Andrea L. Nicolas
Andrea Nicolás represents investment banks and issuers in a variety of public and private finance transactions in the U.S. and internationally.


Ms. Nicolás' experience includes initial public offerings and other equity offerings as well as high-yield and investment grade debt offers and restructuring transactions such as exchange offers. She also applies her scientific background and her knowledge of corporate law in advising clients in the areas of biotechnology and health care at all stages of corporate development. Ms. Nicolás advises clients in a number of areas, including disclosure issues, corporate governance, compliance with securities laws and general corporate matters. She was named as a Rising Star in IFLR1000 2017, as one of The American Lawyer’s 2015 Dealmakers of the Year for advising NextEra Energy Inc. on its $467 million yieldco IPO, and as one of Latinvex’s 2017 and 2016 Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America.

Significant representations include:

  • Talen Energy Supply, LLC, an energy and power generation company, in its private placement of investment-grade debt and concurrent tender offer;
  • Shelf Drilling International Holdings, Ltd., a newly formed global provider of shallow water drilling services sponsored by Castle Harlan, Inc., CHAMP Private Equity and Lime Rock Partners, in the financing of its $1.05 billion acquisition of an international fleet of offshore drilling rigs from Transocean Ltd., its debt-for-debt exchange offer and an equity private placement and Norwegian OTC listing;
  • NextEra Energy Partners, LP, a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by NextEra Energy, Inc. to own and operate clean energy projects, in its initial public offering of common units representing limited partner interests;
  • 8point3 Energy Partners LP, a joint venture growth-oriented limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower to own, operate and acquire solar energy generation projects, in its initial public offering;
  • Patheon N.V., a leading global provider of outsourced pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services, in its initial public offering;
  • SunEdison, Inc. in the ongoing restructuring of its outstanding debt;
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup in the private placement of high-yield notes of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp.; and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan in connection with a debt-for-debt exchange offer and a related private placement of high-yield notes;
  • Travelport Limited in the out-of-court restructuring of its indirect parent (a transaction that was named as the “Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion)” for 2013 by The M&A Advisor) and in the initial public offering of the common stock of its subsidiary, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.;
  • CIT Group Inc. in the restructuring of its outstanding debt, including a debt exchange as part of prepackaged bankruptcy. In its 2010 “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report, the Financial Times cited Skadden’s work on this matter among its “highly commended” restructurings;
  • Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in its initial public offering and follow-on offering;
  • BeyondSpring Inc. in its initial public offering;
  • Macrocure Ltd. in its initial public offering;
  • Barclays and Jefferies in the initial public offering of Rewalk Robotics Ltd.; and
  • J.P. Morgan and Citigroup in the initial public offering of Prosensa Holding B.V.



  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1998 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 1995
  • B.S., Microbiology, State University of Maryland at College Park, 1989


  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Andrea L. Nicolas