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Matthew W. Nichols

Partner
Atlanta | 678.690.5709
Fax | 404.869.6972

Matt Nichols has worked with public finance clients for 25 years. He represents both issuers and underwriters in financings for state and local governments, health care providers, institutions of higher education, and other charitable organizations, focusing on transactions in transportation, health care, and higher education. He has played a role in more than 30 bond issues worth more than $2 billion during the past five years.

Matt derives particular professional satisfaction from working with clients on innovative transactions, including a groundbreaking student housing privatization, Georgia’s first GARVEE bond financing, a private nonprofit research university’s first taxable public offering, and a health care CFO’s first opportunity to structure his own master bond indenture in connection with a restructuring of the system’s long-term debt.

Representative Experience

  • Served as transaction counsel in connection with privatization of on-campus student housing portfolio valued at $550 million.
  • Served as special finance counsel to government sponsors of NFL and MLB professional sports stadiums.
  • Served as bond counsel to multi-jurisdiction health care system on $800 million multi-issuer, multi-mode tax-exempt acquisition financing.
  • Served as issuer’s counsel for academic health care system in connection with direct public offering of $600 million of taxable bonds. 
  • Served as finance counsel in connection with $275 million TIFIA loan for public-private partnership design-build-finance agreement.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/ White's The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta for Public Finance Law, 2018
  • Woodward/ White's The Best Lawyers in America in Public Finance Law, 2013-2019
  • Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in Public Finance/Bonds, 2016
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2008-2013
  • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005-2007

Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
  • Commission for a New Georgia, Public Finance Task Force
  • University of Georgia, Law School Association Council
  • Georgia Wildlife, Board of Directors, Past Chairman