Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ILN-terviews: Sebastian Laboga, Kübler GbR

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Sebastian Laboga of Kübler GbR in Germany.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
With more than 230 employees and 27 locations, KÜBLER is one of the leading German law firms concerning insolvency and reorganization law.

Who would be your typical client?
Our typical clients are companies of all sizes or private individuals that are either insolvent, afraid of becoming insolvent or have business with any of these groups.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That we are one of the largest and most effectively organized law firms in Germany dealing with financial crises, restructuring and insolvency. We have the staff and know-how to literally run even very large companies in times of trouble or insolvency. In addition we are very hands on – good at producing words and paper of course, but even better at actually providing help and taking action.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
Running a mine sweeping company as insolvency administrator. Etiquette was very military and the management scheduled their meetings at 6 o clock in the morning. Attending on time was a true challenge.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
I guess helping companies to a successful restart after a crisis or insolvency makes me a little proud every time. My proudest moment though was definitely managing to attend the mine-sweepers’ meetings at 6 o’ clock a.m. AND understanding what they were talking about!

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
I have five kids – what do you think?

What would surprise people most about you?
My broad knowledge regarding movies and TV shows.

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Standing in Rome on the top of the Castel St` Angelo, looking at the illuminated Vatican by night with a glass of Champagne in my hand.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
 I would almost have ended up as a Tax Adviser. But I am very happy that I didn’t.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
Jeff Bridges, aka “the Dude.”

How would you like to be remembered?
Too early to think about it, really – the Dude still abides, doesn’t he. But people shouldn’t think they could get away with peeing on my rug easily…

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