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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 continued to be busy in investment mandates for the firm’s strong private equity and asset management client base. The practice is particularly recommended for its West Coast offering, where the team shows ‘great attention to detail’ under the leadership of Los Angeles-based practice head Michael McAndrews. In San Francisco, Michael Liever assisted USAA with its $1.1bn acquisition of five regional malls from Westfield Group, and also advised GLL Real Estate Partners on the $387m acquisition of Safeco Plaza, a 50-story skyscraper in Seattle from CommonWealth Partners; and in Los Angeles, Gerard Walsh represented an international opportunity fund in connection with the $34m acquisition of the Jessie Square garage from the Successor Agency. Walsh was also busy on a range of borrowing mandates for Westbrook Partners. The practice’s East Coast presence was bolstered by a number of significant hires in New York, including Marshall Brozost, who joined from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Andrew Berman, who joined from Akerman LLP; and Michael Haworth, who relocated from the firm’s Tokyo office. Brozost represented a joint venture formed by Pacific Retail Capital Partners and its investment partner in its acquisition of a portfolio of three regional malls from Simon Properties. San Francisco-based Dustin Calkins and Los Angeles-based Nicole Walsh made partner.

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United States: Antitrust

Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Reflective of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s standout reputation in the technology sector, in 2016, Alex Okuliar assisted AVG Technologies with antitrust issues arising from its $1.3bn takeover by Avast. In another matter, Garret Rasmussen, Antony Kim and James Tierney (a recent hire from the DOJ) are acting for IronPlanet in its $758m sale to Ritchie Brothers. The firm’ non-tech sector work currently includes advising private investment fund Blackfriars (the owner of several plastics distributor brands) on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Polymershapes from SABIC. San Francisco-based Robert Rosenfeld heads the team; other named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Robert Long, John Hall and Mark Mosier lead the appellate practice at Covington & Burling LLP. Paul Schmidt, George Pappas and San Francisco-based Clara Shin defended Autodesk before the Federal Circuit in patent infringement proceedings brought by East Coast Sheet Metal Fabricating Corp seeking $800m in damages. Other highlights included serving as co-counsel with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to Microsoft in an appeal brought by the US government in the Second Circuit challenging the lack of extraterritoriality of search warrants under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; the decision effectively barred the government during criminal investigations from accessing emails stored on servers abroad. The group filed an amicus brief on behalf of financial trade associations, including the American Bankers Association, in Spokeo v Robins. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkmann joined the Washington DC office.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team argued two patent appeals for Apple: In re Lemay, concerning an app enabling users of handheld devices to browse and access online videos; and In re Van Os, dealing with the technology for reconfiguring the icons on a smartphone’s home screen. The ‘first-rate’ group persuaded the Second Circuit to dismiss the $1m penalty against a former Countrywide senior executive, previously held personally liable for misconduct leading to the 2008 financial crisis by the lower court; ‘insightful and excellent advocate’ Joshua Rosenkranz delivered the argument, Kelsi Corkran led the advice. For Facebook, Eric Shumsky defended a permanent injunction against Power Ventures before the Ninth Circuit, obtaining a judgment that the appellant had committed unlawful computer trespass when using Facebook users’ login details to spam. Robert Loeb led a team acting for Microsoft in the Second Circuit appeal concerning the government’s authority to access private correspondence stored on servers abroad. US Supreme Court highlights included Rosenkranz representing two individuals seeking to overturn the foreclosure of their home by Fannie Mae. Mark Davies is noted.

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 - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPrespond quickly and show an extraordinary level of business acumen and industry knowledge’. San Francisco-based practice head Walter Brown secured a favorable plea agreement for Hailong Mo, a Chinese executive accused of the theft of trade secrets. Washington DC attorneys Guy Singer and William Jacobson are among those representing Zimmer Biomet Holdings in connection with an FCPA enforcement action. Deputy practice group chair McGregor Scott is based in Sacramento. Litigation business unit head Melinda Haag, whose clients include the University of California, joined the San Francisco office after serving as US Attorney for the Northern District of California. Other key figures in that office include Pamela Davis.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘top-shelf’ litigators at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP demonstrate dexterity in a multitude of commercial disputes affecting companies from diverse industries. Recent examples of high-profile, complex litigation include Washington DC-based Christina Guerola Sarchio and Los Angeles-based Valerie Goo’s successful defense of Boiron in a false advertising class action; after a week-long trial in the Central District of California, a federal jury rejected the claims. Seattle-based Paul Rugani, New York-based Richard Jacobsen and William Molinski in Los Angeles are also recommended. Peter Bicks in New York was inducted to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015.

