Dr. Sylwia Maria Bea | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Dr. Sylwia Maria Bea

Local Partner, Frankfurt

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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
  • Rechtsanwältin


  • 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


  • German
  • English
  • Polish


Scholz-Group, 2014

Sylwia Maria Bea was part of the team that 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) on the sale to the Japanese trading group Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC).*

RENA GmbH, 2014/2015

Together with a colleague, Sylwia Maria Bea was in charge of 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 self-administration in the dual track process.*

Strenesse AG, 2016

Sylwia Maria Bea advised the foreign investor on the purchase of the German fashion company Strenesse AG as part of the self-administration.*

Advising 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 (approx. EUR 450 million turnover) in the plant construction sector with worldwide distribution*

Crisis-related consulting of the management of a European automotive supplier within the framework of an investor solution with an investment volume of EUR 80 million.*

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

Advising a German automotive supplier (approx. EUR 35 million turnover in 2016) on the restructuring and financing by a Chinese investment company*

*Matters prior to working for White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

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

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

„Bankruptcy clawback-rights - what goes wrong" („Insolvenzanfechtung – was läuft schief") – Lecture at the 8th Handelsblatt Annual Conference on Insolvency Law 2016

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

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

Awards & Recognition

Restructuring - The Legal 500 Germany 2015