Dr. Thiemo Schäfer focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration with a special emphasis on directors and officers (D&O) liability disputes and on conflicts arising from insolvencies.

Before joining McDermott Thiemo worked for another international law firm in Cologne. As a legal trainee, Thiemo workedinter aliafor the German Consulate General in New York and the restructuring & insolvency teams of two international law firms in Cologne and London. Thiemo regularly publishes articles on insolvency law related topics.


  • Representation of the director of an insolvent AG in the defense against liability claims against the insolvency administrator
  • Representation of the minority shareholder of an insolvent AG in an action for avoidance under stock corporation law
  • Representation of an insolvency administrator in the enforcement of payment claims in several GMAA arbitration proceedings

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Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Second State Exam, 2013
University of Cologne, Dr. jur. (PhD), 2012
University of Cologne, LLM, 2010
University of Cologne, First State Exam, 2009


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Dr. Thiemo Schäfer

Insights & Events / Media

NZI 2016, Issue 1 / January 2016

The Realisation of “Double Securities” in Insolvency Proceeding - Chance to Fix ...

International Insolvency Law Review / January 2016

German Court Decisions on European and International Insolvency Law

Betriebs Berater 2015, Issue 5 / February 2015