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Diakonische Altenhilfe der Region Hildesheim gGmbH, a company providing diaconal elderly care in the Hildesheim region, is set to exit debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings after just seven weeks. The Local Court of Hildesheim will soon terminate the proceedings now that the creditors have approved an insolvency plan presented by the company on 21 July 2020. The Steinberg facility and 330 jobs within the Leine-Innerste diaconal association have been saved.
“This is good news for the Leine-Innerste deaconry and our company’s employees,” said a pleased Managing Director Mr Rüdiger Krafft, speaking about the successful restructuring of the Ochtersum care home affected directly by the insolvency. Mr Krafft himself managed the debtor-in-possession process with support from Berlin attorney Mr Olaf Schubert and restructuring expert Dr Christian Matiebel. Mr Torsten Gutmann, an attorney from PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH, was appointed insolvency monitor by the Local Court of Hildesheim with responsibility for supervising the proceedings.
The company continued operating throughout the restructuring phase in spite of the insolvency and coronavirus-related restrictions. “Our residents have committed themselves to our facility and allowed us to remain operational. I am pleased that the company can continue to provide diaconal elderly care,” said Mr Krafft.
After initial structural measures took effect during the insolvency proceedings, the company was able to carry out a financial reorganisation in just a few weeks. “The creditors unanimously approved the insolvency plan drawn up with the company at the discussion and voting meeting,” reported Dr Christian Matiebel. Insolvency monitor Mr Torsten Gutmann added: “I, too, am relieved that many jobs have been saved and a Hildesheim institution will remain operational.”
The change in ownership now planned for 1 September 2020 opens up prospects of a sustainable future for the Diakonische Altenhilfe company in the region. The threat of a break-up or closure of the Leine-Innerste operations and thus the loss of jobs has been averted. Mr Karsten Baufeld, Managing Director of the Diakonie Himmelsthür company: “The problems that led to insolvency can only be solved through restructuring.” The parties involved intend to rapidly implement a viable solution for all institutions, which will include the merger of the Steinberg facility with the Michaelisheim care home, among other measures. “We want to offer all employees employment opportunities in the Himmelsthür company group as part of the restructuring. Some have already signed up for these,” said Mr Baufeld.