Dr. Sylwia Maria Bea

Local Partner, Frankfurt



Sylwia Maria Bea works as a lawyer in the field of insolvency and corporate law. Her focus lies in advising on complex restructuring and reorganization mandates, both outside and within insolvency proceedings.

She regularly advises management and shareholders of crisis-afflicted companies, in particular on liability issues, and in recent years has accompanied numerous well-known restructuring mandates in an international environment. Sylwia Maria Bea is also regularly involved in self-administered insolvency proceedings. In the past, she has advised various parties involved in national and international acquisitions in distressed situations.

Sylwia Maria Bea also has extensive experience in providing expert opinions on complex issues, in particular with regard to board liability and insolvency disputes.

She is chairwoman and co-founder of the association "Distressed Ladies - Women in Restructuring e.V.", an established network of women in the insolvency and restructuring market. She is also an annual lecturer at the University of Würzburg in the Executive MBA program on corporate crisis and manager liability.

Bars and Courts
Certified Commercial and Corporate Lawyer
Dr jur
Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
Executive MBA
Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers und Boston University

Second State Exam
Landgericht Würzburg
First State Exam
Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
Complementary studies in European law
Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg


palero, 2018
Advised private equity fund palero on its acquisition and subsequent sale of a leading group of clinics for plastic and aesthetic medicine in Germany (Medical One AG)

Strenesse AG, 2016
Advised a foreign investor on its purchase of the German fashion company Strenesse AG as part of the company’s self-administration*

RENA GmbH, 2014/2015
Advised the management of RENA GmbH, the parent company of a mechanical and plant engineering group in the solar sector (sales of approx. EUR 400 million in 2014), in the run-up to and as part of the company’s self-administration in a dual track process*

Scholz Group, 2014
Advised the shareholders of the Scholz Group, a global metal recycling group (approx. 7,500 employees and sales of EUR 3.8 billion in 2013), in connection with a sale to the Japanese trading group Toyota Tsusho Corporation*

Other matters

Advised a German software service company in an investor process from insolvency involving the most important German automobile manufacturers*

Reorganization consulting for a German soccer club in the German Bundesliga*

Development of an insolvency plan for a European group of companies (sales of approx. EUR 450 million) in the plant construction sector with worldwide distribution channels*

Crisis-related consulting for the management of a European automotive supplier in the context of an investor solution involving an investment volume of EUR 80 million*

Restructuring consulting for the management board of a German medical and diagnostics group (sales of approx. EUR 60 million)*

Advised a German automotive group (sales of approx. EUR 120 million) on restructuring and financing by a German private equity fund company

*Matters prior to working for White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

"Digital change in management liability? - Current framework conditions for CxOs in Germany" (Digitaler Wandel bei der Managementhaftung? – Aktuelle Rahmenbedingungen für CxOs in Deutschland) – Presentation at the 15th Handelsblatt Annual Conference on Restructuring 2019

"Management liability in self-administration - dance on a volcano?" (Organhaftung in der Eigenverwaltung – Tanz auf dem Vulkan?) – Presentation at the 14th Handelsblatt Annual Conference on Restructuring 2018

"Pre-insolvency group restructuring" (Vorinsolvenzliche Konzernsanierung) – Chair of the conference session at the 13th Handelsblatt Annual Conference on Restructuring 2017

"Pitfalls in examining the obligation to file for insolvency" (Fallstricke bei der Prüfung der Insolvenzantragspflicht) – Panel discussion at the Frankfurt Insolvency and M&A Forum 2016

"Einhorn & Co – Avoiding insolvency clawback risks in M&A transactions" (Einhorn & Co. – Vermeidung von Insolvenzanfechtungsrisiken bei M&A-Transaktionen) –  Lecture at the Frankfurt Insolvency and M&A Forum 2014


Awards and Recognition

Restructuring - The Legal 500 Germany 2015