Ryan E. Manns

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Dallas
United States
T:+1 214 855 8304
Dallas
United States
T:+1 214 855 8304
Ryan E. Manns

Ryan E. Manns

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Biography

Ryan Manns joined Norton Rose Fulbright's Dallas office in 2003. Throughout his career, Ryan has represented a variety of clients, both inside and outside of court, in different stages of business restructurings involving transactional and litigation-related engagements. 

Ryan frequently advises corporate debtors, secured creditors, official committees of unsecured creditors, and acquirers of financially-distressed companies in complex business restructuring matters. He has experience in a variety of industries in chapter 11 reorganizations, including energy, media, healthcare, real estate and construction.


Professional experience

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JD, Howard University School of Law, 2003
BA, Economics and Computer Applications, University of Notre Dame, 1999

During his time in law school, Ryan served as Managing Editor of the Howard Scroll: Social Justice Law Review. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2003.

  • Texas State Bar

Ryan's recent representative experience includes:

Secured Lender Representation

  • Representation of agent bank in restructuring of minimally invasive spine surgery centers involving  $154 million of indebtedness
  • Representation of secured lender, in bankruptcy proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation, of midstream energy company involving in excess of $70 million of indebtedness
  • Representation of agent bank in out-of-court restructuring of $40 million of indebtedness
  • Representation of secured lender of electric utility cooperative in bankruptcy proceedings involving in excess of $26 million of indebtedness
  • Representation of secured lender of single-asset real estate lifestyle center and entertainment complex involving $31 million of indebtedness; representation resulted in the successful lifting of the automatic stay and foreclosure on the secured lender's collateral
  • Representation of secured lender of construction and real estate affiliates involving $40 million of indebtedness; representation included the filing of multiple involuntary bankruptcy petitions and issues relating to the appointment of chapter 11 trustees, venue and related party jurisdiction and foreclosure actions
  • Representation of secured lender, in bankruptcy proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation, of large residential and commercial telecommunication debtors involving in excess of $200 million of indebtedness
  • Representation of exit lender in connection with financing for commercial real estate debtors' emergence from chapter 11
  • Representation of various secured lenders in adversary proceeding challenging the validity of secured lenders' lien


Debtor Representation

  • Representation of publicly-traded medical device company in chapter 11 case
  • Representation of chapter 9 debtor in restructuring of $54 million of indebtedness through the issuance of tax exempt bonds  
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtors whose core operations consisted of exploration for and production of oil and gas which resulted in the successful sale of substantially all of the debtors' assets for consideration in excess of $44 million. 
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtors in double prepack merger of two print media companies
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtors whose core operations consisted of manufacturing glass containers and flat glass in successful restructuring of debtors' business operations
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtors' print and online media company, successfully restructuring $9.1 billion of indebtedness
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtors whose core operations consisted of distributing and installing architectural glass and aluminum; representation included the sale of substantially all of the debtors' assets for consideration in excess of $64 million
  • Representation of chapter 11 debtor specialty restaurant chain, which ultimately resulted in the successful reorganization of the debtor's business


Committee Representation

  • Representation of official committee of unsecured creditors of a publicly-traded crude oil and natural gas company.
  • Representation of official committee of unsecured creditors of a skilled nursing facility  involving 135 affiliated debtors.
  • Representation of official committee of unsecured creditors of a rural hospital and imaging center.


Buyer Representation

  • Representation of multinational oil companies in their acquisition of debtor's interests in certain Outer Continental Shelf leases and related platforms and facilities
  • Representation of non-profit hospital in its bankruptcy sale acquisition of the operating assets of a doctor-owned hospital
  • Representation of non-profit hospital in bankruptcy sale acquisition of neighboring community hospital via the issuance of tax exempt bonds for total consideration of $20 million
  • Representation of purchaser in the acquisition of assets in a bankruptcy sale acquisition of an ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing plant for consideration in excess of $17 million 
  • Assist numerous parties in connection with due diligence matters and the submission of stalking horse and competing bids in distressed asset acquisitions.


Additional Litigation Experience

  • Representation of numerous parties involved in preference, fraudulent transfer and turnover actions
  • Commercial disputes
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, Restructuring, The Legal 500, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization law, Best Lawyers, 2019 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Bankruptcy & Workout,  D Magazine, 2020
  • Co-author, "Texas hospital district emerges from bankruptcy through innovative restructuring," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, April 2019
  • Co-author, "Supreme Court protects against lien stripping in chapter 7 cases," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, June 5, 2015
  • Author, "Structured dismissals may be utilized under appropriate circumstances," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, June 3, 2015
  • Co-author, "Common issues that arise when a party to litigation is in financial distress," ABA Section of Litigation - Annual Conference,  Scottsdale, Arizona, April 9-11, 2014 
  • Co-author, "Lenders beware: Delaware bankruptcy court limits the amount of a secured lender's credit bid," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, January 28, 2014
  • Co-author, "Safeguarding Enforcement of Lien Subordination Agreements," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 5, at 52-53, 88, June 2013
  • Co-author, "Core Knowledge: Bankruptcy," American Bar Association Section of Litigation primer, May 2013
  • Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan May Artificially and Immaterially Impair Class Claims to Confirm Through Cramdown," Fulbright Briefing, March 12, 2013
  • Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Addresses Standards Associated With Preserving Causes Of Action In Plans of Reorganization and a Debtor's Standing to Pursue Them," Fulbright Briefing, December 4, 2012
  • Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Affirms Bankruptcy Court's Certification of Injunctive Class," Fulbright Briefing, September 25, 2012
  • Co-author, "Seventh Circuit Opinion Creates Circuit Split Over the Effect of Rejection of a Contract by Bankrupt Trademark Licensor," Fulbright Briefing, July 11, 2012
  • Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Affirms Exemption of State PUC Proceedings from Automatic Stay," Fulbright Briefing, June 26, 2012
  • Co -author, "Supreme Court Affirms Seventh Circuit's Credit Bidding Ruling in RadLAX Gateway Hotel LLC, et al. v. Amalgamated Bank," Fulbright Briefing, June 5, 2012
  • Co-author, "Evidence and Trial Tactics in Bankruptcy Court," Nuts & Bolts of Business Bankruptcy, State Bar of Texas CLE, Houston, Texas, September 2009
  • Co-author, "Recognizing and Fulfilling Fiduciary Duties in the Bankruptcy Zone," The University of Texas School of Law Annual Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 2008
  • Co-author, "A Post-BAPCPA Look at Lease Assumption and Rejection, Key Employee Incentive Plans, and Reclamation," State Bar Of Texas, 25th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, February 2007
  • Co-presenter, "Health Care Bankruptcies - How to Diagnose and Treat These Patients," The University of Texas School of Law 38th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, November 15, 2019
  • Cross Border Restructuring Institute - Session I, "Overview of Chapter 11: The primary tool for reorganizing in the United States," Dallas, Texas, July 2019
  • Co-presenter, "Financial Contracts and Bankruptcy: Closing Out and Setting Off in Safe Harbors," in-house legal presentation, March 2018
  • Co-presenter, Mock Trial: Featuring a Cross-Examination of a Valuation Expert, Forensic Finance: Better Bankruptcies Through Better Numbers Conference, Austin, Texas, September 2016 
  • Co-presenter, "A Primer on Bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada," in-house legal presentation, May 2016
  • Co-presenter, "Sales of distressed healthcare assets in bankruptcy: potential acquisition challenges and opportunities," Dallas, Texas, January 2016
  • Co-presenter, "Bankruptcy 101 for All Litigators," Texas Minority Conference Program, State Bar of Texas CLE, Austin, Texas, September 2014
  • Co-panelist, "Evidence and Trial Tactics in Bankruptcy Court," Nuts & Bolts of Business Bankruptcy, State Bar of Texas CLE, Houston, Texas, September 2009
  • Co-presenter, "Bankruptcy Impact on Key Constituencies," In-house legal presentation, Las Colinas, Texas, May 2009 
  • Co-presenter, "An Overview of E-Discovery Rules Amendments and the Requisite Judicial Involvement in Discovery Today," The University of Texas School of Law: Bankruptcy Litigation Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop, Dallas, Texas, February 2009 
  • Co-panelist, "Debts and Claims in Pro Bono cases," Association of Corporate Counsel, DFW/Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Pro Bono Summit, Las Colinas, Texas, March 2007
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
    • ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop - 2020 Advisory Board
  • MS 150 Norton Rose Fulbright cycling team - 2014 
  • Texas Minority Counsel Program - Former Steering Committee Member
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic (Dallas VA Medical Center), Volunteer
  • Notre Dame Alumni Association, Dallas Club
  • Camp John Marc, Board of Directors (2004 - 2010)
  • Camper Scamper (10k and 5k fun run benefiting Camp John Marc), Co-Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Young Professionals of Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2007)