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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
500 BOYLSTON STREET
SUITE 1850
MA 02116-3740
United States

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s ‘creative, bold, and talented‘ attorneys impress with their ‘fresh approaches to constructing arguments‘. The practice has established itself as a go-to team for high-profile appeals, with two-thirds of the department’s work deriving from appellate clients, as opposed to other practices in the firm. The group further prides itself on its ‘constellation’ working model, with cases routinely led by up-and-coming partners — ensuring that its ‘deep bench of young, diverse appellate practitioners’ is a recurring theme among sources. New York-based group head Joshua Rosenkranz has argued more than 200 appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including 20 before the US Supreme Court; he recently persuaded a New Jersey appeals court to reverse a $117m jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder litigation. Eric Shumsky is highly regarded for his strength in technology-related cases and successfully represented Facebook in defending a patent infringement win in the Federal Circuit. Robert Loeb and ‘skilled and subtle advocate’ Mark Davies are also experienced names. Among the team’s up-and-coming stars, Mel Bostwickis brilliant at oral argument‘, while senior associates Jeremy Peterman and Robbie Manhas are also noted. Brian Goldman departed to join the Office of the California Governor.

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Testimonials

The Orrick appellate lawyers with whom I have worked are creative, bold, and talented team players. They take fresh approaches to constructing arguments and drafting them in a way that is both persuasive and interesting to read. They also know the Federal Circuit very well.’

This firm has a deep bench of young, diverse appellate practitioners that we’ve had a great experience with.’

Most importantly, the team thinks strategically, considers various options, and clearly articulates the pros and cons of each, and is willing to present a disciplined recommendation. The firm’s innovation practice group also offers creative solutions to client problems.

The team’s strengths are: great strategic thinking, excellent written work product and oral advocacy, and wonderful communication.’

I enjoy collaborating with Orrick. They are very receptive to feedback and great in communicating with clients. Their focus is always on putting the client’s best case forward to the court — not pride of authorship.’

Mark Davies is an outstanding leader of their appellate teams, as well as a skilled and subtle advocate. He really knows the Federal Circuit. Mark also has the crucial ability to see both the big-picture forest and the technically-detailed trees at the same time, and to weave them all together into a compelling story on appeal.’

Eric Shumsky stands out as an elite appellate attorney who can be trusted to review the most difficult and challenging matters to chart the most appropriate path forward. And, when a client alters the course set by trial counsel, Eric deftly navigates those challenging circumstances.’

Mel Bostwick is a star. She delivers superb written work product and is brilliant at oral argument. And Mark Davies and Mel are developing a great bench of younger attorneys, among which Robbie Manhas stands out.’

Key clients

Cisco

Cox Communications

Credit Suisse

DISH Network

Facebook

Gilead Sciences

Instacart

Johnson & Johnson

Oracle

Sonos

Work highlights

  • Obtained a Federal Circuit victory for Kite Pharma in a high-stakes appeal involving a $1.2bn patent-infringement verdict.
  • Successfully represented Roxanne Torres before the US Supreme Court in a case clarifying the Fourth Amendment’s critical protections against unreasonable seizures and excessive force apply whenever an officer applies physical force to restrain a person.
  • Secured a win for Facebook in a patent infringement case concerning Facebook’s 3D photos technology.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s leading reputation in the toxic tort market has been well earned as a result of many years’ experience defending clients in claims involving exposure, toxic poisoning, drugs and disasters. Consequently, the firm is at the cutting-edge of market trends, aided by a team of experienced trial lawyers has had a myriad successes in jury and bench trials. Many of the firm’s engagements are in the context of class actions and MDLs, where it regularly serves as national co-ordinating counsel in reputation threatening matters. As well as its traditional strength in asbestos-related matters, the firm was also national co-ordinating counsel to Marathon Oil with respect to various complex and high-profile claims related to climate change. Peter Bicks has a superb track record as trial counsel in major product liability/mass tort cases and alongside team head Elyse Echtman  recently secured a number of high-profile victories for Johnson & Johnson on Proposition 65-related litigation regarding alleged asbestos in its talc products. Leveraging her broader IP credentials, Lisa Simpson is excellent at explaining complex scientific matters to juries and is a key member of the team that also includes recently promoted Washington DC-based partner Anne Malik. All named practitioners are based in New York unless otherwise noted.

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Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Marathon Oil

Microsoft

ANI Pharmaceuticals

China National Building Material Company (CNBM)

Union Carbide Corporation

Renco

Solvay

Work highlights

  • Led Johnson & Johnson to victory in three significant litigation matters related to California’s Proposition 65.
  • Serves as one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) national trial counsel in its student-athlete concussion litigation, co-ordinating and executing strategy, and successfully defending the NCAA in courts across the country.
  • Serving as national co-ordinating counsel for Marathon Oil with respect to various complex and high-profile claims related to climate change. Most recently, Marathon Oil won a merits victory at the US Supreme Court requiring that all of their grounds for removal be addressed on appeal.

Finance > Project finance

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s practice is highly respected for its work on both sides of financing transactions, though it is the firm’s work with sponsors that is highly noted in the market. Capable across many areas of energy and infrastructure, the firm is most identifiable for its pioneering work in P3 projects, having advised on a number of ground-breaking and first-of-its-kind transactions in relation to airports, wireless connectivity, disabilities access and underwater rail. One of the key clients in this regard has been The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with the firm representing the authority in the $13bn redevelopment and expansion of JFK International Airport. Vincent Casey and lead infrastructure partner Young Lee, both of whom operate from New York, advised on the project and continue to assist the authority with various other issues. Houston duo Blake Winburne and Dahl Thompson lead the global energy and infrastructure practice, while Daniel Mathews leads the infrastructure group in New York. San Francisco partner Les Sherman heads up the US renewables practice, which welcomed Washington DC-based tax equity specialist Scott Cockerham from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson; Les Sherman; Daniel Mathews

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Testimonials

‘The Orrick team helped us not only get a new fund raise off the ground and complete a number of acquisitions, they also assisted with innovated bridging structures to ensure assets were obtained in advance of the fund close.’

‘Dan Mathews is excellent. He has great experience and brought in various colleauges as appropriate to help complete the transactions. This ranged from his Associates to do the heavy lifting, through to finance partners, to tax, accounting etc. They covered all bases. Never complaining about the workload, just working through it efficiently.’

‘The Orrick project finance team has the ability to work all across the capital stack. From tax equity, to construction finance, to backleverage, Orrick’s practice can help to structure optimal outcomes for us as a sponsor’

 

Key clients

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Meridiam Infrastructure North America

IFM Investors Pty Ltd

Star America Infrastructure Partners

ACS Infrastructure Development

Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

DIF Infrastructure

Consolidated Edison Development

Clearway Energy

Distributed Solar Development

Intersect Power

Whitehelm Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Meridiam Infrastructure North America and Noresco as co-sponsors in the P3 33-year concession to design, build, finance, update and maintain a replacement central utility plant serving the Fresno State campus at California State University.
  • Advising The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years.
  • Advised Intersect Power on securing over $600m in equity and debt financing from Climate Adaptive Infrastructure, Trilantic North America, Generate Capital and CarVal Investors.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP places significant focus over the advisory of sovereign debt restructurings; matters worth mentioning include the debt restructuring of the Republic of Argentina, where it represented the Members of the Argentina Creditor Committee in the restructuring of its Argentinian bonds amounting to $65bn. Additional representation extends to the Suriname bondholder committee, including Franklin Templeton, GMO, Eaton Vance and Greylock, whereby it oversaw the restructuring of its government debt with an approximate value of $675m. This cross-border matter, involving Suriname, the US and the UK, is led by both Washington DC-based Thomas Laryea and Lorraine McGowenRaniero D’Aversa is the chair of the restructuring group, and played a prominent role in the restructuring of Argentina. Sacramento's Marc Levinson is best known for his expertise in chapter 11 cases. The practice welcomed the arrival of DC-based industry expert Preetha Gist from Chapman & Cutler LLP, in July 2021. All lawyers mentioned are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Raniero D’Aversa

Key clients

Members of Argentina Creditor Committee

Suriname Bondholder Committee

PG&E Equity Holders

City of Beaumont, California

Work highlights

    Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 1

    At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, lawyers are adept in handling asset-backed securities issues, with a strength in credit card securitizations. The team is also known for its asset-backed securities work and instructions from the fintech space. Another area of expertise is commercial and residential mortgage securitizations. The group is chaired by New York’s Alan Knoll, a high-flying asset-backed securities lawyer. Knoll’s vice-chair is New York’s Robert Moyle, whose transactional expertise is matched by proficiency in securities regulation. Also in New York, Leah Sanzari is described by clients as ‘a foremost expert in esoteric structured finance products‘, while William Cullen has a notable CMBS practice. Joining the Washington DC office from Chapman & Cutler LLP in July 2021, Michael Mitchell is a well-regarded consumer ABS expert with previous experience serving at the SEC.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Knoll; Robert Moyle

    Other key lawyers:

    Leah Sanzari; William Cullen; Janet Barbiere; Howard Goldwasser; Michael Mitchell

    Testimonials

    ‘The best there is in esoteric financing products and bonds. We’ve been incredibly impressed with the gender diversity on the team. Extremely ethical – name carries a lot of weight with investors.’