Leading lawyers

Christina Guerola Sarchio - 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 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s New York-based group is praised for its ‘notable depth’ of experience, particularly in relation to representing international clients before US courts. ‘Responsive’ co-head Kristen Fournier and Morton Dubin have been serving as national coordinating and litigation counsel to Union Carbide in a number of asbestos exposure personal injury matters. Dublin, Fournier and John Ewald continue to represent Dow Chemical in various litigation, including a wrongful death case alleging exposure to two chemicals supplied by the company. The practice is also led by Stephen Foresta.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a strong presence in its home turf of California and is also growing stronger in Washington DC and New York. In recent moves, former US Attorney Melinda Haag rejoined the firm’s San Francisco office and Robert Stern joined from O’Melveny & Myers LLP, splitting his time between Washington DC and New York. San Francisco-based practice head James Kramer (who excels in stock-drop cases and ‘has boundless energy and can charm judges and opponents like magic’) advised Resonant in a securities class action brought by investors who accuse the company of failure to disclose problems meeting technology development milestones. Kramer and experienced trial lawyer Robert Varian represented 23andMe in nine class actions arising from alleged failure to validate its saliva-collection kits. Kenneth Herzinger is recommended for SEC enforcement cases and class actions. Los Angeles-based Michael Tu and San Francisco-based senior associate Alex Talarides are also recommended. The firm’s regulatory enforcement practice has been strengthened following the merger of its securities litigation and white-collar defense practices into one group. Jason Halper joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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 launch of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s new Houston office in 2016, including the arrival of corporate and securities specialist David Ronn from McGuireWoods LLP, bolstered the firm’s growing capital markets presence in the energy and infrastructure fields. Technology, life sciences and financial services are also active areas for the issuer-focused team. Highlights saw San Francisco-based Brett Cooper assisting Pacific Gas and Electric with its $600m offering of senior notes. In New York, Stephen Ashley worked with the firm’s Hong Kong office to advise 361 Degrees International on its offering of $400m of senior notes. Also in New York, Tara Higgins acted with Ashley in assisting Cube Hydro Partners with the $140m issuance of senior secured notes.

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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 underwriters - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP shines in energy and life sciences deals and also regularly works alongside the firm’s technology group to handle capital markets matters in the technology and telecoms spaces. In a recent example, New York-based Christopher Austin and San Francisco’s John Bautista advised Coatue Management on its $500m investment in Liberty Broadband. In other work highlights, New York-based Brian Margolis assisted the underwriters with Axsome Therapeutics’ $51m IPO, and San Francisco-based Andrew Thorpe advised Ellie Mae on its $284.6m follow-on offering. In 2016, the team boosted its Houston capital markets practice with the hire of technology and energy specialist David Ronn from McGuireWoods LLP.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

In addition to being ‘highly knowledgeable in renewable energy’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP regularly assists clients with financing infrastructure and conventional power projects. The team is led by Blake Winburne in Houston, Mark Weitzel in San Francisco, and New York-based partners Tara Higgins and Daniel Mathews. Matthews, who is praised for his ‘market knowledge’ and ‘ability to facilitate agreements on disputed issues’, advised Meridiam Infrastructure, Fluor Enterprises and Star America Fund as sponsors on the financing of the Purple Line light rail transit project, comprising an $875m federal loan and $313m-worth of private bonds. The New York-based Christopher Moore (who is noted for this strength in asset-backed finance and production tax credit-driven equity investments) acted alongside Weitzel, Thomas Glascock and John Cook (also based in San Francisco) for Recurrent Energy on the debt and equity financing of over $3bn-worth of solar projects in California and Texas. The practice also acts for investors: Weitzel and Higgins advised Ares EIF on its $386m debt finance contribution to the development of Indiana’s St. Joseph Energy Center, and Bradford Gathright in Houston acted for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on its acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project in Michigan from Geronimo Energy. Other key figures in Houston include Dahl Thompson, who is an ‘excellent negotiator’ who ‘explains complex issues in a coherent, comprehensible way’; he advises sponsors, utilities and investors.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is strong on both the debtor and creditor side, and has recently represented Stockton in its mediation process, and advised a group of senior bondholders of government-owned entity COFINA in relation to the Puerto Rico debt crisis. Other recent highlights include advising the city council, the interim city manager and the city attorney of the City of Beaumont in analyzing and restructuring the city’s debt, and representing Goldman Sachs - as lead underwriter, and placement and exchange agent in connection with the restructuring of PREPA - with the issuance of a $7.4bn exchange and new money offering of restructuring bonds. The team has also been representing other bondholders, leading financial institutions and other parties in the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt. Raniero D’Aversa heads the practice, which also includes fellow New York attorney Lorraine McGowen, Douglas Mintz in Washington DC and senior counsel Marc Levinson in Sacramento.

