Dr. Nicholas R. Palenker
Nicholas is an associate in the Berlin office of Noerr PartGmbB and a member of Noerr's Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group. Nicholas advises on complex insolvency and pre-insolvency proceedings as well as on out-of-court restructuring matters. His clients include companies in distressed situations, its shareholders, insolvency administrators and creditors including syndicated lenders. Capital market and corporate law also form an integral part of his legal practice.
Before joining Noerr, Nicholas worked as an academic assistant with Professor Dr. Christoph G. Paulus, LL.M. (Berkeley), at the Humboldt University of Berlin for more than four years. He taught property law as well as civil procedure law and conducted research in bankruptcy and securities law with a particular focus on distressed debt investments. Nicholas’ Ph.D. thesis on loan-to-own strategies for which he completed a visiting scholar program at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded with the Uhlenbruck-Award of the German Association of Insolvency Administrators. The thesis compares German and U.S. restructuring practice and encompasses a proposal for new disclosure requirements in the claims trading market.
Prior to this, Nicholas worked for two renowned law firms as an academic associate in litigation as well as civil and administrative law. He studied at the Humboldt University and graduated with special honors receiving the faculty award for the best core subject in European and international private and commercial law. After participating himself, he coached the Humboldt team for the Willem C. Vis Moot. Within his law degree, Nicholas also interned at the legal department of a medical supply company in Chicago, Illinois. During his law and his Ph.D. studies, he was a fellow of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich scholarship program.