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Dr. Sabine Vorwerk

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner, Frankfurt

“I have extensive restructuring experience, combining expert knowledge of the law with a commercial perspective to provide clients with tailored, pragmatic and well balanced solutions that meet their needs.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Sabine has specialist skill in restructuring and insolvency law.  She advises banks where borrowers are facing insolvency or financial distress, corporates on restructuring, and shareholders and investors in situations of financial distress, including where an acquisition target company is facing insolvency, as well as generally on distressed M&A transactions.

Sabine is based in Frankfurt and also works regularly from the firm’s offices in Düsseldorf, Munich and Hamburg.

In 2011, Sabine was seconded for five months to Bilfinger, a major German engineering and services group, gaining insight into concession and public private partnership operations.

Work highlights

Sabine has acted for clients on a wide range of restructuring transactions. These include advising:

  • the senior lenders’ ad hoc committee on the financial restructuring of H.C. Starck Group, a chemical and metallurgical company with operations in Europe, North America and Asia
  • E.ON on the withdrawal from conventional energy businesses
  • Weltbild Publishing Group on its restructuring as well as the insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz
  • a group of Noteholders in relation to the Chapter 11 based DIP-Financing of the Toys “R“ Us group and the realisation of security in context with the German business
  • the agent in relation to the $ 2bn Petroplus facility and the enforcement of security

Professional experience

Sabine is a founding member of Distressed Ladies/Women in Restructuring, which advises women in business facing company restructuring. 

From time to time Sabine teaches insolvency law at the European Business School. She also writes regularly on the subject of restructuring and insolvency and her articles include:

„Zum anwendbaren Recht bei Anfechtung einer Aufrechnungslage“, Der Betrieb, 2018

„Rechtsentwicklungen im Insolvenzrecht 2018“, Der Betrieb, 2018

„Risikoüberwachung in der Unternehmenskrise“, E-Book für Geschäftsführer 2018, euroforum

„Rechtsentwicklungen im Insolvenzrecht 2017“, Der Betrieb, 2017

„Haftungsrisiken im Zusammenhang mit der Teilnahme an einem Cash-Pool-System“, E-Book für Geschäftsführer 2017, euroforum

„Unternehmenskauf in Recht und Praxis – Rechtliche und Steuerliche Aspekte“, Recht Wirtschaft Steuern (RWS) Verlag, 2016

„Rechtliche Anforderungen an die Feststellung der positiven Fortführungsprognose – insbesondere im Hinblick auf Start-up Unternehmen“, Betriebs Berater, 2015

„Gläubigereinbeziehung in das Festsetzungsverfahren der Verwaltervergütung“, NZI 2011

„Von der typenübergreifenden Gemeinschaft der insolvenzbeteiligten Gläubiger“, Tectum Verlag, 2007

Education and qualifications

Sabine studied law and holds a doctorate from Humboldt-University of Berlin.

She speaks German, English and Russian.