Germany: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

We highlight 33 practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their impressive work advising on a range of matters including rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts and liquidations, among many others. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andreas Spahlinger Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
2. Leo Plank Kirkland & Ellis, Munich
3. Kolja von Bismarck Sidley Austin, Munich
4. Annerose Tashiro Schultze & Braun, Düsseldorf

GÖRG PARTNERSCHAFT VON RECHTSANWÄLTEN leads the research this year achieving three listings in this chapter.
Helmut Balthasar is “a very well-known figure” in the market who draws widespread praise from peers. He is well versed in providing top-tier counsel to businesses in distress.
Martin Stockhausen frequently advises insolvency administrators and institutional creditors on matters relating to distressed assets, and is described by market commentators as “an excellent restructuring lawyer”.
Thorsten Bieg boasts a first-rate corporate practice and is considered a specialist when it comes to handling restructurings and business turn arounds.

SCHULTZE & BRAUN sees two impressive practitioners recognised for their work in the field.
Annerose Tashiro leads the firm’s international business recovery practice and stands out as one of the leading restructuring attorneys in the country. One source notes, “She is an incredibly responsive lawyer.”
Eberhard Braun receives plaudits from international sources for his excellent work in the space, and is regarded as a prominent insolvency administrator in the domestic market. 

Germany insolvency specialists BRINKMANN & PARTNER also performs well this year, achieving two listings.
Berthold Brinkmann is a widely recognised figure among peers and clients, who praise him for his fantastic work in relation to insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.
Jan Markus Plathner is “a must for inclusion” according to sources. He focuses his practice on a wide array of insolvency and restructuring matters.

We feature two practitioners from DR BECK & PARTNER in this chapter.
Siegfried Beck enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of the standout names in the German market. He is recognised for his highly respected practice that encompasses insolvency and tax law.
Joachim Exner is regularly engaged in handling a range of matters on behalf of clients including insolvency proceedings and the restructuring of insolvent companies. 

GRUB BRUGGER & PARTNER also achieves two listings this year.
Firm founder Volker Grub is a well-established name in the field, and is recognised for his top-notch work dealing with insolvency and liquidation matters.
Ulrich Brugger wins high praise from sources who consider him a real expert when it comes to corporate reorganisations, restructurings and insolvency proceedings.

At PLUTA RECHTSANWALTS, managing director Michael Pluta is internationally recognised as a standout name in the space who impresses with his adept handling of the turnaround and reorganisation of businesses in crisis.
Martin Prager heads the firm’s office in Munich and is highly sought after by clients for his invaluable experience in corporate restructurings and insolvency administration.

Alfred Hagebusch at WELLENSIEK RECHTSANWÄLTE PARTNERSCHAFTSGESELLSCHAFT is one of two names at the firm noted for their work in the field. He is described as “a leading practitioner” and is identified for his strong expertise on the restructuring side.
Christopher Seagon is highly regarded among peers who commend his impressive work relating to insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.

WHITE & CASE also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Sven-Holger Undritz is one of the leading names in the field and is described by respondents as “a very successful and renowned lawyer in Hamburg”.
Biner Bähr is an excellent practitioner recognised for his top-tier restructuring work across a range of sectors and industries, from automotives to energy.

At GLEISS LUTZ, Andreas Spahlinger “always focuses on solutions” according to sources, who praise his “very calm approach” as well as the “straightforward and clear guidance” he delivers to clients.

Leo Plank at KIRKLAND & ELLIS is “clearly a leading name” in the field and is considered “one of the best” when it comes to advising hedge funds. One peer notes: “He is simply top-tier!”

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s Kolja von Bismarck is an internationally respected restructuring practitioner, noted particularly for his impressive work in the automotive industry. 

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