    ‘Leah Sanzari – foremost expert in esoteric structured finance products. Always has her clients best interest at heart. she’s been a trusted partner for the entirety of our company’s history from founding to now.’

    Key clients

    Bank of America

    Citigroup

    PACE Deals (Greenworks Lending, Twain Financial Partners and PACE Loan Group)

    Invictus Capital Partners

    Various Noteholders and Purchasers (Oil & Gas Securitizations)

    American Express

    Barclays and Credit Suisse (Brex ABS Issuance)

    Seneca Point Global

    SolaREIT

    The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Bank of America as Trust counsel in connection with its multiple GSE agency platforms (Ginnie Mae, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), including the securitization and re-securitization of securities backed by residential, multifamily and reverse mortgages.
    • Advised Citigroup as Depositor/Issuer, Underwriter/Initial Purchaser, Placement Agent and Mortgage Loan Seller on public and private offerings of CMBS backed by “conduit” commercial mortgage loans and private offerings/CRE CLOs backed by a single loan or portfolio of mortgage loans and secured by one or more commercial properties
    • Advised substantially all of the C-PACE issuers on capital markets issues.

    Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

    Offering wide-ranging expertise across all asset types, including onshore and offshore wind, utility-scale solar, battery storage, geothermal and alternative fuels, as well as hydrogen, biomass and waste-to-energy, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is one of the first ports of call for clients engaged in high-profile and innovative transactions and projects in the renewable energy space. On the financing front, the team is experienced in the funding of large-scale renewable projects involving every conceivable type of debt, equity and lease transactions. Tax equity matters are a strong point for the department, which is also seasoned in acting for developers and sponsors in the context of large portfolio transactions involving the sale and disposition of renewable assets throughout the country. Based in San Francisco, Les Sherman handles project development and sell and buy-side M&A of solar, wind, battery storage and other renewable projects. He jointly chairs the department with two attorneys based in Houston, Blake Winburne and Dahl Thompson, the latter of whom is seasoned in all stages of the structuring, development, financing, acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects and companies. In the San Francisco office, Mark Weitzel stands out for his wealth of experience in tax equity investments and project development in the electric power sector, while Eric Stephens is particularly recommended for distributed solar projects and energy storage matters. Kristin Seeger‘s notable areas of practice include utility-scale solar transactions and renewable energy projects M&A. She is also located in San Francisco. Teresa Hill joined the Seattle office from K&L Gates in February 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson; Les Sherman

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Weitzel; Eric Stephens; Brad Gathright; John Cook; Kristin Seeger

     

    Key clients

    Apex Clean Energy

    Elawan Energy

    Ares Management

    Enlight Renewable Energy

    CleanCapital

    Total

    Consolidated Edison Development

    Recurrent Energy

    Distributed Solar Development

    Clearway Energy

    Generate Capital

    State Street Bank & Trust

    Sempra Energy

    Macquarie Capital

    Pattern Energy

    RWE/E.On Renewables

    ENGIE North America

    Orsted (formerly Lincoln Clean Energy)

    sPower

    Calpine Corporation

    BP Wind Energy North America

    Eurus Energy

    Intersect Power

    Broad Reach Power

    Algonquin Power

    Work highlights

    • Advised Elawan Energy in connection with the U.S. aspects of the sale by its majority owners of an 80% interest in Elawan Energy to Japanese financial services group Orix Corporation.
    • Assisted Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy with the sale of a majority stake in the company to funds and other accounts managed by Ares Management Corporation (NYSE:ARES).
    • Represented Ares Management in the acquisition, development and combined $450m debt and $250m tax equity financing of the 302 MW Lincoln Land Wind project in Morgan County, Illinois.

    Industry focus > Native American law Tier 1

    The practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is singled out for its strong financing expertise and is the go-to firm for lending work for tribal government and businesses. The team represents various tribes in high-value financings for tribal projects and programs, and is managed by Townsend Hyatt in Portland. The group has a proven track record spanning over two decades in tribal financing matters, particularly in the gaming industry — banking partner David Lin who is based between San Francisco and Los Angeles handles casino gaming work. San Francisco-based Thomas Mitchell and Zachary Finley are also experienced banking partners recommended in this area. Also based in Los Angeles, senior associate Ramon Galvan advises leading banks on Indian tribal financings pertaining to the construction of large casino projects and expansions.

    Practice head(s):

    Townsend Hyatt

    Testimonials

    Exceptional knowledge of complex taxable and tax-exempt financing tools and creative application of same to Tribal governmental and business structures.’

    Competent team with knowledge of nuanced social dynamics existing in Indian Country.’

    Key clients

    Pascua Yaqui Tribe

    Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

    Spokane Tribe of Indians

    Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan

    Tulalip Tribes of Washington

    Western Alliance Bank

    Barclays Capital Inc.

    Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of Enterprise Rancheria

    Poarch Creek Band of Indians / PCI Gaming Authority

    Seneca Nation of Indians / Seneca Gaming Corporation

    Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

    Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians

    Kalispel Tribe of Indians

    Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

    Jena Choctaw Band of Indians

    Pueblo of Pojoaque / Buffalo Thunder Resort

    Ft. Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

    PNC Bank

    KeyBank, N.A.

    KeyBanc Capital Markets

    Umpqua Bank

    Columbia Bank

    Work highlights

    • Represented the Enterprise Rancheria and its wholly owned business entity (Enterprise Development Authority) in a $525m Term Loan B transaction that refinanced existing senior note indebtedness incurred to construct the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento.
    • Represented the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in a tax-exempt $85m Tribal Economic Development (TED) bond financing to refurbish an existing hotel and make other improvements.
    • Represented Western Alliance Bank as lender in connection with a new senior loan made to facilitate a comprehensive restructuring of $315m of existing indebtedness for the Chukchansi Economic Development Authority.

    Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

    Earning plaudit for its ‘breadth of subject matter expertise and responsiveness’, and for offering ‘excellent legal advice’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s team houses a solid track record of good performances across a variety of disciplines, primarily licensing-driven commercial agreements and licensing-related litigation, with the busy transactional practice a further asset. The group has continued to expand its nationwide presence in 2021, further strengthening the ranks of its New York office with the arrival in March 2021 of partner Daniel Forester from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. It continues to be jointly led by Silicon Valley’s Daniel Yost and San Francisco’s Sarah Schaedler, whose arrival in 2020 reinforced the team’s capabilities when handling the licensing and data privacy aspects of corporate transactions, as well as when advising private equity funds and other clients on their investments in tech & innovation-driven companies. Senior associate Ramin Tahidi, also based in San Francisco, is also noted.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Very good availability, short response times, excellent legal advice: Sarah Schaedler.’

    ‘Breadth of subject matter expertise and responsiveness.’

    ‘Professionalism and expertise.’

    The lawyers working with us were smart, savvy, wise, insightful and deeply caring about our wellbeing.’

    Their services were outstanding in every respect.’

    Key clients

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.

    Motorola Solutions, Inc.

    Luminar

    Workday

    Reigning Champs

    Turn/River Capital

    United States Tennis Association

    Chainalysis

    Prime Trust

    Rafael Pharmaceuticals

    Guide Therapeutics

    Ferring Pharmaceuticals

    Partner Therapeutics

    ANI Pharmaceuticals

    Work highlights

    • Advised Workday on its acquisition of Zimit, one of the only configure price quote (CPQ) solutions built specifically for services industries.
    • Advised the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on the launch of its 2021 US Open Tennis Championships NFT (non-fungible token) collection.
    • Advised Turn/River Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that specializes in growth capital investments, founder liquidity, buyouts, spin-outs and recapitalizations of technology, web and SaaS companies, in various strategic transactions.

