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Dr. Alexandra Schluck-Amend

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Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (Certified lawyer for insolvency and reorganisation law) | Head of Restructuring and Insolvency, CMS Germany

CMS Hasche Sigle
Theodor-Heuss-Straße 29
70174 Stuttgart
Germany
Languages German, English, French

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 plans (including the German Act on the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework for Businesses) and insolvency plans in accordance with the German Insolvency Code and advises groups on internal and external financings and restructurings and on distressed M&A deals. In this context, her work often revolves around avoiding liability risks for the parent company, other group companies and their management in the event of subsequent insolvency proceedings or the sale of a group company. She also advises on insolvency-related clawback and avoidance actions and strategies to minimize these risks and gives advice to creditors regarding the best way possible to protect their interests on the crisis of a business partner. Alexandra has a special automotive and energy sector expertise.

Alexandra joined CMS in 2002 after studying economics and law and having worked within the field of insolvency administration and was made partner in 2008. Since 2002, she has been teaching at Heidelberg University and since 2005 also at Andrássy University Budapest where she was appointed Honorary Professor in 2013.

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Listed for Restructuring and Insolvency Law

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2024 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Listed as notable practitioner

Chambers Europe, 2024

Leading Individual for Restructuring

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

‘She is very service-oriented and stands out due to her creativity, negotiation skills and broad legal and business knowledge.‘, client

Chambers Europe, 2024

‘Dr Schluck-Amend is perfectly attuned to the client's requirements, analytically excellent and very focused and goal-oriented in her advice.‘, client

Chambers Europe, 2024

‘Despite the large number of mandates that she is responsible for, Alexandra Schluck-Amend is always deeply involved in the topics of the individual mandates and is approachable. Personally, she is a very competent, empathetic but also assertive personality.’, client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

‘Competent team led by Alexandra Schluck-Amend. Very pleasant to work with, no matter which team members are involved.’, client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

„pragmatisch, souverän, freundliche, aber harte Verhandlerin“, Wettbewerber

JUVE Handbuch, 2023/2024

„Oft empfohlen“ für Restrukturierung und Insolvenz

JUVE Handbuch, 2023/2024

"She is an excellent negotiator; charming but tough.", client

Chambers Europe, 2023

Listed as notable practitioner

Chambers Europe, 2023

Listed as leading individual

Chambers Europe, 2023

Listed for Restructuring and Insolvency Law

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2023 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Leading Individual for Restructuring

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"Miss Dr. Schluck-Amend is always available and a real team player.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"Miss Dr. Schluck-Amend is perfectly tailored to the client's requirements, analytically excellent and very focused and goal-oriented in advice. Ad hoc requests are handled promptly by her and her team.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"The cooperation with Mrs. Dr. Schluck-Amend, her team and the client is real teamwork. Specialist departments are consulted as needed in a result-oriented manner.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

"A client enthuses: 'Not only has she got technical expertise but she also excels at getting things done, convincing people and achieving an outcome that was good for us.'"

Chambers Europe, 2021

Listed as notable practitioner

Chambers Europe, 2021

"analytically excellent and precise", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"Recommended" for Insolvency and Restructuring

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

Leading lawyer for insolvency

Kanzleimonitor 2020, 2021

Nennung als Top Anwältin für den Bereich Restrukturierung

WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2020; In Kooperation mit: Handelsblatt Research Institute

"She is a very good negotiator, forceful and also strong in her arguments, and gets respect from the opposition", client

Chambers Europe, 2022

Listed as Leading Individual

Chambers Europe, 2022

Listed as notable practitioner

Chambers Europe, 2022

"synonymous with good solutions", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2022 (GCLF)

"Recommended" for Insolvency and Restructuring

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2022 (GCLF)

"Alexandra Schluck-Amend is very knowledgeable, but what stands out is the clarity and determination with which she conveys her advice. Very appreciated.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

"The team around Dr. Schluck-Amend has the size and qualitative capacity to competently advise several – even complex – restructuring cases at the same time.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

"The law firm has Dr. Alexandra Schluck-Amend and Dr. Rolf Leithaus about two very distinguished partners who, together with their teams – if necessary involving other competencies of the law firm – have many years of experience, even in very complex cases.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

"Dr. Alexandra Schluck-Amend is an outstanding lawyer who has been advising on restructuring for more than 20 years. Her sovereign and consistent conduct of negotiations deserves special mention.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

"Miss Dr. Schluck-Amend combines deep expertise, assertiveness and creativity. She is very resilient and always friendly, even in difficult situations – and determined.", client

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

Relevant experience

  • Advising Friedrichshafen Airport on restructuring by way of insolvency proceedings
  • Securing the German subsidiary as part of the Swedish reorganization process of Nynas AB
  • Advising EnBW on selling the cogeneration plant Eisenhüttenstadt to Progroup AG
  • Advising EnBW in the context of the Prokon insolvency and EnBW’s bid to acquire Prokon via an insolvency plan
  • Advising ABB on acquiring Gomtec GmbH
  • Advising Aurelius on acquiring the EMEA crafts business from Coats plc
  • Advising Wolfgang Bilgery, the insolvency administrator dealing with the assets of the German-Indian Minda Schenk Group, on selling the Czech Minda Schenk subsidiary to the Japanese Daiho group
  • Advising SJ Incorporated on the partial acquisition of Graupner GmbH & Co. KG
  • Advising Dirk Rossmann GmbH on acquiring 104 branches of Ihr Platz
  • Advising Huber Packaging Group GmbH on selling one of its divisions
  • Advising Allianz Real Estate on acquiring a real estate portfolio from Aldi Süd
  • Advising BC Partners on investments in laboratory services providers Synlab and FutureLab
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Memberships & Roles

