PLUTA restructuring expert Dr Christian Kaufmann keeps Herrenholzer Schinken group operational
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PLUTA restructuring expert Dr Christian Kaufmann keeps Herrenholzer Schinken group operational

10 November 2023 · Oldenburg · Business Area Insolvency Administration

The Herrenholzer Schinken group of companies based in Börger in the Emsland region of Germany plans to restructure itself under insolvency proceedings. The medium-sized family business specialising in the processing and sale of meat products filed a corresponding application with the competent insolvency court in early November. The Local Court of Meppen then ordered provisional insolvency administration for the group’s assets and appointed Dr Christian Kaufmann from PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH as provisional administrator.

The PLUTA restructuring expert is currently reviewing the group’s financial situation. As pre-financing of the substitute benefits for employees provided under German insolvency law has been secured, the salaries of the 30 staff are guaranteed for a period of three months. The group’s business operations are continuing without restriction and customers can shop as usual at its Börger store (Mühlenberg 5).

Challenges for medium-sized businesses

The group had to file for insolvency due to liquidity problems resulting from the economic challenges of recent months. The business suffered from higher costs and declines in sales following the pandemic. The further increases in the cost of energy and the price at which it could buy meat, combined with a fall in sales due to inflation, put a strain on liquidity. The group’s two companies, Herrenholzer Schinken GmbH and Herrenholzer Schinken Gebrüder Schwarte GmbH, therefore had no choice but to file for insolvency.

PLUTA attorney Dr Christian Kaufmann said, “Like many businesses, Herrenholzer Schinken has also had to contend with high energy costs. On top of this, it has faced sharp rises in the price of meat as well as a decline in consumption due to inflation. However, it has only been able to pass on a certain amount of the cost increases. We will now develop possible solutions that will allow the Herrenholzer Schinken group to reposition itself.” The specialist attorney together with management and his team, including attorney Ms Christine Behrens and business lawyer Ms Nicole Neumerkel, will now hold discussions with all key business partners.

The goal of all parties is to reposition the group in a way that will ensure it can operate profitably on a sustained basis once again. Those responsible are reviewing various restructuring options with this in mind.

Meat processing tradition

The Herrenholzer Schinken group of companies is made up of Herrenholzer Schinken GmbH and Herrenholzer Schinken Gebrüder Schwarte GmbH. The group’s origins go back to 1978. It has been run jointly by brothers Mr Andreas Schwarte and Mr Jürgen Schwarte for many years. Mr Andreas Schwarte is a business management expert and Mr Jürgen Schwarte a master butcher. The specialist meat business has been steadily expanded in recent years. At the main location, it now sells directly to end consumers from its own shop and also produces consumer-friendly packs using modern packaging machines. It then delivers the high-quality products to numerous customers across the region.

PLUTA expert

Dr. Christian Kaufmann

Dr. Christian Kaufmann
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht

Christine Behrens

Christine Behrens
Rechtsanwältin, Fachanwältin für Insolvenz- und Sanierungsrecht

Miriam Rothmund

Miriam Rothmund

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