Nicholas J. Spiliotes

Co-Chair, Finance Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Nicholas J. Spiliotes

Nicholas J. Spiliotes

Co-Chair, Finance Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP


Nicholas Spiliotes is Co-Chair of the firm's Finance Department and has over 25 years of experience in international project finance, cross-border corporate transactions in emerging markets and domestic general corporate matters. He has particular expertise in the energy, financial services, and information technology sectors. He has served as lenders' or investors' counsel on projects in Turkey, India, Qatar, Egypt, Colombia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Afghanistan. On the domestic side, he advises clients on renewable energy project financings, credit card and receivables programs and transactions, services contracts, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Spiliotes has decades of experience advising clients on national security compliance matters involving foreign investment approvals (CFIUS); Department of Defense and Department of Energy foreign investment approvals under the National Industrial Security Program; and U.S. sanctions and embargoes (OFAC), including certain enforcement matters, relating to a broad range of industries, products and transactions.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Spiliotes served as Chair of Morrison & Foerster's 520 lawyer Business Department. He served as firm-wide Managing Partner for Operations from 1997 to 2000, and as Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 1997.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Spiliotes served in the U.S. government as a junior staff member of the National Security Council at the White House, and in the U.S. Foreign Service as a Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

SoftBank Group Corp. / Sprint Corporation

Advise SoftBank Group Corp. on U.S. national security matters, including with respect to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in connection with SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint Corporation and ongoing regulatory matters. (2013 to date)

Export-Import Bank of the United States / Ecopetrol S.A. of Colombia

Represent U.S. Ex-Im Bank in a $420 million long-term and a $427 million medium-term financing for the export of U.S. oil and gas equipment to Ecopetrol for upgrading its Barrancabermeja Refinery and for use throughout the Ecopetrol pipeline distribution system. (2011-2013)

India / U.S. Life Sciences Strategic Alliance

Represent Indian pharmaceutical company in strategic alliance with U.S. Nasdaq-listed company, and client investment in U.S. Co.; entered into $50 million joint venture in India with U.S. Co. for research and development, manufacturing and marketing in India of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and biologic diagnostic products. (2009)

India International Arbitration

Successfully settled an international arbitration on favorable terms for our client. The dispute involved the law of three jurisdictions (England, Mauritius, and India) and minority shareholder rights. (2007-2009)

Qatar / Polysilicon Purification Project

Represent U.S. developer and co-counsel to Qatar project company in the development of $550 million photovoltaic polysilicon purification plant, including negotiation of joint venture agreements, project contracts, and related matters. (2007-2009)

Alaska Gas Pipeline Joint Venture

Represent State of Alaska in negotiations to form a joint venture with major Alaska North Slope producers to develop a $30 billion pipeline bringing Alaskan gas through Canada to the lower 48 states. Develop financing plan, including possible use of U.S. government guarantees. (2004-2006)

Turkish Power Projects

Since 1995, represent export credit agency lenders in over $2.5 billion of financings for five power projects in Turkey, providing over 20% of the country's installed electrical capacity. Also, represent export credit agencies in financing power projects in Columbia and Guatemala.

Telecommunications Corporate Joint Venture

Represent developer in $100 million wireless telecommunications corporate joint venture with Afghan Ministry of Communications. (2004-2005)

U.S. / Uganda Infectious Disease Research Facility

Represent U.S. developer of $4 million university-based infectious disease clinic in Kampala, Uganda with financing from U.S. pharmaceutical company. (2002-2003)

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Co-Chair, Finance Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Class of 1985

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

Class of 1979

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Class of 1977

Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. It is located in Williamstown, MA, USA.

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Co-Chair, Finance Department

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Their name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that they do. They are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

Junior Staff Member

The National Security Council is the President's principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the Council's function has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies.

Special Assistant, Office of the United States Representative to the United Nations

The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

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Former Senator from New York


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Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile US, Inc. purchase Sprint Corp. from SoftBank Group Corp.

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Global Logistic Properties Ltd., Western Logistics LLC purchase Industrial Income Trust, Inc.

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GIC Pte Ltd., Global Logistic Properties Ltd. purchase IndCor Properties, Inc. from The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
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