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Distressed M&A (legal) – mergers & acquisitions during insolvency


Buying a business out of insolvency is an attractive opportunity to strategically expand your business. Rödl & Partner's M&A practice comprehensively advises insolvency practitioners on all legal issues related to the sale of distressed companies. On the buyer side, we advise companies and financial investors in the takeover of distressed companies and shares – at both national and international levels.

With our deep understanding of the specific legal aspects of insolvency proceedings, we are able to ensure effective professional support at all times, particularly in contract drafting and negotiation. In doing so, we work closely with our employment law and IT law teams as well as with our business valuation and financial practice experts. They all specialise in providing comprehensive support during the sale process and on the financing of distressed M&A transactions.

Our advisers have many years of experience in providing legal consulting services for distressed M&A projects in numerous industry segments. Because of stipulated limited structuring opportunities, it is usually the pre-transaction due diligence that most attention is paid to in a contract. The same applies to employment law advisory on transferee concepts, transfer companies as well as negotiations on the reconciliation of interests and social compensation plans.

With our expertise in insolvency law, we know the specifics of distressed M&A transactions, having gained considerable experience through collaboration with insolvency practitioners on M&A projects both in Germany and on a global scale.

Depending on the needs of our clients, we can draw upon further Rödl & Partner experts, especially for the purpose of optimising process structuring or the development of a bidding process. Rödl & Partner retains a highly specialised team of management consultants that regularly accompany the acquisitions of insolvent companies.


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Michael Wiehl


+49 911 9193 1300
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Horst Grätz


+49 911 9193 1610
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