PLUTA restructuring expert Dr Ruth Rigol appointed provisional administrator for Vapiano
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PLUTA restructuring expert Dr Ruth Rigol appointed provisional administrator for Vapiano

2 April 2020 · Cologne · Business Area Insolvency Administration

The management board of Vapiano SE has filed for insolvency with the Local Court of Cologne. The court has appointed Dr Ruth Rigol of PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH as provisional insolvency administrator for the restaurant chain. Dr Rigol and the PLUTA team have begun their work and are in the process of gaining an initial overview of the situation with the support of the management board and consultants.

The company has had to file for insolvency due to liquidity problems as a result of declining sales. Vapiano SE could not reach an agreement with its financing partners on an envisaged funding solution, which left it unable to apply for aid under government relief programmes. In addition to an already identified funding requirement of 10.7 million euros, the listed company reported that it would need an additional liquidity injection of 36.7 million euros due to the COVID-19 crisis and the associated government directive ordering restaurants to close.

All of the restaurants operated by Vapiano SE are currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. German and international franchisees are not directly affected by the insolvency. The company is currently reviewing whether it will also be necessary for Vapiano Group subsidiaries to file for insolvency.

PLUTA attorney Dr Ruth Rigol explained in an initial statement: “The current crisis is very challenging for all involved, as we are not able at this time to keep the restaurants operating. Our goal is always to find a restructuring solution that will keep the company going. However, we cannot say with any certainty at this time when operations at Vapiano can be resumed.”

Dr Rigol has already taken charge of several major insolvency proceedings. For example, she was the insolvency monitor and subsequently administrator for the hospital in Altena. She also supported the proceedings of Promod Deutschland GmbH, a clothing retailer with operations across Germany, as insolvency monitor. Furthermore, she held a key position in the team under insolvency monitor Mr Stefan Meyer during the GERRY WEBER debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings.

In addition to Dr Rigol, the PLUTA team also includes Mr Stefan Meyer, Dr Hubertus Bartelheimer, Dr Maximilian Pluta and Mr Stefan Conrads.

PLUTA expert

Dr. Ruth Rigol

Dr. Ruth Rigol
Rechtsanwältin, Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht, Fachanwältin für Insolvenzrecht

Stefan Meyer

Stefan Meyer
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht

Dr. Hubertus Bartelheimer

Dr. Hubertus Bartelheimer
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht, Certified ESUG Consultant (DIAI)

Stefan Conrads

Stefan Conrads
Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht

Dr. Maximilian Pluta

Dr. Maximilian Pluta
Rechtsanwalt, Diplom-Kaufmann, Steuerberater

PLUTA press contact

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+49 89 210 257-22

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