Erik Schneider

Erik Schneider is a partner in the Corporate Trust, Banking & Finance, and Bankruptcy practice groups. Erik represents indenture trustees, collateral agents, custodians and other secured parties in structured finance transactions and complex debt financings. Erik also frequently represents corporate trust fiduciaries, lenders and distressed debt investors in out-of-court financial restructurings, work-outs, defaults and informal insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings.

What do you focus on?

I work with fiduciaries in corporate debt transactions, collateralized loan and debt obligations and other asset-backed securitizations, custodial arrangements and warehouse credit facilities. I guide my clients through the lifecycle of their transactions, from origination through redemption and discharge, while covering amendments, refinancing and re-pricings, and general interpretation questions that can arise in the life of a transaction.

I also advise trustees on their roles as fiduciaries after an event of default and in bankruptcy cases. In connection with structured defaults, whether voluntary or involuntary (including exercising rights and remedies under Articles 8 and 9 of the UCC), I represent trustees and assist them in the wind-down of complex financing arrangements, including the termination of derivative contracts.

What do you see on the horizon?

I believe corporate trustees and their business will be impacted by technology in the form of blockchain and other so-called fintech developments and investor demand for increased transparency in structured financings in the form of asset level reporting and monitoring.

In addition, trustees will have to address the possibility of a cessation of LIBOR in the near future in new transactions being negotiated now, and find solutions for current deals that closed well before a cessation of LIBOR was conceivable.

These developments will present both challenges and opportunities to financial institutions, their clients and investors. My role as counsel is to guide our clients through these challenges and help them take advantage of any opportunities in addition to helping them continue a robust business and be prepared for the next set of challenges.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Beyond the Marblegate: An Update on the Recent Developments Affecting Corporate Trustees and Investors,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting


  • “Derivatives” in Reorganizing Failing Businesses, Third Edition: A Comprehensive Review and Analysis of Financial Restructuring and Business Reorganization; ABA Publishing, 2017. (Co-author)

New hires and promotions

Mergers & Acquisitions | March 31, 2019

The promotions of Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck, and Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley are highlighted in this roundup of notable executive news.

Movers and shakers

The Deal | February 01, 2019

Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck, and Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider’s recent promotion to partner is included in this roundup of notable executive news.

M&A wrap

Mergers & Acquisitions | January 31, 2019

Three members of Nixon Peabody’s 2019 new partner class are highlighted in this roundup of notable executive and business news: Albany Corporate partner Marissa Wiley, Rochester Corporate partner Eric Tanck and Boston Global Finance partner Erik Schneider.


Erik Schneider



Phone: 617-345-1112

Fax: 617-345-1300

Boston College Law School, J.D., (Senior Editor, UCC Reporter-Digest)

University of Chicago, B.A.

New York


Erik is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association (member of the Trust Indentures and Indenture Trustees Committee), the Boston Bar Association and the German American Lawyers Association.

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