Lewis Grimm has almost two decades of leveraged finance experience working on marquee deals in New York and Australia. He represents financial institutions, direct and institutional lenders, and corporate borrowers on cutting-edge leveraged and investment-grade lending and high yield transactions, both domestic and cross-border, as well as high-profile restructuring and bankruptcy matters.
His financial institution clients include Citizens, Jefferies, KeyBank, M&T Bank, TD Securities, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. Corporate borrowers include Century Aluminum, Cumulus Media, FTI Consulting, Kern River Holdings, Outfront Media, Texas Instruments, and TransDigm.
Lewis's recent high-profile deals include assisting the majority term loan lenders in the restructuring of the U.S. facility agreement of Atlas Iron through an Australian creditors' scheme of arrangement. This was a great example of how a company can successfully restructure when all parties work together. It was awarded Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year at the 2016 Australasian Law Awards and Restructuring Deal of the Year at the 2016 Turnaround Management Association Awards.
He also represented the majority secured term loan lenders in the chapter 11 cases of Southcross Holdings and its affiliated debtors. This plan received approval within 15 days of filing, making it the fastest ever chapter 11 reorganization for a debtor having at least $500 million in liabilities.
Lewis was recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for four consecutive years, designated by M&A Advisor as one of 40 leading lawyers under the age of 40, and named by The Legal 500 US as a "next generation lawyer."
Extracting value from leveraged businesses: the case of McLaren and its bondholders, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency
Jumping the line: priming restructuring transactions during the COVID-19 crisis, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law
- May 4, 2016
Business Borrowing Basics 2016: Dealing with Defaults - When Your Company Runs Into Trouble / Financial Poise / West LegalEdCenter
- February 3, 2016
Business Borrowing Basics 2016: Negotiating a Loan Agreement / Financial Poise / West LegalEdCenter
- February 25, 2015
Distressed Energy: Risks and Opportunities, Loan Syndication and Trading Association (LSTA)
- February 24, 2015
Getting Ready to Secure a Loan, ChamberWise / Financial Poise / West LegalEdcenter
- May 24, 2012
Navigating the Current Credit Markets, KPMG Global Enterprise Institute
- July 27, 2011
The Intercreditor Agreement: Have You Taken a Look Lately?, Loan Syndication & Trading Association
"Very skilled, available and polite" — The Legal 500 US
- Deakin University (LL.B. second class honours division A 1998; B. Commerce in Accounting 1998)
- New York and New South Wales and Victoria, Australia
40 Under 40 Recognition Award recipient — The M&A Advisor (2013)
New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014)
Recognized by The Legal 500 US, where he is described as "very skilled, available and polite" and named as a "Next Generation Lawyer" in the area of commercial lending