• "Particularly strong representing financial institutions."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Corporate powerhouse with notable expertise in advising on out-of-court restructurings."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Very diligent, professional and timely advise."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

  • "Particularly known for its work in out-of-court restructurings for clients in the banking and financial sector."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The very good-quality team provides excellent advice."


    Legal 500 2012

  • "Customer-oriented and professional."


    Client in IFLR1000 2015

  • "Excellent service."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2015

  • "The lawyers are always up to date with recent developments and provide pragmatic and reliable advice."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Excellent service."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2015

  • "Particularly strong in out-of-court restructurings."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "Has a focus on recovery and resolution planning for financial institutions."


    The Legal 500 2015

  • "Experienced restructuring team with a strong platform, supported by the firm's corporate and M&A strength. "


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The restructuring and insolvency team is praised for its proactive approach."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "They were proactive – they didn't just react on our instruction, they also checked what else could be done."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "They are intellectually really good, with good analysis, and very good for responsiveness."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Active on all aspects of domestic and cross-border corporate recovery and insolvency matters."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The restructuring and insolvency team is seen as a good choice for crossborder mandates."


    Chambers Europe 2012




Reorganization & Insolvency


Our restructuring and insolvency team has extensive experience in all aspects of domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvency matters.


A special focus of our practice lies in out-of-court restructurings, where we have the possibility to draw on our vast know-how from all relevant related practice fields: such as M&A (distressed M&A, sales/acquisition out of composition proceedings), corporate law and litigation (advise to directors, officers and shareholders of distressed companies, handling of D&O insurance), financing (default negotiations with lenders / debtors under facility agreements, enforcement of pledges and other securities), tax (tax-efficient structuring of restructurings), employment (mass dismissals, social plans) as well as our banking & insurance practice.


In insolvency and related court proceedings we advise and represent debtors, their directors, officers and shareholders as well as creditors, in particular in connection with


  • composition proceedings
  • bankruptcy proceedings
  • fraudulent conveyance actions
  • enforcement of securities
  • creditors' claims in bankruptcy
  • directors and officers liability claims




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L'action en responsabilité dans la faillite d'une société anonyme – Parcours du combattant pour les créanciers?
Garbarski Andrew M. / Muskens Louis Frédéric,

in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Zivilprozess- und Zwangsvollstreckungsrecht (ZZZ), No 50, Juni 2020, pp. 122-139

Der Rangrücktritt – ein Tour d'Horizon
Rohde Thomas / in: Thomas Sprecher (Hrsg.),

Sanierung und Insolvenz von Unternehmen X,

Zürich/Basel/Genf 2020, S. 75 ff.

Unternehmenskrise: Leitfaden für Verwaltungsräte
Neeracher Christoph / Jagmetti Luca / Rohde Thomas / Seiler Philippe / Annasohn Raphael,

Bär & Karrer Briefing April 2020

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Speaking Engagements

Der Rangrücktritt – ein Tour d'Horizon
Rohde Thomas,

10. Tagung zur Sanierung und Insolvenz von Unternehmen, Donnerstag, 6. Juni 2019, Metropol, Zürich

The Use of Analytical Tools to Determine Case Strategy
Pfiffner Nadine,

Vienna Arbitration Days 2019, 1.- 2. März 2019, Vienna, Austria

Freezing Assets in Switzerland – A Creditor's Options in the Absence of a Judgment or Award

 "Where is the money? Chasing and protecting the assets before and after insolvency in the international arena" (Organizer: AIJA), 26 September 2014, Santa Margherita, Italy


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