Dr. Uwe Goetker - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Uwe Goetker advises on all aspects of corporate law, insolvency law and restructuring law as well as on M&A transactions. He founded the firm’s German Business Restructuring practice and is a member of the Transactions practice group.

He advises companies or their boards in out-of-court and in-court restructurings (including support in self-administration and insolvency plan proceedings), creditors and shareholders in protecting their interests in crisis situations, and investors/sellers in transactions in special situations – often involving corporate groups, complicated financial structures, and cross-border/international issues.

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Uwe advised:

  • German EPC company on international restructuring and group financing issues
  • Private equity fund on a secondary investment in bonds of German real estate companies and developers, in particular with regard to potential insolvency scenarios
  • Former member of the management board of SolarWorld AG on the procedural defense of substantial liability claims
  • Shareholders of the Lobster Group on the sale of the software company to private equity investors in the course of an auction sales process and on the subsequent return participation of the sellers
  • US venture debt investor on the granting of loans and in restructuring situations of various borrowers
  • Edelmann Group on all legal issues, in particular on restructuring, (re-)financing and M&A transactions
  • Strategic US investor on the acquisition of a company in the defense industry out of insolvency
  • Former member of the board of ALNO AG on the procedural defense of substantial liability claims
  • American private equity company HealthCare Royalty Partners (continuously) in Germany and Europe on the structuring and execution of investments in royalty streams of the pharmaceutical industry. Uwe Goetker already advised on the first transactions of this kind in Germany.
  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels AG on the strategic acquisition of Santos Grills GmbH


  • WirtschaftsWoche 2022 and 2020 recommended Dr. Uwe Goetker as a “top lawyer” for restructuring.
  • Chambers Europe 2023: Recommended for Restructuring/Insolvency, Band 4 (“Uwe Goetker can always be recommended, especially for complex processes”, “Uwe Goetker is my lawyer of choice”)
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany, Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Restructuring and Insolvency Law, 2021 to 2024
  • Chambers Europe 2020-2023, Germany: Restructuring/Insolvency (Leading Individual).
  • JUVE Handbook 2015-2023 recommends Dr. Uwe Goetker for Corporate Law and Restructuring/Insolvency.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016-2022 recommends Dr. Uwe Goetker


  • INSOL Europe
  • TMA Germany (founding member)
  • German Bar Association (Insolvency Law Working Group)
  • German Bar Association


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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