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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘very reachable’ team is ‘always able to mobilize quickly to review and negotiate documents, especially at minimal notice and in matters where deadlines are tight’. The firm also has ‘an excellent understanding of market standards’ and is ‘efficient at identifying business risks, effectively advising the client with a view to achieving a favorable outcome’. The practice group is noted for its strengths in the hospitality and technology sectors, having closed a number of debt and equity transactions involving landmark hotels, tech offices and other units within the last year. Notable work included advising Alecta on its $1.7bn sale of a portfolio of assets to Blackstone, a transaction completed as part of Alecta’s strategic exit from the US market, and acting for Westbrook Partners and Atlas Capital on the $500m refinancing of the development of St John’s Terminal in New York. Michael McAndrews heads the practice in Los Angeles, where Gerard Walsh is also a key figure. Michael Liever and Marshall Brozost are the names to note in San Francisco and New York respectively.

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s longstanding track record representing technology companies in litigated antitrust matters is illustrated by the fact that it has acted for Microsoft for more than 20 years; Robert Rosenfeld, Russell Cohen, Washington DC-based practice head Jay Jurata and others are working with Canadian counsel to defend the client against an indirect purchaser class action in British Columbia. Howard Ullman is acting for Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the circa $4bn DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation. An area of strength of the practice is antitrust/patent litigation; Ullman represented Masimo Corporation in antitrust claims and counterclaims arising from patent litigation with Philips in 2016. Outside of the technology sector, the firm is defending Delta Dental of California in a circa $100m class action brought by the California Dental Association and certain individual dentists over changes Delta Dental made to contracts with Delta dentists. Named individuals are San Francisco based except where otherwise stated.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is viewed by many clients as a destination firm for merger control work. In the technology sector, names such as Microsoft, Apigee and Cisco have hired the firm specifically to handle the antitrust aspects of complex M&A transactions. Key figures in the team include James Tierney and Alex Okuliar, who together led the advice to Planet Labs on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Google’s Terra Bella satellite business. The firm also attracts work from sectors outside of technology, including healthcare, food products and industrial machinery. Okuliar and of counsel Patricia Zeigler advised Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka Pharmaceutical on antitrust issues associated with its acquisition of Neurovance. Jay Jurata leads the group, which also includes Garret Rasmussen. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘extremely talented’ duo Joshua Rosenkranz and Eric Shumsky boasts ‘exceptional courtroom demeanor and presentation skills’, driving Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘high-end’ practice. The group combines ‘advice of the highest caliber’ with a ‘deep bench’ and ‘outstanding level of service’ to assist major players in the technology and financial services sectors as well as state and local governments. Robert Loeb (‘a great lawyer with a talent for identifying key issues that matter to judges’) successfully argued for dismissal of the multibillion-dollar RMBS proceedings brought against Credit Suisse by US Bank; case is currently pending at the New York Court of Appeals. Other highlights included securing two Federal Circuit victories for Apple, thus reversing the decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Mark Davies and Rosenkranz led the advice). Kelsi Corkran and Brian Goldman are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Joshua Rosenkranz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a ‘force to be reckoned with’ for corporate representations, and is highly respected for its monitorship work. In San Francisco, ‘top attorney’ Pamela Davis, and Lily Becker are noted for their expertise in Asia Pacific and Latin America. In New York, ‘fierce advocate’ Guy Singer, who is ‘technically expert’ in AML and other white-collar matters, represented Zimmer Biomet Holdings in DOJ and SEC investigations into potential FCPA violations, successfully obtaining declinations. In Washington DC, well-regarded FCPA expert William Jacobson was selected, alongside Singer, by the DOJ and SEC to serve as the independent compliance monitor of Braskem as part of the settlement of the Operation Carwash investigation. The firm merged with securities litigation boutique Morvillo LLP in January 2018, adding Richard Morvillo and Gregory Morvillo, both of whom are expert in handling SEC enforcement actions.

Leading lawyers

Pamela Davis - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP stands out for the breadth of its commercial litigation capabilities. With litigators based on the East and West coasts, it has the scope to handle complex disputes on multiple fronts, affecting companies in various sectors of the economy. 2017 saw the team achieving a string of successes; for longstanding client Union Carbide, a cross-office team led by Morton Dubin and Kristen Fournier in New York and Orange County-based Khai LeQuang secured a major victory in asbestos-related litigation, receiving a jury verdict in the client’s favor. Other litigators who have obtained impressive results for clients recently include Richard Jacobsen and Peter Bicks in New York and Barry Levin, who splits his time between New York and San Francisco. Christina Guerola Sarchio moved to Dechert LLP.

