Prof. Dr. Stefan Smid

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In 1987, Prof Dr Smid was promoted to professor, also being supervised by Hans-Martin Pawlowski. In 1990 he accepted a professorship at the University of Hamburg. In 1992 he accepted professorship at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. From 1993 to 2000 he was deputy member of the Saxony-Anhalt state constitutional court and judge in the second senate at Naumburg Higher Regional Court. After a visiting professorship at the University of Vienna and occupational activities at the Center of Legal Competence Vienna, Prof Dr Smid accepted a call of the University of Kiel, where he teaches until today.




Prof. Dr. Mark Zeuner

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Prof. Dr. Mark Zeuner studied law at the University in Hamburg (1995 – 1990) where he also completed legal clerkship. From 1990 to 1992 he was scientific assistant to Prof Dr Smid. In 1992 he earned his Doctor of Laws. Prof Dr Zeuner is author and editor of various scientific publications. Together with Prof Dr Smid he is co-editor of a commentary on the German Insolvency Act and a commentary on the Collective Enforcement Act. Furthermore he is author of a handbook on rescission law and co-editor of publications regarding German and European international insolvency law.
Besides his occupation as insolvency administrator Prof Dr Zeuner holds a lectureship at the University of Kiel. There he was awarded as honorary professor in 2011. Due to his outstanding achievements in the restructuring of companies, the weekly business newspaper “WirtschaftsWoche” distinguished him as one of the 25 most reputable insolvency law experts in this year.




Dr. Friedrich L. Cranshaw

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Dr. Friedrich L. Cranshaw, *1949, studied law at the Heidelberg und Freiburg Universities (legal clerkship in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, state examination 1977/1980) and at the German University for administration Law in Speyer. From 1981-2011 he worked in a leading position in the legal state banking sector governed by public law in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, finally as director/head of law. He obtained his attorney’s certificate in 1983 by the Higher Regional Court of Zweibrücken. Besides he was teaching in academies and Universities and functioned as consultant. In 2004 he earned his PhD by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg with a thesis regarding the influence of the european law on insolvency proceedings. He ist lecturer at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. His focus areas are Insolvency-/reorganization law, company law, european law and banking law. He has a long and increasing list of publications and is editor of several commentaries.




Prof. Dr. Klaus Pannen

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Born in 1952 Prof. Dr. Klaus Pannen grew up in Elmshorn. In 1974 he finished an apprenticeship as a banker. In the same year he picked up his law studies at the University of Hamburg. In 1982 he completed legal clerkship with the second state exam.
In the following year he has been admitted to the Bar. Until 1987, he worked as an associate for Scherzberg & Undritz (meanwhile: White & Case Insolvenz GbR), where he became partner in 1988. He earned his Doctor of Laws at the University of Hamburg in 2000. In 2008 he established his law firm “Dr. Pannen Rechtsanwälte”.




Prof. Dr. Jan Roth

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Prof. Dr Jan Roth was born in 1976 in Rüsselsheim. He studied law at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main from 1997 until 2001. After his legal clerkship in Frankfurt he successfully passed the second state exam in October 2004. Already in November 2004, he has been admitted to the Bar and is partner of the law firm Jost Roth Collegen since that. His main focus lies on company and tax law as well as insolvency law and insolvency administration. Dr Roth is a specialized lawyer in insolvency and tax law. Moreover, he holds a lectureship at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel.

Insolvency law lecturers at the University of Kiel, Faculty of Law

The teaching in the course of the specialisation “civil procedure law/insolvency law” at the University of Kiel can rely on numerous publications of its lecturers in the field of insolvency law. The lecturers are editors or authors of a commentary on the Insolvency Act, two commentaries on international insolvency law, hand and text books on German and International insolvency law, revocatory action and loan security law. A number of lecturers are co-editors or co-authors of legal journals. The Centre for German and European Insolvency Law has the support of the following professors and lecturers.