Matthew W. Nichols: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Matthew W. Nichols

Mathew Nichols

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Practice Areas

  • Public Finance
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Electric Cooperatives
  • Public-Private Partnerships
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8234
University University of Georgia, B.B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude Editorial Board, Georgia Law Review
Admitted1993, Georgia

Professional Activities
Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
fellow, American College of Bond Counsel
Chairman, Board of Directors, Georgia Wildlife Federation
Member, Public Finance Options Task Force, Commission for a New Georgia

BornAcworth, Georgia, November 28, 1968

Matt Nichols represents both issuers and underwriters in public and private financings for state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, public power agencies and electric cooperatives. Matt advises issuers and other transaction participants in bond financings in the energy, airport, surface transportation, health care, education and housing sectors. During the past five years, Sutherland has served as bond counsel in over 32 separate bond issues with an aggregate principal amount in excess of $2 billion.

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises Georgia World Congress Center Authority on stadium financing options.

Sutherland represents Oglethorpe Power Corporation in $180, 380, 000 tax-exempt pollution control bond offering.

Sutherland helps WellStar Health System issue $100 million of publicly offered debt.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of public finance law (2013-2016)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2008-2013)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2005-2007)


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Eighth Circuit Upholds FERC Rule on Co-op Avoided Cost Rates
Peter A. Fozzard,Daniel E. Frank,Dorothy Black Franzoni,Jay Holloway,Matthew W. Nichols, October 8, 2015
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld the long-standing determination by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the avoided cost rate paid by a distribution cooperative for energy purchased from a qualifying cogeneration or small power production facility (QF) is...

SEC Announces First Charges Against Underwriters under MCDC Initiative
Matthew W. Nichols,Darryl F. Smith, June 24, 2015
On June 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal bond underwriters, the first enforcement actions against underwriters brought by the SEC under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative), which...

IRS Announces $281 Million Available Under New CREBs Program
Matthew W. Nichols,Darryl F. Smith, February 13, 2015
On February 3, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-12 (the Notice) which solicited applications for a third round of allocations of volume cap for new clean renewable energy bonds (New CREBs) under Section 54C of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Matthew W. Nichols

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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