Dr. Marlene Ruf is a restructuring associate in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

She focuses on cross-border restructurings advising both debtors and creditors on acquisitions, disposals and reorganizations of stressed and distressed businesses. Handelsblatt Best Lawyers lists her among the “Ones to Watch” 2021 for restructuring and insolvency law in Germany.


Thought Leadership


Chapter on bond restructurings in: Theiselmann (ed.), Praxishandbuch des Restrukturierungsrechts, 4th ed. 2020 (co-author with Sacha Lürken)

Comment to judgment by Court of Appeal of Düsseldorf on 29 November 2018 (case no. I-13 U 59/18) re. enforceability of subordination clause in German law notes terms and conditions in: Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht (EWiR) 2019, p. 115

The joint representative of bondholders in the crisis of the issuer. 2018. KTS-Schriften zum Insolvenzrecht, Volume 55. Cologne: Carl Heymanns Verlag


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Germany


  • English
  • German


  • University of HamburgDr. jur.2017
  • Higher Regional Court of HamburgSecond State Examination2015
  • Bucerius Law SchoolFirst State Examination2012
  • Waseda UniversityLaw Studies2009