has experience in both domestic and international insolvency proceedings, often advising distressed businesses.

Martin Stockhausen is a trusted adviser to distressed companies, management boards, insolvency administrators and institutional creditors. He often advises on the sale of insolvent companies and pre-insolvency restructuring.

Jörg Nerlich is a well-reputed insolvency administrator, enjoying a long-standing presence in the German market. He also has experience handling cross-border proceedings.

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hww hermann wienberg wilhelm - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Notable insolvency administration practice, recognised for its presence on mid-cap insolvency proceedings. Capabilities include receivership and collective enforcement proceedings. Also advises on restructuring mandates. Known for its spread across 24 cities in Germany.

Notable practitioners

Ottmar Hermann is primarily present in the Dresden, Frankfurt and Munich regions. He is regularly appointed as insolvency administrator in small to mid-cap proceedings and is well-versed in matters of self-administration.

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Jaffé Rechtsanwälte Insolvenzverwalter - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Recognised force in insolvency administration in southern Germany, with notable activity in the Munich area. Boasts further expertise in international insolvency and group insolvency matters, as well as self-administration proceedings. Has particular experience in insolvencies in the technology and media sectors. Additionally offers niche expertise in insolvency-related IP issues.

Strengths One client is impressed by the team's knowledge and performance in the field of insolvency administration.

Notable practitioners

Michael Jaffé enjoys a strong reputation for his insolvency administration work. He has particular knowledge of tax matters surrounding insolvency proceedings, and also offers adeptness in cross-border insolvency undertakings. One source describes him as "business-driven" and notes his soft skills, saying: "He really brings the people together, forcing them to come to a solution."

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Kebekus & Zimmermann Rechtsanwälte - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Aachen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt am Main

What the team is known for Respected insolvency administration firm that is well connected across much of Germany. Active on a variety of proceedings ranging from large to small scale, including advice on trusteeship and self-administration. Assists both SMEs and large international companies. Additional expertise in acting on corporate restructuring, and is regularly instructed to act as CRO for distressed companies. Well-versed in related spheres of corporate and labour law.

Notable practitioners

Frank Kebekus is a long-standing name in insolvency administration and boasts a lofty position in the field. He offers expertise in both domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings and is also experienced in trusteeship matters. He is known to provide restructuring advice and also has experience acting as chief restructuring officer. One source highlights: "He understands what is permissible and critical."

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Leonhardt Rattunde - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Erfurt and Kiel

What the team is known for Strong regional insolvency administration practice that enjoys a significant presence in the Berlin region. Experienced in insolvency plan procedures, including share capital increases. Also handles insolvency litigation. Represents creditors, investors, liquidators and administrators, as well as corporations and private individuals.

Notable practitioners

The "talented" Rolf Rattunde has a solid track record in insolvencies in the media, financial services, technology and real estate sectors. He also advises on corporate restructuring and reorganisation.

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Piepenburg-Gerling Rechtsanwälte - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Well-reputed insolvency administration boutique with various offices across northern and north-western Germany. Team members are visible acting as administrators on large-scale domestic insolvency proceedings. Also handles financial restructuring matters, acting mostly for companies and their shareholders, as well as creditors.

Notable practitioners

The highly reputed Horst Piepenburg maintains a prominent standing for his work in the field. He is a vastly experienced practitioner, frequently playing headline roles in high-profile national insolvency proceedings. One source mentions his strong business connections.

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Pluta Rechtsanwälte - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Boutique firm active on a range of domestic proceedings, most notably those in southern Germany. Regularly appointed as insolvency administrators and as counsel and CRO to distressed companies, advising on the preparation of insolvency plans. Also prominent in related litigation, with additional experience advising parties on debtor-in-possession proceedings. Assists companies with restructuring measures during corporate crises.

Notable practitioners

Martin Prager is a key contact for insolvency queries.

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Schultze & Braun - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Holger Blümle
- 20 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-spread across Germany, the team is experienced in all aspects of insolvency proceedings including liquidation, liability and avoidance questions, trusteeship and distressed transactions. Additional strength advising clients on pre-insolvency and restructuring matters. Assists both debtors and creditors, including mid-sized and larger domestic companies and their shareholders, as well as financial institutions. Increasingly investing in its cross-border practice and is regularly engaged in pan-European and wider international insolvency projects.

Strengths One client enthuses over the lawyers' spotless performance, reporting: "They knew the law inside out. They were technically brilliant and I could not fault them."

Another commentator also considers the team to be "very switched in matters concerning the wider EU."

Work highlights Assisted Steilmann with with the retention of its title arrangement in the context of its insolvency.

Acted for Lindenfarb Textilveredlung Julius Probst on its self-administration proceedings, including the continuation of its operations, the creation of an insolvency plan and a distressed M&A lawsuit.

Significant Clients Schnell Motoren, KTG Agrar, Dunlopillo, Corden BioChem, Nolte Möbel.

Notable practitioners

Holger Blümle is a key contact for insolvency administration.

