by Frank GrellDr. Jörn KowalewskiDr. Ulrich Klockenbrink

The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) is currently finalizing the law to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in civil, insolvency, and criminal proceedings with extraordinary commitment. It shall be adopted less than two weeks after the beginning of the extensive restrictions on public life and the economy in Germany due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A central element of the law is to facilitate the raising of debt capital in order to support companies in the current situation. For this purpose:

  • liability risks in connection with the granting of loans are reduced,
  • contestation events under insolvency law are temporarily alleviated with regard to collateralization and redemptions of new financing, and
  • subordination of new shareholder loans is temporarily suspended.