William Patrick Nicholson is a debt finance partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. William’s practice focuses on the North American power industry. His clients include sponsors, investors and lenders, and he advises on project development and finance, investments (including tax equity investments), and project acquisitions and dispositions. He has significant experience with a wide range of transaction types involving wind and solar projects.


Thought Leadership


"Tax-equity Financing“ chapter, The Project Finance Law Review – Edition 3, June 2021

"New Lease Areas, Record-Breaking $4.37B Lease Sale Showcase Big Bet on the U.S. Offshore Wind Sector — What Comes Next?" Kirkland Alert, April 2022 

“Attention Shifts from a Clean Energy Bank to a Broader Infrastructure Bank,” Project Finance NewsWire, June 2011

“Just Another Day in the Neighborhood?: The Shaping of a Legal and Social Consciousness in Harlem,” University of Miami Law Review, 2009


Rising Star, New York Metro Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2020–2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011New York


  • University of Miami School of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2010

    Order of the Coif

    Senior Articles Editor, University of Miami Law Review

    Soia Mentshikoff Scholar

  • University of GeorgiaA.B.summa cum laude2006