Restructuring Lawyers

Restructuring, Corporate Rescue & Insolvency

In times of economic crisis, many companies are faced with uncertain business prospects: demand drops, while strong competitors take advantage of the situation to step up the pressure. Long-term financial commitments remain, but customers’ ability to pay becomes compromised. Fortunately, taking prompt action to address these challenges often enables looming problems – or even insolvency – to be avoided.

That is the primary objective of our advice: adopting a pragmatic approach to deliver sustainable solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Our long experience of advising in restructuring and insolvency scenarios enables us to provide dependable support throughout the restructuring process. Working closely with you and your other professional advisers as required, we develop a strategy to secure the future of your business.

In addition to advising distressed companies on how to avoid insolvency and in cases where insolvency is imminent, we also provide support during insolvency itself. The experience gained by our insolvency specialists as court-appointed insolvency administrators is particularly beneficial here. CMS Germany is extremely well positioned to handle restructuring and insolvency matters, not least due to the broad range of advice we provide, which enables close cooperation between specialists across all relevant legal fields and issues.

Relevant legal fields

Labor, Employment & Pensions

  • Deviant collective bargaining agreements in restructuring scenarios, “Pforzheimer” agreements, collective agreements on job security, company job-protection schemes, alterations to benefit commitments, reduced working hours and pay adjustments
  • Managing redundancies in a socially responsible manner, transitional solutions, transfer companies, qualification programmes
  • Outsourcing, focusing on core business, mergers and spin-offs under the Transformation Act [UmwG], business closure


  • Legal advice for companies whose business partners are facing a crisis
  • Contractual protection to cover business partner insolvency
  • Contract design, taking industry-specific aspects into account (e.g. automotive sector)
  • Securing and enforcing creditors' rights

Distressed M&A

  • Acquisition of companies in financial difficulties and after insolvency
  • Sale and purchase of distressed assets (distressed debts, distressed companies)


  • Restructuring of financing arrangements (repayment holidays, adjustment of terms, additional collateral)
  • Consequences of breaching financial covenants and the associated options plus other credit difficulties
  • Accessing additional sources of finance (e.g. factoring, leasing models, profit participation rights, bonds, state-funded development schemes)
  • Conversion of debt into equity capital (debt equity swaps)


  • Advice on possible courses of action when faced with insolvency
  • Helping executives and supervisory board members to avoid potential liability in crisis situations
  • Capital increases for companies in financial difficulties, shareholder contributions
  • Carve-out of operating units
  • Structuring of group finance (loans and collateralization within the group, physical and virtual cash pooling)
  • Mergers and spin-offs under the Transformation Act [UmwG]

Real Estate & Construction

  • Mobilisation of assets via sale and lease back
  • Increasing efficiency and cutting costs through strict property management (tenancy management, outsourcing, etc.)


  • Preparation for an orderly insolvency
  • Assessing the obligation to file for insolvency and grounds for doing so
  • Drawing up an insolvency plan
  • Self-administration
  • Enforcing the rights of creditors and creditor groups in insolvency proceedings, representation on creditor committees
  • Negotiating going-concern agreements with the insolvency administrator

Tax / Auditing

  • Maximising efficient use of losses when restructuring a group of companies
  • Tax-related aspects of financing during restructuring
  • Determining overindebtedness and assessing going-concern predictions
  • Valuation of company operations intended for sale

Our References

  • BBS | Rescue advice
  • Brochier | Advising the insolvency administrator during insolvency proceedings, including advice on a possible change of registered address
  • Burdale / Wachovia | Refinancing of the Rosenthal Group
  • Fresenius AG | Advice on corporate restructuring
  • Georg v. Opel GmbH | Advising sister companies, subsidiaries and management during insolvency
  • Hymer AG | Advice on internal group restructuring and on the proposed creation of a public limited company
  • Lehman Brothers | Insolvency administration of the German subsidiary, handling cross-border group insolvency proceedings
  • Lincoln Electric / Lincoln Smitweld | Advice on reorganisation of German subsidiaries and on business processes in Belgium
  • MAG Industrial Automation Systems | Restructuring advice relating to the group’s German companies
  • Schefenacker Group | Finance and corporate law restructuring advice
  • TXU | Insolvency law and rescue-related advice provided to a subsidiary
  • US steel producer | Advice on reorganisation of German subsidiaries and divisions in preparation for the sale of various equity interests
  • WCM | Insolvency administration, sale of several group companies
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Andreas Hofelich
Dr. Andreas Hofelich
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Andreas Hofelich focuses on advising German and international companies on all aspects of occupational pension schemes. He has long-standing experience in launching, modifying and closing such pension...
Tobias Bomsdorf
Dr. Tobias Bomsdorf
Germany, Frankfurt
Tobias Bomsdorf advises and represents his clients in civil and commercial law disputes before state courts as well as in arbitration proceedings. His clients include companies in the engineering...
Marc Riede
Dr. Marc Riede
Germany, Hamburg
With a focus on project, real estate, acquisition and asset finance, Marc Riede advises German and international banks, leasing companies and investors on financing and leasing transactions. His...
Claus Thiery
Claus Thiery
Germany, Munich
Claus Thiery advises and represents his clients in D&O liability and compliance cases as well as in complex commercial, corporate and insolvency-related disputes, mainly in a cross-border context...
Charlotte Louise Schildt
Dr. Charlotte Louise Schildt
Germany, Frankfurt
Charlotte Schildt is an (international) insolvency and insolvency proceedings expert with special expertise in the banking sector and restructuring matters. Since 2008, she has regularly taken on...
Alexandra Schluck-Amend
Dr. Alexandra Schluck-Amend
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Insolvenzrecht (Certified lawyer for insolvency law) | Head of Restructuring and Insolvency Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
With a focus on corporate and insolvency law Alexandra Schluck-Amend is an expert on reorganising and restructuring companies with or without insolvency proceedings. She prepares and implements restructuring...
Oliver C. Wolfgramm
Dr. Oliver C. Wolfgramm
Germany, Frankfurt
Oliver Wolfgramm has more than 18 years of experience in advising German and international companies on domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions as well as on restructurings....
Klaus Jäger
Klaus Jäger
Germany, Cologne
Klaus Jäger has more than 25 years of experience in advising on domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions as well as other forms of cooperation. He is highly regarded...
Michael C Frege
Dr. Michael C Frege
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht (Certified lawyer for insolvency law)
Germany, Leipzig
Germany, Duesseldorf
Michael Frege is an insolvency and corporate restructuring specialist. He has long-standing experience in advising on insolvencies and as an insolvency administrator, including insolvency proceedings...
Ralph Drouven
Dr. Ralph Drouven
Germany, Cologne
Ralph's transactional experience ranges from public and private M&A, joint ventures and other business combination agreements to private equity and venture capital and corporate restructurings. He...