Nikolai Warneke

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), Partner

Banking & Finance
Restructuring & Insolvency
Private Equity
Distressed Disputes

Nikolai Warneke

Dr Nikolai Warneke advises credit institutions, alternative lenders and borrowers on national and international financing transactions. One focus of his activities is acquisition and corporate financing as well as the restructuring of financing. He also advises clients on the acquisition and sale of loan portfolios and has legal expertise in peer-to-peer lending.


  • SAF-HOLLAND: Financing of the successful public take-over offer re. Haldex AB (2022)
  • DEUTZ AG: Advising the lenders on EUR 250m ESG linked syndicated credit facility agreement (2022)
  • Maeander Capital: Advising on the acquisition financing of Soli Infratechnik group (2022)
  • Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA: EUR 2.000m ESG linked syndicated revolving credit and swingline facilities agreement (2021)
  • VARTA AG: Advising the lenders on EUR 235m ESG linked syndicated credit facility agreement (2021)
  • Schaltbau Holding AG: EUR 150m ESG linked syndicated revolving credit facilities agreement (2021)
  • RIB Software on its debut syndicated facilities agreement (2020)
  • SAF-HOLLAND on a 250m promissory note (2020)
  • Restructuring of Schaltbau group (2018/2019)
  • Fosun in the restructuring of Tom Tailor group (2019)
  • Restructuring of Losberger DeBoer (2019)
  • Hertha BSC (German Bundesliga football club): advice in corporate financing since 2016
  • NORD/LB: several acquisition finance transactions (2016-2022)
  • Advice to the largest financial creditor in the insolvency of Basler group (2017/2018)
  • Advice to the largest financial creditor in the insolvency of Basler group (2017/2018)
  • Publishing house Passauer Neue Presse re. the aquisition of Donaukurier (2016)
  • Advice of potential investors in the insolvencies of Steilmann group and Wöhrl group (2017)
  • Restructuring of A.T.U group (2014/2016)


  • Recommended banking & finance by JUVE-Handbook 2022 and Legal 500 (2022)
  • JUVE-Handbook: "well thought-out and pragmatic", client
  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers: named as one of Germany's best lawyers for banking and finance (2022)
  • ‘very experienced’, ‘strong business acumen and structured approach’ Legal 500 (2019)
  • "very pragmatic and resolute" Legal 500 (2017)
  • Nikolai Warneke advised Alteri on its first financing transaction in the German market. I appreciated his deep legal expertise, his responsiveness as well as his diligence. The transaction had extremely challenging timelines and provided for some complex legal issues. It was a pleasure working with him and his support and the support of his team, were instrumental in the successful outcome of the transaction.


  • Legal studies and graduation at the University of Tübingen
  • Research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Ronellenfitsch, University of Tübingen
  • Experience as a lawyer with an international law firm in Frankfurt am Main
  • with Noerr since 2011
  • Admitted since 2007 to the Chamber of Lawyers Frankfurt am Main


  • Legal Handbook Internet of Things, edited by Bräutigam/Kraul, therein: Sector-specific areas of application for IoT solutions at banks and financial institutions (together with Kai-Michael Hingst), published by Beck-Verlag in 2021
  • Commentary on restructuring law, edited by Andreas Schmidt, second edition, Measures to overcome a corporate crisis/insolvency, therein: Shareholder services and measures to strengthen the equity (with Marlies Raschke), published by Wolters Kluwer, 2019
  • Handbuch Restrukturierung in der Insolvenz - Eigenverwaltung und Insolvenzplan, therein § 4 Financing options in preliminary and opened insolvency proceedings (with Dr. Andrea Braun), published by RWS-Verlag, 2018
  • Do ICOs revolutionize corporate finance?, in: FINANCE-Magazin 9 November 2018
  • Restructuring of promissory notes (with Florian Becker), in: ZIP 2018, p. 1332 et seq.
  • Brexit - a stress test for financings (with Torsten Wehrhahn), in: Börsenzeitung 23 April 2016
  • Grexit - How corporates can prepare for a Grexit (with Andrea Zwarg) in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 18.February 2015
  • Criminal protection and limits in the negotiation of financing contracts (with Sara Thienhaus), in: WM 2015, p. 1929 et seq.
  • The guarantor position of compliance officers, in: NStZ 2010, p. 312