Chris Greco is a partner in the Restructuring Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies), equity owners, creditors’ committees and distressed investors (including hedge funds and private equity funds) in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases. Chris also advises boards of directors and senior management of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and corporate governance.
Chris has received recognition from a number of prominent legal publications, with Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business describing him as “a remarkable lawyer.” Most recently, Chambers noted Chris “brings a great deal of experience and is a great, hands-on attorney who provides tremendous support” and is “an excellent, level-headed, constructive, personable and thoughtful guy” who is notable for his “good business sense.” Chris was named one of Law360’s “Risings Stars for 2019,” one of five bankruptcy attorneys under 40 whose accomplishments transcend their age. In 2018, Chris was named an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts, one of 12 individuals selected under the age of 40 for accomplishments in corporate restructuring.
Chris has a broad range of restructuring experience across a number of industries including gaming, television and radio broadcasting, airline, education, steel, oil & gas, retail, automotive, internet, entertainment and publishing. Chris has represented clients in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters. Some of Chris’s significant debtor representations have included Answers Holdings, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Cengage Learning, Conexant Systems, Essar Steel Algoma, EXCO Resources, Global Aviation, ION Media Networks, Kerzner International, Keystone Automotive, Muzak, Network Communications Inc., Revel, Ultra Petroleum Corp. and W.R. Grace.
Chris has also advised creditors and distressed investors in various restructuring situations, including an ad hoc group of secured noteholders in the Chapter 11 cases of Terrestar Networks, a group of investors in acquiring ownership of Six Flags through its Chapter 11 cases and Hess Corporation as a 50% owner and DIP lender in connection with the sale of the Hovensa oil refinery in St. Croix, USVI.
Chris is active in the Firm’s recruiting efforts, serving as co-chair of the Firmwide Recruiting Committee and co-chair of the New York Recruiting Committee. Chris also serves as a member of the Firmwide Associate Review Committee and a vice-chair of the New York Associate Review Committee.
Chris has also been active in various teaching and pro bono activities, serving as an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Wake Forest University School of Law where he has taught courses on Distressed Investing, and also performing substantial pro bono work for charities such as Youth, I.N.C. and Legacy of Hope Foundation.
“Something to Remember: The Flexibility of Chapter 11 in Retail Situations,” New York Law Journal, June 7, 2019 (co-authored with S. Winters and D. Hunter)
Contributing Editor, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice
“Hitting a Moving Target: Why Brick and Mortar Retail is Alive and Well,” New York Law Journal, September 15, 2017 (co-authored with J. Sussberg and P. Venter)
“Essar Steel Algoma: Restructuring Under the Canada Business Corporations Act and Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code,” INSOL International News Update, January 2015 (co-authored with P. Basta, P. Evans and C. Nguyen)
“Recent Lessons on Management Compensation at Various States of the Chapter 11,” Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable, April 22, 2014 (co-authored with J. Sprayregen and N. Donnelly)
“Recent lessons on management compensation at various stages of the Chapter 11 process,” Financier Worldwide Magazine, March 2013 (co-authored with J. Sprayregen and N. Donnelly)
“Debt is the New Equity: How Private Equity Funds Will Sponsor Buyouts Through Chapter 11," Bankruptcy Structure Insights, Summer 2009 (co-authored with J. Henes and K. Radke)
Moderator, Distressed Investing Panel, 2018 Annual Stern VC & PE Conference, New York, New York (March 2, 2018)
Moderator, ABI Cross Border Conference, Latin America Panel, New York, New York (November 14, 2016)
Panelist, Networking in the Legal Industry, SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) Law, New York, New York (May 24, 2016)
Attended, SDTX Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas (April 20-22, 2016)
Moderator, Distressed Hedge Fund Panel, 12th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference, New York, New York (Feb. 26, 2016)
Attended, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance Presents "Is Bankruptcy a Viable Solution to the States’ Fiscal Crisis?" New York, New York (March 21, 2011)
Attended, Sixth Annual NYU Stern Private Equity Conference, New York, New York (March 4, 2011)
Panelist, "Kirkland New York Summer Associate Orientation Program," New York, New York (May 24, 2010)
Attended, Fifth Annual NYU Stern Private Equity Conference: "Strategies in an Uncertain Market," New York, New York (March 5, 2010)
Attended, Sixth Annual Wharton Restructuring and Turnaround Conference: "Road to Recovery? Restructuring, Rebuilding and Regulation," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (February 19, 2010)
Panelist, "Tips for Navigating the Free Market System and Establishing Mentoring Relationships," Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2009 New Associate Orientation Program (December 2, 2009)
Attended, "16th Annual Distressed Investing Conference: Maximizing Profits in the New Distressed Debt Market," New York, New York (November 30, 2009)
Attended, "American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2008 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference," Las Vegas, Nevada (September 4-6, 2008)
Attended, "American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2008 Nuts and Bolts Program," New York, New York (May 9, 2008)
Adjunct Professor. “Realizing Value in Corporate Restructurings: Distressed Investing, Distressed Lending, and Private Equity.” Wake Forest University School of Law, Spring 2012
Assistant Professor. Distressed Investing, Lending and Private Equity, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Fall 2008–2012
Kirkland New York Recruiting Committee
Co-Chair, Kirkland New York Summer Associate Program 2014, 2015, 2016
Kirkland New York Advisory Committee on Technology
Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award 2012, 2013, 2015“Rising Star” for Bankruptcy, Law360, 2019
Memberships & Affiliations
(current or former)
Member, Gala Committee (with Jon Henes), 2016 Gala Dinner for CaringKind, New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving
Member, New York City Bar Association Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization
Member, Spring Event Committee of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
Member, Young Professionals Board of Youth, I.N.C.
Member, Annual Dinner Committee, Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation
Member, Wake Forest University School of Law Young Alumni Committee
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, Knights of Columbus
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2008, New York
- 2007, New Jersey (inactive)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (pro hac vice)
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (pro hac vice)
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of the Virgin Islands (pro hac vice)
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Wake Forest University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2007
Order of the Coif; Top 10% of Class
Executive Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
Member, Wake Forest Moot Court Board
- Villanova UniversityB.S., Finance & International Business; Spanish Minorcum laude2004