Comment: This firm highly recommended for restructuring covers a broad range of work, often with an international flavor. But since the move of Kolja von Bismarck and two associates to Sidley in Munich, it has lacked a figurehead for the restructuring practice, which is significant given the subdued market development. In the year’s few major restructuring cases, there were some in which Linklaters played no or just a minor role. But on the plus side, the firm boasts an in-depth specialty in the lucrative niches of bank restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Its expert knowledge, cultivated patiently over years, in EU-controlled bank restructuring is paying off – not only in proceedings related to Germany: Frankfurt esp. works on such cases internationally.
Strengths: Cross-border restructuring.
Recommended: Dr. Sven Schelo.
Practice: Advice to investors and creditors, esp. German and international creditors and investment banks on financial restructuring, as well as advice to borrowers, shareholders and company directors. Litigation and insolvency criminal law as well as ?banking and regulatory advice; distressed ?M&A. (1 partner, 1 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Ibex Group insolvency administrator (hww) on sale; fund as creditor on restructuring and insolvency of Euromar; bank as agent in Jack Wolfskin restructuring; ongoing advice to state bank on restructuring energy projects.
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