Mr. Nicolaides is described as "a real advocate in a restructuring, he certainly gets the message across and works very much for you in the transaction, he has an understanding of the intricacies and is a very capable lawyer."Chambers UK 2014

C. Mark Nicolaides


Mark Nicolaides retired from the partnership on June 30, 2018. He specialized in structured finance. His experience has encompassed a broad range of transaction types and asset classes, both cash and synthetic, involving iPhone operating leases and residual values, supplier financing, longevity risk, IP royalty streams, insurance receivables, multi-country trade receivables, and other loan and lease receivables, among others. He has been commended or highly commended in four of the past eight years by the Financial Times in its Innovative Lawyer Awards (ILA):

  • Securitizing iPhone leases and residual values (FT ILA 2016)
  • Punch Taverns WBS restructuring (FT ILA 2015)
  • Advising banks on regulatory capital rules (FT ILA 2010)
  • Pensions : First longevity securitisation (FT ILA 2008)

In recognition of his “numerous firsts in the finance industry,” in 2016 the Financial Times recognized Mr. Nicolaides as a Top 10 Innovative Individual thanks to his “deep knowledge of capital markets” and “ability to grasp the dynamics of rules governing them."

In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Nicolaides is considered one of the leading experts in the Basel II Regulatory Capital Accord and the Basel III modifications to that Accord, and has worked closely with clients and regulatory bodies in connection with the development and adoption of Basel II and Basel III within the EU. In that regard, Mr. Nicolaides is the author of "Regulatory Capital Requirements for European Banks–Implications of Changing Markets and a New Regulatory Environment."

  • Education
    • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1980
    • BA, Cornell University, 1976
      with distinction in all subjects
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