Education and professional experience

1963-1966 Legal and Business studies at the Universities of Cologne, Fribourg (Switzerland) and Munich; Scholar of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Academic Grants Foundation)
1967 First Legal State Exam
1968-1970 Legal traineeship at the Munich Higher Regional Court; simultaneously assistant to the Siemens AG Law and Taxation Department Manager, Munich
1969 Dr. jur. University of Cologne (LLD)
1970 Second Legal State Exam
Admission to the Bar
First worked in a specialist tax law practice (RAe Dres. Felix, Heinemann und Partner) and from 1972 in a practice emphasising competition law (RAe Deringer, Tessin, Herrmann & Sedemund, today Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
1971 Certified Tax Lawyer
1974 Commencement of independent professional work, founding a firm with exclusive rights of audience at Cologne Higher Regional Court; commencement of specialisation in insolvency law through membership of the advisory committee for creditors of the bankrupt Herstatt Bank; thereafter many years giving advice in insolvency law
1976/1977 Foundation (and today owner as to 50 %, alongside the Dr. Otto Schmidt KG publishing group) of RWS Verlag Kommunikationsforum GmbH, Cologne, publishers specialising in commercial law literature: -  (inter alia RWS Lecture Notes and Documentation; Commentaries and Manuals; Journals: „Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht und Insolvenzpraxis“, „Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht“, „Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft/Journal of Banking Law and Banking“, „Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht“, „Zeitschrift für Verbraucher- und Privat-Insolvenzrecht“, „Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht“) and in organising seminars in the fields of law, business and taxation
since 1978 Commencement of practice as Insolvency Administrator; since then almost exclusively in practice in business turnarounds and windings-up, acting as Administrator in over 1,500 insolvencies
1979 Brings his own practice into the firm of Kübler Rogier & Partner, Cologne; Managing Partner
1980 Founder, joint publisher and chief editor (to 1990) of "Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht - ZIP" (initially entitled "Insolvenzrecht - Zeitschrift für die gesamte Insolvenzpraxis"); since 1989 sole managing editor
1981 Co-founder of the European Insolvency Administrators’ association - INSOL Europe; Vice President 1981 to 1991; President 1992 to 1994
since 1986
Co-founder and chief spokesman (to 1998) of the Gravenbrucher Kreis, an association of Insolvency Administrators with trans-regional practices and experience in turnarounds; joint author of numerous Gravenbrucher Kreis position papers on the reform proposals of the Commission on Insolvency Law (1986), and the draft legislation of the Federal Ministry of Justice (1989/1990), and of the alternative draft Insolvency Code (1993)
Initiator and co-editor of the series "Beiträge zum Insolvenzrecht" (RWS-Verlag, Cologne)
1988-1990 General managing agent and (later) chairman of the advisory committee for a large motor industry supplier (350 employees) in Solingen; successfully sold off in 1990
1990 Multiple-branch firm commences business, opening of Berlin offices
1993 Expert witness at the Deutsche Bundestag hearings on insolvency law reform
1997 Founder and sole managing editor of "Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht - ZflR"
since 1998 Editor (together with Hanns Prütting and Reinhard Bork) and co-author of the major commentary on the Insolvency Code "Kübler/Prütting/Bork"
2000 Certified Insolvency Lawyer
Renaming of the firm as KÜBLER Rechtsanwälte · Insolvenzverwalter · Wirtschaftsprüfer · Steuerberater;
Merger with the firm of BREITENBÜCHER with offices in Erfurt and Heilbronn



Insolvency Administrator for numerous Courts and member of Creditor's Committees and advisory bodies

In Germany:


Augsburg, Hof, Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Traunstein


Cottbus, Frankfurt/O., Neuruppin, Potsdam

Frankfurt/M., Offenbach/M.

Lower Saxony:
Cloppenburg, Braunschweig

Aachen, Bergisch Gladbach, Bonn, Essen, Euskirchen, Geilenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Gummersbach, Iserlohn, Cologne, Mönchengladbach, Neuss, Olpe, Remscheid, Siegen, Wuppertal



Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig


Erfurt, Gera, Meiningen


Outside Germany:

Venlo (Appointment as Second Administrator alongside Dutch colleagues)

Austria (Carinthia):
Appointment as chief Insolvency Administrator (Siegen Local Court) of an Austrian company

Appointment as chief Insolvency Administrator (Siegen Local Court) of a Polish company
Czech Republic:
Appointment as chief Insolvency Administrator (Wuppertal Local Court) of a Czech company

Publications/Editorships (Selection):


  • Grenzen der Beeinflussung des Gewinnausweises nach den Bewertungsvorschriften des AktG 1965 (1969)
  • Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht - ZIP (from 1980, since 1989 sole managing editor)
  • Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht - EWiR (from 1985, sole managing editor)
  • Schriftenreihe "Beiträge zum Insolvenzrecht" (1986 and following years, co-editor)
  • Das Gesamtvollstreckungsrecht in den neuen Bundesländern (2nd edn.,1992, editor)
  • Kübler/Prütting/Bork, InsO, Kommentar zur Insolvenzordnung (since 1998, co-editor and co-author)
  • Bork/Kübler, Insolvenzrecht 2000 (2001, co-editor)
  • Das neue Insolvenzrecht (2nd edn., 2000, co-editor)
  • HRI - Handbuch der Restrukturierung in der Insolvenz (3rd edn., 2018, editor and co-author)
  • Various contributions to journals and festschrifts


Memberships/Honorary Appointments (Selection)

In Germany

  • Arbeitskreis für Insolvenzwesen Köln
  • Berlin/Brandenburger Arbeitskreis für Insolvenzrecht
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung (DAJV)
  • ARGE Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung im Deutschen Anwaltverein (DAV)
  • Deutscher Juristentag (DJT)
  • Dresdner Juristische Gesellschaft
  • Gravenbrucher Kreis
  • Kölner Anwaltverein
  • Kölner Juristische Gesellschaft
  • VID - Verband Insolvenzverwalter Deutschlands
  • Wustrauer Arbeitskreis für Insolvenzrecht

Outside Germany

  • INSOL Europe (Honorary Member, President 1992 to 1994)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • ILN International Lawyers Network
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)


Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1998



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