Dr. Uwe Goetker is a transaction lawyer with in-depth knowledge of restructuring/insolvency who counsels companies and managements on out-of-court and in-court restructurings (including self-administration and insolvency plan proceedings), creditors and shareholders on the pursuance of their interests in distressed situations and distressed debt/asset investors/sellers regarding transactions—often in complex situations with groups of companies, various layers of financial instruments and/or cross-border issues. In addition, Uwe has extensive experience in national and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions and joint ventures, and advises strategic and private equity investors in such matters. Uwe has been involved in many of the most prominent M&A and restructuring situations in Germany.

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  • Advising the insolvency administrator of UNISTER group, a leading German online travel and flight agency (ab-in-den-urlaub.de, fluege.de etc.) regarding the successful sale of the business to a strategic investor
  • Advising a special situation debt fund re the refinancing of a retail business in the fashion industry
  • Advised the supervisory board of ATU on the complex cross-border restructuring of ATU group

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  • WirtschaftsWoche 2020 recommends Uwe Goetker as “Top Lawyer 2020” for Restructuring.
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2021 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Corporate Law
  • Chambers Europe 2021, Germany: Restructuring/Insolvency
  • JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 recommends Dr. Uwe Goetker for Corporate Law and for Restructuring & Insolvency Law.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland


  • INSOL Europe
  • TMA Germany

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University of Düsseldorf, Dr. jur. (PhD), 1998
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Second State Exam, 1996
Ministry of Justice North Rhine-Westphalia, Ass. iur., 1996
University of Bielefeld, First State Exam, 1993


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Dr. Uwe Goetker

Insights & Events / Media

Shanghai, China / McDermott Event / November 16, 2017

ZIP, Issue 44 / November 11, 2016

Handbook for Restructurings of Business Enterprises / 2016

Unternehmeredition, Issue 3 / May 18, 2016

Rheinische Post, Special Supplement for the RP-Economic Forum "Insolvency & Reorganization 2015" / October 23, 2015

Unternehmeredition Restrukturierung / June 2015

FINANCE, Special Edition "Topkanzleien," Restructuring / February 2015