Abigail S. Olsen

Abigail Sterling Olsen, an attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Project Finance and Public Finance group, works with issuers, underwriters and financial advisors on a range of public finance projects. She advises clients on public offerings and private placements serving as bond, underwriters’, disclosure, and special counsel.

What do you focus on?

Varied types of issuers

I work on financings for transportation, education, public power and environmental facilities as well as on tobacco asset securitization and other securitization transactions throughout the country, managing transactions for several of the Public Finance practice’s largest clients. These clients include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the City of Chicago’s Sales Tax Securitization Corporation, and the District of Columbia Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation.

Document drafting

I have extensive experience drafting primary financing and disclosure documents, including indentures, resolutions, official statements, escrow agreements, and continuing disclosure documents.

What do you see on the horizon?

Creative financing solutions. The recent economic environment is pushing our industry to develop new ways to finance growing infrastructure needs and meet economic challenges. I look forward to helping my clients address their financing goals and disclosure responsibilities by providing proper preparation and guidance. My goal is to navigate municipal securities and disclosure rules, address their financial needs and provide ongoing support during and between financings.

With budget in rearview, Cook County turns sights to borrowing plans

The Bond Buyer | December 22, 2020

This article mentions the firm for serving as bond counsel to Cook County, IL, in its new money and refunding deals totaling about $600 million. The NP team included Chicago partner Julie Seymour, San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs and New York City counsel Abbie Olsen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

New York State's over $2.1 PIT bond sale should see demand, analysts say

The Bond Buyer | December 14, 2020

This article mentions the firm as co-bond counsel to Empire State Development Corporation’s scheduled issuance of PIT bonds on behalf of New York State in a competitive deal to fund capital projects, for the work by New York City partner Chris Reitzel, counsel Abbie Olsen and associates Adam Gordon and Kate Stack, and Washington, D.C. partner Bruce Serchuk and associate Joel Swearingen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

SUNY seeks near-term relief with $328.5M bond deal

The Bond Buyer | July 13, 2020

This article, covering the State University of New York’s sale of $328.5 million in federally taxable dormitory facilities revenue bonds, mentions NP as bond counsel. New York City Project Finance & Public Finance partner Virginia Wong and counsel Abigail Sterling Olsen worked with SUNY on the bond sale, which is intended to offset expected declines in student housing revenue due to the pandemic.


Abigail S. Olsen


New York

Phone: 212-940-3007

Fax: 866-947-2188

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Georgetown University, B.A., cum laude

New York


Abigail Olsen is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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