Dr. Bero-Alexander Lau

Partner, Düsseldorf



Bero-Alexander's practice focuses on insolvency administration and insolvency law. He is regularly appointed as an insolvency administrator by local courts in Bielefeld, Cologne, Paderborn and Kleve.

He handles complex insolvency proceedings in a range of business sectors, and provides knowledgeable counsel on corporate restructuring. Clients also seek the benefit of his knowledge and experience regarding the purchase of insolvent companies, or as creditors in insolvency proceedings.

Bero-Alexander has authored numerous articles on insolvency law for respected professional publications.

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Bars and Courts
Fachanwalt für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf
Dr jur
University of Cologne
First State Exam
University of Cologne


Speaking Engagements

D&O insurances in insolvency - a suitable remedy for mass generation? (D&O-Versicherungen in der Insolvenz – ein taugliches Mittel zur Massegenerierung?), Österbergseminar, Tübingen, 19th of October 2018

"Current Information on German Legislative Changes in respect of the Right to Challenge Detrimental Acts (Neuregelungen im Anfechtungsrecht nach tagesaktuellem Stand)", May 31, 2017: PraxisFORUM Insolvenzanfechtung, Frankfurt

"The reform of the insolvency avoidance law (Die Reform des Insolvenzanfechtungsrechts)", December 14, 2015: Working group Insolvency law Ostwestfalen Lippe


Commentary of Sections 47-55 and 165-173 of the German Insolvency Code. Ed. Ahrens/Gehrlein/Ringstmeier, Insolvenzrecht. 4.th ed., 2020 (co-author with Biner Bähr)

“Directive for a preventive restructuring framework – analysis and recommendations (Richtlinie für ein präventives Restrukturierungsverfahren – Analyse und Umsetzungsempfehlungen)“, NZG, Issue 12, Pages 450-458, 2020 (with Daniel Schwartz)

On the regulation of a preinsolvency enforcement barrier in the general terms and conditions of a subordinated loan – an annotation to the judgement of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) dated 6 December 2018 (Zur Regelung einer vorinsolvenzlichen Durchsetzungssperre in den AGB eines Nachrangdarlehens – Anmerkung zum Urteil des BGH v. 06.12.2018), EWiR, Issue 10, Pages 307-308, 2019 (with Till Forster)

Legal act of the debtor in case of payment of a fine at the court cashier's office to prevent execution of the ordered compulsory detention – an annotation to the judgement of the higher regional court of Cologne dated 25 October 2017 (Rechtshandlung des Schuldners bei Zahlung eines Bußgelds bei der Gerichtskasse zur Abwendung der Vollziehung der angeordneten Erzwingungshaft – Anmerkung zum Urteil des OLG Köln v. 25.10.2017), EWiR, Issue 16, Pages 503-504, 2018 (with Till Forster)

Fundamentals of insolvency proceedings (Grundzüge des Insolvenzverfahrens), Insolvenzarbeitsrecht. Ed. Hendrik Röger. 1st ed., Munich, 2018 (with Christian Schlicht)

The Requirement of the compulsory enforcement of an undisputed claim is not a compelling indication for a cessation of payment of the debtor (Erfordernis der zwangsweisen Durchsetzung einer unbestrittenen Forderung allein kein zwingendes Indiz für Zahlun, EWiR, Issue 20, Pages 637-638, 2017, (with Stefanie Breitenströter-Brüggemann)

The legal consequence of the challenge to a performance partly in return for payment and partly free of charge, EWiR, Issue 9 pp. 277-278, 2017, (co-author with Breitenströter-Brüggemann, Stefanie)

Insolvency money, Handbuch zur Insolvenz. Eds. Joachim Kraemer, Heinz Vallender und Norbert Vogelsang, 76th edition, Bonn, October 2016, (Insolvenzgeld) (co-author with Hendrik Röger)

Right of the insolvency administrator to sell a pledged part of the company in case of a double trusteeship (Doppeltreuhand), Der Betrieb, Issue 8, pp. 463-465, 2016, (co-author with Christian Schlicht)

Pay that is customary for a certain job and which has been received on the bank account of a third party cannot be set aside in insolvency proceedings, EWiR, Issue 6, pp. 181-182, 2016, (co-author with Christian Schlicht)

Creditors' rights are deemed infringed despite repayment of amount previously transferred by the debtor in cash, EWiR, Issue 24, pp. 775-777, 2015, (co-author with Christian Schlicht)

Invalidity of bankruptcy-driven rescission clause in a German Construction Contract Procedures (VOB) building contract – comments on the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt/M. dated 16 March 2015 – 1 U 38/14, EWiR, Issue 9, Pages 287-288, 2015

Pyramid scheme and awareness of intent to defraud creditors, Der Betrieb, Issue 9, Page 483, 2015

Opening Proceedings (Sec. 270a InsO) with subsequent self-administration from the perspective of a (provisional) trustee, DB, Issue 25, pp. 1417–1423, 2014

Knowledge by the Respondent of the Debtor's Intent to Prejudice Creditors – comment on the decision of the Federal Court of Justice dated 19 September 2013, EWiR, Issue 5, pp. 153–154, 2014

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Restructuring and Insolvency Law, Handelsblatt 2021-2023