Leading lawyers

Marc Levinson - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Next generation lawyers

Douglas Mintz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Headed by Al Sawyers, the structured finance and structured products team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP comprises ‘knowledgeable, innovative, responsive and particularly capable problem solvers’. The department is active for both issuers and underwriters and works across a variety of asset classes, including credit cards, CMBS, RMBS, automotive and esoteric assets such as renewable energy assets. Leah Sanzari advises Banc of America Securities on all of its GSE agency platforms, having closed around 39 transactions totaling $16.7bn in a 12 month period from November 2015 to 2016. In the auto-lease market, Alan Knoll has advised numerous heavyweight underwriters, such as Barclays, HSBC, and Société Générale on Nissan’s auto lease, auto loan and dealer floorplan securitization programs. The department has been actively advising a variety of market participants on the evolving US regulatory regime, including some unique international aspects of entrance into the derivatives market. Nikiforos Matthews, who focuses on derivatives and swap transactions, and senior counsel Katharine Crost are also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mark Weitzel in San Francisco and Blake Winburne in Houston head Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s practice, which grew in 2016 via lateral hires from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, among other firms. Asset transactions and project finance are the team’s key strengths; Weitzel and New York’s Tara Higgins assisted Energy Investors Funds with the financing of a 700MW power plant in Indiana, and Winburne advised LS Power on its purchase of two Illinois power plants from NRG Energy.

Leading lawyers

Blake Winburne - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The ‘responsive’, ‘terrific team’ at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has ‘a lot of renewables industry experience’ and offers ‘great client service’. Mark Weitzel in San Francisco and Blake Winburne in Houston head the practice, which is most active in project development, project financing and power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the wind and solar sectors. Mark Caterini joined the New York office from O’Melveny & Myers LLP in September 2016. New York’s Christopher Moore is ‘particularly strong in asset-backed finance and production tax credit-driven equity investments’; in Houston, ‘excellent negotiator’ Dahl Thompson ‘explains complex issues in a coherent, comprehensible way’; and ‘strong young partner’ Eric Stephens in San Francisco is recommended for solar projects. San Francisco-based senior associate Wolfram Pohl is a recommended tax expert.

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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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team has ‘excellent expertise’ in issues concerning copyrightability and fair use and is particularly strong in high-profile copyright disputes in the technology sector. It successfully defended Dish Network in its prominent dispute with several TV broadcasters and thereby preserved the client’s ad-skipping digital video recording service. The practice also counsels several clients on moving similar recording services into the cloud. Other highlights included acting for Oracle as plaintiff in a long-running dispute with Google regarding its use of parts of Oracle’s Java software in the defendant’s Android operating system. Annette Hurst and Gabriel Ramsey in San Francisco are recommended, as are New York-based Joshua Rosenkranz and Lisa Simpson.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice is ‘well able to accommodate complex technical matters’ and ‘has a profound background in US patent law’. The team saw a significant number of arrivals in 2016; among them, former DLA Piper LLP (US) patent litigation co-chair Claudia Frost and, from the now defunct Kenyon & Kenyon, technology expert Elizabeth Gardner, who ‘has a sound understanding of the game and is able to formulate the best line of argument in a clear and concise manner’. Frost is based in Houston, Gardner in New York. The firm recently achieved a summary judgment victory for AT&T and LG Electronics in a case against non-practicing entity Acacia, and also represented Synopsys in a six-patent appeal to the Federal Circuit challenging a $600m verdict in favor of Mentor. Silicon Valley-based Denise Mingrone chairs the IP practice, which also includes Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Mark Wine in Orange County.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

