Dr. Ulrich Klockenbrink is a partner in Latham's German Finance Department and a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice. Dr. Klockenbrink has more than ten years experience navigating clients through complex restructuring, distressed M&A, and enforcement situations, both in-court and out-of-court. He is well-regarded for his empathetic approach and his great sense for pragmatic solutions. 

He advises investors, shareholders, lenders, lender groups, steering committees, insolvency administrators, and distressed companies in: 

  • Restructuring    
  • Insolvency      
  • Financing matters

He has authored numerous articles on restructuring, insolvency, and distressed investment topics.

Dr. Klockenbrink is a member of TMA Germany e.V. and of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV).

His background as a paratrooper and as an experienced restructuring lawyer position Dr. Klockenbrink as the go-to person in any type of stressful restructuring situation.

Recent Publications

  • “Auswirkungen der Richtlinie über präventive Restrukturierungsrahmen auf Fremdkapitalgeber”, Der Betrieb 2019, pp. 1489-1494    
  • “Germany: Insolvency Claw-Back Reform Provides Some Relief for Creditors“ Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law 2017, pp. 351-353   
  • “Ausschluss der außerordentlichen Kündigung von Anleihen bei Sanierungsbemühungen“, Der Betrieb 2016, pp. 1745-1746

Dr. Klockenbrink’s experience includes advising/representing: 

  • Bank consortium on the restructuring of Borgers Group
  • Carlyle in the acquisition of Klenk Holz AG
  • Centrotherm in its financial restructuring
  • Hamburger Hochbahn in the divestiture of a majority stake in BeNEX to INPP 
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Group in its financial and operational restructuring
  • H.I.G. Europe and Anchorage in pre-packed protective shield proceedings and insolvency plans for walter services 
  • RENA on its debtor-in-possession proceedings and development of an insolvency plan option and dual-track sale
  • Security Agent in enforcement of security over operating company and in insolvency over holding company of Primacom

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)

Education

  • LL.M., University of Virginia, 2010
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf, 2009
  • Dr. jur., Westfälische Wilhelms-University, 2007
  • Executive MBA (Mergers & Acquisitions), Westfälische Wilhelms-University, 2007
  • First German State Exam, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, 2005
  • Business Lawyer, University of Bayreuth, 2002

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English