    M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has widely recognized expertise in the technology, pharma, life sciences and energy sectors. The practice is headed by Mark Seneca, a Silicon Valley lawyer, who has notably advised on sell-side transactions for the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter; his team includes Matthew Gemello, who boasts substantial experience in a wealth of deal types including public takeovers, private company buyouts and business carveouts. A further point of differentiation is the group’s depth of experience in cross-border transactions, a strength underlined by the firm’s extensive international network spread across 20 jurisdictions.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Seneca; David Ruff; Patrick Tardivy

    Other key lawyers:

    Matthew Gemello; David Schwartz; Hari Raman; Leah Recht

    Testimonials

    ‘Responsiveness, commercial pragmatism, ease of use by lawyers and business teams alike, billing flexiility and general agility.’

    ‘David Schwartz is recommended’

    ‘Depth of experience in cross-border transactions.’

     

    Key clients

    Weta Digital

    Workday

    Apex Clean Energy

    Zynga

    Macquarie

    Superior Plus

    Expanse

    Turn/River

    Venafi

    Aria Energy

    Invoice2go

    Enlight

    Reigning Champs

    Fisker

    Kognitiv

    SOC Telemed

    Sizewise

    Shopify

    Work highlights

    • Advised Workday, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, in three transactions in the past year, including its $510m acquisition of VNDLY, its acquisition of Zimit and $700m acquisition of Peakon.
    • Advised Apex Clean Energy, a renewable energy company that specializes in the development, construction and operation of utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America, in an agreement to sell a majority stake in the company to funds and other accounts managed by Ares Management Corporation (NYSE:ARES).
    • Advised Fisker, an American electric vehicle automaker, on its merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition (NYSE: SPAQ), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, resulting in Fisker becoming a publicly listed company. The merger values Fisker at a $2.9bn pro forma equity value.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 1

    The highly developed and recognized cyber, privacy and data innovation practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP attracts high-profile clients, including, among others, Microsoft, which hired the team for a biometric privacy litigation, and Twitter, which the team represented in a privacy class action. The matters were led by Boston-based practice head Douglas Meal, and by Michelle Visser in San Francisco and Seattle's Aravind Swaminathan, respectively. In the Boston office, cybersecurity compliance and advisory lawyer Heather Egan Sussman co-heads the group. San Francisco's Shannon Yavorsky is dual-qualified in California and the UK and considered a US and European data security and privacy expert. Litigator Seth Harrington in Boston and CCPA and COPPA specialist Emily Tabatabai in Washington DC are also noted. Antony Kim left the firm in June 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Meal; Heather Egan Sussman

    Testimonials

    ‘Orrick’s privacy practice has the unique advantage of not only being legal experts in privacy and data protection, but they also clearly understand the technology and operational constraints outside of the law that can impact how a business should interpret privacy regulations. Their advice is pragmatic and digestible to non-legal resources. Their addition of lawyers who specialize in AdTech and MarTech has been incredibly valuable, as this space is increasingly difficult to navigate.’

    ‘Emily Tabatabai is incredible. Her understanding of technology and ability to explain complex legal requirements into distillable, easy-to-action decision points makes her stand out in the privacy law space. Emily helps to break down the risks of various decision points and how to make operational decisions, especially as it relates to the CCPA and other US privacy laws. Emily is also fantastic at finding global partners to help support our multinational company and interpreting privacy law outside of the US, as well.’

    Key clients

    Arby’s Restaurant Group

    Chime

    Donnelley Financial Services

    Hilton Worldwide

    Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

    Microsoft Corporation

    NerdWallet, Inc.

    Shopify Inc.

    TJX Companies

    Zynga

    Work highlights

    • Representing Microsoft in a biometric privacy class action pending in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that Microsoft violated the Illinois BIPA by failing to get informed consent from Illinois ride sharing drivers before initiating its facial recognition software to collect, store and analyze their biometric data.
    • Advising Zynga, a publicly traded mobil entertainment company, on a challenging cybersecurity incident that spanned the globe.
    • Advising clients on global regulatory and self-regulatory organization developments, anticipating challenges and suggesting privacy compliance solutions for advertising technology companies and industry trade associations.

    Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

    Over the last decade, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has been recognised as on of the most innovative firms in the US, and it uses its ‘practical, deep knowledge and expertise’ to advise multinational clients from the banking, technology, and telecoms sectors on the establishment of e-discovery programs and high-stakes litigation. Wendy Butler Curtis leads the department from Washington DC and is highly regarded across the market; pharmaceutical, product liability and class action litigation are areas of specialism, as is working alongside IT and risk management professionals to develop information management strategies. Curtis also leads the firm’s legal technology venture fund and is therefore at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of legal services. In Wheeling WV, Kelly Cullen defends companies in data-intensive class action suits.

    Practice head(s):

    Wendy Butler Curtis

    Other key lawyers:

    Kelly Cullen; Jeffrey McKenna; Jeremiah Weasenforth

    Testimonials

    ‘Practical, deep knowledge and expertise.’

    Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP impresses with its ‘quality of attorneys and the integration of new technology.‘ It has a strong track record in representing clients from the financial services, technology and consumer product industries. The New York-based practice is led by Elyse Echtman who recently secured a victory for J&J in three significant litigation matters related to California’s Proposition 65. Peter Bicks is an experienced trial lawyer, handling product liability and mass torts, as well as intellectual property cases beyond traditional commercial disputes. Richard Jacobsen is a key contact for clients such as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs in their RMBS disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Elyse Echtman

    Other key lawyers:

    Peter Bicks; Richard Jacobsen; Thomas Kidera; Stacy Harrison

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm’s positive reputation of strength gives its clients an immediate benefit.’

    ‘Stacy Harrison is extremely sharp. Very strong in complex dispute resolution and strategic planning.’

    ‘I have worked with many different law firms and I can attest that Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is the one that impressed me the most in terms of quality of their attorneys, integration of new technology in their everyday practice and reasonable billings.’

    ‘My experience working with Stacy Harrison and her team has been excellent. I found her to be very thoughtful, thorough, brilliant legal mind, smart, articulate and of course very knowledgeable. She stands out in her firm. She and her team have been an A team and everybody has been very pleased with their performance and more importantly the outcomes of their work.’

    Key clients

    Credit Suisse

    Goldman Sachs

    Microsoft

    Johnson & Johnson

    Marathon Oil Company

    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

    Instacart

    ANI Pharmaceuticals

    China National Building Material Company (CNBM)

    Union Carbide Corporation

    Renco

    Solvay

    DISH Network

    Ocwen Loan Servicing

    KBC Bank

    Jefferies

    Deloitte Global

    Sallie Mae

    Oracle

    The Regents of the University of California

    MiTAC Digital Corporation

    Fresenius Medical Care

    ExamWorks Group, Inc.

    Desktop Metal, Inc.

    Micron Technology Inc.

    Fisker Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Acted as lead counsel and strategic advisor to Credit Suisse on all of Credit Suisse’s litigation related to its legacy residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) business, including an action brought by monoline insurer MBIA seeking over $700m in damages after ten years of litigation.
    • Scored a major appellate win for Ocwen in a significant contract dispute.
    • Acted as lead counsel in J&J’s defense of claims brought by the Lanier Law Firm on behalf of seven plaintiffs alleging J&J’s talcum powder products contain asbestos and thus violated California Proposition 65 warning requirements.

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

    Praised as 'one of the premier teams for this kind of work‘, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a nationwide presence and acts for clients in key sectors such as financial services and technology in high-value and high-stakes cases across the US. Robert Stern in Washington DC is the lead partner in the white-collar, investigations, securities litigation and compliance practice. He recently acted for Louis Dreyfus Company LLC in a putative class action seeking more than $600m in damages arising from allegations that the company manipulated the cotton futures market. Alex Talarides in San Francisco is an emerging talent in high-profile and complex securities litigation matters, including a securities class action against Apple arising from the company’s announcement in 2019 that it was lowering its revenue guidance for the first quarter of to $84bn. James Kramer, also based in San Francisco, acted as co-lead counsel in that case.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Stern

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    Testimonials

    ‘I think this is one of the premier teams for this kind of work. Deep expertise, extensive capabilities, excellent problem solving, efficient work style. Very very capable and always dependable this is one of my go-to external teams.’

