Martha M. Anderson

Martha Anderson is Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody’s Buffalo, New York, office. She is a finance and corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience representing financial institutions and businesses of all types in connection with leveraged and project finance transactions and mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. She also has extensive experience in professional sports matters involving NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams and their stadiums and arenas.

What do you focus on?

I help financial institutions and businesses of all types to get their deals done and achieve their strategic objectives. My practice includes the following:

Leveraged Finance

I represent banks, subordinated and other lenders and corporate borrowers in financings, including secured and unsecured, syndicated and single bank, working capital and asset-based transactions, leveraged financings, EB-5 financings, subordinated note purchases, acquisition financings, bridge financings and debt restructurings. I am also experienced in negotiating intercreditor agreements and subordination agreements.

Project Finance

In addition to the stadium project financings referenced below, I have worked on project financings of solar plants, energy storage and biomass facilities, fertilizer and methanol plants and infrastructure. Most recently, I worked with our project finance team on the $1.8 billion financing of a fertilizer plant.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I represent buyers and sellers of businesses in leveraged and other acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings and dispositions, both domestically and internationally. That experience includes transactions involving companies involved in manufacturing, food, health care and medical devices.


I am experienced representing governmental and private entities in professional sports matters involving NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams and their stadiums and arenas. This experience includes work on the stadium financings for the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Twins and Nets; representation of the County of Erie in connection with the Buffalo Bills lease and related Ralph Wilson stadium renovations; and work on a team bankruptcy and asset sale.


I also advise clients on corporate, limited liability company and partnership matters and joint ventures. I have worked closely with our health care team on structuring, governance and finance matters involving our health care clients.

What do you see on the horizon?

I expect increased activity in infrastructure and health care and related areas. Also continuing high levels of activity in restructurings and extensions of existing loans.

ABA Well-being Pledge Is It for Your Organization

The Bulletin | January 09, 2020

Buffalo Office Managing Partner Martha Anderson talks about the actions Nixon Peabody has taken since signing on to the ABA Well-being Pledge in 2018.


Martha M. Anderson

Office Managing Partner, Buffalo


Phone: 716-853-8105

New York

Phone: 212-224-7614

Fax: 866-265-0759

State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D.

Smith College, B.A.

New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York

Martha was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the fields of Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; and was also named the 2020 Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” fin Buffalo . Martha has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012, and was named Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, NY, in 2017 and 2019.

Martha is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section), the New York State Bar Association (Business Law Section) and the Erie County Bar Association (Banking Law, Corporation and Regulatory Compliance Committees). She is a member of the Upstate Venture Association of New York and the Smith College Club of Buffalo. She served as a contributing writer and a member of the Editorial Committee for the ABA’s recently published Model Stock Purchase Agreement with Commentary (Second Edition). She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and the Advisory Council to the United Way Emerging Leaders Society. She is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Industries of Western New York.

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