A key client of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is technology giant Microsoft, which the firm recently advised on the IP transactional and due diligence aspects of the client’s acquisition of Solair. The firm also successfully represented Microsoft in a breach of patent license dispute with Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific involving the client’s Android and Exchange ActiveSync technology-licensing programs. Menlo Park-based Daniel Yost heads the technology transactions and licensing practice, and advised SideCar and Cruise Automation on the IP transactional and due diligence aspects of their respective acquisitions by General Motors. The group also operates from the firm’s Washington DC office, where patent litigators Vann Pearce and Steven Routh are the main contacts.

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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

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the ‘responsive and practical’ team is led by Silicon Valley-based Denise Mingrone. The group’s enviable list of clients includes Facebook, JMP Securities, Brocade Communication Systems and eBay. San Francisco-based duo Robert Shwarts and Michael Weil successfully defended 10x Genomics and its founders against allegations of trade secret misappropriation based on alleged violation of non-compete and confidentiality clauses. James McQuade in New York is representing Continuity Logic in claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses filed in the District Court of New Jersey against the client’s former employees. McQuade is also defending EY and a former employee of FTI Consulting against allegations of employee raiding and contractual breaches. Antony Pfeffer joined the New York office from the now defunct Kenyon & Kenyon. Annette Hurst in San Francisco is also noted and Irvine-based Christina Von der Ahe made partner.

Leading lawyers

James McQuade - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly noted for its work in the alcoholic beverages and apparel industries, but it also handles trademark litigation outside of these key areas. It has been handling several matters for the wine and spirits company Chatham Imports, including a recent victory against Bomberger’s Distillery, Thistle Finch Distilling and Heritage Spirits regarding the use of the designation ‘Bomberger’s Distillery’. Another highlight was the successful representation of Coorstek Medical and C5 Medical Werks in challenging the registration of the pink color mark for hip replacement products by competitor Ceramtec. Practice head Peter Vogl and Lisa Simpson in New York are recommended.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises a range of limited partners, including a number of West Coast-based public pension plans, as well as venture capital firms. In addition to handling a range of early-stage venture capital fund formation matters, New York-based Quinn Moss advised Washington State Investment Board on converting its $700m involvement in a multi-investor fund into a fund-of-one. In San Francisco, Dolph Hellman advised the San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System on its investment in a biotech venture capital fund. Los Angeles-based of counsel Yong-Nam Jun has a particularly strong practice advising Asian investors.

Next generation lawyers

Yong-Nam Jun - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP focuses its four-partner practice on the technology, software and financial services sectors, and advises individuals as well as large corporate clients. Cisco retains the group for all its tax and equity compensation matters, including proxy disclosures, and benefited from San Francisco-based practice leader Jonathan Ocker’s advice regarding the acquisitions of Open DNS, Jasper, and Cliqr. Laura Becking is based in New York and represents Facebook and Snap in all of their cross-border employee benefits and executive compensation needs. Other notable clients include Visa, The Gap, and Keysight. Michael Yang was appointed to partner in the Menlo Park office.

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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 has ‘a very strong and effective’ practice and recent experience handling whistleblower cases. Renee Phillips and department head Mike Delikat, who are based in New York, and San Francisco-based white-collar expert Kenneth Herzinger are representing Oracle in an ongoing Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank whistleblower dispute with a former senior finance manager, who alleges her employment was terminated in retaliation for refusing to use improper accounting practices. Silicon Valley’s Lynne Hermle and Julia Riechert, together with Fox Rothschild LLP, defended new client SpaceX against sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by a former welder in California. Other clients include Facebook, Fujitsu and CVS Pharmacy. James McQuade, Jill Rosenberg and Laura Becking are names to note in New York, along with senior associate Lisa Lupion. Silicon-Valley based Joseph Liburt is highly respected and Jessica Perry provides ‘great case management and strategic advice’. In San Francisco, Michael Weil and deputy practice head Andrew Livingston are well regarded. Patricia Gillette is now with Jams.