Leading lawyers

Peter Bicks - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Leading trial lawyers

Peter Bicks - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Peter Bicks’s expertise spans not only general commercial disputes, including RICO and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, but also product liability and intellectual property trials. Bicks represented KBC Bank in a $1.5bn RICO claim filed by Lazare Kaplan and first-chaired a bench trial in the Southern District of New York. In addition to handling the penalty and remedies phase of a trial involving allegations of telemarketing violations against DISH, Bicks managed contractual and intellectual property violation claims against Bayer for Dow AgroSciences.

Leading trial lawyers

Peter Bicks - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Lynne Hermle - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘excellent’ mass tort practice is co-headed by ‘top-notch litigator’ Richard Jacobsen, San Francisco-based Darren Teshima and Kristen Fournier, ‘a very gifted attorney in multiple aspects of litigation, who has a knack for developing creative solutions to very difficult problems’. Led by Fournier, John Ewald and the highly recommended Morton Dubin, the team recently obtained two settlements for longstanding client Dow Chemical, concerning claims alleging that exposure to chemicals at the workplace led two plaintiffs to develop cancer and bronchiolitis obliterans, respectively. The group recently added Johnson & Johnson to its client base, which also includes Union Carbide, China National Building Material and Teck Metals. All named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise noted.

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPmakes good judgments about legal strategy and includes seasoned lawyers alongside strong mid-career junior partners and associates with experience in regulatory investigations and litigation’. Practice head James Kramer and star senior associate Alex Talarides in San Francisco achieved a victory for PayPal Holdings in a class action initiated after the Federal Trade Commission announced an investigation into whether the company, through its Venmo service, was engaged in deceptive or unfair practices. The case was voluntarily dismissed. Experienced trial lawyer Robert Varian led the defense of natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy in a class action arising from a debt exchange offer. The case was dismissed with prejudice in early 2017. Los Angeles-based Michael Tu handled high-profile cases for former Viacom executive Sumner Redstone. He obtained the dismissal of a class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Clients describe Paul Rugani in Seattle as ‘one of the brightest lawyers’. The firm hired the entire 15-lawyer team of Morvillo LLP, all of whom specialize in securities litigation and white-collar matters.

Next generation lawyers

Alex Talarides - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The national group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a strong West Coast footprint, which calls upon experienced teams in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, and it also benefits from a solid New York presence. Issuer-side mandates dominate the firm’s debt work and it is particularly active for life sciences, technology and public sector clients. San Francisco’s Brett Cooper acts on a significant proportion of the firm’s headline debt transactions and recently advised Nova Chemicals on a $1bn notes offering. He also assisted Pacific Gas and Electric with its dual-tranche offering of notes totaling $600m. In New York, Stephen Ashley acted for ITR Concession Company on its $850m notes offering. Other representative clients include Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Levi Strauss and the Public Finance Authority.

