Emanuel Grillo

Section Chair - Financial Restructuring (Firmwide) Partner


New York

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Manny Grillo represents secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors and borrowers, as well as both sellers and purchasers in distressed mergers and acquisitions. His practice encompasses both out-of-court debt restructurings and the reorganization and liquidation of financially distressed businesses under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Mr. Grillo regularly advises banks, hedge funds, sponsors and other financial institutions regarding insolvency and restructuring matters in complex financings and securitizations. He negotiates distressed financing transactions including debtor in possession loans on behalf of both lenders and borrowers and litigates contested confirmation and financing matters as well as avoidance actions and lender liability claims.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Grillo was a partner at Goodwin Procter. Before that, he was a partner at Torys LLP and Salans/Christy & Viener in New York City. He began his career as an Honors Program Attorney in the Office of the United States Trustee for the Southern District of New York of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Grillo is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association.

Related Experience

  • A troubled cooperative bank in the restructuring of more than $500 million of its debt
  • An investment fund holding debt secured by life settlement assets in a troubled hedge fund’s Chapter 11 cases
  • An ad-hoc committee of second lien creditors in the restructuring of more than $500 million of secured debt of one of the largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firms
  • The DIP Lender and bidder in the section 363 sale for Grubb & Ellis one of the nation’s largest real estate brokerage firms
  • The controlling mezzanine lender in its foreclosure on a portfolio of hospitality assets with a value in excess $1.5 billion
  • The sponsor of a portfolio of hospitality assets concentrated in the southeastern United States in the restructuring of $600 million of debt
  • Mezzanine and mortgage lenders for both commercial and multifamily residential properties and lenders to Native American gaming facilities
  • A top wireless device service and distribution company and its parent with revenues that exceeded $2 billion prior to bankruptcy in their Chapter 11 cases, the sale of their assets and confirmation of their Chapter 11 plan
  • Junior capital lenders to troubled borrowers in prepackaged bankruptcy cases and periodically in their exercise of remedies
  • Individual creditors and ad hoc groups of creditors in some of the country’s largest bankruptcy cases, including Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Northwest Airlines, Delphi Corporation and Silicon Graphics, Inc.
  • The DIP Lenders in in the NextWave Telecom cases in which he negotiated the DIP loan equity kicker that provided the DIP lender with a premium payable in reorganized NextWave securities at confirmation after NextWave’s litigation with the FCC in the United States Supreme Court


Publications, Speeches & Presentations



Board of Directors Forum

We will discuss the hot topics and challenges confronting directors across industries in 2018 and offer up best practices for facing these challenges.


Debtwire Distressed Energy Forum

Debtwire will be hosting its highly anticipated Distressed Energy Forum in Houston on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.