    ‘James Kramer is the person I call whenever I have a securities litigation question and his team handles nearly everything in this area. Responsiveness is extremely high, thoughtfulness and creativity in addition to subject matter expertise make Jim a standout. He has a deep team supporting him.’

    Key clients

    Apple

    PayPal Holdings, Inc.

    LendingClub

    Louis Dreyfus

    Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (Theranos)

    James Monsees (JUUL)

    Credit Suisse

    Momentus Space

    ZocDoc, Inc.

    Thought Convergence, Inc.

    Kimmarie Sinatra (Wynn Resorts)

    Work highlights

    • Representing Apple in a securities class action and parallel shareholder derivative action arising from Apple’s announcement in January 2019 that it was lowering its revenue guidance for the first quarter of FY2019 to $84 billion from the previously-provided range of $89-93billion.
    • Represented PayPal in a string of securities class actions.
    • Represented LendingClub and its directors and officers in a securities class action in the Northern District of California, and shareholder derivative action in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

    Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 2

    The multidisciplinary team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides project financing, transactional, M&A, development and regulatory expertise. The practice’s electric regulatory expertise includes issues related to FERC rulings and contesting rulings that upend precedent, as well as challenging utility proposals for interconnection arrangements that inhibit the development of energy projects. The team is co-led from Houston by Blake Winburne, whose experience in the electric power sector includes oil and gas generation as well as renewable energy projects; and Dahl Thompson, who represents project sponsors, developers, utilities and strategic investors across the structuring, development, financing, acquisition and disposition of energy projects and companies.

    Practice head(s):

    Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson

    Key clients

    Broad Reach Power

    Recurrent Energy

    Strata Solar

    Ardian Infrastructure

    Southwest Generation

    Wellhead Electric

    Ares Management

    Infrastructure Investment Fund

    Macquarie

    Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

    The copyright practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP leverages its national presence and the experience of its team to represent major tech, telecoms and media clients  involved in high-value litigation. Tech sector specialists Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley head the group, which also counsels on issues surrounding the usage of digital content platforms. In San Francisco, Annette Hurst develops complex litigation strategies and currently represents LinkedIn against hiQ in a high-profile case involving website data ‘scraping’. David Hosp in Boston brings experience acting for media and tech companies such as Microsoft and Cablevision in district, appeals and Supreme Court proceedings.

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    Key clients

    LinkedIn Corporation

    Oracle America Inc.

    Sports Fans Coalition NY, Inc. & David Goodfriend (aka Locast)

    Cox Communications

    Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart

    Unicolors

    Work highlights

    • Representing LinkedIn in a copyright litigation against hiQ involving questions around data and website scraping.
    • Representing Unicolors in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will settle the copyright issue whether minor, honest mistakes in copyright registration can bar copyright holders from vindicating valuable, exclusive rights under federal copyright law.
    • Representing Cox against the recording industry on appeal of a verdict claiming infringement of over 10,000 songs by subscribers using Cox’s network.

    Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s interdisciplinary trade secrets litigation team routinely represents leading multinationals and tech companies in cases regarding restrictive covenants, trade secret misappropriations, and contract violations. The Silicon-Valley based Amy Van Zandt is roundly praised by clients for her advisory capabilities and reputation in litigious proceedings, most notably in the courts of northern California. The New York-based James McQuade is well versed in various trade secret and non-compete cases, most recently for clients in the software and insurance sectors. San Francisco-based Catherine Lui frequently handles trade secret cases with parallel criminal proceedings, while the Orange County-based Glenn Dassoff is a prolific advocate in the high-tech arena. Boston-based Sheryl Garko is a seasoned IP litigator whose recent engagements include trade secret misappropriation suits in the software space. Robert Shwarts is also recommended. Michael Weil has left the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    James McQuade; Catherine Lui; Amy Van Zant; Sheryl Garko

    Other key lawyers:

    Glenn Dassoff; Robert Schwarts

    Testimonials

    ‘Amazing people. Everyone I interfaced cared about us and our case…they took it personally. I worked with a highly diverse team and always felt taken care of.’

    ‘Amy Van Zant was our partner and she was simply fabulous. I would work with her again any time.’

    ‘Awesome results, efficient billing, proactive legal guidance and white glove service/availability.’

    ‘Amy Van Zant is a business minded advisor. She has taken the time to know our business, brings pro-active topics to our attention and is always available for business guidance.’

    Key clients

    Microsoft

    Netflix

    Spotify

    Venafi

    Desktop Metal

    Nreal Technology

    Couchbase

    Datto

    OpenTV

    Fisker

    ExamWorks

    10X Genomics

    Robert Briles and Richard Briles

    Foxconn Interconnect

    R & B Supply Chain

    L’Oreal

    PCF Insurance Services

    Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP leverages its combined bench strength and the experience of its team to represent major brands in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional high-value disputes. The group is headed in Washington DC by Jared Bobrow and Sten Jensen in Silicon Valley, both known for their work in the tech sector. In New York, veteran trademark litigator Peter Vogl, whose clients have included former Vice President Al Gore and Elizabeth Taylor, acts in matters for clients on the federal and state levels, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In Boston, David Hosp specializes in litigation for media clients, and Mark Puzella builds strategies for the developers of emerging technologies. Also in Silicon Valley, Diana Rutowski manages complex cases involving trade dress rights.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘The Orrick team are hard working, smart, and results oriented. They have the firepower for big matters and aren’t afraid to take on the tough case.’

    ‘Mark Puzella is an extremely strong trademark litigator. He is smart and thorough. Dave Hosp is a seasoned veteran who is strong across multiple disciples.

    Key clients

    BIC Inc.

    Kars 4 Kids, Inc.

    CoorsTek Bioceramics, LLC

    Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

    Mahindra & Mahindra

    Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management LP

    Nreal Technology Limited

    Anker Innovations

    Adore Me, Inc.

    Salvestrin Wine Co.

    Vox Populi Registry

    Work highlights

    • Represented Kars 4 Kids, Inc. in a trademark dispute over the use of the phrase “Cars For Kids” by America Can! (“AC”).
    • Represented Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Mahindra Automotive North America in a trademark and trade dress investigation involving the design of Mahindra’s ROXOR off-road vehicle.
    • Represented Adore Me, Inc. (“Adore Me”) in connection with a trademark infringement action in the Central District of California filed against competitor Lavender Lingerie, LLC dba Savage x Fenty (“Savage”).

    Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘expertise is invaluable’ when handling an array of class action, harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. Led by Julie Totten, who divides her time between Sacramento and San Francisco, the firm acts for clients in the financial, professional services and TMT sectors. Lynne Hermle, who has 40 years of experience as an employment litigator and trial lawyer, works out of Silicon Valley, while New York-based Mike Delikat is regarded for his work in connection with whistleblower claims and internal investigations. Also in New York, Jill Rosenberg handles sensitive sexual harassment and discrimination claims, and Lisa Lupion is noted as a key contact for internal investigations as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings. Senior associate Mark Thompson supports the team in New York by acting on litigation and counseling matters. In Silicon Valley, the practice also features Julia Riechert, ‘a stand-out attorney’ with a focus on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims. Erin Connell is a further key contact in San Francisco, acting for Oracle in a high profile pay equity case. Changes to the team include the departure of Michael Weil in June 2021, who joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Julie Totten

    Testimonials

    ‘Orrick feel more like partner than outside counsel. They understand our pain points as a business.’

    ‘I never have to explain the way we do things or why, they get it and they help us make it better.’

    ‘Orrick’s expertise is invaluable.’

    ‘Julia Riechert is a stand-out attorney who really gets us (and is a true pleasure to work with). She comes up with brilliant strategy on the fly that makes sense for our business; she advocates for us in difficult situations with amazing results; and she often knows our company better than we do.’

    ‘Lynne Hermle is the best employment trial lawyer in the country, and an expert in employment class actions. I trust her and her team with the most visible, highest stakes employment matters.’

    ‘Orrick’s practice is unique in its ability to serve as a one-stop shop for comprehensive global legal guidance. This set up allows for consistency and efficiency in gathering employment advice across all global jurisdictions which can otherwise be a daunting and overwhelming task to manage.’