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Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to managers - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘immensely responsive’ group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP finds favor for its ability to ‘remain flexible and not impose an overly rigid idea of how things should work’. The practice, which is particularly well known for its expertise in technology and telecoms, has a strong presence across all the key hubs in California and also benefits from a robust New York office. In San Francisco, Karen Dempsey is ‘experienced, smart and especially open-minded’ and advised new client Granite Point Mortgage Trust on its $205m IPO. Among the New York team’s highlights, global department chair Christopher Austin acted for Ladenburg Thalmann & Co as underwriter on a follow-on offering by Axsome Therapeutics. San Francisco partners Brett Cooper and Andrew Thorpe are also noted.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has great depth of experience in transportation financings, particularly in relation to light rail, and the New York office continued to be active in this space, both for procuring entities and sponsors. Young Lee and Richard Chirls are advising the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the financing of the redevelopment of the Hudson River underwater rail crossings and associated infrastructure; and practice co-head Daniel Mathews is acting for New York State Urban Development in connection with the financing for phase 2 of the Moynihan Train Hall redevelopment project. The practice also excels at renewable projects, where highlights included Washington DC-based Paul Zarnowiecki and Christopher Gladbach assisting a client with the finance for a hybrid wind and solar project to provide energy for the US Army at Fort Hood, Texas. In the conventional power space, Houston-based practice chair Blake Winburne advised NRG Energy on the financing of the 600MW Carlsbad Energy Center in San Diego.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Based on ‘excellent business understanding and industry knowledge’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s diverse municipal finance, bankruptcy and restructuring practice has a strong standing on both the East and West coast. In Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, the team was engaged by Scoggin Capital and Tilden Park Capital Management, who in aggregate hold nearly $1bn in Senior COFINA bonds, to strategize for immediate payment of bond debt. On the debtor-side, California-based senior council Marc Levinson leads the team representing the City of Beaumont in out-of-court restructuring following the indictment of previous city officers for financial crimes. In this matter, the team successfully achieved a settlement agreement which enabled the city to avoid a chapter 9 filing. Raniero D’Aversa heads the practice from the New York office. Other key names to note include fellow New York attorney Lorraine McGowen and Douglas Mintz in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Marc Levinson - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Douglas Mintz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
Structured finance: derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is among the leading firms in the area of tender option bonds and has extensive experience of structuring equity and commodity-linked derivatives. A team including Al Sawyers and Robert Moyle regularly advises sponsors in municipal bond repackaging programs. Nikiforos Mathews acts for Microsoft Corporation in all of its major derivatives transactions, and has also advised a foreign bank on US and European sanctions concerning its activity in structured products. Alan Knoll chairs the structured finance department. Goldman Sachs and Prosper Marketplace are among the group’s clients.

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Structured finance: securitization
Structured finance: securitization - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is among the most active firms in terms of deal volume, with experience across the full range of ABS structures, including esoteric assets such as PACE bonds. The team has deep experience of RMBS and CMBS transactions; Leah Sanzari advised Banc of America Securities on its government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) platforms, which includes securitizations and re-securitizations backed by residential, multi-family and reverse mortgages. Al Sawyers and Robert Moyle assisted Sallie Mae Bank with its first issuance of private education loan-backed notes to comply with US and EU risk retention requirements. In another notable transaction, senior counsel Katharine Crost acted as issuer’s counsel for the City of New York in relation to a securitization backed by roughly 4,000 individual tax liens for unpaid real property taxes and water and sewage charges. Alan Knoll heads the practice, which includes William Cullen.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP significantly strengthened its practice with the hire of LNG experts Lisa Tonery and Erik Swenson, both previously at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. In recent highlights, the practice advised NOVA Chemicals Corporation on regulatory aspects of the purchase of 88.5% ownership interest in the Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant, from Williams Partners. On the natural gas side, the team is assisting Cheniere Energy with the authorization process of a LNG export project and is representing Freeport LNG Development in FERC proceedings related to the construction and operation of the first LNG liquefaction and export terminal authorized in Texas.

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Energy transactions: conventional power
Energy: transactions: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s diverse practice handles project development, finance and M&A for a range of IPPs, investment funds and Federal entities. In Houston, co-chair Blake Winburne is acting for LS Power on the $480m acquisition of two gas-fired peaking facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, while in New York, co-chair Tara Higgins advised GE Energy Financial Services on the sale of a partial stake in the CPV Towantic Energy Center in Connecticut. The other main contact is San Francisco-based co-chair Mark Weitzel.

Leading lawyers

Blake Winburne - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP enters the ranking on the back of the opening of its Houston office in January 2016. The new office acts for an impressive roster of energy clients, and in one highlight Joe Roger advised Statoil on the $407m disposal of its upstream oil and gas assets in the Marcellus basin. Blake H. Winburne, Jonathan Ayre and Brad Gathright are additional contacts.

