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Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger
Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger

Dr. Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger

Partner, Berlin

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Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger is an highly experienced insolvency administrator and custodian who supports companies with complex bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructurings.


Christoph's practice is focused on insolvency and restructuring law. Recognized as a leading practitioner in this field, he was named "Berlin Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year 2012" by legal peer-review publication Best Lawyers.

Christoph's reputation is based on his extensive experience dealing with the most complex and challenging of bankruptcy proceedings, such as those involving group structures. A trusted legal resource for local courts in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Potsdam, Neuruppin, Stendal and Dortmund, he has also been Germany's most active insolvency administrator and custodian for a number of years, in terms of the number of cases he has handled.

To date, Christoph has steered more than 2,000 crisis-hit companies through perilous insolvency proceedings. This track record has given him both a remarkably wide sector knowledge as well as a thorough grasp of the intricacies of restructuring law. Committed to achieving the best possible results in tough situations, he has handled numerous high profile and large scale insolvencies, complicated by their cross-border dimension.

Companies that have benefited from Christoph's insight and experience include power supplier FlexStrom AG, bakery chain De Mäkelbörger/Havelbäecker, as well as a number of major real estate funds.

Christoph's dynamic and creative handling of difficult bankruptcies has also led to him preparing insolvency plans for complex corporate restructuring. His deep insight into this field, combined with his considerable skill as a legal strategist, has also made him a sought-after speaker on insolvency and restructuring law at professional conferences and seminars.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Dr jur, University of Bonn
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Berlin
  • First State Exam, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg


  • German
  • English


Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG, 2015

Acting as (preliminary) custodian for Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of leisure articles with about 1050 employees.

BEKUM Maschinenfabriken GmbH, 2014

Acting as custodian for BEKUM Maschinenfabriken GmbH, a mechanical engineering company with 110 employees.

De Mäkelbörger Backwaren GmbH, 2014

Acting as preliminary custodian and insolvency administrator, Christoph recently successfully restructured the bakery chain, which has 1,200 employees, to buyer "Lila Bäcker".

FlexStrom AG, 2013

Acting as insolvency administrator in the bankruptcy of Flex Strom-Group, a power supplier with 580 employees and 835.000 creditors. These are Germany's largest ever insolvency proceedings, in terms of the number of potential creditors.

Wellnesshotel Hafendorf Rheinsberg GmbH & Co. KG, 2013-ongoing

Acting as custodian in the bankruptcy of the Maritim Group Hotel, which has 110 employees, Christoph is helping the hotel business to find the best options for its restructuring.

Pampus Automotive GmbH & Co. KG, 2013

Christoph acted as insolvency administrator in the insolvency of Pampus Automotive, an automotive supplier with 600 employees.

AKT Altmärker Kunststoff-Technik GmbH, 2011

Christoph acted as insolvency administrator in the bankruptcy and successful M&A transfer to buyer "Boryszew", of AKT Altmärker Kunststoff-Technik, an automotive supplier with 1,700 employees.

Speaking Engagements

"Necessary changes to German debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings from an insolvency trustee's perspective", 12 October 2016: Handelsblatt Insolvency Convention,
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  • The treatment of mass debts remained unpaid in a first insolvency proceeding in a later second insolvency proceeding - A comment on the Judgment of the Court of Appeal of 14.9.2018 (14 U 34/18), ZinsO, Issue 51-52, Pages 2777-2783, 2018, (Die Behandlung von in einem ersten Insolvenzverfahren unbeglichen gebliebenen Masseschulden in einem später folgenden zweiten Insolvenzverfahren - Eine Anmerkung zum Urteil des Kammergerichts vom 14.9.2018 (14 U 34/18)) (co-author with Charalambos Bograkos and Johannes Joos)

  • If there is a likelihood of imminent insolvency despite the liquidity of the debtor, contestation on the grounds of willful disadvantage is possible, ZInsO, Issue 21, Pages 1050-1055, 2016, (Vorsatzanfechtung möglich, wenn trotz Zahlungsfähigkeit demnächst voraussichtlich die drohende Zahlungsunfähigkeit eintritt. Anmerkung zu BGH, Urt. v. 21. 1. 2016 - IX ZR 84/13) (co-author with Charalambos Bograkos)
  • Claims under insolvency law in connection with "housing projects", ZInsO, Issue 6, pp. 273-278, 2016, (Insolvenzanfechtung im Rahmen des „sozialen Wohnungsbaus“. Anmerkung zu KG, Urt. v. 1.8.2014 – 14 U 119/12) (co-author with Charalambos Bograkos)
  • Imminent insolvency as a strong indicator of intentional fraudulent trading, ZInsO, Issue 23, pp. 1107-1111, 2015 , (Drohende Zahlungsunfähigkeit als starkes Beweisanzeichen für Gläubigerbenachteiligungsabsicht. Anmerkung zu KG, Urt. v. 21.3.2014 – 14 U 24/13) (co-author with Charalambos Bograkos)
  • Continuing obligatins and aspects of labor law, Sanierungsrecht. Ed. Andreas Schmidt. Cologne, pages 543-656, 2016, (Dauerschuldverhältnisse und arbeitsrechtliche Aspekte)
  • Imminent insolvency due to permanently negative financial plan; termination of public subsidies, ZInsO, Issue 43, Pages 2113-2116, 2014, (Drohende Zahlungsunfähigkeit bei dauerhaft negativem Finanzplan; Einstellung öffentlicher Förderung. Anmerkung zu KG, Urt. v. 4.3.2014 – 14 U 98/12) (co-author with Charalambos Bograkos and Christian Rissmann)
  • On the independence of the Sachwalter (custodian) in self-administration proceedings, EWiR, Issue 21, pp. 705-706, 2012, (Zur Unabhängigkeit des Sachwalters im Eigenverwaltungsverfahren)
  • Account set up by the (preliminary) insolvency administrator: Special account or escrow account?, ZIP, pp. 1400-1408, 2011, (Kontoeinrichtung durch den (vorläufigen) Insolvenzverwalter: Sonderkonto oder Anderkonto?)
  • Notifiable mass redundancies during preliminary insolvency proceedings and after insolvency proceedings have been opened, Kölner Schrift zur Insolvenzordnung. Münster, 3rd ed. pp 1238 et seq., 2009, (Anzeigepflichtige Massenentlassungen während des Insolvenzeröffnungsverfahrens und nach Verfahrenseröffnung)
  • Delayed distribution despite an insolvency plan where items are subsequently identified, ZInsO, pp.1321 et seq., 2009, (Nachtragsverteilung trotz Insolvenzplan für nachträglich ermittelte Gegenstände)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual: Insolvency Administration, Chambers Europe 2016, Germany

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Restructuring and Insolvency, JUVE 2016/2017

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Restructuring and Insolvency, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2016