Dr. Matthias Kampshoff - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Matthias Kampshoff advises companies, board members, shareholders, investors as well as bankruptcy administrators, and creditors on all corporate and bankruptcy-law-related issues. He focuses on restructuring companies that are experiencing crises and bankruptcy situations and, in particular, on guiding companies in their debtor-in-possession proceedings (Eigenverwaltung).

In addition, Matthias regularly advises in national and international (distressed) merger and acquisition transactions. Recently, he advised in various projects, inter alia, with respect to the following industry sectors: retail, automotive, media, and information technology (IT).


Matthias advised:

  • Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof in the protective shielding procedure
  • The international Borgers Group during the operative restructuring and refinancing
  • SIGNA on the complete acquisition of Karstadt Warenhaus and Galeria Kaufhof (now jointly Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof) from Hudons Bay
  • Bertelsmann group / Arvato on the acquisition of a significant Netrada business division out of insolvency
  • SIGNA on the acquisition of Karstadt Warenhaus, the second-largest department store operator in Germany with more than 17,000 employees and revenues exceeding EUR 2 billion, as well as Karstadt Sports and Karstadt Premium


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2023: “Lawyer of the Year” in Restructuring and Insolvency Law; Leading Lawyer for Corporate Law, Restructuring and Insolvency Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2022: Recommended as “Top Lawyer 2022” for Restructuring
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ Germany 2020-2022: Leading Lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency Law
  • Chambers Europe 2021: Recommended for Restructuring/Insolvency-Germany
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Recommended for Restructuring-Germany
  • Chambers Europe 2023, Band 3 in Germany: Restructuring/Insolvency


University of Münster, Dr. jur., 2003
High Court of Cologne, Second State Exam, 2001
University of Münster, First State Exam, 1998