Dr. Tom Oliver Schorling | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Tom Schorling
Tom Schorling

Dr. Tom Oliver Schorling

Partner, Frankfurt

Tom Schorling supports clients with a range of complex finance transactions.


Tom advises financial institutions, funds and corporates with complex finance transactions. He is ranked by leading legal guides as a highly recommended lawyer for both banking and finance as well as financial restructuring.

Tom's reputation is based on longstanding experience of guiding clients through intricately structured domestic and cross-border transactions. He focuses on acquisition financing and the restructuring of complex financings and advises in particular banks and investors at all levels of the capital structure.

At ease with the complexities of large-scale, multijurisdictional deals and is praised by clients for his profound knowledge and his comprehensive advice of syndicates of banks and steering committees in critical situations.

He has successfully developed and executed deals worth billions of euros. Among his landmark deals, he jointly led the international team of 22 lawyers that advised on the refinancing of the debt provided to the LIXIL Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan Inc. for their acquisition of an 87.5 percent share capital in the GROHE Group. This acquisition, with an implied enterprise value of more than €3 billion, was the largest-ever German investment by a Japanese company. Furthermore he advised the Steering Committee on the financial restructuring of the ENERVIE Group. This was the first major restructuring of a municipal utility company. All banks agreed on a financial commitment until 2019 and the shareholders provided ENERVIE Group with a EUR 60 million subordinated shareholder loan. More than 40 financial institutions are creditors of ENERVIE.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • Dr jur, Europe-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Second State Exam, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
  • LLM, King's College London
  • First State Exam, University of Passau


  • German
  • English
  • Czech


Oaktree Capital Group, 2014

Tom advised the private equity investor Oaktree Capital Group, LLC in the financing of the acquisition of Rail Pool Group, a leading European rolling stock leasing company.

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Mizuho and Sumitomo Bank, 2014

Tom advised the three Japanese mandated lead arrangers (Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Mizuho and Sumitomo Bank) in connection with the €1.3 billion financing of the acquisition of the Grohe Group by Lixil Corporation, a strategic Japanese investor.

Commerzbank AG, 2014

He advised Commerzbank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger in connection with the refinancing of Ströer Media AG by way of a syndicated loan agreement.

Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, Commerzbank AG, Bayerische Landesbank and Norddeutsche Landesbank, 2014

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

Wilmington Trust, 2014

Tom advised Wilmington Trust as investment and security agent in the complex financial restructuring of SolarWorld AG.

Wilmington Trust, 2014

Tom represented Wilmington Trust as replacement agent in connection with the implementation of the debt-to-equity-swap arranged in the complex restructuring of IVG AG.

International Financial Institution, 2013

Tom advised an international financial institution in relation to the restructuring and refinancing of Praktiker AG, a large German trading company.

Sberbank, 2009

Tom represented Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, on a joint acquisition, together with Canadian auto-parts manufacturer Magna International, of a 55 percent interest in Adam Opel GmbH from the US automobile producer General Motors Company.


  • UK Schemes of Arrangement: A Risk of Non-Recognition in Germany?, International Corporate Rescue, Issue 4, p. 239, 2010, (Schemes of Arrangement nach englischem Recht: Risiko der Nichtanerkennung in Deutschland?) (co-author with Christian Pilkington and Ben Davies)
  • Germany: restructuring models, latest legislation and state aid, Corporate Restructuring: The Breaking Wave. Ed. Henry Gibbon and Quentin Carruthers. London, p. 109 et seq., 2009, (co-author with Florian Brügel)
  • PIN Group: German courts take a practical approach to the insolvency of a group of German companies with a Luxembourg parent, International Corporate Rescue, Issue 6, p. 330 et seqq., 2008, (PIN Gruppe: Die deutschen Gerichte wählen einen pragmatischen Ansatz zur Insolvenz von Konzerngesellschaften mit einer Luxemburger Holding) (co-author with Gerd Biebinger and Thomas Pritchard)

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2015

Finance Law and Leveraged Buyouts

Leading Individual, Chambers Europe 2015

Banking and Finance and Acquisition Finance & Syndicated Lending – Germany

Leading Individual, Chambers Europe 2015

Restructuring/Insolvency – Germany

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2014/2015

Banking and Finance: Bank Lending and Acquisition Finance

Highly Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 EMEA 2015

Banking and Finance – Germany