Dr. Uwe Goetker - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Uwe Goetker advises 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, he 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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Uwe advised:

  • The insolvency administrator of UNISTER group, a leading German online travel and flight agency (ab-in-den-urlaub.de, fluege.de etc.) on the successful sale of the business to a strategic investor
  • A special situation debt fund relating to the refinancing of a retail business in the fashion industry
  • The supervisory board of ATU on the complex cross-border restructuring of ATU group
  • Capricorn as the successful bidder for the business of the insolvent Nürburgring group, which includes the famous German racetrack
  • A US automotive supplier on the restructuring and insolvency of a German subsidiary with more than 1,300 employees


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2022-2023: Leading Lawyer for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2022: Recommended as “Top Lawyer 2022” for Restructuring
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2019-2021: Leading Lawyer for Corporate Law
  • Chambers Europe 2021 Germany: Recommended for Restructuring/Insolvency
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2020: Recommended as “Top Lawyer 2020” for Restructuring
  • Chambers Europe 2023, Band 4 in Germany: Restructuring/Insolvency


  • German Bar Association
  • INSOL Europe
  • International Bankers Forum
  • TMA Germany


University of Düsseldorf, Dr. jur., 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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