Contact
ncastiglione@rksllp.com212.597.2815
Education

Nicole represents a wide variety of professional investors in complex and high-stakes securities and debtholder matters in federal and state courts across the nation.  Nicole’s practice focuses on value enhancing opportunities for clients through shareholder opt-out, appraisal rights, and creditors’ rights lawsuits. 

Early in her career, Nicole clerked for the Honorable Victor Ashrafi (Ret.) of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, and spent several years as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law.

Representative Matters

  • Representing multiple investors including Janus Capital Group, SunAmerica Asset Management, Brahman Capital, MSD Partners, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., Discovery Capital Management, and Incline Global Management against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and certain of its executives in a case dubbed the “pharmaceutical Enron.” 
  • Representing Fred Alger Management, LLC and HealthCor Management, L.P. against Stericycle, Inc. and certain of its executives in connection with the Company’s practice of imposing improper price increases and arbitrary fees on its customers.
  • Representing Highfields Capital Management LP against SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. and certain of its executives in connection with the Company’s misstatements regarding the effect the documentary Blackfish had on attendance at SeaWorld’s theme parks.
  • Representing a portfolio company of Vesey Street Capital Partners in a breach of contract case.
  • Represented a multi-billion dollar investment fund in an appraisal rights action against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  The matter was confidentially settled.
  • Represented multiple investors, including Cohen & Steers, Balyasny Asset Management, Jet Capital Management and Archer Capital Management against VEREIT, Inc. (f/k/a American Realty Capital Properties Inc.) and certain of its executives in connection with the Company’s accounting fraud.  The matter was confidentially settled. 
  • Represented Pennant Capital Management against Ocwen Financial Corp. and certain of its former executives.  Pennant’s claims survived both motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, and the matter was settled for a substantial premium on the eve of trial.

Publications:

Nicole is a contributor to the RKS Valuation Litigation and Shareholder Rights (VLSR) blog, a clearinghouse for news and analysis involving global issues of shareholder and investor rights, including investor’s ability to use appraisal litigation to preserve value in mergers and other corporate events.

Media:

Numerous media organizations have covered the formation of Rolnick Kramer Sadighi LLP, a “premier securities litigation boutique dedicated to serving the investment management industry, including hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity, credit, real estate and structured finance firms.” Other outlets covering the formation include: Law.com; NJBiz; Bloomberg.com; and AlternativesWatch.com.