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Baker McKenzie wins a new restructuring team in Frankfurt: Joachim Ponseck joins from Clifford Chance, Prof. Dr. Artur Swierczok from CMS. Both will move to the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie on January 1, 2021. Joachim Ponseck joins as a partner and will lead the R&I Group in Germany. Arthur Swierczok, who will join as Counsel, previously worked with Joachim Ponseck at Clifford Chance.

Christian Atzler, co-head of the Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Germany and Austria as well as EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions Chair, comments: "We welcome Joachim Ponseck and Artur Swierczok and are very much looking forward to working together. Both are full of energy to further expand our restructuring and insolvency practice which fits perfectly in our team. With the entry of Joachim Ponseck and Artur Swierczok, we have repositioned this currently highly relevant area in terms of personnel, and at the same time see a lot of potential for further growth."

Joachim Ponseck is specialized in restructuring and insolvency law. In recent years, he advised on various major restructuring proceedings in Germany. In addition, he regularly advises in litigation involving insolvency, for example, managing directors in defending against liability and insolvency avoidance claims. He also has extensive experience in the restructuring of corporate financing.

Artur Swierczok also focuses on restructuring and insolvency law. He comprehensively advises German and international companies, shareholders, creditors and other stakeholders from various industries on all restructuring and insolvency law issues. In addition, he regularly advises on M&A transactions out of crisis or insolvency, both on the seller and the buyer side.

"I am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues at Baker McKenzie and I am excited to be able to contribute my experience in restructuring and insolvency law to the further expansion of the corporate practice of Baker McKenzie. Baker McKenzie offers Artur and myself exactly the right environment for our practice," comments Joachim Ponseck on his move.

Most recently, Baker McKenzie strengthened its team in May 2020 with Dr. Manuel Metzner as counsel in Corporate and Financial Regulatory. In May 2019, Silke Gantzckow joined Baker McKenzie as a notary and corporate partner. Prior to that, Ulrich Weidemann as counsel in January 2019 and Patrick Mittmann as partner in September 2018 had already joined the firm.

Joachim and Artur join a Global Restructuring & Insolvency Group of more than 100 globally experienced, locally qualified specialists across the globe. Our globally connected team of lateral thinkers and problem-solvers have spent decades executing the most complex domestic and cross-border restructuring and recovery solutions. An expanding team in the region, 2020 has seen new joiners include Hector Arroyo in Paris, Joaquín Fabré in Barcelona and most recently Karol Czepukojć and Paweł Długoborskiin Warsaw.

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