Nandan Nelivigi | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Nandan Nelivigi
Nandan Nelivigi

Nandan Nelivigi

Partner, New York

“He is phenomenal, the quality of turnaround and documentation is excellent.” Sources describe him as “really, really smart and detail-oriented.”

Chambers Global 2016


Nandan focuses on the development and financing of major energy and infrastructure projects.

Nandan has advised lenders and developers in complex energy, infrastructure, and project finance transactions across the globe. He has represented banks, export credit agencies and underwriters in the financing of conventional and renewable energy projects — including some of the largest natural gas plants, wind energy and solar farms and ethanol plants in the world — as well as petrochemical facilities and other infrastructure projects in the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

In addition, as the head of White & Case's global India practice, Nandan has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, joint venture, private equity and other corporate transactions involving India.

Nandan's work relating to India involves advising foreign investors, including private equity funds, fund sponsors, private and public companies, investment banks and commercial lenders, in connection with their investments in India, and their loans to companies based in the country. Dual-qualified in New York and India, he draws on his wide-ranging transactional experience to advise Indian companies on their international investments and capital-raising activities. Major cross-border deals he has worked on include the largest ever cross-border M&A transaction between India and China.

Nandan's track record in India, and in territories across the globe, has led to him being regularly ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Projects and Infrastructure, and in Corporate/ M&A, by respected legal publications including Chambers (Band 1), The Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Bar Council of Karnataka, India


  • LLM, Harvard Law School
  • BA/LLB (Hons.), National Law School of India University


  • English
  • Kannada


Project Finance:
Calpine Steamboat Power Financing

Nandan represented Calpine Corp. in the $488 million refinancing of a portfolio of power projects consisting of a 720 MW project in Alabama and a 241 MW project in Texas.

PJM Power Project Financings

Nandan is representing lenders in the financing or refinancing of multiple power projects in the PJM market.

Morgan Stanley

Nandan represented Morgan Stanley in the US$246 million term loan B financing for Windsor Financing, LLC, an affiliate of Energy Investors Fund, which owns two coal-fired power plants in Virginia and North Carolina.

Los Esteros power project

Nandan led multi-office team that represented Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, in the US$373 million financing for the construction and expansion of a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation facility in San Jose, California.

Russell City power project

Nandan led a team that represented Russell City Energy Company, LLC, 75%-owned by Calpine Corporation and 25%-owned by an affiliate of GE Energy Financial Services, in the US$845 million construction financing of a natural gas-fired, combined cycle power generation facility in the city of Hayward, CA.

Wind energy farms

Nandan represented a number of banks and underwriters in the financing of a number of wind energy farms, including (i) the 300 MW Stateline wind energy farm in Washington and Oregon and (ii) four groundbreaking Rule 144A bond financing of portfolios of wind farms (16 wind farms with a total capacity exceeding 1,100 MWs) located in 15 different states in the United States.

Solar energy project

Nandan represented Bayerische Landesbank as the arranger of a US$59 million construction loan and a US$33 million investment tax credit bridge loan for a 30 MW AC/35 MW DC ground-mounted photovoltaic solar power plant in Webberville, Texas.

Calpine Corporation power projects

Nandan represented subsidiaries of Calpine Corporation in (i) the US$498 million limited recourse financing comprising the 241 MW Freeport Energy Center in Texas and the 375 MW Mankato Energy Center in Minnesota, and (ii) the equity acquisition and refinancing relating to the 870 MW Broad River Generation Facility in South Carolina and the 520 MW South Point Generation Facility in Arizona.

Ethylene Cracker

Nandan represented US Ex-Im Bank in the US$1.55 billion financing of Q-Chem II ethylene cracker and petrochemical derivative facilities in Qatar.

California Power Projects

Nandan represented BNP Paribas and other underwriters in the limited recourse 144A bond financing of a portfolio of three natural gas-fired power plants in California.

Natural Gas Power Project

Nandan represented CIT/Newcourt Capital in the construction financing of a natural gas-fired power plant in California.

Brazilian Power Project

Nandan represented US Ex-Im Bank in the limited recourse financing of a 470 MW natural gas-fired power project in Brazil.

India (M&A and Private Equity):
Sale of Stake in Power Business

Nandan led the team that represented GMR Group in the sale of a 30% stake in its energy business to Tenaga Nasional Berhad for $300 million.

