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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘very good advice’ and is instructed in energy, post-M&A and investment arbitration proceedings. Siegfried Elsing, who is regarded as ‘a luminary in the field of dispute resolution’, and rising talent Nicholas Kessler are representing a state in an Uncitral investment arbitration initiated by two investors from Asia. Other work includes representing a power plant in a proceeding. Newly appointed partner Karsten Faulhaber was also significantly involved in this case; like Elsing, he frequently acts as an arbitrator.

Data protection Tier 3

With ‘superior expertise in EU data protection’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘reliable, business-friendly and practical advice’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team is ‘able to explain complex legal matters in an easily graspable manner, so both legal and economic decisions can be made’. The newly formed cyber, privacy and data innovation practice predominantly advises on international matters, often in connection with the GDPR, but also in the context of M&A transactions and data protection regulatory proceedings. The team also saw an increased workflow in advising clients on cyber attacks directed against service providers, regulatory authorities and affected parties. The ‘patient’ Christian Schröder is recommended for his ‘data protection expertise, quick comprehension and his business acumen’. He advised US software provider Flexera on data protection aspects in the context of its acquisition of the German-Swiss Brainware Group. Together with colleagues in the US and London, he is also providing comprehensive advice to globally operating technology company Nvidia – known for graphic cards, AI cloud services and autonomous driving – and is assisting cruise line Carnival with global data protection issues, internal company group agreements and (especially recently) GDPR questions. The firm also advises numerous US and German mid-sized start-ups on data protection matters.

Venture capital Tier 4

With a focus on corporate venture capital, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP specialises in advising investors, but also counts start-ups among its clients. The instruction lead is regularly shared with colleagues from the London and US offices; together with a London-based team, Munich-based Thomas Schmid assisted Vitruvian Partners with its investment in German online loans comparison platform Smava as part of a series D financing round. In another highlight, he advised, together with Jörg Ritter, Atomico on an investment in aviation start-up Lilium through a $90m series B financing round.

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a focus on the technology and life sciences sector but impresses M&A clients from all sectors with its ‘active partner involvement’ and ‘close cooperation’. It acted for Deutsche Telekom on the establishment of joint venture Tooz Technologies with Zeiss Group for the development of smart glasses. It has also acted for various Chinese clients on acquisitions in Germany. The practice is headed by Thomas Schmid and also includes ‘outstanding negotiatorOliver Duys. In early 2018, Christoph Rödter and Nikita Tkatchenko were made up to local partners.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP focuses on serving companies in the technology, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors.

The firm: Founded in San Francisco 150 years ago, Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. The firm is recognised worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially oriented legal advice.

Orrick in London is an established and highly regarded presence in the world’s leading financial centres. Clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, FTSE 100 companies, energy and infrastructure companies, private equity funds, professional services, real estate and venture-backed technology companies. The firm’s integrated team of transactional, regulatory and litigation lawyers, qualified in English and US law, is experienced in meeting the needs of clients. It offers expertise in banking and corporate finance, venture capital, cross-border M&A, IPOs and other corporate fundraising, joint ventures and strategic alliances, competition, employment, real estate, restructuring, private equity, emerging markets, tax, cybersecurity and data privacy, litigation, investigations and international arbitration.

Much of the firm’s work in London involves cross-border transactions, disputes and projects that span Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The London office has extensive experience in emerging markets – particularly in Eastern Europe and Africa. With a ‘one-firm’ culture, Orrick’s lawyers collaborate as part of integrated teams to meet the global needs of clients.

Types of work undertaken:: Technology: Orrick is one of only a handful of firms in London that offers technology-focused clients the experience and contacts within one of the leading Silicon Valley-originated technology practices. The team includes US-qualified and dual-qualified lawyers, some of whom have practised in Silicon Valley. It advises technology companies at all stages in the corporate life cycle, from startups to global multinational companies. It also represents leading venture capital and private equity firms. In addition to completing numerous venture financings, it successfully advises on M&A exits and IPOs. The team represents technology companies in complex merger control investigations before the European Commission. It also advises on issues at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property.

Energy and infrastructure: the energy team brings broad experience in M&A, trading, project development, financing and cross-border projects. Its experience covers every fuel source and technology across oil and gas, power and renewable energy, and it acts for all market segments including independent power producers, governments, sponsors, trading houses, private equity funds, emerging companies, investors, utilities, developers, lenders and underwriters. In oil and gas, Orrick acts on upstream, midstream and downstream trading projects, working for companies, lenders and governments. It has also recently advised on the acquisition or disposal of in excess of 300MW of renewable energy projects.

Finance: the London finance team represents leading credit providers and borrowers (including private equity sponsors) in a wide range of international/cross-border and UK transactions, including leveraged and acquisition financings, greenfield and brownfield real estate and project financings, and high-yield and structured financings. It has an active practice representing alternative credit providers, and advises private credit and direct lending providers, investment funds, hedge funds, real estate investors and other alternative lenders on acquisition financings, single-asset project and real estate financings, asset-based loans, mezzanine financings, unitranche facilities and venture capital loans.

Restructuring: the restructuring team acts for alternative credit providers, hedge funds and special situations teams of investment banks to execute investment strategies that may involve loan-to-own techniques, pre-pack enforcements and debt-to-equity swaps either outside court or involving a court process throughout Europe.

Real estate: the London real estate team provides comprehensive support for investors based in the UK and internationally. It has extensive experience in shopping centres and retail, and has been involved in some of the largest transactions in the UK.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Portland, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington DC, Wheeling.