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SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Office location: Neu-Ulm

What the team is known for Bavarian firm that is a popular choice for insolvency administration matters across the country. Offers services as administrators and trustees, regularly advising CROs of distressed entities. Regularly assists creditor committees, large companies and SMEs from a variety of industry sectors. Additionally boasts significant experience in self-administration and protective shield proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Arndt Geiwitz is a leading figure in domestic insolvency cases, with market commentators praising his outstanding abilities. He is known for handling high-profile insolvency proceedings, as well as out-of-court restructurings.

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Wellensiek Rechtsanwälte - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
Office locations: Frankfurt am Main, Hanover, Heidelberg and Munich

What the team is known for Long-standing presence in the German insolvency administration market, and is regularly instructed on large-scale proceedings. Insolvency expertise covers double-sided trusteeship, liquidation and litigation, where the team both represents and acts as administrators. Also assists distressed companies with all stages of the restructuring cycle, both in and out of court. Client base also includes creditors, investment banks and funds.

Strengths According to interviewees, the team has a strong reputation as "one of the most valuable brands" in the German market.

One source especially emphasises the firm's expertise in the insolvency administration area.

Notable practitioners

Jobst Wellensiek is an enduring name in German insolvency administration. He has garnered unparalleled experience in all areas of insolvency, including trusteeship and receivership.

Alfred Hagebusch is particularly well-versed in trusteeship issues, where he boasts an excellent reputation. His expertise also covers distressed M&A and liquidation, and he is frequently seen advising management and executive bodies.

Christopher Seagon is one of the leading practitioners in insolvency administration with an excellent portfolio of insolvency mandates. He has considerable experience in trusteeships and is particularly noted for his work in the automotive sector.

Richard Scholz is respected for his corporate restructuring expertise. He is regularly instructed by creditors on insolvency proceedings and has experience in distressed situations, including distressed debt, M&A and real estate assets.

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White & Case LLP - Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Sven-Holger Undritz
- 11 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg

What the team is known for Destination practice for insolvency administration matters, enjoying a constant flow of instructions on the most high-profile proceedings. Enviable expertise in financial restructurings and distressed M&A, with substantial experience of proceedings in the shipping, energy and metal industries. Also handles pre-insolvency reorganisation issues. Regular fixture on cross-border cases, profiting from its large international footprint. Noted for its frequent representation of banks, steering committees and sponsors.

Strengths One interviewee particularly praises the lawyers' client-centric attitude, saying: "They are very well organised and always reachable."

Clients also value the team's "cross-border capabilities and insolvency and restructuring know-how."

Work highlights Advised a steering committee of senior lenders on the EUR1 billion financial restructuring of Scholz Holding.

Acted for Recylex Group on the EUR67 million restructuring of its German subsidiary.

Significant Clients BayernLB, Commerzbank, Daimler, LBBW, German Pellets.

Notable practitioners

Sven-Holger Undritz is acknowledged as a top-tier insolvency administrator, with a distinguished market presence and a lead role in a number of prestigious proceedings. He is especially well-versed in insolvencies in the shipping and automotive industries. According to one source, he is "very good at structuring and co-ordinating large-scale restructuring proceedings; a balanced and good communicator."

Biner Bähr enjoys a widespread reputation for his insolvency administration work. He regularly appears as a court-appointed administrator and represents distressed companies in restructurings, and also advises strategic and financial investors on acquisitions of insolvent companies. He was appointed as the insolvency administrator of the assets of Schaidt Innovations.

Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger regularly leads complex bankruptcy proceedings, often involving group structures. He also has experience acting as insolvency administrator and custodian on cross-border insolvency cases. Highlights include acting as court-appointed insolvency administrator of the assets of FlexStrom on the company's bankruptcy proceedings.

Riaz Janjuah enters the rankings as a result of his visibility in the market and engagement in significant matters. He focuses on cross-border financial restructurings and in-court reorganisations of domestic and international companies. One source particularly notes his "technical knowledge with regard to UK insolvency law."

Tom Schorling primarily acts for creditors and lenders' steering committees on complex debt restructurings. He has a strong reputation in acquisition financing and the restructuring of high-value financings. Interviewees endorse him for his "rhetorical and negotiation skills," as well as "his effectiveness."

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Senior Statesmen

Grub Brugger & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Volker Grub of Grub Brugger & Partner is a venerated insolvency expert with extensive experience acting as an administrator and liquidator.

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Kübler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Kübler of Kübler is a long-standing presence in insolvency administration, with additional expertise in related tax matters. He boasts many years' experience advising on insolvency proceedings and acting as an insolvency administrator.

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Wellensiek Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jobst Wellensiek is an enduring name in German insolvency administration. He has garnered unparalleled experience in all areas of insolvency, including trusteeship and receivership.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Frege is a highly renowned insolvency administrator and corporate restructuring specialist. He is reputed for acting on high-profile insolvency cases, such as the Lehman Brothers, as well as matters involving financial institutions. He is regularly appointed as an insolvency administrator on major national proceedings.

