Frank Grell

Frank Grell chairs the German Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring, including corporate reorganizations, debt restructuring and out-of-court and in-court representation of creditors of distressed companies and investors in such companies, including in particular protective shield/insolvency plan proceedings and loan-to-own strategies.

Mr. Grell advises:

  • Companies, management and shareholders in a financial or operational crisis 
  • Creditors in all phases of financial restructurings, including debt-equity swaps, share pledge enforcements and insolvency plan proceedings
  • Investors on the acquisition of distressed companies and on restructuring, rescue financing or refinancing transactions
  • Insolvency administrators on M&A, restructurings or disputes

JUVE 2015/2016 names him as a “leading name” and “recommended” lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency as well as “recommended” lawyer for Corporate Law.

In Chambers Europe Germany he is listed as a “key individual” for Restructuring/Insolvency and recognized as “a very experienced restructuring lawyer with great contacts [and] taken very seriously by the other parties” (2015). Furthermore, the publication describes him as “highly experienced in cross-border restructuring cases, notably those with UK law aspects” (2014). “Interviewees value Frank Grell’s calm approach to negotiations, saying: ‘He is really great at handling clients in tense situations.’ Another source added: ‘He’s both technical and commercial; a terrific guy to have at your side.’” In addition, he has been recognized as “prominent in the debt restructuring market” (2013).

Mr. Grell is also listed as leading lawyer for Restructuring in Germany by IFLR1000 2016 and The Legal 500 Germany 2016. Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2015 considers him among the “best lawyers” for Restructuring/Insolvency in Germany and the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche (9/2011) ranks him as a leading expert for insolvency law.

Mr. Grell is a member of the Board of TMA Germany e.V. and of the Advisory Board of Norddeutsches Insolvenzforum e.V. (Insolvency Forum of Northern Germany). He is also a member of institutions such as INSOL Europe, International Bar Association and the Insolvency and Restructuring Working Group of the German Lawyers’ Association.

He lectures on current insolvency and restructuring issues for a variety of organizations. Mr. Grell has held lectures at Hamburg University and Bucerius Law School as well as at the university in Sofia, Bulgaria. Moreover, he is a regular author of articles on insolvency and restructuring matters published in national and international legal magazines and business newspapers (including The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Financier Worldwide, Markt & Mittelstand).