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Energy: renewable/alternative
Energy: renewable/alternative - ranked: tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields a strong offering in San Francisco, that includes practice heads Mark Weitzel and Les Sherman and senior associate Wolfram Pohl; the named partners are advising EDF Renewables on its acquisition and tax equity financing of First Solar’s 179MW Switch Station solar project in Nevada. The practice also has considerable depth in Houston where Matthew Archer handled a range of mandates including advising EDP Renewables on the development of a 200MW wind farm in Mexico, while on the finance side George Humphrey acted for Sky Solar Holdings on the finance for six solar photovoltaic projects in Uruguay. Additional key figures include Houston-based practice co-head Blake Winburne, Dahl Thompson (also in Houston), and the ‘impressive’ Christopher Moore, who is based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Christopher Moore - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mark Weitzel - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Wolfram Pohl - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is adept at handling mandates for policyholders, particularly in the technology and finance sectors. Barry Levin, who is based in the New York and San Francisco offices, is representing Credit Suisse Securities USA and related entities in numerous lawsuits brought by monoline insurers and trustees of several RMBS trusts, and is representing IEC Corporation in a coverage case relating to primary and excess insurance policies issued by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. Darren Teshima, who co-heads the team with Levin, represented Pacific Pulmonary Services (PPS) in a coverage action brought against PPS’s D&O insurer seeking defense coverage related to an underlying False Claims Act investigation. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Khai LeQuang in Orange County has ‘very good commercial understanding’ and is ‘well connected in the market’. Russell Cohen, Sacramento-based Thomas Welsh and Stephen Foresta in New York are also key contacts. Individuals are based in San Francisco unless otherwise indicated.

Leading lawyers

Barry Levin - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP stands out for its copyright advisory practice and its ability to handle major technology-related copyright litigation for foreign and domestic corporates. The firm has particularly deep expertise in the copyrightability of software and the application of the fair use doctrine. ‘Tough and reliable litigator’ Annette Hurst in San Francisco, ‘brilliant advocate’ Joshua Rosenkranz in New York and Kelsi Corkran in Washington DC were lead counsel to Oracle in the latest phase of its multibillion-dollar dispute with Google regarding its use of Oracle’s Java software, which after the client’s sussessful appeal is now set for retrial. Denise Mingrone in Silicon Valley, where the firm has a significant presence, is representing Synopsys in a number of high-value suits concerning piracy and the counterfeit use of the client’s software and licenses. Other clients include Microsoft, Facebook and the Vera Wang Group. In March 2018, Paul Fakler joined the firm’s New York office from Arent Fox LLP.

Leading lawyers

Annette Hurst - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP specializes in technology, life sciences and telecoms work and predominantly focuses on the representation of Japanese clients. In Seattle, Mark Parris led advice for Nintendo on a long-running dispute with Recognicorp regarding an important software patent, securing a favourable precedential decision on subject matter eligibility under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. A team under the lead of Silicon Valley’s Bas de Blank assisted Robert Bosch with competitor litigation against Cardiocom involving multiple patents, several IPRs and ex-parte reexaminations, eventually settling the case on favourable terms. Microsoft, Fujifilm and Dow Agrosciences are long-standing clients. Denise Mingrone, Sten Jensen and Mark Wine head the practice from Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Orange County respectively and the ‘prompt, proactive and reliable’ Alex Chachkes in New York as well as Travis Jensen in Silicon Valley are ‘skilled oral advocates’ and ‘great at managing cases’. In May 2018, Jared Bobrow joined in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and now jointly leads the firm’s global IP group.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a ‘formidable opponent or a strong ally, depending on one’s outlook’. The practice‘s expertise ranges from the electronics, medical device and life sciences sectors to consumers goods and industrial materials. The heart of the practice are Robert Benson in Orange County and Washington DC-based duo Steven Routh and Jordan Coyle, who recently made partner and ‘offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none’. Recent highlights include defending Shenzhen Howshow Technology against a complaint by Kent Displays involving eWriters with liquid crystal displays, and representing Bosch and Foxconn in an ITC investigation and parallel district court litigation brought by J. S. T. Corporation regarding electronic connectors used in body control modules. Other clients include Umicore, Fujifilm and NVIDIA.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP undertakes both transactional and strategic licencing work and is particularly active in the technology sector, though biotechnological and electrical work is also present in the caseload. Daniel Yost, who jointly heads the Global Technology Transactions Group with Glynna Christian, as well as Steven Routh in Washington DC and John Bautista form the backbone of the practice. The group advised new client Tesla on the global warranties and Terms & Conditions of rechargeable lithium-ion battery Powerwall. Bautista and Yost represented Twist Bioscience in relation to multiple commercial agreements and the acquisition of Genome Compiler to facilitate Twist Bioscience’s development of digital products in the gene design space. Microsoft, Canon and Flextronics feature on the client list. Named attorneys are based in Menlo Park, except where otherwise stated.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team boasts a comprehensive offering and guides clients from the pre-litigation stage to full-blown trials. Whether in the biotech, technology, financial services or manufacturing sectors, the group manages work across the country. San Francisco-based duo Robert Shwarts and Catherine Lui is defending Dr Yuan against trade secrets misappropriation claims filed by his former employer, CP Kelco. Glenn Dassoff in Orange County is acting for the plaintiff in BBB Industries, LLC v Cardone Industries, Inc, a case involving estimated damages in excess of $20m. Meanwhile, Michael Weil in San Francisco is handling the longstanding trade secrets dispute with Jawbone for Fitbit. Silicon Valley-based Denise Mingrone ‘drives strong results’. James McQuade in New York is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

