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Introducing our team.

Raimo Mertsch

Born in 1974
Lawyer since 2003
Specialist lawyer for
commercial und corporate law

Raimo Mertsch

Born in 1974
Lawyer since 2003
Specialist lawyer for commercial und corporate law

Training / Studies

2003: Admission to bar
2003: Second state examination in law
2000: First state examination in law
1996: Study of law at the WWU University of Münster

Professional Career

up to 2010: Vey & Mertsch law offices
up to 2013: Lawyer at BBORS Kreuznacht Rechtsanwälte Vey & Mertsch partnership (law offices)
since 2013: Lawyer at Michels Wilmes Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Focus of Work and Interest
  • Business law, social law, commercial lease law, labour law
Languages

English, German

Stephan Michels

Born in 1965
Lawyer since 1996
Specialist lawyer
for insolvency law

Stephan Michels

Born in 1965
Lawyer since 1996
Specialist lawyer for insolvency law

Training / Studies

1995: Second law state exam
1992: First law state exam, internship
1987: Studies in law at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University, Munster

Professional Career

In 2010: Foundation of Michels Insolvency Administration / Restructuring, Munster
Since 2008: Michels Lawyers, insolvency administrator, Munster
Up to 2006: Lawyer / Insolvency administrator for JAFFÈ lawyers insolvency administrators, Munich, Munster
Since 2004: Specialist lawyer for Insolvency legislation
Up to 2001: Lawyer in the accountancy firm Dr. Schumacher & Partner, Munster
Up to 1998: Lawyer with law firm Herzog Meyer Will, Leipzig

Focus of Work and Interest
  • Insolvency law
Publications
  • Praxis Handbook Turnaround Management, co-author, Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden 2007
  • Besprechung OLG Jena EWiR § 259 InsO 1/02, 293
  • “Kapitalsersatzrecht versus EU-Beihilferecht: ein auflösbarer Widerspruch”, ZIP 2004, 12 (with Marcus Geuting)
Memberships
  • Forum Insolvenzrecht e.V. (Insolvency Law Forum)
  • Arbeitskreis für Insolvenzwesen Köln e.V. (Work Group for Issues of Insolvency)
  • Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV) – Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung (German Law Society – Work Group for Insolvency Law and Restructuring)
Languages

English, French, German

Dr. Kristof Wilmes, LL.M.

Born in 1979
Lawyer since 2007
Specialist lawyer for
commercial und corporate law

Dr. Kristof Wilmes, LL.M.

Born in 1979
Lawyer since 2007
Specialist lawyer for commercial und corporate law

Training / Studies

2014: Granted the title of specialist lawyer for commercial und corporate law
2010: Doctorate at the WWU University of Münster
2007: Admission to the bar
2006: Second state examination in law
2004/2005: Postgraduate course “tax sciences” at WWU University of Münster (LL.M.)
2004: First state examination in law, internship
1999: Study of law at the WWU University of Münster

Professional Career

until 2007: Lawyer at BDO, department of restructuring, corporate and insolvency law, Düsseldorf
up to 2008: Lawyer at HLB Dr. Schumacher und Partner, Münster
up to 2010: Lawyer at Michels Rechtsanwälte (law office), insolvency administrator
in 2010: Establishment of Michels Wilmes Rechtsanwalts GbR

Focus of Work and Interest
  • Business law, social law, insolvency law, appeal law, rental law, inheritance law
Publications
  • Der GmbH-Geschäftsführer im Einkommen-, Gewerbe- und Umsatzsteuerrecht, Verlag Dr. Kovaè, Hamburg 2010 (GmbH manager under income, business and turnover tax law)
  • Rafiqpoor, Parwäz/Wilmes, Kristof, Wechselseitige Erfüllung als insolvenzanfechtungsrechtliche Alternative zur Aufrechnung, NZI 2009, 91-94 (Reciprocal fulfilment of insolvency appeal law based alternative to settlement)
Memberships
  • Alumni Steuerwissenschaften e.V.
  • Vereinigung der Rechtsanwälte und Notare Münster e.V.
  • Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV)
Languages

English, German

Marcus Vorast, LL.M.

Born in 1977
Lawyer since 2008

Marcus Vorast, LL.M.

Born in 1977
Lawyer since 2008

Training / Studies

2008: admission to bar
2006 to 2007: postgraduate course “business and tax law” at the Ruhr University Bochum (LL.M.)
2006: Second state examination in law
2004 up to 2006: Internship at the Upper Regional Court of Hamm; department for Regional Court of Münster
2002: First state examination in law
1998 to 2003: Study of law at the WWU University of Münster and Paris-London University, Salzburg

Professional Career

since May 2012: Michels insolvency administration/ restructuring
2008 to 2012: Thode and Partner insolvency management, Bremen

Focus of Work and Interest
  • Insolvency law, commercial and corporate law
Memberships
  • Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV)
  • Forum Junge Anwaltschaft
  • ARGE Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung
Languages

English, French, German

Dr. Michael Koenig

Born in 1964
Lawyer since 1996

Dr. Michael Koenig

Born in 1964
Lawyer since 1996

Training / Studies

1986 – 1988   Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg
1988 – 1991   Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
1991 – 1992   Doctorate, Hamburg, London
1993 – 1995   Legal clerkship Hamburg, New York, Sydney

Professional Career

since 2016      Independent Lawyer in Munich,
associated with the law firm Michels Wilmes Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB
2004 – 2015    Kabel Deutschland AG, most recently Head of the Legal Department
2000 – 2003    Deputy General Counsel Carrier1 International S.A., Zurich
1998 – 2000    Head of Legal Department Talkline Benelux, Amsterdam
1996 – 1998    Legal Advisor Talkline International GmbH, Elmshorn

Focus of Work and Interest

Media, copyright, telecommunication and information technology law as well as industrial property protection

Publications

Various publication in “communications & law” and “media law”

Memberships

AGEM – Working Group for Intellectual Property and Media at the German Lawyers Association
Member of the German Association for Telecommunication and Media

Languages

English, Dutch, German

Esther Eisert

Born in 1987
Lawyer since 2016

Esther Eisert

Born 1987
Lawyer since 2016

Training and studies

2017: Specialist lawyer training course on labour law, DeutscheAnwaltAkademie
2016: Admission to the bar
2016: Second State examination in law
2014: First State examination in law
2009-2010: Law studies at the Helsingin yliopisto, Helsinki
2007: Law studies at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Universität (University), Münster

Vocational career

Until 2017: Lawyer at Klenner Rechtsanwälte
Since 2017: Lawyer at Michels Wilmes Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Main professional activities and interests
  • Labour law, commercial and company law, insolvency law

Language skills

English, Dutch, German

Jan Gerrit Visse

Born in 1989
Lawyer since 2018

Jan Gerrit Visse

Born 1989
Lawyer since 2018

Training and studies

2018: Data Protection Officer (TÜV)
2018: Admission to the bar
2017: Second State examination in law
2015: First State examination in law
2010: Law studies at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Universität (University) Münster
2009: Diploma in Film and Television Production
2009: Film and Television Production studies at the South Seas Film and Television School, Auckland, New Zealand

Vocational career

Since 2018: Lawyer at Michels Wilmes Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

Main professional activities and interests
  • General civil law, data protection law

Language skills

English, Dutch, German

Silvio Schulze

legal
assistant

Silvio Schulze

Vivien Espeter

legal assistant

Vivien Espeter

Anja Pelster

legal assistant

Anja Pelster

Lisa
Wierlemann

legal assistant
and notary assistant

Lisa
Wierlemann

Rita Reppen-
hagen

Rita Reppen-
hagen