  • Vorstandsmitglied des Vereins zur Förderung der Anwaltsorientierten Juristenausbildung der Universität Heidelberg e.V. (Member of the Board of the association supporting a lawyer-focused academic legal training at the University of Heidelberg)
  • Stuttgart Bar Association
  • Academic Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR)
  • Co-head of specialisation of Restructuring & Insolvency CMS
  • Co-chair of Restructuring Group World Law Group
  • Commercial law committee of the German Bar Association
  • Corporate law working group (co-chair with Prof. Hommelhoff, Prof. Schäfer, Prof. Reichert, Dr. Jung, Prof. Arnold)
  • Restructuring working group in Stuttgart (co-chair with Prof. Thole)
  • Arbeitskreis für Insolvenz- und Schiedsgerichtswesen e.V. (Working Group for Insolvency and Arbitration)
  • ZIS (centre for insolvency and restructuring) board of trustees at University of Mannheim
  • Distressed Ladies: Women in Restructuring
  • Gesellschaft für Restrukturierung – TMA Deutschland e.V. (Turnaround Management Association Germany)
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Publications

  • "Geschäftsführerhaftung für Zahlungen nach Insolvenzreife"- Das scharfe Schwert des § 15b InsO, Euroforum , 2023 (together with Franziska Fuchs)
  • Pflichtlektüre für jeden Sanierungsberater, EXIS|TENZ Magazin, 2022
  • Insolvenz und Sanierung sind keine Gegensätze (mehr), EXIS|TENZ Magazin, 2022
  • Unternehmensrestrukturierung mit dem StaRUG, Alle wichtigen Informationen zum neuen StaRUG auf einen Blick, Kompaktwissen für Berater (Link), authors: Alexandra Schluck-Amend and Veronika Hefner
  • GmbH Geschäftsführung 2021: Ihr Update zu allen haftungsträchtigen Themen dieser Zeit, eBook GmbH-Geschäftsführer*innen 2021 (Link), authors: Alexandra Schluck-Amend, Franziska Fuchs, Tobias Grau and Militsa Decheva
  • Voraussetzungen für die Betriebsfortführung und Absicherung der Vertragspartner durch Begründung von Masseverbindlichkeiten im Eröffnungsverfahren, ZRI, 2021, p. 913
  • Mehr Befugnisse für die Gläubiger im Restrukturierungsverfahren und Insolvenzverfahren?, Neue Zeitschrift für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (NZI- Beilage) 2021, p. 88
  • Rettung in Sicht?, Creditreform Magazin, 02.12.2020
  • Neues Gesetz soll Pleitewelle stoppen, FAZ 06.10.2020
  • Das StaRUG und seine Auswirkungen auf die Geschäftsleiterhaftung, ZRI 2020, 570 (together with Dr Veronika Hefner)
  • Ein Lichtblick für krisengebeutelte Unternehmen, Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Edition 23, 2020, p. 3
  • Bei der Übernahme kriselnder Betriebe sollte man mit Bedacht vorgehen - Jetzt günstig ein Unternehmen zu kaufen, kann verlockend sein - doch es bestehen auch Risiken, Staatsanzeiger Baden-Württemberg, 22.05.2020, p. 13
  • Gesetzgeber reagiert mit Änderung des Insolvenzrechts auf die Folgen der COVID-19- Pandemie, Die Zeitschrift für Compliance-Verantwortliche, Recht, May 2020
  • COVInsAG - Auswirkungen für Banken, Zeitschrift für das gesamte Kreditwesen (ZfgK), Heft 8-9/2020, 04.05.2020, p. 408
  • Firmenkredit vom eigenen Geld, Impulse, 30.04.2020
  • Wichtiges Signal - Ist das neue COVID-19-lnsolvenz-Aussetzungsgesetz eine wirksame Waffe gegen eine Flut von Pleiten? Expertin Alexandra Schluck-Amend erläutert im Gespräch die Vor- und Nachteile des neuen Gesetzes., Lebensmittel Praxis (LP.), 22.04.2020, p. 22 - 23
  • Cash Pooling in Zeiten von Corona - Cash Pools stehen wegen der Coronakrise auf dem Prüfstand - was Treasurer jetzt beachten sollten, Nachrichten für die Finanzabteilung, Cash Management & Zahlungsverkehr, 20.04.2020
  • Insolvenzantragspflicht vorübergehend ausgesetzt, Springer Professional, 31.03.2020
  • Coronavirus und Gesetzgebung: Was Gläubiger wissen müssen, Creditreform Magazin, Finanzen, 31.03.2020
  • Änderungen im Insolvenzrecht durch das COVID-19-lnsolvenzaussetzungsgesetz, Neue Zeitschrift für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (NZI), Heft 08/2020, 2020, p. 289
  • Job managen in Corona-Zeiten, INDat Report Fachmagazin für Restrukturierung, Sanierung und Insolvenz, Magazine 03/2020, March 2020, p. 57
  • Dunkle Wolken über der deutschen Automobilindustrie ­ Was zu tun ist: Diese Optionen haben Unternehmen in der Hinterhand, Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel (DAS), 2020, Edition 02, p. 18 (together with Dr Daniel Ludwig)
  • Anfechtbarkeit von Direktzahlungen bei inkongruenter Deckung - Baumarkt - BHG, Urteil vom 12.9.2019 - IX ZR 16/18, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW) 2019, Edition 49/2019, p. 3578