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SGP Schneider Geiwitz & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arndt Geiwitz is a leading figure in domestic insolvency cases, with market commentators praising his outstanding abilities. He is known for handling high-profile insolvency proceedings, as well as out-of-court restructurings.

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Kebekus & Zimmermann Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frank Kebekus is a long-standing name in insolvency administration and boasts a lofty position in the field. He offers expertise in both domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings and is also experienced in trusteeship matters. He is known to provide restructuring advice and also has experience acting as chief restructuring officer. One source highlights: "He understands what is permissible and critical."

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Piepenburg-Gerling Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

The highly reputed Horst Piepenburg maintains a prominent standing for his work in the field. He is a vastly experienced practitioner, frequently playing headline roles in high-profile national insolvency proceedings. One source mentions his strong business connections.

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Christopher Seagon

Wellensiek Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christopher Seagon is one of the leading practitioners in insolvency administration with an excellent portfolio of insolvency mandates. He has considerable experience in trusteeships and is particularly noted for his work in the automotive sector.

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Sven-Holger Undritz

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sven-Holger Undritz is acknowledged as a top-tier insolvency administrator, with a distinguished market presence and a lead role in a number of prestigious proceedings. He is especially well-versed in insolvencies in the shipping and automotive industries. According to one source, he is "very good at structuring and co-ordinating large-scale restructuring proceedings; a balanced and good communicator."

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White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Biner Bähr enjoys a widespread reputation for his insolvency administration work. He regularly appears as a court-appointed administrator and represents distressed companies in restructurings, and also advises strategic and financial investors on acquisitions of insolvent companies. He was appointed as the insolvency administrator of the assets of Schaidt Innovations.

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Flöther & Wissing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources note that Lucas Flöther has "a strong reputation" and is enjoying a "rapid but sustainable ascent." He has a strong track record in a number of high-profile insolvencies in the past years, regularly acting on company insolvencies and restructurings. His practice also covers self-administration, insolvency plans and trusteeships.

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Jaffé Rechtsanwälte Insolvenzverwalter

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Jaffé enjoys a strong reputation for his insolvency administration work. He has particular knowledge of tax matters surrounding insolvency proceedings, and also offers adeptness in cross-border insolvency undertakings. One source describes him as "business-driven" and notes his soft skills, saying: "He really brings the people together, forcing them to come to a solution."

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Jan Markus Plathner

Brinkmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Markus Plathner is a prominent figure in the field of insolvency administration, experienced in the areas of forced administration and reorganisations. "He is very business-driven and knows all the legal details," comments one source, adding: "He is a lawyer, but a businessman at heart."

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Leonhardt Rattunde

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "talented" Rolf Rattunde has a solid track record in insolvencies in the media, financial services, technology and real estate sectors. He also advises on corporate restructuring and reorganisation.

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MHBK

From the Chambers Europe guide

Axel Bierbach of MHBK is a respected figure in insolvency administration and is regularly appointed by the courts in southern Germany. He is experienced in self-administration and trusteeship, and offers particular expertise in maintaining business operations during insolvency proceedings.

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Dr. Beck & Partner GbR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joachim Exner is a widely respected insolvency administrator in German market, advising on the restructuring of insolvent companies and insolvency plans. He is particularly well known for his strength in the automotive sector.

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hww hermann wienberg wilhelm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ottmar Hermann is primarily present in the Dresden, Frankfurt and Munich regions. He is regularly appointed as insolvency administrator in small to mid-cap proceedings and is well-versed in matters of self-administration.

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Hoefer | Schmidt-Thieme

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Hoefer of Hoefer | Schmidt-Thieme is highly regarded as an insolvency administrator and is regularly appointed by the courts in the Rhein-Main region.

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GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans-Gerd Jauch has experience in both domestic and international insolvency proceedings, often advising distressed businesses.

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Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger regularly leads complex bankruptcy proceedings, often involving group structures. He also has experience acting as insolvency administrator and custodian on cross-border insolvency cases. Highlights include acting as court-appointed insolvency administrator of the assets of FlexStrom on the company's bankruptcy proceedings.

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Christian Köhler-Ma

Greenberg Traurig Germany, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Köhler-Ma of Greenberg Traurig Germany, LLP has an established practice in both insolvency administration and pre-insolvency restructuring advice. He is well known for his activity in the Berlin region and represented a group of printing companies in debtor-in-possession proceedings concerning the group's restructuring. Clients praise him for being easily available and responsive and highlight his expertise in administration and cross-border cases.

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GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jörg Nerlich is a well-reputed insolvency administrator, enjoying a long-standing presence in the German market. He also has experience handling cross-border proceedings.

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Dr Pannen Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaus Pannen of Dr Pannen Rechtsanwälte is acknowledged as a seasoned court-appointed administrator. He is also well-versed in enforcement proceedings.

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Brinkmann & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Manuel Sack is well reputed for his regional administration work in northern Germany. He is also experienced in corporate reorganisations and real estate matters.

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