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Our history

Quality through experience

The firm was founded by solicitor Dr Winfrid Andres as a single-partner office in Düsseldorf in 1966. In 1974 he started offering services for companies in receivership. From 1991 to 2015 the firm traded as AndresSchneider Rechtsanwälte & Insolvenzverwalter, specialising in receivership (since the 1999 reform of insolvency law now specialising in insolvency administration) as well as restructuring.

For over 35 years now Dr Winfrid Andres has assisted a large number of important companies throughout insolvency and restructuring. His goal has always been to make companies efficient and competitive again by taking the steps required for restructuring and in doing so to save company locations and jobs.

In the years after German reunification, the firm has either partially or completely restructured and saved companies in former East Germany, including Thüringische Faser AG, Rackwitz Aluminium GmbH and Pittler Tornos GmbH. Furthermore, Dr Winfrid Andres and his team have overseen a large number of important proceedings, such as Plettac Group, Carl Dan. Peddinghaus GmbH & Co. KG, Ewald Giebel GmbH & Co. KG, Maxdata Group, Wiemer & Trachte construction group and Kroymans car dealership group.

The firm founder, Dr Winfrid Andres, has quitted to accept new clients since January 2011. On 28 February 2011, the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche (‘Business Week’) identified the best insolvency solicitors in Germany and included Dr Winfrid Andres in the elite of Germany's insolvency administrators.

On 3 January 2013, he retired from the firm he once founded and has from then on concentrated on finishing up on the clients transferred to him over the years.