Hendrik Hauke is a partner in Willkie’s Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group. He practices in Hamburg and is based in the Firm’s Frankfurt office.

Hendrik advises German and international clients in a variety of cross-border distressed situations, including complex restructurings and acquisitions of distressed companies, as well as acquisition financing transactions. 

He advises clients involved on all sides of restructurings and acquisition financings, including creditors, investors, companies, company management, shareholders, and insolvency administrators. Hendrik regularly helps clients navigate their largest and most significant restructuring matters, both in and out of court, with particular experience advising on large-scale restructurings in the automotive, retail, and manufacturing industries.

His practice includes:

  • Financial restructurings, including debt-equity swaps, share pledge enforcements, and insolvency plan as well as scheme proceedings 
  • Operational corporate restructurings
  • Acquisitions of distressed companies, restructurings, rescue financings, and refinancing transactions

He was most recently named a rising star for restructuring in Germany by The Legal 500 and also at the IFLR Europe Awards 2024. Hendrik also regularly contributes articles on restructuring-related topics to various legal publications.



  • Rising Star – Restructuring & Insolvency, The Legal 500 EMEA 2024
  • Rising Star of the Year, IFLR Europe Awards 2024

Hendrik‘s experience includes advising:


  • EMAG group on its ongoing restructuring endeavors
  • Integrated Device Technology on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden
  • Leoni Group on its restructuring including the first large-scale German restructuring scheme (StaRUG)
  • Onex Corporation in connection with the acquisition of SIG Combibloc Group
  • SIG in connection with its initial public offering


  • Lenders in the ongoing restructuring measures of two major companies 
  • Lenders on the restructuring of the WKW Group
  • Bank consortium on the restructuring of the Benteler Group
  • Bank consortium on the restructuring of IFA Holding GmbH and its affiliated companies
  • Hamburg Commercial Bank in connection with various real estate financing transactions
  • Senior lenders and SteerCo in the financial and operative restructuring of Kathrein Group
  • Senior lenders in insolvency and sale of the DruckChemie Group
  • Senior lenders in the restructuring and sale of Holmer Maschinenbau
  • Senior lenders in the protective shield proceedings and subsequent sale out-of-insolvency of Neumayer Tekfor 
  • UniCredit Group as agent and security agent on the loan-to-own restructuring of the Klöckner Pentaplast Group 
  • Security agent in connection with insolvency processes of Praktiker / Max Bahr


  • Investor on major restructuring in the real estate world
  • Advent International on the financing of the public to private takeover and the subsequent sale of Douglas 
  • CAPZA on Ardian’s acquisition of Saal Digital
  • Capvis Equity Partners on financing aspects in connection with various medium-sized acquisition financings
  • Chiho-Tiande Group on the acquisition of the Scholz Group
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on financing aspects related to the acquisition of the Formel D Group 
  • H.I.G and Anchorage in pre-packed protective shield proceedings and subsequent insolvency plans for Walter Services 
  • IK Investment Partners on the acquisition financing of the Schock Group
  • Shareholders of Nordic Yards in connection with Nordic Yards’ restructuring and solvent wind-down of operations

Insolvency Administrators

  • RENA Group on its debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings, including the development of an insolvency plan option and a dual-track approach
  • Insolvency administrator of Schneider Versand on the company’s sale to Klingel 

 * Hendrik advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.




Bucerius Law School, Dr. iur., 2012 Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, Second State Exam, 2012 Bucerius Law School, First State Exam, 2008 Bucerius Law School, LLB, 2007

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