    Key clients

    Microsoft

    Twitter

    Netflix

    Oracle

    AT&T

    The Regents of the University of California

    Sephora

    Morgan Stanley

    Williams-Sonoma

    PIMCO

    Spotify

    Citigroup

    Applied Materials

    Hofstra University

    The Related Companies

    JP Morgan

    Nomura

    Capital Dynamics

    Eastdil Secured

    Ernst & Young

    Cerence

    GitHub

    Carta

    US Foods

    Barclays

    Deutsche Bank

    Alcon

    Pinterest

    Snap

    Lime

    Splunk

    Zillow

    Viasat

    Nvidia

    Twist Biosciences

    TJX

    M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has an extremely experienced domestic and global emerging companies practice that is particularly well known for its company-side advice. Clients benefit from a full-service offering that covers all the bases, including corporate finance, IP, regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. The firm regularly strikes up relationships with emerging companies at the earliest stages due to strong connections with major incubators and accelerators such as Y Combinator. Such relationships typically remain through a company’s entire life cycle, with clients such as the payments provider Stripe becoming major global players in their own right. Coupled with this is an increasing number of mandates for venture capital funds, including Coatue Management, D1 Capital Partners and Goodwater Capital. Key partners include the highly rated Amanda Galton and Annette Hurst in San Francisco; John Bautista, Harold Yu, Mitchell Zuklie and Stephen Venuto in Silicon Valley; and Josh Pollick in Santa Monica. The team continues to grow, and recently recruited up-and-coming partner Yael Perl from Fenwick & West LLP in Silicon Valley.

    Practice head(s):

    Shawn Atkinson; Josh Pollick

    Key clients

    Coatue Management

    D1 Capital Partners

    Diamond Foundry

    Virta Health Corp.

    Bessemer Venture Partners

    Goodwater Capital

    Katalyst Ventures

    NFX Capital

    Volta Industries

    Deel

    Y Combinator

    Fisker

    Aledade

    K Health

    Sunbit

    Vise Technologies

    Stripe

    Anthropic

    Getaround

    Work highlights

    • Advised Coatue Management on $11.35bn worth of investments.
    • Advised Deel, which developed a payroll platform intended to reimagine payouts for businesses working with global remote contractors, on its: (i) Series C funding round; and (ii) Series D funding round.
    • Advised Volta Industries, an electric vehicle charging station operator, on its $1.4bn SPAC merger.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 2

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s longstanding track record for market-leading advice to technology companies and investors also extends to the fintech sector. The firm stands out for its experience in representing fintech companies, from emerging start-ups through to established players such as PayPal and LendingClub. The team has been especially busy assisting payment processors and challenger banks on high-end corporate matters and product launches, as demonstrated by its advice to mobile banking app Dave on its $4bn SPAC merger. Clients benefit from a comprehensive service that includes regulatory, venture capital, litigation, IP, cybersecurity and data privacy. The firm’s adaptability is noted by clients who appreciate that the ‘team is always taking time to learn the distinctive nature of the products and companies that they represent‘. Key partners include Washington DC practice chair and regulatory partner Barrie VanBrackle, capital markets partner Robert Moyle in New York, and corporate partners John Bautista and Josh Pollick in Santa Monica.

    Practice head(s):

    Barrie VanBrackle

    Testimonials

    ‘The Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Fintech practice team brings together a strong traditional corporate law practice with innovative thinking about a new class of corporations. The team is always taking time to learn the distinctive nature of the products and companies that they represent.’

     

    Key clients

    Dave

    Green Dot Corporation

    PayPal

    Deel

    LendingClub

    Coatue Management

    Divvy (Bill.com)

    Revolut

    Chime Financial

    Robinhood Marketplace

    Evolve Bank

    Currencycloud

    Betterment

    Beacon Platform

    OpenSea

    Work highlights

    • Advised Dave on its $4bn SPAC merger.
    • Defending PayPal in patent litigation against IOENGINE and advising PayPal on the deployment of its $530m Economic Opportunity Fund.
    • Advised Coatue Management on $2.35bn of investments into various fintech companies.

    Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 3

    Technology companies facing complex antitrust litigation issues routinely turn to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for their defense expertise. The firm is also well regarded for its advice to other industries such as insurance and automotive. Practice head Jay Jurata specializes in the intersection of antitrust with intellectual property on both a domestic and global level and acts as a longstanding advisor for blue-chip technology corporations. Amy Ray focuses on vertical pricing and distribution issues, while technology and financial services specialist James Tierney and San Francisco-based distribution law expert Howard Ullman are other key contacts. In early 2022, the group expanded with the hires of Eileen Cole from White & Case LLP and Craig Falls, formerly at Dechert LLP, who both add significant antitrust experience in the life sciences sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Jay Jurata

    Key clients

    Microsoft Corporation

    Delta Dental Plan of California

    Continental Corporation

    Nanya Technology Corporation

    Netflix

    Zillow

    LinkedIn

    Fujifilm Corporation

    Continental Corporation

    ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    ACV Auctions, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Zillow in defense of a Section 1 antitrust case (REX-Real Estate Exchange, Inc. v. Zillow, Inc., et al.) filed in the W.D. Washington alleging that Zillow and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are engaging in a horizontal conspiracy to foreclose a discount real estate brokerage from disrupting the typical 6% seller-buyer commission sales model.
    • Defending ACV Auctions in a Section 1 price fixing and RICO class action filed in the W.D.N.Y., just days before its Initial Public Offering. The complaint alleges that ACV, which operates a wholesale online auction platform for used cars, conspired with sellers on that platform to submit shill bids in order to drive up prices for the vehicles being auctioned.
    • Defending Delta Dental Plan of California and other Delta entities (representing over a dozen of the states in which Delta Dental does business nationally, including New York, Pennsylvania and Texas) in the In re Delta Dental Antitrust Litigation pending before the Northern District of Illinois.

    Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

    The ‘business-savvy and substantively astuteOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has particular experience in market abuse, securities and bank fraud matters in the financial sector. More broadly, it is adept at handling criminal investigations, trials and appeals, and compliance matters. The team is headed by Robert Stern in Washington DC, while in New York, Amy Walsh is a key practitioner who, as a former federal prosecutor, is recommended for government investigations. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Brian Moran in Seattle, who was the former US Attorney for the Western District of Washington; and Joseph Walker and Franklin Monsour, who both joined from Squire Patton Boggs, in Washington DC and New York, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Stern

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘First-rate firm, and has been for many years.’

    ‘They understand precisely the needs of in-house counsel and boards of directors, as well as how to develop a business strategy that compliments and implements the legal strategy.’

    ‘Their understanding of business needs and risk-based approaches are exemplary and serve to enhance their masterful and substantive knowledge.’

    ‘Guy Singer is one of the best in the business for providing practical and effective counsel on anti-corruption compliance.’

    ‘The people I work with at Orrick deliver exceptional value and understand our business.’

    ‘The attorneys I work with at Orrick can quickly grasp the legal issues and get the answers, without a lot of circling around and doing unnecessary research.’

    ‘Prompt, efficient, creative problem solvers.’

    ‘Guy Singer has extensive experience both within government and in practice which in addition to his substantial network of regulators and professional external lawyers makes him a standout choice for an in-house compliance professional.’

    Key clients

    Zimmer Biomet

    Sunny Balwani (Theranos)

    Work highlights

    • Representing Ramesh Balwani, former Theranos President and COO, in a high-profile federal prosecution.

    Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

    Based in New York, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP deals with both structured products and securitizations, often acting on behalf of leading underwriters, financial institutions, and Fortune 100 corporates. It is especially strong in tender option bonds and frequently represents clients regarding regulatory inquiries and derivative-related enforcement actions. Structured finance group leader Alan Knoll specializes in corporate securities and structured finance transactions, while finance business unit head Al Sawyers focuses on issuance of structured notes, CLOs, synthetic convertible bonds, and credit-linked notes. Global co-head of the derivatives group Nikiforos Mathews is a key resource regarding complex derivative instruments and swap agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Knoll; Al Sawyers; Nikiforos Mathews

    Other key lawyers:

    William Cullen; Janet Barbiere; Leah Sanzari; Howard Goldwasser

    Testimonials

    ‘Deep expertise in derivatives law allows for very efficient work.’

    ‘Nik Mathews has unparalleled expertise in this area.’

    Key clients

    Microsoft

    Goldman Sachs

    Birch Infrastructure, PBLLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented Microsoft in connection with the development and structuring of a novel synthetic power purchase agreement relating to renewable energy, the first of its kind.
    • Represented Goldman Sachs in connection with the negotiation of MSFTA agreements with clients to comply with the amendment of FINRA margin rules, as well as on special projects that, among other things, have assisted Goldman in quantifying, in their front office trading systems, credit, legal and other risks inherent in the bank’s trading documentation with market counterparties.

    Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 3

    The oil and gas regulatory team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP regularly represents clients in complex permitting and regulatory proceedings before the DOE, FERC and PHMSA. Led by Lisa Tonery in New York, the team’s strong LNG practice is reflected by its client base that consists of leading LNG exporter in the US, Cheniere Energy and other major energy players. Senior associate Mariah Johnston provides strong support to the team in New York. The firm’s global head of Energy & Infrastructure, Dahl Thompson is based in Houston.

    Practice head(s):

    Dahl Thompson; Lisa Tonery

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    Lisa Tonery and Mariah Johnston are extremely capable, efficient and knowledgeable regulatory attorneys. Their insight into FERC staff and commissioners is very helpful and their relationships with FERC personnel are invaluable in order to obtain prompt feedback and information.

    Key clients

    Cheniere Energy

    Midship Pipeline Company

    Freeport LNG Development

    Tellurian Incorporated

    Chevron

    Penn America Energy Holdings

    EcoEléctrica

    Braskem

    Enstor Gas

    Marathon Oil

    Work highlights

    • Advised Freeport LNG and its affiliates in proceedings before the DOE, FERC and other agencies to obtain authorization to construct and operate the Freeport Liquefaction Project, the first liquefaction and export terminal authorized in the state of Texas.
    • Advising Driftwood LNG, a subsidiary of Tellurian Incorporated on the development of an LNG production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River.
    • Advising Cheniere Energy in proceedings related to its authorization to construct and operate a long-haul pipeline in Oklahoma to serve Gulf Coast LNG terminals and Southwestern markets.

    Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

    Recommended for being ‘efficient, business oriented' and having 'an incredible ability to communicate succinctly and clearly’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP handles transactions the length of the oil-and-gas value-chain. The team’s work includes upstream, midstream, downstream matters, natural gas infrastructure, oilfield services with respect to M&A, joint venture arrangements, exploration, production and development projects. Blake Winburne has particular strength in M&A, joint ventures and other strategic arrangements, financings and project-development work in the oil-and-gas sector. He co-leads the team from Houston with Dahl Thompson.

    Practice head(s):

    Blake Winburne; Dahl Thompson

    Testimonials

    ‘Efficient, business oriented and an incredible ability to communicate succinctly and clearly to our business team. The Orrick team has it all.’

     

    Key clients

    Equinor

    TotalEnergies

    ConocoPhillips

    Chevron

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.

    Munich Re Risk Reserve Financing, Inc.

    Nuveen (investment manager of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America)

    Wells Fargo Bank

    NOVA Chemicals

    Ares Management

    Corpus Christi Polymers, LLC

    ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC

    Ocean Rig UDW, Inc.

    Schlumberger

    WGL Midstream

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp

    Vega Energy

    Work highlights

    • Advised Occidental Petroleum Corp. on the commercialization of carbon capture utilization and storage technology to capture airborne CO2 and permanently sequester it underground.
    • Advised Equinor on an agreement to divest its interests in the Bakken field in North Dakota and Montana to Grayson Mill Energy (backed by EnCap Investments), for a total consideration of $900m.
    • Advised Third Coast Midstream on the sale of its natural gas transmission business (including seven regulated natural gas lateral pipelines with a total capacity of over 1,600 MDth per day and stretching approximately 550 miles) to Basalt Infrastructure Partners for an undisclosed amount.  

    Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders Tier 3

    With its clear-cut focus on the technology and finance, the practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP offers expertise in insurance issues in these sectors. This includes representing clients in cost of insurance litigation and in RMBS monoline litigation as well as advising on bespoke insurance coverage on SPAC matters. Barry Levin, who is based in both New York and San Francisco, heads up the practice together with San Francisco-based Darren Teshima, praised for his ‘deeply professional, respectful, and engaged’ work. Khai LeQuang in Orange County is a leader in the cost of insurance space.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Product knowledge and experience in handling issues arising from a niche asset class. the Orrick team has experience that few others have in handling complex life settlement litigation with respect to historical COI increases.’

    ‘Product knowledge and the ability to listen to our concerns and what we need. despite working with other clients on similar matters, they take what we have to say into account.’

    ‘The team’s strength is the perfect collaboration of great individual lawyers.’

    ‘Khai LeQuang is a great litigator with superb industry understanding; very mindful of client’s needs and willing to go long ways to enable settlement with best results.’

    ‘Darren Teshima and his team are uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional guidance with respect to insurance coverage matters. The team is adept at pursuing coverage and bad faith claims, and it has a breadth of industry experience and contacts.’

    ‘Darren Teshima is deeply professional, respectful, and engaged with his clients.’

    Key clients

    Getaround, Inc.

    Credit Suisse

    Tanium, Inc.

    EFG Bank

    Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

    Work highlights

    • Advising Credit Suisse on all of Credit Suisse’s litigation related to its legacy residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) business.
    • Representing EFG Bank, Erste Abwicklungsanstalt and various other confidential clients in various Cost of Insurance matters in which the clients own over $2.5 billion in face amount in life insurance policies that were acquired in the secondary or tertiary markets.
    • Representing Getaround in all of its insurance coverage matters, including a professional negligence and breach of contract lawsuit against its former third-party administrator (TPA) for auto liability claims arising from rentals of vehicles through Getaround’s platform.

    Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields a ‘knowledgeable and dedicated team of brilliant attorneys’ who are jointly led by Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley. The team, which is well known for its outstanding PTAB practice, as well as for its broad district court and ITC experience, covers virtually all areas of technology, with a particular focus on semiconductors, networks, software, and consumer electronics technologies. The group is still successfully representing Sonos in its patent infringement litigation against rival Google. Other key names include Washington DC's, Vann Pearce and Steven Routh, who is considered an ‘excellent negotiator’, and Clement Seth Roberts (San Francisco) and Alyssa Caridis (Los Angeles), who are recommended for their ‘great client-service mindset, strong litigation chops, and willingness to have frank discussions even when the news is bad’.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    When I work with Orrick, I always get a knowledgeable and dedicated team of brilliant attorneys that is structured and managed well. They know how to use technology to benefit their clients and are always willing to negotiate billing arrangements to make a matter work.

    Strong subject matter expertise, technical abilities, and strategic litigation perspective. High leverage means lots of resources to throw at sprawling, expansive cases. Clem Roberts and Alyssa Caridis — great client-service mindset, strong litigation chops, and willingness to have frank discussions even when the news is bad.’

    We have been a long-term relationship with Orrick. Steven Routh and Sten Jensen are excellent lawyers and negotiators.’

    Key clients

    Sonos

    Micron

    Netflix

    eBay

    Shopify

    Kite Pharma

    Cox Communications

    Hisense/Funai

    Realtek

    Toyota

    Samba

    Panasonic

    Continuous Composites

    Konica Minolta

    Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s practice continues to expand the volume and significance of its work, steadily improving its profile in the ITC forum. With a particular focus on the automotive, technologies and consumer electronic industries, the practice knows how to efficiently guide plaintiffs, defendants, and third parties towards positive results, not only in patent-related cases, but also in trademark investigations. Jared Bobrow and Sten Jensen, in Silicon Valley and Washington DC respectively, are in charge of leading the firm’s IP business unit. ITC expertise in the DC office comes from Steven Routh and Jordan Coyle.

    Practice head(s):

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    Key clients

    Sonos, Inc.

    Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Hisense Corp.

    Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

    BIC Corporation

    Panasonic Corp.

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

    Loeffler Randall, Inc.

    HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA

    Work highlights

    • Secured a victory for Sonos against Google. The ITC’s Chief ALJ found all five Sonos patents valid and infringed and recommended the exact remedies Sonos requested.
    • Obtained an Initial Determination finding no violation by client Realtek, in a technical investigation involving data transmission security protocols used for movies and television shows.
    • Defended Hisense and Funai, forcing the complainant to abandon its claims against the client on the eve of trial without requiring any settlement at all.

    Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP works with household names including Vera Wang, BIC and Beyond Meat on the filing, enforcement and management of their global trademark portfolios. Sten Jensen, known for his IP work in the tech sector, leads the team at the Washington DC office, with Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley. Beth Goldman in San Francisco assists clients with the worldwide policing of trademarks across the biotech, renewable energy, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and food and beverages sectors. In addition, Peter Vogl at the New York office offers deep expertise in building strategies for corporates and start-ups.

