Insolvency Institute

Stephan Madaus

Professor of Law

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Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Universitatsring 2 ,
Halle (Saale), 06108

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F. 49 (0)345-552-7202

European Insolvency Law
German Insolvency Law
International Insolvency Law
Business Rescue Tools
Civil Procedure and Arbitration


Prof. Dr. Stephan Madaus is a professor of and Insolvency Law, Civil Law and Civil Procedure at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His principal research interests regard German and international insolvency and company law, particularly procedures aiming at rescuing failing companies. With Prof. Bob Wessels (emeritus, Leiden University) he led the Project on the ‘Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law’ of the European Law Institute from 2013 to 2017. His articles on German, European and international insolvency and company law have been published in prominent legal journals in Germany, Europe and beyond. Having worked as a “visiting scholar” on bankruptcy law and complex litigation at Stanford Law School, Stanford, Ca., U.S.A. (2008/2009), he went on to write a treatise on the fundamentals and doctrinal nature of rescue plans confirmed in proceedings such as German insolvency proceedings which are similar to U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings: “Der Insolvenzplan – von seiner dogmatischen Deutung als Vertrag und seiner Fortentwicklung in eine Bestätigungsinsolvenz” (Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2011, Jus Privatum Volume 157). The book has attracted attention in both Germany and abroad. Stephan Madaus has presented his work and ideas at academic conferences, colloquiums, congresses and other meetings around Europe. He teaches insolvency law (including European and international insolvency law), civil procedure, company, contract and tort law.

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