Corporate Trust

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder has an active and sophisticated corporate trust practice, serving as counsel to the leading corporate trustees worldwide. We advise our corporate trust clients in all aspects of their trust, custodial, administrative and agency business. Our clients turn to us for advice in a wide variety of situations, including transaction closings and post-closing and administration issues.


An interdisciplinary team of lawyers provides a full range of services to corporate trustees across the spectrum of all types and phases of transactions and corporate trust activities, including:

  • structured finance matters, including residential and commercial mortgages, equipment leases, automobile loans, credit cards, trade accounts and other loanbacked vehicles, including CLOs and CDOs.
  • escrow and specialized agency transactions, including exchange and paying agencies, account bank roles, and collateral agencies;
  • corporate debt transactions, including high yield, TIA-qualified, and privately placed debt, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, and cross border transactions;
  • municipal financings, including industrial development, housing bond programs, health care and educational facility projects, and other types of tax exempt and taxable bond transactions;
  • default administration, bankruptcies and litigation, including loan and note defaults, municipal bond defaults, project finance workouts and bankruptcies involving securitizations.


Our attorneys are seasoned and knowledgeable, counseling corporate trust service providers regarding the nature and satisfaction of their document-based duties and fiduciary responsibilities. We also have a broad understanding of the latest developments in the legal, administrative and transactional environment in which corporate trustees operate.

The range of services we provide is complete across the spectrum and includes:

  • Structuring transactions in a manner that minimizes legal risk to the trustee and maximizes administrative efficiencies;
  • Providing constructive participation in new transactions, with an emphasis on responsiveness;
  • Providing best practices advice;
  • Providing experienced counsel in resolving complex administration issues;
  • Providing experienced and measured advice in all aspects of default administration;
  • Providing bankruptcy counsel with experience and knowledge about issues that are specific to the administration of corporate trust matters in bankruptcy and to the protection of the corporate trustee’s own interests in such proceedings;
  • Providing regulatory and corporate advice to corporate trustees that are broadly informed by an understanding of the state and federal regulatory environment in which corporate trustees operate.

At Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, we are guided by principles of responsiveness, cost efficiency and accuracy. Our corporate trust attorneys have placed their primary focus on representation and protection of corporate trustees, striving to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations in a challenging market.

Representative Transactions

  • Served as counsel to two large financial institutions in prosecuting their claims against Lehman Brothers in connection with defaults occurring under securitized residential mortgage loans for which the financial institutions served as trustee.
  • Served as counsel to three large financial institutions in connection with the sale of over $60 billion in mortgage servicing rights from Aurora Loan Services LLC, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, to Nationstar Mortgage LLC.
  • Served as counsel to two large financial institutions in connection with a resignation and appointment of a successor indenture trustee and a successor Delaware trustee on multiple Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch residential mortgage-backed securitization programs.
  • Advised the corporate trust business of a large financial institution on administrative and other compliance matters relating to a change in rating status, including obtaining rating agency confirmations in connection therewith.
  • Served as counsel to the onshore and offshore Collateral Trustees in the liquidation proceedings of a Jordanian telecommunications company.
  • Served as litigation counsel to a large financial institution in connection with a lawsuit by a stockholder in a merger transaction for which the financial institution served as exchange and paying agent.
  • Advised the corporate trust business of a large financial institution on numerous regulatory and compliance matters, including Regulation AB, CPO, Rule 17g-5, TIA matters, and proposed changes to rating agency guidelines.
  • Counseled the corporate trust businesses of multiple large financial institutions on internal matters, including drafting form documents, providing legal and risk analysis of new transactions, and developing policies and procedures.
  • Represented an indenture trustee on multiple asset-backed securitization transactions with large auto and equipment lease issuers.
  • Represented financial institutions on numerous domestic and cross-border escrow and specialized agency transactions for which the financial institutions served as escrow agent, exchange and paying agent, collateral agent, and depositary bank.
  • Advised a large financial institution on potential acquisitions.
  • Served as counsel to multiple large financial institutions as trustee on over sixty municipal financings.

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Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity

EEO Policy:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder is committed to equal employment opportunity in the workplace. Individuals are recruited, hired, and promoted for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, genetic information, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or ancestry. We will provide a work place environment that is free of discrimination, prejudice and bias.

Commitment to Diversity:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder believes that diversity is important to our success as a law firm as well as our individual and professional growth. A diverse and dynamic work force strengthens our firm by helping us attract individuals with exceptional talents and abilities, resulting in the delivery of the highest quality services to our clients. Our firm supports the recruitment and advancement of individuals of diverse backgrounds who represent the make-up of the broad communities which we serve and in which we live. We actively promote diversity both through our recruiting activities and our emphasis on acceptance of diversity in the workplace. To further these goals, the firm has an active Diversity Committee. Chaired by a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, the Diversity Committee is composed of lawyers and non-lawyers who are dedicated to improving the Firm's workforce through diversity initiatives.

Charge to the Diversity Committee:
The Diversity Committee is charged with the responsibility of cultivating a positive work environment in which individuals of diverse backgrounds are provided opportunities for growth and advancement.

Goals and Responsibilities of the Diversity Committee:

  • Facilitate a firm-wide understanding of Firm policy as it pertains to diversity
  • Recommend educational programs pertaining to diversity issues to educate lawyers and staff
  • Recommend strategies to recruit and retain lawyers and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Recommend operational, cultural and firm policy changes that will foster a positive and diverse work environment
  • Participate in community activities relating to workplace and law firm diversity
  • Submit an annual report, with recommendations for enhancements to our diversity initiatives, to the Executive Committee

 Boston Lawyers Group
The firm is a member of the Boston Lawyers Group, (BLG) ( BLG is a consortium of local law firms, corporate law departments and governmental legal services organizations dedicated to making the legal community in Boston a reflection of the city itself. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder proudly supports BLG’s efforts in encouraging its members to recruit, develop, advance and retain attorneys of color.

Programs for Students
The Firm supports the improvement of diversity in the legal community and beyond. Within our formal Summer Associate Program, the Firm actively recruits talented law students of color.

Other related programs include:
The firm was the host of the first Boston Lawyers Group seminar for law students of color in Providence, RI, on March 30, 2005, including several interactive sessions led by leaders of BLG law firms in Rhode Island.

The Firm also participates in the BLG Summer Internship program, offering a summer experience for promising undergraduates from diverse backgrounds interested in exploring the legal field.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series, Roger Williams University Ralph R.Papitto School of Law
The Firm is the sponsor of the annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series at Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law. The most recent lecture in the series was held on April 6, 2006 and featured Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Dr. Austin's lecture entitled "Documenting Injustices:  Katrina, Class, and Visual Legal Advocacy focused on race and class in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Prior lectures featured David B. Wilkins marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

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