  • Insolvenzanfechtung der Darlehensrückzahlung bei kontokorrentähnlichem Gesellschafterdarlehensverhältnis – BGH, Judgment of 27.06.2019 – IX ZR 167/18, DStR 2019, p. 2029
  • Non Performing Loans nach der EU-Richtlinie - zur Richtlinie (EU) 2019/1023 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates v. 20.6.2019, Neue Zeitschrift für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht (NZI), Special Supplement 1/2019, p. 14
  • Droht Insolvenz, Risiken der Haftung minimieren, Staatsanzeiger Baden-Württemberg, 2019
  • EU Parlament beschließt Restrukturierungsrahmen, de, 29.03.2019
  • Die Haftungsfalle droht, FINANCE, Edition May/June 2019
  • Eine Mehrheit genügt, Interview, Markt und Mittelstand 06/2019
  • Neue Richtlinie zum Präventiven Restrukturierungsrahmen, schriftliches Interview Markt & Mittelstand, 2019
  • Reichweite der Kapitalschutzvorschriften bei der Aktiengesellschaft im Konzern - Relevanz bei Maßnahmen auf Ebene der Tochtergesellschaft, Festschrift for Prof. Gerhard Pape, 2019
  • Revolution der vorinsolvenzlichen Unternehmenssanierung, WPg 2019, p. 737 (together with Dr. Maximilian Hacker)
  • Keine Differenzhaltung der Gesellschafter, aber Haftung nach den Grundsätzen des existenzvernichtenden Eingriffs bei der Verschmelzung einer insolvenzreifen GmbH, DStR2019, p. 340
  • Der präventive Restrukturierungsrahmen und seine Konsequenzen für Banken, Bank und Markt (bm) 2019, Magazine 3, p. 23 (together with Josefine Wolff)
  • ESUG-Evaluierung "Reform gelungen, Nachbesserung nötig", Legal Tribune Online (LTO) 2018 (together with Nicolas Kreuzmann)
  • Inkongruenz der Begleichung von Mietzinsen der Schuldnerin durch Muttergesellschaft im Rahmen eines Cashpools, NZI 2018, p. 749
  • Der Beherrschungsvertrag als Instrument der Konzernsteuerung, Unternehmen, Kapitalmarkt, Finanzierung, Festschrift für Reinhard Marsch-Barner zum 75. Geburtstag, p. 491-509, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2018
  • Münchener Anwaltshandbuch GmbH-Recht, § 23: "Die GmbH in der Krise und in der Insolvenz" 4. Auflage, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2018
  • Der lange Weg zur Steuerfreiheit, FAZ. Einspruch Sanierungserlass, 29.08.2018
  • Keine Angst vor Insolvenzen, Beitrag im Handwerk Magazin 06/2017, p. 64
  • Sanierung in Eigenregie hat viele Voraussetzungen, Staatsanzeiger Baden- Württemberg, 32/2017
  • Vorinsolvenzliche Sanierung in Deutschland, WPg 06.2017, p. 341
  • Berater und Mediatoren - Anforderungen, Ernennung und Überwachung von Restrukturierungsverwaltern, NZI Sonderbeilage 1/2017, p. 41
  • Weniger Vermutungen, mehr Sicherheit, Beitrag auf LTO.de from 28.02.2017http://www.lto.de/recht/hintergruende/h/reform-insolvenzrecht-vorsatzanfechtung-erleichterung-antrag-glaeubiger
  • Eine halb genutzte Chance, Interview in return-online.de from 20.02.2017http://return-online.de/magazin/return-newsletter/eine-halb-genutzte-chance
  • Wie wird der Gesetzgeber reagieren?, EXISTENZ Magazine 1/2017, p. 29
  • Gläubiger als Gesellschafter, return Magazin 01 /17, p. 41
  • Vorinsolvenzliche Unternehmenssanierung - Richtlinienentwurf der EU-Kommission als Chance, ZRP 2017, p. 6
  • Der Richtlinienentwurf der EU-Kommission als Chance für Unternehmenssanierungen in Deutschland, KSI 2017, p. 21
  • StiftungsManager, Chapter 12.2 "Krise und Insolvenz", Verlag Dashöfer, Hamburg
  • EU-Kommission setzt weiteren Meilenstein auf dem Weg zur Kapitalmarktunion, Euractiv.de, 07.12.2016 www.euractiv.de/section/finanzen-und-wirtschaft/opinion/eu-kommission-setzt-weiteren-meilenstein-auf-dem-weg-zur-kapitalmarktunion
  • Wann kommt der Wandel in der Unternehmenssanierung?, Beschaffung Aktuell, 05.10.2016, p. 28
  • Wann kommt das vorinsolvenzliche Sanierungsverfahren?, BondGuide.de, 06.09.2016www.bondguide.de/topnews/wann-kommt-das-vorinsolvenzliche-sanierungsverfahren
  • Brandschutz aufbauen und Feuer löschen (Beraterporträt), INDat-Report 07/2016, p. 14
  • Frühzeitig eingreifen, Agrarmanager 09/2016, p. 16
  • EU will Kultur der zweiten Chance, Staatsanzeiger Baden-Württemberg, 30/2016
  • Die Haftung der Mutter - Uneinheitliche Regeln für Insolvenzen im Konzern, FAZ 20.07.2016
  • M&A in der Krise - Haftungsrisiko des Verkäufers für Rückzahlungen von „verhafteten" Gesellschafterdarlehen an den Erwerber, DeutscherAnwaltspiegel 12/2016
  • Die GmbH in Krise, Sanierung und Insolvenz, verschiedene Abschnitte, 5. Edition, Dr Otto Schmidt Verlag, Cologne 2016