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    Key clients

    Vera Wang Group

    Salesforce.com

    Viking River Cruises

    Urban Zen by Donna Karan

    BIC Corp.

    Anika Therapeutics

    Beyond Meat

    Asana

    Alit Wines

    Stoller Vineyards

    Work highlights

    • Representing Vera Wang’s worldwide trademark portfolio, including clearing, filing, and maintaining all marks, managing oppositions and cancelations throughout the world.
    • Advising Salesforce on global trademark issues.
    • Representing Beyond Meat in global trademark prosecution and enforcement proceedings.

    Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

    Praised for assisting its roster of clients ‘during high-stakes M&A situations’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s notable expertise in the technology sector is demonstrated by the team’s advice to Local Bounti on its $1.1bn SPAC merger with Leo Holdings. Other key clients include Cisco Systems, Dave and Workday, Inc. In the firm’s San Francisco office, practice leader Juliano Banuelos and J.T. Ho advise public and private companies on executive compensation issues arising out of M&A, and Jason Flaherty focuses on executive employment and severance arrangements.

    Practice head(s):

    Juliano Banuelos

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team was highly responsive and helped us solve problems during high-stakes M&A situations.’

    ‘The qualities I value in the Orrick team is that they are top experts in their field, their depth and breadth of knowledge is beyond reproach, they communicate well not only with us as a client, but internally within their own teams and partner well together (seamless hand-off and consistent, regardless of which partner has or is working a deal).’

    Key clients

    Cisco Systems

    Dave Inc.

    Clover Health Inc.

    SOC Telemed

    Workday, Inc.

    Local Bounti

    Keysight Technologies

    Varian Medical Systems

    Warburg Pincus

    Barclays

    Oracle Corporation

    Williams-Sonoma

    Beyond Meat

    Betterment

    Starbucks Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Dave, Clover Health, and others on the compensation and benefits aspects of special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) mergers.
    • Advised Workday on the compensation and benefits aspects of its definitive agreement to acquire Peakon ApS and Zimit.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s clients benefit from a strong team of ‘subject matter experts’ who ‘provide comprehensive and pragmatic guidance’. The firm has invested heavily in its technology transactions team in the past two years, and in 2021 recruited former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP counsel and commercial IP lawyer Daniel Forester to its New York office. His addition adds weight to an already strong team that represents a mix of start-ups and public companies on related issues including M&A, joint ventures, outsourcing and servicing agreements, and transactional IP and licensing. Recent transactions have covered a range of sectors including digital special effects, carbon capture, autonomous driving, and blockchain. The team is led by global co-chair Daniel Yost from Silicon Valley, who alongside San Francisco’s Sarah Schaedler brings a huge amount of corporate and IP licensing experience to key hubs on the West Coast, with strong support from recently promoted partner Ramin Tohidi (San Francisco). Boston-based IP licensing partner Shana Solomon is popular with biotechnology companies.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Yost; Sarah Schaedler

     

    Testimonials

    ‘The team at Orrick is professional and timely. They honor deadlines and are conscious of our internal deadlines. They provide comprehensive and pragmatic guidance and are able to bring in subject matter experts, as needed.’

    ‘Orrick is unique in that they have big law caliber talent, resources, and reach, but work with you like a boutique and strive to make sure that the services are tailored to your business. Our experience with Orrick has felt like a true partnership.’

    ‘Everyone we have worked with at Orrick has been outstanding. They have been attentive to the hectic needs of a hyper growth company and seem genuinely interested in understanding our business, which means they keep us abreast of new legal and regulatory developments. They also make sure that other attorneys at the firm understand our business so that we can seamlessly grow with them into other substantive areas as our company’s needs grow. Daniel Forester is an exceptional partner and relationship manager. We have also had great experiences with Sundeep Kapur, Nick Farnsworth, Aravind Swaminathan, Alex Sobolev, and Christian Schroder.’

    ‘The lawyers assigned to us were wise, insightful, careful, thoughtful, deliberate, deep-thinking, experienced, and knowledgeable. They also genuinely cared about the well-being of my organization.’

    Key clients

    Weta Digital

    Occidental Petroleum

    Luminar

    Workday

    Reigning Champs

    Turn/River Capital

    United States Tennis Association

    Chainalysis

    Prime Trust

    Rafael Pharmaceuticals

    Guide Therapeutics

    Ferring Pharmaceuticals

    Partner Therapeutics

    ANI Pharmaceuticals

    Work highlights

    • Advised Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, on its acquisition of Zimit, one of the only configure price quote (CPQ) solutions built specifically for services industries.
    • Advised the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on the launch of its 2021 US Open Tennis Championships NFT (non-fungible token) collection, which became available to fans to commemorate their experience with the 2021 US Open.
    • Advised Turn/River Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that specializes in growth capital investments in various strategic transactions.

    Real estate Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s ‘business minded‘ team is praised for its ‘grasp on the items truly worthy of the fight’. The practice has a history representing private equity funds in hospitality and mixed-use transactions, developments, leasing and operations. It also has a strong distressed real estate and restructuring practice. San Francisco’s Jacobus Machalow ‘synthesizes complex issues and define them in business terms’. In the same office, senior counsel Michael Liever and Dustin Calkins advised DWS/RREEF on the $490m sale of West 8th. New York’s team is headed by Marshall Brozost, while Gerard Walsh chairs the global department from Los Angeles, where Randolph Perry, an acquisitions specialist, is highly active on behalf of key clients.  

    Practice head(s):

    Gerard Walsh

    Testimonials

    ‘Gerry Walsh and his team are smart, responsive and extraordinarily helpful and collaborative, which is no always the casein these situations.’

    ‘In my experience, a great law firm provides expertise in many aspects of the law. The vast majority of my experience may be with one lawyer or a small team, but the benefit of working with Orrick is that I can rely upon other partners for support across many legal aspects and specialties.’

    ‘Jacobus (Jack) Machalow has a rare background for many lawyers. He is able to synthesize complex issues and define them in business terms. He enables me to weight the risk and rewards of each major decision instead of encouraging my team to argue over theoretical legal issues. I consider Jack an extension of my team.’

    ‘Business minded attorneys that truly understand the ramifications of legal item’s impact on the continued execution of loans, acquisitions, and dispositions. Compared with other firms, a stronger grasp on the items, truly worthy of the fight.’

    ‘Personal connections beyond an intense and complicated workload. Dustin Calkins firmly sticks out in this category.’

    ‘Randolph Perry is a partner and our primary contact for acquisitions, dispositions and refinancing efforts and has the ability to clearly represent our interest and quickly get to an agreement without spending hours on points that are insignificant.’

    Key clients

    Blackstone

    Lawrence Investments

    Ideal Capital

    Prometheus Real Estate Group

    Urban Pacific Development Group

    Lionel Partners

    Zephyr Partners

    Cirrus Real Estate Partners

    Sage Hall Partners

    Skylight Real Estate Partners

    DWS/RREEF

    Macquarie (formerly GLL Real Estate Partners)

    Swift Real Estate Partners

    University of California

    PNC Bank

    Stockbridge Capital Group

    Bristol Group

    Broadreach Capital Partners

    Fortress Investment Group

    BentallGreenOak

    Green Cities Partners (formerly Gerding Edlen)

    MacFarlane Partners

    Clutter

    Westbrook Partners

    State Street Global Advisors

    Gulf Islamic Investments

    Nuveen

    Work highlights

    • Representing Westbrook Partners on the $1+bn mixed-use development project at 706 Mission in the Yerba Buena arts and cultural district of San Francisco.
    • Advised Lawrence Investments, an investment firm owned by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, on the $345m acquisition of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Nevada.
    • Advised a syndicate of Korean lenders on a $184m loan for the acquisition of the tenant’s interest in a ground lease with the City of Mountain View for an office building leased entirely to Google and a parking garage that is shared between the office building and the hotel located on the adjacent property.

    Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s full-service tax practice maintains an especially robust presence in the renewable energy space, handling a host of transactional structuring mandates for a diverse roster of green power suppliers. The team is also noted for its capabilities as an advisor to various tech and financial services entities, working on corporate transactions, securitizations, and infrastructure financing deals. New York-based John Narducci and San Francisco-based Wolfram Pohl routinely handle the tax aspects of energy sector transactions and project financings. Also on the West Coast, Eric Wall is noted for his expertise in executive compensation, REITs, and pass-through entity taxation. The Washington DC-based Scott Cockerham, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in June 2021, works with multiple clean energy companies on acquisitions, divestitures, and financings.  

