Béla Knof | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Béla Knof
 Béla Knof

Béla Knof

Local Partner, Hamburg

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Béla Knof's particular areas of expertise are restructuring and insolvency law.

He focuses his practice on both continuation and liquidation of the company's business from various sectors in the context of insolvency proceedings. Furthermore, he advises management, shareholders and creditors on insolvency and corporate law issues in company's crisis.

Before joining White & Case, Béla Knof worked as a research assistant and assistant lecturer at the Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law of the University of Hamburg. Furthermore Bèla completed a secondment in the White & Case's London Office. He is the author of a variety of publications, particularly on German and European corporate insolvency law as well as on company and banking law.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Second State Exam, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
  • First State Exam, Leibniz University Hannover


  • English
  • German



  • Commentary on Sections 67 to 73 (board of creditors), 74 to 79 (creditors' meeting), 37, 40 to 46 German Insolvency Code (Kommentierung der §§ 67 bis 73 (Gläubigerausschuss), §§ 74 bis 79 (Gläubigerversammlung) §§ 37, 40 bis 46 InsO), Munich, 2015, (Kommentar zur Insolvenzordnung. Ed. Wilhelm Uhlenbruck, Heribert Hirte and Heinz Vallender. 14th ed.)
  • Section 3 Excursus: Restructuring outside insolvency (§ 3 Exkurs: Sanierung außerhalb der Insolvenz), 2015, (co-author with Sven-Holger Undritz) (Handbuch der Restrukturierung in der Insolvenz. Ed. Bruno M. Kübler. 2nd ed. Cologne)
  • Attachment to Section 35 German Insolvency Code (forfeiture of shares, letter of comfort), attachment to Section 38 German Insolvency Code (Indenture Bonds in insolvency proceedings) (Anhang zu § 35 InsO (Kaduzierung, Patronatserklärung), Anhang zu § 38 I, 2015, (Hamburger Kommentar zum Insolvenzrecht. Ed. Andreas Schmidt. 5th ed., Cologne)
  • Dissolution, Liquidation and Insolvency of a General Partnership (Auflösung, Liquidation und Insolvenz der OHG), Munich, 2012, (co-author with with Hermann Butzer) (Münchener Handbuch des Gesellschaftsrechts, Band 1: Offene Handelsgellschaft, Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, Partenreederei, EWIV. Ed. Hans Gummert, Bodo Riegger and Lutz Weipert. 4th ed.,)
  • The new law of insolvency according to the ESUG. Introduction and materials relating to the Act for the Further Facilitation of the Restructuring of Companies, Munich, 2012, (co-author with Heribert Hirte and Sebastian Mock) (Das neue Insolvenzrecht nach dem ESUG, Einführung und Materialien zum Gesetz zur weiteren Erleichterung der Sanierung von Unternehmen)
  • Formation and Registration of Non-Profit organisations with special purpose (Vereinsgründung und Sonderformen und Sonderzwecke des Vereins), Munich, 2009, (Münchener Handbuch des Gesellschaftsrechts, Band 5: Verein, Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts. Ed. Volker Beuthien and Hans Gummert)