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Since 2014, RWS Verlag in Cologne, a well-known publishing house for commercial law, and De Gruyter have enjoyed a successful and productive partnership providing high-quality eBooks and eJournals to a broad international customer base.

Thematically, the publisher’s titles mainly focus on legal areas concerned with insolvency law, company law as well as banking and capital markets law. The publisher provides specialist information for insolvency administrators, lawyers, judges, consultants and in-house lawyers.

Its book titles include numerous standard works, particularly on insolvency law. Its journal titles include ZIP – Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht, which is one of the leading journals on commercial law in Germany, the renowned ZBB – Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft and ZWeR – Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht.

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About RWS Verlag



FRONTLIST (2017-2018)

~ 30 titles

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2 titles

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BACKLIST (2013-2016)

76 titles

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2 titles

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The origins of the RWS Verlag lie in the Kommunikationsforum Recht Wirtschaft Steuern (Law Business Tax Communication Forum), which was founded in 1976 by the lawyers Dr Bruno M. Kübler and Dr Bernd Klasmeyer to provide seminars for lawyers in the insolvency and company law fields.

The scripts handed out to the seminar participants were subsequently published independently of the seminars in response to increasing demand. This marked the beginning of the RWS script series with which the former Communication Forum entered the publishing world as the RWS Verlag.

Since 1990, the Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt KG publishing house has been a strategic partner of the RWS Verlag with a 50% shareholding.

To date, approximately 380 RWS scripts have been published, often in several editions. Over the years, the Books division has rapidly developed with manuals, commentaries, form commentaries and loose-leaf publications.

Parallel to this RWS began to offer a range of journals. Among others, RWS publishes the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht, ZIP (Journal of Commercial Law), the Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft, ZBB (Journal of Banking Law and Banking) and the Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht, ZWeR (Journal of Competition Law).

Alongside its publishing activities, the RWS Verlag has continued to develop its seminar business. Around 120 events are held each year. RWS is considered one of the industry leaders in the insolvency law training field.

Subject areas / topics: Insolvency and Restructuring Law, Commercial and Company Law, Banking and Capital Markets Law, Labour Law, Contract Law, Civil Procedure Law, Enforcement Law, Foreclosure Law

Renowned authors: Reinhard Bork, Michael C. Frege, Marie Luise Graf-Schlicker, Bruno M. Kübler, Volker Römermann