  • Handbuch Aktiengesellschaft, Kapitel "Satzung und Satzungsänderung", "Firma, Sitz und Unternehmensgegenstand" und "Auflösung, Abwicklung und Insolvenz", Verlag Dr Otto Schmidt, 72. EL 2016
  • Ein überschaubares Risiko? - Cash Pooling und die Insolvenzanfechtung nach § 135 InsO, DeutscherAnwaltspiegel 04/2016
  • Münchener Anwaltshandbuch GmbH-Recht, § 23: "Die GmbH in der Krise und in der Insolvenz" 3. Edition, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2014
  • Paradigmenwechsel bei der Stellung des Gesellschafters im Insolvenzverfahren nach dem ESUG, in Festschrift Hoffmann-Becking, p. 1039, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2013
  • Gläubigerstrategien in der Insolvenz, GWR 2013, p. 418
  • Eine die Inkongruenz begründende Drohung mit einem Insolvenzantrag, NZI 2013, p. 492
  • NWB Kommentar zum Insolvenzrecht, verschiedene Abschnitte, 1. Edition, NWB Verlag, Herne 2013
  • Die Insolvenzverursachungshaftung des GmbH Geschäftsführers, in Festschrift Hommelhoff, p. 961, Verlag Dr Otto Schmidt, Cologne 2012
  • Das IDW Kriterium der Nachrangigkeit bei der Qualifizierung von Darlehenskonten als Eigenkapital in der Personenhandelsgesellschaft, Betriebs Berater 2012, p. 1847
  • Der Unternehmenskauf in Krise und Insolvenz, Boorberg Verlag, Stuttgart 2012
  • Das Erfüllungswahlrecht des Insolvenzverwalters nach § 103 InsO und seine Auswirkungen auf Unternehmenskäufe in der Krise, in Festschrift Wellensiek, p. 231, C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2011
  • Zitate zu Mezzanine im Artikel „Insolvent nach Kapitalspritze", INDat-Report 09/2010
  • Unternehmensfinanzierung - öffentliche Fördermittel richtig nutzen, Zeitschrift "Form und Werkzeug", 2010, p. 19
  • Gastbeitrag zur geplanten Reform der Bundesregierung die das deutsche Insolvenz­recht stärker auf die Rettung von angeschlagenen Unternehmen ausrichten soll, Staatsanzeiger Baden-Württemberg from 08.04.2010, p. 8
  • Den letzten beißen die Hunde, FORM + Werkzeuge Nr. 5, 2009, p. 16
  • Insolvenzprophylaxe, VDI-Beitrag 02.10.2009, p. 11 ff.
  • Wenn Firmen die Insolvenz droht, sind die Geschäftspartner nicht wehrlos, VDI- Nachrichten from 10.07.2009, p. 11
  • Impulse für die Unternehmensfinanzierung, Die Bank 08/2010, p. 3
  • Unternehmensfinanzierung mit öffentlichen Mitteln - Fördertöpfe als fester Bestandteil - Fallstricke und Chancen bei Nutzung von Programmen der KfW und von Landesinstituten, Börsen-Zeitung Nr. 94 from 19.05.2010, p. 2
  • Reformvorschläge der Justizministerin zur Verbesserung der Sanierungschancen, Staatsanzeiger Baden-Württemberg v. 08.04.2010, p. 8
  • Zahlreiche Fördertöpfe, einige Fallstricke - Unternehmensfinanzierung unter Einbindung öffentlicher Fördermittel, Venture Capital 05/2010, p. 31
  • Fortführungsvereinbarung als Mittel der Unternehmensfortführung in der Insolvenz, ZIP 2010, p. 62
  • Earn-Out - Der schnelle Weg zur Preisfindung, Jahrbuch Restrukturierung 2010, p. 6
  • Vorsicht Insolvenzverschleppung und andere Haftungsrisiken für Manager, Newsletter der Unternehmensjuristentage 2010/2009
  • Kapitalaufbringung nach dem MoMiG und der "Quivive - Entscheidung des BGH", DStR 2009, p. 1433
  • Tipps für Zulieferer bei Insolvenz von Geschäftspartnern, Produktion, 2009
  • Schutz vor Insolvenz, Zeitschrift Form und Werkzeug, Edition 05/2009, p. 1
  • Kaufen in der Krise, FINANCE Sonderbeilage, Magazine Februar 2009
  • Fall zum Mobiliarsachen- und Insolvenzrecht, Zivilrechtliche Anwaltsfälle in Studium und Examen, JUS-Schriftenreihe, C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2008
  • Hoffnung auf Klärung beim Cash-Pooling, Börsen-Zeitung Nr.10 from 14.01.2006, p. 10
  • Insolvenzen Gefährlicher Kauf, Wirtschaftswoche, 12.02.2004, p. 66
  • Kapitalaufbringung im Rahmen des Cash-Poolings, Der Betrieb 2006, p. 879
  • Die Neuregelung des Spruchverfahrens durch das Spruchverfahrensneuordnungsgesetz, Der Betrieb 2003, p. 1259
  • Die Rückforderung gemeinschaftsrechtswidriger Beihilfen in ihren Auswirkungen auf das nationale Gesellschafts- und Insolvenzrecht, NOMOS Verlag, Baden-Baden 2004
  • Mantelkauf als wirtschaftliche Neugründung, Der Syndikus 2003, p. 25 ff
  • Neues Spruchverfahren - Hilfe für die Praxis?, Börsen-Zeitung Nr. 94 vom 17.05.2003, p. 10
  • Neue Haftungsrisiken für GmbH-Geschäftsführer durch Pflicht zur Erstellung eines Insolvenzplans?, GmbHR 9/2001, p. 375
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Lectures list

