Brinkmann & Partner

Comment: This firm, which is recommended for corporate rescue and highly recommended for insolvency administration, plays a major role in restructuring the crisis-stricken maritime sector in north Germany. Whereas standard insolvencies in this sector used to focus on litigation (liability claims against KPMG from P+S Werften insolvency), B&P is currently very active on the advisor side, e.g. advice on the Rickmers insolvency at the Hamburg head office, where partner Morgen is occupying the CRO role, and advice on large-volume fleet restructuring. Plathner, who is very successful in insolvency administration, is now active more often as a corporate rescue advisor, e.g. for auto supplier Amtek-Küpper in one of the year’s major cases.
Development potential: The growth in advisory work is due to the very small team of partners, who handle many major instructions simultaneously. The current success could be used to adapt firm structures to the rise in demand for crisis advice. Adjusting the pay system could bring momentum and attract more experienced laterals. Former Wellensiek Counsel Christian Knittel joined the Frankfurt office.
Recommended: Dr. Jan Plathner (“very quick grasp, outstanding mediator with an eye on the essentials”, competitor), Dr. Christoph Morgen, Berthold Brinkmann, Manuel Sack.
Practice: Advice on insolvency, specifically self-administration, corporate rescue and distressed M&A; also trusteeships. Insolvency administration at 30 offices across Germany, esp. in north Germany, Hessen, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Berlin. (5 equity partners, 15 salary partners, 70 associates)
Advice: ?? Shipping company B. Rickmers on restructuring, liquidation valuation and insolvency proceedings (CRO role); Cinram management on self-administration; Amtek Küpper Group on restructuring. Insolvency administration: Immobilienfonds Schaumburg-Lippe (Bückeburg). Trustee: Albert Horn (Wiesbaden).
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