Sachsen; Leipzig; Leipzig
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Via Stalls And Markets Or Other
47.91 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

889 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
29 July 2016
Foreseen end date
18 September 2016


On 18 July 2016, the German e-commerce company Unister Holding announced to file for insolvency to remain capable of acting after the death of its general manager Thomas Wagner. Unister Holding is an operating company mainly for online travel booking and has around 1,100 employees. Currently, the wages and salaries are secured as the Federal Employment Agency is paying insolvency money for employees.

On 29 July 2016, six subsidiaries of Unister Holding employing a total of 548 employees also filed for insolvency. Altogether, 889 jobs might be threatened by the insolvency. However, the insolvency administrator Prof. Dr. Lucas Flöther recently announced that booking figures are rising again and that there are about 20 potential buyers. The company is confident it will be able to retain as many employees as possible.


  • 18 August 2016: Unister Holding Press Release
  • 29 July 2016: Unister Holding Press Release
  • 27 July 2016: Handelsblatt


Eurofound (2016), Unister Holding, Bankruptcy in Germany, factsheet number 88394, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88394.