Ausgewählte Vorträge

  • "Hedging against the insolvency of the contractual partner", meeting of the German Association of General Counsel (BUJ) Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland regional group, 10.02.2022
  • "Directives and their consequences - the banking sector in transition", 5th Forum for Insolvency and Restructuring - Southern Germany, 04.11.2021
  • "Avoidance risks in relation to legal acts during restructuring - risk assessment from a practitioner's perspective", Institute for Insolvency and Restructuring Law at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Conference "Stabilisation and Restructuring, 22.10.2021
  • "The German Act on the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework for Businesses (StaRUG): More need for advice or a playground for insolvency administrators?", Heidelberger Insolvency FORUM, 21.10.2021
  • "Liability scenarios, intercompany loans and cash pooling - opportunities and risks of intra-group financing structures", Executive Dialogue - The Medium-Sized Group in Transformation, 23.09.2021
  • "Practical examples for designing a restructuring plan under the German Act on the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework for Businesses (StaRUG) - voting rights, forming groups and other strategies", NIVD Annual Conference, 10.09.2021
  • "Enforcing creditors' rights in insolvency of the contractual partner", Insolvency working group, Cologne, 07.09.2021
  • Changes in energy policies and the green deal as a chance - ensuring resilience and sustainability, Handelsblatt Annual Conference on Restructuring, 23.06.2021
  • "The restructuring plan - requirements, content and legal consequences", Centre for Insolvency and Restructuring, 19.02.2021
  • The German Act on the Stabilisation and Restructuring Framework for Businesses (StaRUG) - an overview of new restructuring options for companies, German Association of General Counsel (BUJ) Online Days, 20.01.2021
  • Challenges of the COVID19 pandemic for management – liability risks and changes from a corporate and insolvency law perspective, CMS Stuttgart Business Breakfast, 27.05.2020
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, WLG eConference 2020, Stuttgart, 05.05.2020
  • Cash pooling risks and liability of the management board: these are the stumbling blocks, 15th Distressed Assets Conference, Stuttgart, 25.03.2020
  • Insolvency of a business partner – courses of action to minimise risks, CMS Stuttgart Business Breakfast, 04.03.2020
  • Economic downturn or recession – how can weaknesses within a company be eliminated? Unternehmensjuristen-Kongress (company lawyers' conference), Berlin, 06.02.2020
  • Insolvency plan proceedings and self-administration – overview, lecture, Heidelberg, 27.01.2020
  • New instruments in the restructuring toolbox, 13th German Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt, 17.05.2019
  • "Digital" impact on distressed M&A, 15th Handelsblatt Annual Restructuring Conference 2019, Frankfurt, 09.05.2019
  • Restructuring advice at CMS, Phi Delta Phi, Stuttgart, 29.04.2019
  • Restructuring & Insolvency: An overview of the new business area and what it can offer our clients and the firm, GB Corporate and M&A, Boltenhagen, 05.04.2019
  • News on restructuring, restructuring and insolvency, Restructuring Delights, Hamburg, 26.03.2019
  • Restructuring advice at CMS, Restructuring Delights, Stuttgart, 18.03.2019
  • D&O liability and D&O insurance – with a particular focus on the legal situation in the event of the insolvency of the policyholder, Forum Insurance Law, Düsseldorf, 05.02.2019
  • Legal Update, CRO/CTO-Day (Roland Berger) Berlin, 08.05.2018
  • The Bilateral Trusteeship – if the Trustor or the Trust Property Becomes Insolvent, 41st Reutlingen Insolvency Forum, 13.04.2018
  • The Contractual Partner in Crisis – an Uncontrollable Risk? CMS Stuttgart Business Breakfast, 07.03.2018
  • How to Handle Shareholder Loans in Insolvency, Forum Institut für Management, Frankfurt am Main, 02.03.2018
  • Preventive Restructuring under the Proposal for a Directive – New Options or Forward Displacement under the Insolvency Act, 7th Geislingen Insolvency Law Day, HfWU, 23.11.2017
  • Group Insolvency – Relief provided by New Regulation? 12th German Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt am Main, 14.11.2017
  • The Bilateral Trusteeship, 20th WM conference on Insolvency Law, Frankfurt/Eschborn, 23.10.2017
  • Directors' Duties and Capital Preservation, 12. Handels-und Gesellschaftsrechtstag (12thCorporate and Commercial Law Day) DAK, Berlin, 06./07.10.2017
  • The Bilateral Trusteeship, 20. WM Tagung zum Insolvenzrecht, Frankfurt/Eschborn (20th WM Conference on Insolvency Law), 23.10.2017
  • Group Insolvency – Simplification provided by New Regulation? 12th German Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt am Main, 14.11.2017
  • Preventive Restructuring under the Proposal for a Directive – New Options for Restructuring? 7. Geislinger Insolvenzrechtstag (Geislingen Insolvency Law Day), HfWU, 23.11.2017
  • Liability risks in a future preventive restructuring framework, NIVD Spring-Dialogue, Wiesbaden, 10.03.2017
  • Insolvency law outside a crisis – recognizing and minimizing risks before they occur, Business Breakfast CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 15.02.2017
  • Pitfalls when contractual partner is in crisis, Commercial Roadshow CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 15.11.2016
  • Challenges and liability risks in the financing in the company group, FAZ Roundtable, Frankfurt a. M., 26.10.2016
  • Liability risks for directors/management board members on group financing using example of cash pooling, ZInsO annual conference, Cologne, 06.10.2016
  • Shareholder loans in insolvency, FORUM day seminar, Frankfurt a. M., 29.06.2016
  • Challenges and liability risks in company group financing, Business breakfast, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 11.05.2016
