Collection Service

The Legal Department of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. supports both American and German companies in collecting outstanding payments.

We successfully help German companies collect outstanding payments in the U.S., as well as assist U.S. companies with claims in Germany.

Please note that the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC) in New York is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under New York State Law. It provides customers with information about German American trade issues. We do not provide concrete legal advice, but only general advice without any liability.

The efforts thus are aimed solely towards a non-legal settlement of the case.

For a charge which amount depends on the amount of the claim the Legal Department sends out reminders, negotiates with the debtor or his attorney and assists the creditor, if necessary, through a bankruptcy petition. Should a legal assertion of the claim be necessary, the Legal Department supports the client with finding a German-speaking U.S. attorney who is specialized in the relevant area of law and licensed at the relevant court. In most cases, however, the presence and title of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. New York is sufficient to have the debtor settle the claim.

Collection Service

  • Correspondence with the creditor
  • Correspondence with the debtor
  • Negotiations with the debtor: agreements on installment plans and settlements
  • Assistance to the creditor in the event of chapter 7 or chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures (filing of proof of claims, requests at the bankruptcy court for updates on the current development of the case)


Susanne Gellert, LL.M.
Vice President
Director Legal & Consulting Department
Rechtsanwältin | Attorney at Law

+1 (212) 974-8846