Asset Reconstruction Company

Nandan represented J.C. Flowers & Co. in a joint venture with Ambit in establishing an asset reconstruction company focused on investments in distressed assets in India.

Sale of Stake in an International Airport

Nandan led a multi-practice and multi-office team that advised GMR Infrastructure Limited, an Indian infrastructure company, and its group companies on the sale of their 40 percent stake in Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen (ISG) International Airport, one of the fastest-growing airports in the world. The stake was acquired by an affiliate of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), an existing shareholder in ISG, for €225 million, subject to certain adjustments.

Sale of Stake in a Singapore Power Project

Nandan led a multijurisdictional team that advised GMR Infrastructure Ltd., and its subsidiary GMR Infrastructure (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (GMR), on the sale of its 70 percent stake in GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (GMRE). The stake was acquired by FPM Power Holdings Limited for approximately US$600 million. FPM is a joint venture between First Pacific Company Limited and Meralco PowerGen Corporation.Prior to that, Nandan also represented GMR in its sale of a 30 percent stake in GMRE to Petronas.

Sale of Stake in InterGen N.V.

Nandan led the international team of lawyers that advised on GMR Group's US$1.232 billion sale of its 50% stake in the global power generation company, InterGen N.V., to China Huaneng Group, China's largest power generation company. The largest ever cross-border M&A transaction between India and China to date, this transaction won a number of industry awards.

Pharmaceuticals Joint Venture

Nandan advised Merck & Co., Inc. in its joint venture with Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., a listed Indian pharmaceutical company, to develop and commercialize branded generics in emerging markets.

Acquisition of Stake in Homeland Mining and Energy SA

Nandan represented GMR Energy in the US155 million acquisition of a strategic stake in Homeland Mining and Energy SA, a coal mining company in South Africa, from Homeland Energy Group.

Private Equity Investments

Nandan represented AIG Global Real Estate, Starwood Capital, LBREP, GID Investment Advisers, Samsara Fund Advisors, Tudor Capital, AIREA Capital Investors, Oman Investment Fund and a number of other private equity funds, in making private equity investments in India's real estate, media, financial and other sectors.

India (Financings):
Rajasthan solar power project

Nandan represented the international lenders in the financing of Reliance Power's US$392 million Rajasthan Sun Technique solar power project in the state of Rajasthan, India, one of the largest solar projects in India. The financing for this project was provided by Asian Development Bank, FMO and US Ex-Im Bank, together with Indian commercial bank, Axis Bank.

Jubilant Pharma/IFC

Nandan represented Jubilant Life Sciences and Jubilant Pharma in a multi-tranche financing by International Finance Corporation.

Singapore Power Project

Nandan represented GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in the approximately US$1 billion construction and term financing of an 800 MW greenfield power project in Singapore.

Loan restructuring

Nandan represented KBC Bank in the restructuring of its US$128 million loan to Archimedes Holdings, LLC, a fund with investments in various real estate assets in India.

Dabhol Power Project

Nandan represented Indian and international secured lenders (ABN AMRO, CSFB, ANZ, Citibank, IDBI, ICICI Bank and others) in the financing and multiple restructurings of the Dabhol power project in India, an approximately 2,200 MW natural gas-fired power project and LNG regasification plant.

Speaking Engagements

"Foreign Investment in India's Real Estate", Real Estate Investors' Forum,
New York

"Doing Business in India: Critical Legal Issues for US Companies", Practicing Law Institute's course, Presentation

"Key Issues in Cross-Border M&A Transactions in India", Computer Law Association annual conference,
Bangalore, India


  • New Companies Act: Bad for Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors, The Deal, 2014
  • India's New Corporate Law: Challenges in Structuring Private Equity Investments, EMPEA Legal and Regulatory Bulletin, 2014
  • Navigating India: Lessons for Foreign Investors, White & Case publication, November 2014, (co-author, with George Cyriac, Jonathan Olier, Aloke Ray and Dipen Sabharwal)
  • Island Hopping to India: Mauritius, Cyprus and Singapore, India Business Law Journal, 2007
  • Cross-Border M&A Transactions in India, BNA International, 2006, (co-author, with Ramya Seetharaman)
  • Infrastructure Project Finance in India: Recent Developments, BNA International, 2006, (co-author, with Christopher Krishnamoorthy and Doug Peel)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Global 2015, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

Corporate/M&A - India

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

Projects & Energy - India

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2015

Corporate/M&A - USA

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2015

Projects - USA

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 2014, IFLR 1000 2014