  • Shareholder financing in company restructuring, 11th Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt a.M., 16.03.2016
  • Creditor rights in insolvency proceedings: how do I react if my supplier or customer is insolvent? Freiburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Freiburg, 25.11.2015
  • Risks and courses of action when dealing with supplier insolvency, in-house lecture at client in Stuttgart, on 18.11.2015
  • How to protect yourself from insolvency law contestation, Business breakfast, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 11.11.2015
  • Director's liability as consultant in protective shield procedures, ZInsO annual conference, Cologne, 25.09.2015
  • M&A in crisis and insolvency – chances and risks, FAZ Roundtable, Frankfurt a.M., 21.09.2015
  • Creditor rights in insolvency proceedings: how do I act if my supplier or customer is insolvent? Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Böblingen District Chamber, Böblingen, 07.05.2015
  • The DAK 10 years on: deals, trends, dead ends, 10th Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt, 16.04.2015
  • Corporate law versus insolvency law – options and issues in restructuring, 17th VGR annual conference, Frankfurt a.M., 14.11.2014
  • Current M&A developments in crisis and insolvency, FAZ Roundtable, Frankfurt a.M., 27.10.2014
  • Possible dual-purpose trusteeship options for the lender, BearingPoint in-house seminar, Munich, 23.10.2014
  • Creditor rights in insolvency proceedings: how do I react if my supplier or customer is insolvent? IHK Stuttgart region, Freiburg, 03.06.2014
  • Pitfalls and special features when purchasing from trust, 9th Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt, 26.03.2014
  • Current M&A developments in crisis and insolvency, FAZ Roundtable, Frankfurt a.M., 22.05.2013
  • Insolvency – a nightmare scenario? Böblingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Böblingen, 11.06.2013
  • The Facilitation of the Reorganisation of Enterprises Act (ESUG) as catalyst for M&A transactions, CMS Hasche Sigle Stuttgart, 14.05.2013
  • Distressed M&A: options offered by new insolvency law, 8th Distressed Assets Conference, Frankfurt a. M., 20.03.2013
  • Creditor strategies under the Facilitation of the Reorganisation of Enterprises Act (ESUG), Workshop of the German Association of General Counsel (Bundesverbands der Unternehmensjuristen -BUJ) at CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart,17.04.2013
  • Purchasing companies in crisis and insolvency, Heidelberg Training Academy (Akademie Heidelberg) in Frankfurt/Main, 09.10.2012
  • The position of the shareholder in insolvency proceedings under the Facilitation of the Reorganisation of Enterprises Act (ESUG), Working group for law and business in Nordbaden/Nordwürttemberg, law firm of Walter Sigle, Stuttgart, 19.07.2012
  • New insolvency law – consequences in practice, Böblingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Böblingen, 20.06.2012
  • New insolvency law in business practice – precast concrete suppliers and the purchaser in crisis, German Expert forum on Precast Concrete Sotuh (Fachforum Beton-Bauteile Süd), 20.03.2012
  • The GmbH in crisis, restructuring and insolvency, Kölner Tage, jointly with K. Schmidt, Vallender inter alia in Cologne, 13./14.10.2011
  • Risks and courses of action when dealing with supplier insolvency, Stuttgart, 04.07.2011
  • A summary of the main differences and similarities between insolvency regimes in the USA and Germany and the implications for real estate financing, Mannheim on 15.12.2010
  • Warranty claims during insolvency, 25th Reutlingen Insolvency Law Conference in Reutlingen, 23.04.2010
  • How to get out of a crisis – exclusion criteria for public subsidy programmes and general insolvency law limits, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 30.03.2010
  • Supplier insolvency, Heilbronn Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Heilbronn, 08.07.2009
  • A summary of insolvency law – Würzburg University on 6.07.2009
  • Stabilisation of financial structures prior to and during restructuring, Forum for SMEs, Stuttgart, 02.07.2009
  • Women in business meet law, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 01.07.2009
  • Economic downturn – chances in a crisis, Ulm Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ulm, 29.06.2009
  • Real estate seminar, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 31.03.2009
  • European corporate and insolvency law, 2nd Tübingen colloquium, Tübingen, 17.02.2009
  • Economic downturn – chances in crisis, Stuttgart, 5.02.2009
  • Group financing – will it all be easier after the GmbHG reform (Modernisation of Limited Liability Companies Legislation and Abuse Combating Act – MoMiG)? 5th SME Forum Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 02.07.2008
  • Crisis, Rescue and Insolvency of the GmbH Kölner GmbH conference, Cologne, 14./15.02.2008 and 12.02.2009
  • Company insolvency law in Europe Congress for European business lawyers, Cologne on 18.06.2007
  • Discussion contribution to cash pooling, 66th Annual Meeting of the German Legal Association, 19./22.09.2006, Stuttgart
  • Corporate transactions made easy?! 3rd SME Conference in Baden-Württemberg, 16.03.2006
  • Early recognition and conduct in crisis at the Junior Chamber International event "Is my company fit for the future?" in Stuttgart, 08.07.2005
  • 3rd German Unternehmertag "The insolvency plan as a means to overcome crises – aim, function and structure" Frankfurt am Main, 19.10.2004
  • Current legal developments relating to cash pooling, Corporate and Business Law Committee, AmCham. Frankfurt am Main, 13.10.2004
  • Your business partner files for insolvency – Creditors' options, liability risks and the prospects of insolvency proceedings, Academy for Further Education Hohenheim (Akademie für Weiterbildung Hohenheim) and Association of Agricultural Trade (VdAW), Kirchheim/Teck, 06.04.2004
  • Purchase of an insolvent company seminar in cooperation with Alston & Bird LLP, Stuttgart, 23.10.2003

