Dr. Philipp Schmalenbach is an associate in Latham and Watkins' Hamburg office and a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice. Mr. Schmalenbach advises German and international creditors, investors, companies, management, shareholders, and insolvency administrators in connection with:

  • Financial restructurings (in-court and out-of-court)
  • Operational corporate restructurings
  • Acquisition of distressed companies, restructuring, rescue financing, or refinancing transactions

Dr. Schmalenbach studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Münster focusing on civil contract law. Subsequently, he worked for a year as a research assistant in the corporate/M&A department of an international corporate law firm and obtained his doctorate at the Humboldt University in Berlin with a thesis relating to capital markets law. 

During his legal clerkship, Mr. Schmalenbach completed parts of his practical legal training at a corporate law firm in the restructuring and insolvency department, the German embassy in Tokyo, and a digital bank in Berlin.

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Celle, 2019
  • Dr. iur., Humboldt University, Berlin, 2018
  • First German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Hamm, 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English