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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Shawn Atkinson

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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M&A and Private Equity
Technology Companies Group




Shawn Atkinson advises leading private equity, venture capital and growth funds and high growth technology companies. He also co-leads Orrick’s global Fintech team.

A cross-border transactional lawyer by trade, his experience includes UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions for both public and private companies, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations.

He has a particular depth of experience in technology and IP rich businesses and is a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.




Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course
Nottingham Law School, PGDL
University of Oxford, Diploma, Archaeology
McMaster University, B.A., Anthropology and Archaeology


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London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

The 'very efficient' team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is 'extremely good at what it does', which primarily involves acting for investee technology clients as they execute their growth strategies. Under the leadership of the 'excellent' Christopher Grew, the team is also able to leverage the firm's market-leading Silicon Valley office, of particular benefit for clients seeking an exit strategy. Grew is noted for his expertise advising hi-tech companies from early stage funding rounds through to later stage investment cycles. Throughout his career he has also handled numerous mandates for "unicorn" tech companies, most recently advising personal money cloud Revolut on its $250m Series C financing round. The team also continues to grow the investor side of its practice, with Ylan Steiner regularly handling work for fund clients including Vitruvian Partners which he has recently advised on numerous investments generated out of its £2.4bn fund III, including on its $65m primary and secondary Series G financing of German online lending platform Smava. Shawn Atkinson has 'extensive knowledge of the venture capital world' and applies this to good effect to provide 'efficient and commercial advice' in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions throughout Europe and the emerging markets. Atkinson assisted Vostok with a number of investments including acting for its emerging finance arm on a $15m Series C round investment into Turkey-based payments company Iyzico. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Ali Ramadan from Bird & Bird LLP in January 2018.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has continued to  grow its work in high-profile financing and investment matters across the emerging markets in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The practice in London frequently acts for investment banks, emerging market private equity funds and strategic investors and is known for its knowledge of international banking law. Its recent work included acting for lenders, including European Investment Bank and EBRD, in a $120m debt and equity financing for a 54MW wind farm in the Sainshand region of Mongolia. Peter O’Driscoll leads the firm’s emerging markets group and last year he acted for Norwegian mobile operator Telenor two public offerings of shares in Russian telecom company VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, with a combined value of $650m. Nell Scott, who has extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets transactions in Russia, acted for Millicom International Cellular in a $500m bond issue and a $600m tender offer for existing bonds. Also recommended are Weyinmi Popo, who focuses on infrastructure and energy transactions in Africa;  Shawn Atkinson, who assists US and Canadian investors with emerging markets transactions; and oil and gas expert Peter Roberts, who counts Tullow Ghana among his clients.

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