Lehraufträge:

  • Lecturer at Nuertingen-Geislingen University (HfWU), since 2012
  • Lecturer at Andrassy University, Budapest, as part of the LLM programme in European corporate and insolvency law, since 2005
  • Lecturer at Dr. Grannemann & von Fürstenberg, Specialist seminars for corporate and insolvency law, 2005 to 2008
  • Lecturer at the Academy for Further Education and Coordination Office for Scientific Further Education, Hohenheim since 2003
  • Lecturer at Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, as part of the compulsory course component preparing law students for legal practice since 2002

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Education

  • 2003: PhD on a corporate and insolvency law topic under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, Heidelberg University
  • 2000: Second state examination in law
  • Public law tutor and work experience with several law firms during her trainee lawyer period
  • 1998: First state examination in law
  • 1996 - 1998: Research assistant at Heidelberg University‘s Institute for German and European Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Law studies in Augsburg and Heidelberg
  • Employment with Deutsche Bundesbank
  • 1993: Graduated in business studies
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26/03/2024
CMS advises SEFE on all aspects of acquiring WIGA Group
Hamburg – SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH (SEFE) has acquired all the shares in WIGA Transport Beteili­gungs-GmbH & Co. KG (WIGA) from its co-shareholder Wintershall Dea AG. The transaction is currently awaiting approval from the competition authorities. SEFE is wholly owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. WIGA owns regulated gas pipeline operators GASCADE Gastransport GmbH and NEL Gastransport GmbH, who operate one of the largest high-pressure gas networks in Germany with a combined length of around 4,150 kilometres. These networks have a key role to play in European energy security and the green energy transformation. The transaction will strengthen SEFE in its role of ensuring secure and reliable energy supply in Germany and Europe, as well as boosting its hydrogen ex­pert­ise.“With the full acquisition of WIGA as sole shareholder, we are strategically strengthening SEFE as an independent and autonomous midstream company,” commented Reinhard Gorenflos, Chairman of the SEFE Supervisory Board.“SEFE being the sole shareholder of WIGA will ensure that GASCADE can convert the existing high-performance infrastructure to hydrogen in the future. In this way, we can help drive forward the green energy transformation. Transportation infrastructure is a pivotal part of the future hydrogen value chain,” said Dr Egbert Laege, CEO of SEFE. “The two WIGA subsidiaries, GASCADE and NEL, will continue to operate independently and market their capacity in a transparent and non-dis­crim­in­at­ory manner.”SEFE CFO Dr Christian Ohlms highlighted the importance of WIGA with regard to the privatisation of SEFE, which is due to take place by the end of 2028: “With this transaction, which is expected to complete by summer 2024, we are strengthening SEFE’s asset base. Our aim is to continue the long-term development of SEFE on a stable financial footing.”A multinational CMS team headed by Hamburg-based partner Dr Holger Kraft advised SEFE on all aspects of acquiring WIGA. In addition to extensive due diligence on the entire WIGA Group, including GASCADE and NEL, which are regulated under energy law, this work covered negotiation of the share purchase agreement and separate agreements with the shareholders of Wintershall Dea AG. Alongside negotiating the transaction agreements, the advice focused on safeguarding the transaction through several W&I insurance agreements, including negotiating the policies, and handling regulatory issues relating to gas network operation and other public-law matters. CMS Germany worked closely with the CMS law firms in the UK and Luxembourg, and with US law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. CMS previously advised the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in 2022 and 2023 around their trusteeship over SEFE and its subsequent nationalisation by way of corporate actions. The instructions for this transaction followed on from that successful cooperation. About SEFE:As an integrated midstream energy company headquartered in Berlin, SEFE Securing Energy for Europe ensures the security of energy supply in Germany and Europe and is driving the green energy transformation. SEFE is active in trading & portfolio management, sales, transportation and storage of energy and has its strongest presence in Germany and the UK. SEFE employs around 1,500 people and supplies over 50,000 customers, in particular industrial customers and municipal utilities in Germany and seven other European markets. With a sales volume of around 200 TWh of power and gas, SEFE plays a central role in stability of the energy supply in Germany and Europe. SEFE is owned by the Federal Government of Germany. CMS Germany Dr Holger Kraft, Lead Partner Dr Jan Schepke, Partner Matthias Sethmann, Principal Counsel Dr Dirk Baukholt, Principal Coun­sel Char­lotte von der Heydt-von Kalckreuth, Counsel Dr Stefan Kühl, Senior Associate Dr Paul Kintrup, Senior Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Rolf Hempel, Partner Dr Friedrich von Burchard, Partner Nicole Köppen, Senior Associate, all Regulatory Dr Hermann Müller, Partner Dr Arno Görlitz, Associate, both Public Commercial Law Dr Martin Mohr, Partner Dr Olaf Thießen, Principal Counsel, both Tax Dr Alexandra Schluck-Amend, Partner Manuel Nann, Senior As­so­ci­ate Pit-Jo­hannes Wagner, Associate, all Restructuring Dr Andreas Hofelich, Partner Dr Mario Brungs, Counsel Dr Lena Pingen, Associate, all Em­ploy­ment/Pen­sions Dr Fritz von Hammerstein, Partner Jan Gröschel, Senior Associate Heike Weyer, Senior Associate, all Public Law Dr Stefan Voß, Partner Tamara Bux, Associate, both Real Estate Dr Sebastian Cording, Partner Martin Krause, Partner Dr Shaya Stender, Associate Joel Coché, Associate, all Commercial Dr Julia Runge, Principal Counsel, Finance Dr Michael Bauer, Part­ner Chris­toff Henrik Soltau, Partner Dr Robert Bodewig, Senior Associate Luisa Thomasberger, Associate, all Antitrust, Competition & Trade CMS UK Russel Hoare, Partner Sam De Silva, Part­ner Jean-Fran­cois Willems, Of Counsel Jennifer Louch, Senior As­so­ci­ate Max­imili­an Weaver, Senior Associate Louisa Mottaz, Associate CMS Luxembourg Angelique Eguether, Senior As­so­ci­ate Guil­laume Flagollet, Managing Associate Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (USA) Mollie D. Sitkowski Inhouse at SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH Dr Jörg Kammerer Jörn RimkePress Con­tact presse@cms-hs. com
14/02/2024
CMS advises automotive supplier Webasto on sale of charging business to...
