Nicole Skalla is a partner in the Structured Credit practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the New York office. Her practice focuses on securitization and structured finance, with a particular emphasis on structured credit products and collateralized loan obligation transactions. Ms. Skalla represents investment banks, financial institutions, investment advisors, issuers, investors, and end-users in collateralized loan obligation transactions, cash, hybrid, and synthetic CDOs, and other asset-backed securities transactions. She has also represented investment banks and others in connection with credit derivative and other swap transactions and asset repackaging programs.


  • The Legal 500 USA, Structured Finance: Securitization (2021-2023)
  • Chambers Global USA Capital Markets: Securitization: CLOs (2022-2023)
  • Ranked as a top lawyer in nationwide Capital Markets: Securitization and CLOs by Chambers USA, 2018-2023
  • Recognized for Capital Markets: Securitization by Chambers Global, 2019
  • Recognized for Structured Finance: Securitization in The Legal 500, 2020
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, 2019


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
  • University of Kansas, B.A. (cum laude), 2002

Practice Areas


Global Finance

Structured Credit

LIBOR Transition

Asset-Backed Finance




New York Bar


Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2005

University of Kansas, B.A. 2000

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