Germany: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

In this chapter we recognise 32 impressive lawyers who stand out for their excellent work advising on a range of matters including rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts and liquidations. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andreas Spahlinger Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
2. Annerose Tashiro Schultze & Braun, Achern
3. Kolja von Bismarck Sidley Austin LLP, Munich
4. Lars Westpfahl Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Hamburg

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten sees three lawyers nominated this year for their expertise in the field.
Helmut Balthasar is a well-established figure in the German market who stands out for his extensive experience advising clients on distressed assets and corporate reorganisations.
Martin Stockhausen impresses market commentators this year who commend his first-rate work providing first-rate advice to insolvency administrators, creditors and insolvent businesses.
Thorsten Bieg wins widespread praise from peers in the European market who consider him a go-to name for corporate restructurings and distressed situations.

At Gleiss Lutz, Andreas Spahlinger is the foremost restructuring and insolvency practitioner in the country. He is considered “a superstar” in the field and “a very professional and experienced lawyer”.

Schultze & Braun’s Annerose Tashiro is a top-tier restructuring and insolvency lawyer who is known for her ability to “keep calm in critical situations and concentrate on the essentials”.
Founder Eberhard Braun leads the firm’s restructuring group and is recognised for his excellent work handling complex corporate reorganisations and insolvency proceedings.

At PLUTA Rechtsanwalts, Michael Pluta stands out among peers for his top-tier work handling a wide range of complex corporate restructurings for companies in crisis.
Martin Prager is a well-established figure in the German market who comes highly recommended for his impressive understanding of insolvency proceedings.

Sidley Austin’s Kolja von Bismarck is “a standout figure” among peers and is highly recommended by sources who consider him “one of Germany’s best restructuring experts”.

Lars Westpfahl at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a leading name in the German restructuring market who is known for his “brilliant work” representing creditors in complex matters.

At Jaffé Rechtsanwälte, Michael Jaffé enjoys a strong international reputation for his work in the field, particularly when it comes to navigating sophisticated insolvency proceedings.

Jan Markus Plathner at Brinkmann & Partner is well known among peers for his top-tier practice, which spans a range of corporate matters, from bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings to corporate restructurings.

Horst Piepenburg at Piepenburg-Gerling Rechtsanwälte is “a very experienced practitioner” who is highly respected by sources for his superb expertise in bankruptcy law.

At Schneider Geiwitz & Partner, Arndt Geiwitz is a firm favourite among clients who praise his strong work advising clients on a wide array of insolvency and corporate restructuring matters.

Alfred Hagebusch at Wellensiek Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft stands out as “a top player” in the German market who is widely respected for his impressive handling of restructuring plans, liquidations and corporate distress situations.

Michael Frege at CMS Hasche Sigle is a well-recognised name among both peers and clients, who regard him as “one of Germany’s best insolvency administrators”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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