Cologne – Webasto, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Stockdorf near Munich, has sold a majority stake in its charging solutions business. The business includes charging cables, mobile chargers and wallboxes. The German company is one of the 100 largest suppliers to the automotive sector worldwide and will remain invested in the division as a minority shareholder. It intends to focus on its core business segments going forward. In 2022, Webasto took the strategic decision to seek an investor for the charging solutions business. The buyer is private equity firm Transom Capital Group, based in Los Angeles, USA. The two companies signed a purchase agreement on 7 February 2024. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.A CMS team headed by lead partner Klaus Jäger advised Webasto on all legal aspects of the sale. The German CMS team worked closely with CMS teams from Mexico City and Beijing, as well as US law firms Miller & Martin PLLC and Locke Lord LLP. The sales process was highly complex, partly due to the fact that prior to the sale the unit in question needed to be restructured by taking appropriate action across a number of different jurisdictions. Webasto has relied on the expertise of CMS in the past, most recently when acquiring all the shares in Luxembourg company Carlex Glass. Established in 1901, automotive supplier Webasto focuses on roof systems and on vehicle electrification in its development, manufacturing and sales operations. The product range includes openable and fixed roofs, electric high-voltage heaters and batteries and thermo management solutions. Webasto’s customers range from manufacturers of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and boats to dealers and end customers. In 2022, the group generated sales of over EUR 4 billion and employed some 16,800 people across more than 50 locations worldwide. CMS Germany Klaus Jäger, Lead Part­ner Anna-Lena Löcherbach, Counsel Philipp Knopp, Senior As­so­ci­ate Domin­ic Zimmer, Associate Nina Fink, Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Angela Emmert, Partner Lennard Martin Lürwer, Counsel Marcel Heinen, Senior Associate, all Labor, Employment & Pensions Dr Sebastian Cording, Partner Lars Howe, Associate Dr Markus Kaulartz, Partner Dr Reemt Matthiesen, Partner, all TMC Dr Alexandra Schluck-Amend, Partner Manuel Nann, Senior As­so­ci­ate  Fran­ziska Fuchs, Senior Associate, all Restructuring and Insolvency Lars Eckhoff, Partner Dr Philipp Rohdenburg, Counsel, both Commercial Dr Dirk Smielick, Principal Counsel, Intellectual Property Dr Christian Scherer, Partner, Real Estate & Public Barbara Bayer, Counsel, Banking, Finance & Insurance Moritz Pottek, Counsel, Antitrust, Competition & Trade Dr Arne Burmester, Principal Counsel Conrad Gräwe, Legal Coordinator Romy Rosenhahn, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Stephanie Schulz, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Steven Washington, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Tag­rid Chahrour, Senior Legal Specialist Anke Clippingdale, Senior Legal Specialist Lisa Mattmann, Senior Legal Specialist Sarah Przybylski, Senior Legal Specialist Edris Trabzadah, Senior Legal Specialist Faraz Ahmad, Legal Specialist Jule Marie Holz, Legal Specialist Sofia Schreiner, Legal Spe­cial­ist Al­ex­an­der Stadahl, Legal Specialist, all Smart Operations CMS China Dr Falk Lichtenstein, Partner, Corporate/M&A CMS Mexico Giancarlo Schievenini, Partner, Corporate/M&A MILLER & MARTIN PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Atlanta, USA Mike Marshall, Partner Joe De Lisle, Partner Locke Lord LLP, Boston, USA Jonathan Young, PartnerPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs. com   
10/01/2024
Harmonisation of insolvency avoidance in Europe
This article continues our Law-Now series "Harmonisation of Insolvency Laws in the EU" in which we provide an overview of the articles addressing insolvency avoidance actions of the draft EU directive.As...
27/11/2023
Future secured: CMS advises insolvency administrator of long-es­tab­lished...
Stuttgart – The future of Weck, a company whose history goes back some 123 years, has been secured. Globally active alternative investment group AURELIUS emerged as the successful bidder in a competitive...
08/09/2023
CMS advises Modine on the sale of three Automotive Businesses
Stuttgart – Modine, a diversified global leader in innovative thermal management technology and solutions, has divested three automotive businesses in Germany and sold to affiliates of Regent LP. The...
13/06/2023
CMS advises fund managed by private equity firm ECM on acquisition of ONE...
Frankfurt/Main – German Equity Partners V (“GEP V” or the “Fund”) has taken an equity interest in the Düs­sel­dorf-based talent acquisition platform ONE HIRING Group (“1H”) through a partnership...
27/12/2022
Green light from European Commission: CMS advises German government on...
Stut­tgart/Brus­sels – State-owned gas trader SEFE Securing Energy for Europe GmbH (SEFE) can continue to operate as an integrated midstream gas company and pursue its chosen realignment strategy after...
23/12/2022
Securing energy supply in Germany: CMS advises German government on stabilising...
Hamburg/Brussels – The German government is set to support energy group Uniper, Germany’s biggest gas importer, with a stabilisation package worth EUR 33 billion and take a majority stake in Uniper...
16/11/2022
Comprehensive advice on securing energy supply in Germany
Ham­burg/Stut­tgart – Struggling gas company Securing Energy for Europe (SEFE) has been transferred to the ownership of the Federal Republic of Germany in order to secure German gas supplies. SEFE is...
23/08/2022
Restructuring and insolvency law in Germany
1. What is the primary legislation governing insolvency and restructuring proceedings in your jurisdiction? The German Insolvency Code and the European Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (2015/848)...
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04/08/2022
CMS Expert Guide to Cash Pooling
We are pleased to share with you the 5th Edition of the CMS Expert Guide to Cash Pooling. Cash pooling offers the advantage that the liquidity of a group can be concentrated (across borders) in one company...
29/07/2022
CMS Expert Guide to Cash pooling | 2022 update
Cash pooling arrangements & agreements - 2022 update We are pleased to present an updated and extended version of CMS Expert Guide to Cash Pooling. Cash pooling enables corporate groups to minimise expenditure incurred in connection with banking facilities through economies of scale. Cash pooling agreements must be carefully structured in order to minimise the risks of civil or criminal liability of the participating group companies and their officers, and also take into account the tax issues. Especially in difficult economic times like we are experiencing now, with a multitude of risks (raw material prices, disrupted supply chains, to name but a few), the importance of efficient cash management is growing. We see increasing demand on expertise on cash pooling. In this context, this guide provides an overview of the risks of civil and/or criminal liability associated with cash pooling in multiple jurisdictions in which CMS is represented and discusses the various means by which such liability may be avoided. Please do get in touch if you have any questions you would like to discuss with our team.