Jim Schneider represents lenders, agents and borrowers, in connection with a variety of commercial and project financings, advising banks, sponsors, public companies and private companies in domestic and cross-border transactions across a broad range of industries, with a focus on renewable energy.

    Jim has significant experience with syndicated and single-bank credit facilities, focusing his practice on drafting and negotiating credit agreements and security documents for a number of different types of loan facilities, including asset based, quasi-asset based and cash flow facilities, credit agreements for unsecured and bridge loan facilities, financing agreements in connection with energy project finance, and intercreditor and subordination agreements with mezzanine and junior creditors (especially in connection with acquisition financings) and tax equity investors. He also documents and negotiates letter of credit facilities and the related standby letters of credit and guarantees.

    In the energy sector, Jim has represented administrative agents, lenders, sponsors and borrowers in financing the development, acquisition, construction and operation of numerous electricity generating facilities including wind and solar projects. Such financings have included secured and back-levered project financings of portfolios of generating facilities, as well as single projects.

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    • Represented administrative agents and lenders in asset-based and quasi-asset-based transactions, involving borrowers in the manufacturing, chemical, consumer, healthcare, financial, technology, agricultural and various other industries.
    • Represented administrative agents and lenders in secured term, capex and revolving credit facilities for leveraged buyouts by private equity firms.
    • Represented the administrative agent and lead lender in syndicated, unsecured term and multi-currency revolving credit facilities aggregating US$1.45 billion in connection with the acquisition by a health insurance business of a retail business.
    • Represented administrative agents and lenders in related project financings for the construction and operation of wind power projects, with construction loans, PTC bridge loans, back-levered term loans and letter of credit facilities aggregating more than US$60 million.
    • Represented administrative agents and lenders in project financings for the construction of two related solar power projects, with construction loans and ITC bridge loans aggregating more than US$120 million, and the eventual refinance of the related portfolio with a back-levered term loan.
    • Represented the borrower in syndicated credit facilities for the joint-owner of a portfolio of pipelines, including a US$205 million back-levered term loan and a US$270 million back-levered revolving credit facility for the repurchase of equity.
    • Represented the borrower in a US$350 million back-levered, syndicated term loan facility for the joint-owner (non-managing member) of a 250 MW solar power generation station.
    • Represented a dairy cooperative as borrower in a US$100 million asset-based revolving credit facility.
    • Represented the administrative agent in syndicated, secured term and revolving credit facilities aggregating US$85 million for US and Canadian borrowers to enable an acquisition of companies outside of the US.
    • Represented the administrative agent and lead lender in a US$150 million syndicated, asset-based revolving credit facility for a leading participant in the international trade of aluminum products.
    • Represented the administrative agent in a US$80 million syndicated, senior secured revolving credit facility (quasi-ABL) for a US borrower in the aircraft industry.
    • Represented the administrative agent in connection with syndicated, senior secured term and revolving credit facilities aggregating more than US$400 million for a casino (and subsequent amendments and restatements thereof).
    • Represented the administrative agent in connection with syndicated, senior secured term and revolving credit facilities aggregating more than US$350 million (in US dollars and various alternate currencies) for US and non-US borrowers.

    Education

    • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2011
    • University of Notre Dame, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008

    Admissions

    • New York
    • Ohio
    • District of Columbia (pending)

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