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About Bernhard Kaiser

Bernhard specialises in securitisation, derivatives and other structured finance transactions.

During the financial crisis he was involved in restructuring work in connection with the Lehman insolvency and advised on the establishment of asset protection schemes, bad banks and in relation to the sovereign debt crisis.

He speaks German and English.

Recent work

  • Advising Deutsche Bundesbank (representing the Eurosystem) in connection with the Lehman insolvency proceedings and the restructuring and workout of ABS, RMBS, CMBS, CDO, and CLO structures.
  • Advising European Central Bank on certain aspects of the Greek sovereign debt crisis.
  • Advising Finanzministerium NRW (the finance ministry of North-Rhine Westphalia) on the restructuring of WestLB and the related establishment of a 'bad bank' (Abwicklungsanstalt).
  • Advising Bundesministerium der Finanzen (the German Federal Ministry of Finance) on the securitisation of the Russian Federation’s Paris Club debt.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank as originator and arranger of a pan-European RMBS platform (Eurohome).



  • Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany
  • Columbia University, US (LLM)

Professional qualifications

  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany
  • Attorney-at-law, New York, US

Professional memberships

  • German Bar (Frankfurt am Main)
  • New York Bar


  • 2. Aufl. 2014, (Eilers/ Rödding/ Schmalenbach (Eds.)) Handbuch Unternehmensfinanzierung, “Asset Backed Securities”

  • Zeitschrift für das gesamte Kreditwesen, 64. Jahrgang, Heft 19, 1. Oktober 2011, (with Gunila Weber) Refinanzierung existierender CMBS durch neue CMBS – Strukturierungsfragen nach der Umsetzung von CRD II