Leading individual

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

Shannon Seekao - 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 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises on deals across its nationwide network, with Silicon Valley standing out for its robust sell-side technology M&A practice. The group also has significant cross-border transactional experience; and in Houston, it recruited co-heads of its Latin America practice, Rodrigo Dominguez and Carlos Treistman, and energy and Latin America transactional expert William Parish from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, as well as private equity and Latin America specialist Gabriel Salinas from Mayer Brown. Recent notable transactions included assisting NetApp, a storage and data management company, with its $870m cash acquisition of SolidFire; and acting for longtime client IronPlanet, an online marketplace for used heavy equipment, in its $758m sale to Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. In the energy space, the team acted for Veolia North America in the $325m acquisition of assets related to The Chemours Company’s Sulfur Products business; while large deal highlights included advising Silicon Valley start-up Cruise Automation, focused on the development of driverless cars, on its $1bn-plus sale to General Motors. New York-based King Milling leads the firm’s global corporate business unit and Hiroshi Sarumida is US chair of its global Japan transactional practice. Peter Rooney and Tal Hacohen are highly rated New York-based attorneys; and Ed Batts and Mark Seneca are key Silicon Valley contacts. John Cook heads the corporate group in San Francisco, which is also where the recommended Richard Smith is based.

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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 a focus on representing on technology companies and has experience in AI, fintech, cleantech, social networking and cloud computing. Harold Yu and Stephen Venuto lead the group, which is also supported by New York-based head of the corporate business unit R King Milling. Yu’s clients include Palo Alto-based analytics company Thoughtspot. Christopher Austin and John Bautista in San Francisco handled global investment manager Coatue Management’s $500m investment in Liberty Broadband; this is related to Coatue’s $4.3bn investment in Charter Communications, alongside Jana Partners and Soroban Partners, in order to finance the acquisition by Charter of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Other highlights included assisting online investment platform Betterment Holdings with its $100m Series E financing, with participation from Kinnevik, Bessemer Venture Partners, Anthemis Group, Menlo Ventures and Francisco Partners. Senior associate Josh Pollick is a notable team member. Augie Rakow was promoted to the partnership, while David Concannon joined Latham & Watkins LLP. Silicon Valley-based Don Keller is another key contact.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘very specific industry knowledge and extremely appropriate advice’. Antony Kim in Washington DC and Aravind Swaminathan in Seattle are the partners to note and each have strengths in cybersecurity risk management and incident response planning. Washington DC-based of counsel Emily Tabatabai ‘has an extraordinary depth of knowledge in student data privacy matters’. The team is currently handling a data breach investigation affecting 35,000 individuals in the US and Canada on behalf of Acer America. For Premera Blue Cross, the team is handling a data breach which affected approximately 11 million individuals. For WW Grainger, the team is assisting with the development of data maps, global data transfers, designing and implementing global privacy compliance programs, and cybersecurity preparedness and response.

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s expertise includes agreements to develop, license, distribute, protect, and acquire and sell technology and related IP rights and services. The practice advised Microsoft on the cross-border acquisition of IoT services provider Solair, and acted for SideCar, known for ride-hailing technology, on its sale to global automaker General Motors. Other notable clients include Flextronics, Cruise Automation and Connectifier. Silicon Valley’s Daniel Yost is the recommended technology transactions and licensing chair. Other recommended advisers include Stephen Venuto, who chairs the global technology companies practice; Harold Yu, who is deputy head of the technology companies group; and John Bautista, who acts for emerging companies, investors and public and private hi-tech companies; all three divide their time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Christopher Austin, who divides time between New York and Silicon Valley, is also noted. In January 2017, the practice was boosted by the addition of New York and Silicon Valley based Glynna Christian, who arrived from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

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United States: Tax

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s client roster includes financial institutions Morgan Stanley, Barclays, BlackRock, Citibank and J.P. Morgan. The practice has established a reputation for advising on fund formation, capital markets and M&A related tax matters; on the capital market front, it advised Credit Suisse on tax issues related to its structured note program. In another highlight, the firm advised Purdue Research Foundation on the tax treatment of income sharing agreements through the client’s new program aimed at providing finance to students’ higher education. Chas Cardall leads the team.

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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Notable lateral moves have been few and far between, but in 2015 DLA Piper LLP (US) hired Washington DC-based agency lender specialist Gregory Smith from Allen & Overy LLP. In 2016, Blake Winburne, a former key figure in McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Latin America projects and energy practice, departed to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s new Houston office.

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    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.