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Frankfurt am Main, 07.06.2021 12:00:00

Will COVID-19 trigger a wave of non-performing loans (NPLs) in Germany, or are such concerns unfounded? The overall volume of NPLs is still at a historic low. Over the last few months, government aid programmes and the suspension of compulsory insolvency legislation have provided generous support in German-speaking countries. But many assistance programmes for businesses and the broader economy are due to expire in the near future.

  • So far, every economic crisis of the last few decades has resulted in a huge surge of NPLs. How is 2021 any different? 
  • Why have the European Central Bank and European Banking Authority been so concerned with risk provisioning for NPLs for so many years – and even more so since the pandemic started? Is this problem solely confined to the European Union’s member states in southern Europe? 
  • How can NPLs be deleveraged efficiently? Do we need a pan-European NPL platform? Do we need a pan-European administration or liquidation authority?

These are the issues which Professor Christoph Schalast, Professor of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Law and European Law at Frankfurt School, intends to address at a reporters’ roundtable on 15 June 2021. We cordially invite all interested members of the press to attend, and will send you a link to the virtual roundtable when you register for the event.

 Credit and risk management: when can we expect the next wave of NPLs and how high will it be?
                       Reporters’ roundtable at Frankfurt School with Professor Christoph Schalast
                                               Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 11:30 CEST

Please register for the roundtable by contacting Carolin Schwalme (; +49 69 154008-818).

Professor Schalast is also available to give interviews or contribute to discussions of the ongoing development of non-performing loans and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on them in either English or German. If you are interested, please contact Carolin Schwalme, who will be happy to make the necessary arrangements, as follows: (e-mail); +49 69 154008-818 (telephone); +49 159 04579780 (mobile).