Reorganization Concepts under the German Insolvency Law I
level of course unit
second cycle, Master
Learning outcomes of course unit
Upon successful completion of the course, students are able to interpret the new legal innovations of the German Insolvency Code by ESUG and the thus associated reorganization options.
prerequisites and co-requisites
With the ESUG (Act to further facilitate the reorganization of companies), the German legislature has expanded the creditors’ possibilities of influencing the insolvency proceedings through the instrument of the preliminary creditors' committee. The operation of a creditors' committee will be shown, including the associated far -reaching consequences on the appointment of the (preliminary) insolvency administrator. The control and transparency of the proceedings were significantly improved from the point of view of the involved parties.
From the debtor’s point of view and that of the management (and shareholders) the self-administration was significantly strengthened by the ESUG. By the provisions of § § 270 a and 270 b InsO insolvency in the opening process the self-administration allows the management to benefit from the advantages of the insolvency proceedings for the purposes of reorganization and restructuring without having to lose control. The requirements and the associated effects of these two approaches are explained in detail. - According to the forecast, these approaches are going to be of significant importance in the field of reorganization and restructuring advisory services in the near future.
Furthermore, the differences between the insolvency plan for a transferring reorganization and the contents of an insolvency plan will be discussed. In this context, emphasis will be placed on the group formation and the resulting possibility of strategic considerations. Particularly, the participants’ interests represent an important component for the considerations and the design influencing a plan. Also important is the concept of "symmetry of victims", stating that reorganization contributions may not only be expected from the bankruptcy creditors and creditors entitled to separate satisfaction , but also from the shareholders themselves by either bringing in new capital or provide part of their shares..
recommended or required reading
George Michael, Klöckner Thomas & Wazlawik Thomas (2013) Rechtliche Anforderungen an ein Sanierungsgutachten in Deutschland. In: Exler, Markus (Hrsg.) Restrukturierungs- und Turnaround-Management, S.393-409, Berlin,
Hamburger Kommentar zur InsO, 2012
Frankfurter Kommentar zur InsO, 2011
Frind, F. (2011). Die Praxis fragt, ESUG antwortet nicht, Zeitschrift für das gesamte Insolvenzrecht, H. 50, S. 2249 ¿ 2261
Seeburg, D. & Böhmer, M. (2011). Debt-to-Equity-Swap nach § 225a InsO, Zeit-schrift für das gesamte Insolvenzrecht, H. 43, S. 1927-1941
Römermann, V. (2012). Neue Herausforderungen durch das ESUG, GmbH-Rundschau, S. 421-415
Göb, M. A. (2012). Das Gesetz zur weiteren Erleichterung der Sanierung von Unternehmen, Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht, S. 371-377
assessment methods and criteria
written examination or homework
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Michael George,Thomas Klöckner
year of study
2.year of studies
recommended optional program components
course unit code
type of course unit
compulsory (integrated lecture)
mode of delivery