James McQuade - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the team has experience handling the full gamut of trademark litigation for high-profile clients. Practice head Peter Vogl has been representing Bic in a suit brought by a number of licensing companies regarding the likeness and name of Jimi Hendrix. The well-regarded Lisa Simpson defended Sony against claims brought by furniture manufacturer VIRAG alleging trademark infringement in relation to Sony’s Gran Turismo racing games. In Silicon Valley, Tom Zellerbach and Diana Rutowski have been acting for Apple in a lawsuit brought against a number of companies arising from the sale of counterfeit Apple products. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, which has particular strengths in investor-side work, social impact funds, technology and Asia-related matters, is ‘aware of market terms and can provide broader context’. Quinn Moss in New York and Dolph Hellman in San Francisco advise impact fund managers, and Hellman also advises various venture fund sponsors. As far as more traditional funds are concerned, Korean-speaking of counsel Yong-Nam Jun in Los Angeles is ‘knowledgeable about the key issues facing limited partners in negotiations with fund managers’; on the sponsor side, he advised IMM Private Equity on the formation of IMM RoseGold III, a KRW1.3tn fund with international-standard terms but governed by South Korean law. The firm has a particularly strong practice on the limited partner side, acting for sovereign wealth funds and state retirement funds; Hellman advised Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF) and New York Common Retirement Fund (NYCRF) on investments totaling €750m in CVC Capital Partners VII, and Moss assisted OPERF and Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) with aggregate commitments of $1.2bn to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners III, including a sidecar for WSIB. Moss and Hellman share leadership of the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Yong-Nam Jun - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘overall level of service is exceptional’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where the ‘executive compensation team has a deep bench and several sub-areas of expertise which clients can call on for specific issues’. Jonathan Ocker and Juliano Banuelos ‘are both outstanding lawyers’; they recently teamed up with New York’s Laura Becking to advise Visa on its post-merger HR and employee benefits issues. Other notable clients include the former CEO, chairman and president of Etsy, Nvidia, Facebook and Snap, the last of which Becking has been assisting in relation to its global expansion transactions. Named individuals are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘responsive’ team delivers ‘strategic and practical advice’ and is active across the financial services, technology and retail sectors. Deputy practice head Andrew Livingston in San Francisco is representing Sephora in several matters, including a series of six interlocking wage and hour class actions in California challenging the way in which it pays its non-exempt employees. In Silicon Valley, Lynne Hermle, who is a ‘stellar trial lawyer’ who ‘commands the entire courtroom from beginning to end’, and Jessica Perry, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and practical’, obtained a victory for Morgan Stanley in a wage and hour multi-district class action case. New York-based Renee Phillips represented Facebook in Swiss litigation involving claims by a terminated employee. Oracle, Health Net, CVS, Apple, SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla are also key clients. Silicon Valley-based Joseph Liburt and Julia Riechert as well as Michael Weil and senior counsel Gary Siniscalco in San Francisco, Timothy Long, who is based across the Los Angeles and Sacramento offices, and Julie Totten in Sacramento and San Francisco, are noted. Senior associate Lisa Lupion, James McQuade, Jill Rosenberg and department head Mike Delikat in New York are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Lynne Hermle - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mike Delikat - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Lupion - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Renee Phillips - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘M&A practice provides incredible service at great value - the team is singularly focused on transactions and its advice is practical and appropriate’ and its ‘deal teams are also staffed appropriately’. Recent developments include the opening of a Santa Monica office. The firm is particularly well known for tech deals, especially on the sell side, and it is also very active in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In addition, its Northern California and New York offices have significant cross-border experience. Key matters included advising Yelp on the $287.5m sale of its online food-ordering business, Eat24, to Grubhub; acting for used construction equipment provider IronPlanet Holdings in its $758m merger with Ritchie Bros, the world’s largest seller of heavy machinery; and advising Marubeni Corporation, one of the largest Japanese general trading companies, on its acquisition of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef. In large deals, the team advised Canadian firm NOVA Chemicals Corp on the acquisition of Williams Partners LP’s interest in the Geismar olefins plant and its interest in the largest refining and petrochemical production hub in North America; and acted for Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp, an owner and operator of single-family rental homes, in its sale to Tricon Capital Group. New York-based King Milling is the global corporate business unit leader; Hiroshi Sarumida is US chair of its global Japan transactional practice; and Ed Batts is global M&A and private equity head. Also in New York, Peter Rooney and Tal Hacohen are experienced attorneys, as are Mark Seneca and Pete Lamb in Silicon Valley, and John Cook, who heads the corporate group in the San Francisco office.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has emerging company and venture capital work in its blood. It advises more than 1,600 start-up clients worldwide and has a high market share of US-based unicorn clients (venture capital-backed companies valued at more than $1bn). It also launched a new office in Santa Monica and hired New York-based Peter Fusco from Lowenstein Sandler LLP. The team is considered ‘top tier’ with ‘experienced partners’, according to one client. Clients include Social Finance, Opendoor Labs, Pinterest, Prosper Marketplace, Stripe and CB Insights. The firm has made a particular impression in fintech, cybersecurity and privacy, and the tech space. It advised Social Finance on its $500m Series G financing and its acquisition of Zenbanx. It also represented IronPlanet in its $758m acquisition by Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. Chairman of the global firm Mitchell Zuklie is a start-up company specialist who ‘brings calm, confidence, knowledge, experience and most importantly business and people judgment’. Silicon Valley partners John Bautista, Stephen Venuto, Don Keller and Harold Yu are also prominent names.

