Nicole J. Leimer



Nicole Leimer is a guide for businesses in obtaining debt financing and maximizing their value. She advises on corporate finance matters and represents public, private and private equity-backed companies with both secured and unsecured credit facility matters. She also represents private equity funds, as well as mezzanine lenders. Over the last year, Nicole worked with about a dozen public companies on their credit facilities — five for S&P Fortune 500 companies — as well as dozens of credit facilities for privately held companies, many of which are portfolio companies of private equity firms.

Corporate Finance

Nicole is experienced in acquisition finance, bridge capital call loans, subscription-lending and project finance transactions. She advises public and private companies and mezzanine, private equity and hedge funds in:

  • Securing and refinancing senior credit facilities, both secured and unsecured
  • Purchasing subordinated notes and warrants
  • Making preferred equity investments in private companies
  • Restructuring mezzanine loans into majority equity investments
  • Securing financing for portfolio companies
  • Investing in preferred equity and subordinated debt

M&A and Securities

Nicole advises on many aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions. She represents public company clients in Securities Exchange Act reporting matters and has represented both public companies and underwriters in securities transactions, including repurchases of common stock and public offerings of securities.
Nicole advises both private and public companies in the food, agriculture, biofuels, renewable energy and medical device industries.

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)

Nicole is making an impact by helping public companies navigate the swiftly evolving ESG legal landscape, particularly as it relates to sustainability-linked loans and corporate responsibility initiatives and reporting requirements, including compliance with the SEC’s conflict minerals rules.

Clients seek Nicole for ESG guidance on:

  • Sustainability-linked loans
  • Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements
  • Green Loans

Public Policy Background

Prior to her practice of law, Nicole worked in the U.S. Senate Office of Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant for appropriations, small business and housing issues.


Bar Admissions



Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. cum laude (2005)

College of Saint Benedict
B.A. summa cum laude (1998)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Borrower Strategies: Increased Interest Rates
    Republished by Reuters Practical Law the Journal, February 2024
  • What’s Market: 2023 Mid-Year Trends in Large Cap and Middle Market Loans
    Republished in the American Bar Association’s Commercial Law Newsletter, September 2023

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Hennepin County Conciliation Court Clinic
  • LEGAL Corps

Civic Activities

  • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce — Leadership Twin Cities Participant
  • Minnesota Women's Lawyers — Leadership Project
  • College of St. Benedict and St. John's University — Benedictine Law Society


  • Best Lawyers® — Banking and Finance Law, 2023-24
  • BTI Consulting Group — BTI Client Service All-Star, 2020, 2022
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • Finance & Commerce — Top Women in Finance, 2015
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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