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Melissa C. Schwartz

Attorney, Corporate Department


Melissa Schwartz is an attorney in the Global Finance practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Schwartz concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial lending, including troubled debt restructurings and workouts. She represents a variety of institutional lenders and finance companies, as well as private credit and specialty lenders, in a variety of complex commercial finance transactions. Her experience includes working capital credit facilities (asset-based and cash flow), acquisition financings, recapitalizations, multi-currency facilities, cross-border transactions, intercreditor arrangements (1st lien/2nd lien, split collateral and unitranche transactions), and subordination agreements. Ms. Schwartz also regularly represents agent banks and lenders in distressed credit situations, debtor-in-possession financings, and out-of-court restructuring transactions.


Ms. Schwartz has industry expertise in a broad array of business sectors, including software, healthcare, restaurants, franchise, retail, logistics, food and agribusiness, wireless communications, broadcasting, publishing, energy, and in-transit inventory.


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (with distinction, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and an extern clerk to the Honorable Julie E. Carnes, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.)
  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., 1992


  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar

Practice Areas

Financial Restructuring


Financial Services

Direct Lending and Private Credit Lending

Asset-Based Lending





District of Columbia Bar


Emory University School of Law, J.D. 1996

College of William & Mary, B.A. 1992

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