The hww group and the work of its professionals have already been honoured several times by awards or recommendations from renowned institutes. Here you will find a current selection of some recognitions.

WiWo "TOP Law Firm Insolvency Law 2021"

Once again, hww was recognized by WirtschaftsWoche as “TOP Law Firm 2021” in the field of insolvency law and hww partners Kai Dellit and Julia Kappel-Gnirs are recommended as “TOP Lawyer 2021”.

For the ranking, Handelsblatt Research Institute asked more than 1,100 lawyers from 125 law firms about their most renowned colleagues for insolvency law and restructuring.

Further information on the ranking can be found here:

Best Lawyers Ranking 2021

Once again, five lawyers from hww hermann wienberg wilhelmwere honored in the Best Lawyers Ranking “Germany's best lawyers” in the area of restructuring and insolvency.

Rainer M. Bähr, Ottmar Hermann, Julia Kappel-Gnirs, Rüdiger Wienberg and Jan H. Wilhelm are recommended as best lawyers in 2021 by the Best Lawyers in cooperation with Handelsblatt.

We thank everyone who recommended us and see this as an incentive and obligation for our future work.

The current edition of Best Lawyers can be found here.

You can also look at the rankings in the Handelsblatt.

brand eins - The best commercial law firms of 2021

The business magazine brand eins has identified the best commercial law firms in 2021 - this year hww hermann wienberg wilhelm was awarded with three stars in the area of “insolvency, restructuring, reorganization”.

For the determined research results, more than 11.000 lawyers and almost 3500 in-house lawyers for a total of 24 areas of law were surveyed in 2020. They were asked to make recommendations and assessments for other law firms. Only law firms that were recommended more than average in their respective field of law were honored.

Here you get to the interactive map of Germany and the best list from brand eins, in which you can see the research results:

Legal 500 Germany 2021

hww is one of the leading law firms in the two practical areas of insolvency (, 2nd rank) and restructuring (, 5th rank) in the ranking of the Legal 500 Germany 2021.

“The broad practice of HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm consists of attorneys, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors, self-administrators, administrators, receivers and insolvency administrators.”

The law firm has industry expertise in the fields of energy and raw materials, automotive, construction, food, trade and manufacturing and covers a range of companies from the so-called ‘old economy‘ to young start-ups.”

As “leading names”, Dr. iur. h.c. Rainer M. Bähr, Ottmar Hermann and Rüdiger Wienberg are listed in the insolvency section.

Christian Otto and Rüdiger Wienberg are distinguished by their special expertise in self-administration proceedings and restructuring advice and often take on positions as CROs in companies. Rainer Bähr focuses on the preparation of insolvency plans, advice and conception in restructuring and insolvency cases as well as receivership. Ottmar Hermann prepares expert reports and has special knowledge in the areas of tax law, corporate law and succession planning.”

References say, among other things:

“Highly specialized, always available, creative and intelligent solutions.”

“Christian Otto, Berlin: Extremely competent and efficient. Absolutely first choice as an insolvency administrator. Julia Kappel-Gnirs, Frankfurt: Very capable, calm and prudent. Can also constructively involve difficult negotiating partners.”

Further information on the rankings you may find here:

JUVE Edition 2020/2021 business law firms: hww awarded in the field of insolvency administration/trusteeship, Rüdiger Wienberg is one of the leading lawyers in insolvency administration/trusteeship

For the 23rd time, JUVE Verlag für juristische Informationen published its annual handbook on leading national commercial law firms:

hww is awarded with three stars in the area of insolvency administration/trusteeship:

“At the beginning of the new crisis cycle, hww is fairly stable in terms of personnel and location. In some places in the market, the impression arose that the team had too little access to self-administration cases, which now dominate insolvency at large companies. The North German offices in particular have lost some of their presence. In fact, the partners rely unusually heavily on the role of the courts as ordering parties, thereby emphasizing the independence of creditor or debtor recommendations. However, they are now regularly appointed as trustees in self-administrations from Berlin to East Germany and Hesse to North Rhine-Westphalia, even in larger cases such as Pluradent or Mister Minit. With Germania and Thomas Cook, the administrators have now proven themselves several times in large cases in the aviation industry. So they add another facet to their industry experience in retail and industry.” evaluates the JUVE manual edition 2020/2021 hww (source:

Rüdiger Wienberg is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of insolvency administration/property administration and is described by a competitor as “legally unbelievably stable”. Other lawyers of hww recommended by competitors this year are Ottmar Hermann, Dr. Gregor Bräuer (impressive analytical, technically outstanding) and Julia Kappel-Gnirs (strong arbitrator) (source:

WiWo “TOP insolvency law firm 2020”

hww was honored by the WirtschaftsWoche as “TOP law firm 2020” in the legal area of insolvency law.

hww partners Julia Kappel-Gnirs, Christian Otto and Rüdiger Wienberg are recommended as “TOP lawyer 2020”.

The Handelsblatt Research Institute surveyed more than 1,000 lawyers in 107 law firms for the ranking. A total of 40 leading law firms and 48 particularly recommended lawyers for insolvency law were awarded in this year's evaluation.

Best Lawyers Ranking 2020

Five lawyers from hww hermann wienberg wilhelm were named "Germany's Best Lawyers" in the legal field of restructuring and insolvency law in this year's Best Lawyers Ranking.

Clemens J. Jobe, name partners Ottmar Hermann, Rüdiger Wienberg and Jan. H. Wilhelm and Dr. iur. h.c. Rainer M. Bähr are recommended as best lawyers 2020.

The current edition of Best Lawyers can be found here.

The rankings were also published in the Handelsblatt.

Legal 500 Germany 2020

In this year´s Legal 500 Germany ranking, hww is recommended in the two practical areas of insolvency (place 2) and restructuring (place 5).

As “leading names” in the area of insolvency, Ottmar Hermann, Dr. iur. h.c. Rainer M. Bähr and Christian Otto are stated.

Rüdiger Wienberg is awarded for both areas of insolvency and restructuring as “leading names” in Germany.

Further information on the rankings you may find here.