Comment: This firm highly recommended for corporate rescue and respected in insolvency administration is immune to the weak market thanks to the in-depth insolvency expertise of a large number of partners. In the defense against legal challenges, Cologne partner Leithaus is a nationally sought-after specialist, while the Düsseldorf office is active in high-profile bond restructuring. Pre-insolvency advice, a specialty in Stuttgart, was closely interwoven with the ?compliance experts in several cases. The insolvency team, which was upgraded to a dedicated practice, stepped up international cooperation and was called in by the British CMS alliance partners for a number of high-profile crises, e.g. the insolvency of the British law firm King & Wood LLP.
Strengths: Bank insolvencies; bond restructuring.
Recommended: Dr. Rolf Leithaus (“creates a pleasant atmosphere for negotiations”, “first-rate lawyer in litigation for managers, esp. in legal challenges”, competitors), Dr. Marc Riede, Dr. Charlotte Schildt, Dr. Alexandra Schluck-Amend (“highly skilled and obliging”, competitor), Niklas Lütcke (“does an outstanding job”, competitor).
Practice: Advice to companies (managers and shareholders), insolvency administrators or creditors and investors on restructuring, legal challenges and other litigation aspects ( ?commercial litigation and liability), frequently on distressed transactions. ?M&A, ?bank lending and acquisition finance, ?corporate. Insolvency plans, liquidation, own insolvency administration practice specializing in banks. (11 partners, 25 associates; insolvency administration: 5 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Partners Group/Infrared on acquisition of parts of insolvent Windreich Group; French company Promod on insolvency of German subsidiary; English insolvency administrator for King & Wood Mallesons LLP on winding up German offices; Wilh. Koch insolvency administrator (Willmer Köster) on security interests within company group. Insolvency administration: Clipkit (Berlin).
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