Leading lawyers

Don Keller - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Josh Pollick - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Key practitioners in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘brilliant’ Washington DC-based practice include Antony Kim, who handles privacy compliance, cybersecurity preparation and data breach incident responses; Aravind Swaminathan in Seattle, who focuses on privacy and data security mandates; and Emily Tabatabai, whose expertise includes data security compliance, student data issues and internet commerce work. The group is also highly regarded for its GDPR expertise. In a recent highlight, the team represented Microsoft in the Supreme Court in litigation regarding the US government’s ability to access emails stored on servers in Ireland. The group also assisted Blackboard with privacy and data protection issues at a state, federal and international level; handled an investigation for Acer America into a data breach which affected 35,000 individuals in the US and Canada; and advised Alaska Airlines on cyber and data matters including incident response planning, data retention and bug bounty programs. Apple, the City of Seattle, MGM Resorts and Grubhub are also clients.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP opened a Santa Monica office in 2017; the firm also hired co-head of the global technology transactions practice Glynna Christian, who splits her time between New York and Silicon Valley, from the legacy Kaye Scholer LLP firm, and New York-based Peter Fusco joined from Lowenstein Sandler LLP. The practice acts for large numbers of start-up clients and, in addition to its significant venture capital practice, it provides technology companies with support in public policy, benefits, employment litigation, capital markets, tax and cybersecurity. The team acted for online personal finance company Social Finance in its $500m Series G financing; and advised longstanding client IronPlanet, an online marketplace for used heavy equipment, on its $758m sale. Silicon Valley-based Daniel Yost is co-head of the global technology transactions practice; Stephen Venuto chairs the global technology companies practice; and Don Keller serves as technology sector leader. Harold Yu divides his time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco; and John Bautista splits his time between San Francisco, Santa Monica and Silicon Valley. San Francisco- and Santa Monica-based Anik Guha is also an experienced adviser.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The tax department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPimpresses with its professionalism, knowledge and high service levels’. It has particular strength advising on tax matters related to projects, energy, capital markets, structured finance and public finance. In San Francisco, practice lead Charles Cardall and George Wolf assisted Goldman Sachs Urban Investment and Calvert Foundation with the $25m purchase of the first environmental impact bond in the US, issued by the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Wolf also advised Black Belt Energy on pre-financing natural gas supply in Alabama via gas revenue bonds. Eric Wall, also in San Francisco, advises Cisco Systems on an ongoing basis regarding tax-driven compensation matters related to acquisitions. New York partners Richard Chirls and John Narducci are also key lawyers.

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