Nicholas has extensive experience in issues arising out of the financial crisis, including a range of issues relating to residential mortgage backed securities (“RMBS”) and lending practices. He has represented issuers and sponsors of RMBS in fraud and breach of contract cases, as well as federal and state securities actions. Nicholas also served as the lead associate on a trial team that defended a global financial institution during a two-week trial in the New York Supreme Court.
Nicholas is a key member of the Orrick team that represents Credit Suisse, a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company, and has represented this client in more than a dozen cases. This includes defending the client against claims brought by investors, trustees, and monoline insurance companies in connection with the purchase and sale of RMBS. Nicholas also completed a secondment at Credit Suisse, where he was in the litigation and investigations group. During this time, he worked on regulatory matters involving FINRA, the SEC, the DOJ, the CFTC, and the NY Department of Financial Services. Additionally, he handled internal investigations addressing issues such as insider trading.
Nicholas is also a member of the Orrick team representing one of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers. This engagement covers all of the company’s RMBS related legal issues. Nicholas has also represented this company in a class action lawsuit involving allegations of improper loan servicing practices.
Nicholas' experience includes: