Riaz Janjuah

Partner, Hamburg



Riaz Janjuah focuses on complex financial restructuring and insolvency law. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cross-border financial restructurings and in-court reorganizations of German and international companies.

His clients also benefit from his experience of restructurings which have reached successful conclusions out-of-court, through the use of plans of reorganization and UK schemes of arrangement.

Prior to joining White & Case in 2014, Riaz worked for another leading international law firm.

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Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
London School of Economics and Political Science
First State Exam
Certificate Complementary Studies in Business Law
University of Hamburg
First State Exam
University of Hamburg


Norddeutsche Landesbank, Bayerische Landesbank, NRW.Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, 2015
He advised the Steering Committee (Norddeutsche Landesbank, Bayerische Landesbank, NRW.Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale) on the financial restructuring of ENERVIE Group.

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Commerzbank AG, Bayerische Landesbank and Norddeutsche Landesbank, 2014
He advised the Steering Committee (Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Commerzbank AG, Bayerische Landesbank and Norddeutsche Landesbank) in connection with the financial restructuring of Scholz AG, a leading international metal recycling company.

Financial institution, ongoing
Advising a leading bank in the negotiations and documentation of the restructuring of a major German ship-owning and ship management company involving the financial restructuring of indebtedness exceeding EUR 1 bn.

Amtek – Group, 2013*
Riaz advised on the acquisition and restructuring of automotive supplier Neumayer Tekfor.

Off-shore wind park provider, 2011 – 2014*
Riaz represented an off-shore wind park provider on its financial and corporate restructuring.

Senior lenders to international eyeglass manufacturer, 2010*
He advised the senior lender steering committee in the financial restructuring of a global eyeglass manufacturer.

Latin American shipping company, 2010*
Riaz advised one of the largest shipping companies in Latin America on its financial restructuring.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.


New Rules and New Opportunities for Distressed Investors, Financial Yearbook Germany/EU 2016, pp. 97-102 , (Neue Spielregeln und Chancen für Distressed Investoren) (co-author with Leila Röder and Martin Heidrich)

Addressing the challenges of group insolvencies in Germany: to the European standard and beyond, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, pp. 92 – 94, June 2013, (co-author with Marvin Knapp)

Will German law and reform bring an end to administrators' 'license to kill' licenses?, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, pp. 89 – 92, December 2012 / January 2013, (co-author with Marvin Knapp)

The new German bond regulation – Germany catches up on bond restructurings, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, p. 32 et seq., February 2010, (co-author with Marvin Knapp)

Germany’s reaction to the financial crisis – bank bailout package and over-indebtedness bankruptcy test changes, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, p. 30 et seq., March 2009

In order to modernize the German restructuring law - a contribution to the current debate about the need to reform the German insolvency law, ZIP, Special edition to issue number 3, p. 1, 2008, (Zur Modernisierung des deutschen Sanierungsrechts – Ein Beitrag zur aktuellen Diskussion über die Reformbedürftigkeit des deutschen Insolvenzrechts) (co-author with Dr. Lars Westpfahl)


Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual: Restructuring and Insolvency – Restructuring, The Legal 500 Germany 2024

Restructuring & Insolvency – Germany, Who's Who Legal 2024

Best Lawyer Germany in Restructuring and Insolvency Law, Handelsblatt 2018-2023

Leading Individual: Restructuring, WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2019

Leading Lawyer: Chambers Europe 2018
Restructuring and Insolvency - Germany