    Practice head(s):

    Eric Wall

    Key clients

    Credit Suisse

    Veolia

    Superior Plus

    General Electric

    Macquarie Group

    Clearway Energy

    Calbee

    US Wind

    ANI Pharmaceuticals

    Shopify Inc.

    Total Energy

    Open Road Alliance

    Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    WGL Midstream, EIF Vega Midstream, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp and

    Vega Energy

    MP Group LLC

    Vostok New Ventures

    Aflac

    Basin Electric

    Toyota Motor Company

    8minute

    Nassau County New York

    Waimana Hydrogen

    Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC

    Morgan Stanley

    Bank of America

    JPMorgan Chase

    Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has standout expertise in technology antitrust cases, representing major sector clients such as Microsoft and Zillow in high-profile cases before the DOJ and FTC. Most notably, the firm represents Microsoft in the DOJ’s lawsuit alleging anticompetitive behaviour by Google, led by experienced first chair and practice head Jay Jurata and up-and-coming antitrust litigator Amy Ray. The team offers in-house enforcement expertise, primarily through former DOJ Networks and Technology lead James Tierney, and also represents clients in other key market sectors including consumer electronics and automotives. All lawyers are in Washington DC.

    Practice head(s):

    Jay Jurata

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Microsoft Corporation

    Delta Dental of California

    Nanya Technology Corporation

    Sonos Inc.

    Zillow Group, Inc.

    Instacart

    ACV Auctions, Inc.

    Continental Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Representing Microsoft as a third party in the DOJ and state AG investigations into potentially anticompetitive monopolization by Google of online search, digital advertising or related products and services.
    • Representing Zillow in defense of a Section 1 antitrust case  alleging that Zillow and the National Association of Realtors are engaging in a horizontal conspiracy to foreclose a discount real estate brokerage from disrupting the typical 6% seller-buyer commission sales model.
    • Representing Sonos in litigation and multiple trans-Atlantic antitrust investigations into alleged anticompetitive conduct by both Google and Amazon related to smart speakers.

    Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP remains active on behalf of major clients including Microsoft, Zynga, and Clover Health, representing them throughout merger control processes for major strategic acquisitions, mergers, and investments, including DOJ and FTC reviews and challenges. The firm is strong in regulated industries including technology, energy, and healthcare, working with a number of companies in each sector. The team is led from Washington DC by Jay Jurata, who spearheads the firm’s relationship with Microsoft alongside maintaining an active merger practice. James Tierney previously headed the DOJ’s Networks and Technology Enforcement Section and retains a strong focus on tech sector transactions, as does highly-rated younger partner Amy Ray, who has recently advised on deals for Zynga and Microsoft.

    Practice head(s):

    Jay Jurata

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Microsoft Corporation

    Fisker, Inc.

    Zynga Inc.

    Momentus

    Clover Health

    Dave Inc.

    Aria Energy

    Green Dot Corporation

    Superior Plus US Holdings

    Novitium Pharma LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advising developer Zynga on the antitrust aspects of its $250 million all- cash acquisition of Chartboost.
    • Advising Superior Plus on the antitrust aspects of its wholly-owned subsidiaries’ agreement to acquire the equity interests of Kamps Propane, High Country Propane, Pick Up Propane, Kiva Energy, Competitive Capital and Propane Construction and Meter Services for $240 million.
    • Advising Novitium Pharma in its $163.5 million acquisition by ANI Pharmaceuticals.

    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

    Peter Bicks – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. When facing some of their biggest challenges, clients look to New York-based Peter Bicks who is highly regarded for his expertise in product liability trials and large-scale class actions. In one such example, in 2021 Bicks co-led the team which represented Johnson & Johnson in three significant litigation matters related to California’s Proposition 65 and won motions to dismiss as well as an early summary judgment.Lynne Hermle - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Work highlights

      Work highlights

        Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

        Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP extended its capital markets offering in 2021 with a series of lateral hires to its New York office. This follows the recent expansion of its teams in Boston and in California. The firm has an impressive issuer client base, which includes Gap and Levi Strauss, along with representing major underwriters such as Citigroup Global Markets and Deutsche Bank Securities. Bill Hughes leads the team from San Francisco/Silicon Valley, with fellow San Francisco partner Brett Cooper also having a strong standing in debt offerings. New York partner Marsha Mogilevich, a 2021 hire from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, is another emerging name, along with Mark Mushkin, who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Bill Hughes

        Key clients

        Gap Inc.

        Levi Strauss & Company

        Central Garden & Pet Company

        Varex Imaging Corporation

        Juniper Networks

        Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

        Deutsche Bank Securities

        Fisker

        Powdr

        Viavi Solutions

        Work highlights

        • Advised The Gap Inc on its $1.5bn offering of senior unsecured notes.
        • Advised Fisker on its upsized $625m offering of 2.50% green convertible senior notes due 2026.
        • Advised the underwriters on the $1.35bn public offering of 4.700% fixed-rate reset non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series B by Ally Financial, Inc.

        Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 4

        Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continued to build out its team in 2021 with the hire of Mark Mushkin as a partner from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and partners Marsha Mogilevich from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Alice Hsu from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. They all reinforced the New York office and join a wider team with particular strength in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston. Allied with the firm’s strengths, the team is especially active in tech, life sciences and green energy. It has also achieved further prominence in SPAC-related offerings, including de-SPAC transactions and subsequent fund raisings; Hsu provides additional expertise in this field. Bill Hughes leads the team from San Francisco/Silicon Valley where Niki Fang is another key team member, while Albert Vanderlaan is a notable name in Boston.

        Practice head(s):

        Bill Hughes

        Testimonials

        Incredibly thoughtful, pragmatic advise provided by teams of people who are a delight to work with.

        Albert Vanderlaan — a wonderful addition to the team. Always there (we forget he is three time zones ahead of us), always thinking around the corner, and has the trust of our entire team for his market knowledge, targeted advice and all-around good nature. I don’t always smile or appreciate talking to our outside counsel. Orrick is the exception – we look forward to talking with them to help problem solve and accomplish our goals.

        Work highlights

        • Advised fintech company, Dave, on its definitive $4bn agreement to become publicly traded via a business combination with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc.
        • Advised Weave Communications on its $120m IPO.
        • Advised on Asana’s $5.5bn direct listing on the NYSE.

        Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

        Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s ‘deeply knowledgeable’ team offers distinct expertise defending IP rights, advising early-life companies on corporate matters, and providing FDA compliance advice. The team has continued expanding its ranks, notably welcoming health privacy expert Thora Johnson to the Washington DC from Venable LLP. Medical device manufacturers are a key client base for the group, with Washington DC-based co-head Anne Murray a known expert in this area. Silicon Valley-based Scott Iyama also heads the team and advises on VC investments and early-stage company IPOs.

        Practice head(s):

        Scott Iyama; Thora Johnson; Stephen Thau

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team members we work with at Orrick are deeply knowledgeable about the space. They work together very well as a team.’

        ‘Our primary contact is Scott Iyama, who is exceptional. His knowledge of the field is extensive and deep, and he has always been extremely supportive of our venture even when we were a very tiny company with little money.’

        Key clients

        Gilead Sciences

        Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (Theranos)

        Clover Health

        SOC Telemed

        Zimmer Biomet

        ANI Pharmaceuticals

        K Health

        Sizewise

        Novitium Pharma

        Virta Health

        Guide Therapeutics

        Aledade

        Scribe Therapeutics

        HCW Biologics

        Beacon Biosignals

        Work highlights

        • Representing Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, former Theranos President and COO, in a major federal prosecution.
        • Representing Zimmer in obtaining declination letters from the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
        • Advised Clover Health on capital markets, M&A, antitrust, tax and compensation and benefits aspects of its $3.7bn SPAC merger with Social Capital Hedosophia.

        Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

        Under the joint leadership of New York-based Quinn Moss and San Francisco-based Dolph Hellman, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is valued for its ability to ‘think outside the box and into the realm of unintended consequences‘. The firm continues to leverage its underlying market strengths in the finance, technology, energy and infrastructure sectors to grow and develop its funds practice; investors and sponsors with a nexus to these areas are particularly quick to instruct the group. The team is also noted for its focus on impact finance work; it is noted by one client from this field that the ‘depth of experience working with social impact managers and willingness to consider the unique issues faced by them is a key positive differentiator‘.

        Practice head(s):

        Quinn Moss; Dolph Hellman

        Testimonials

        ‘The social impact aspect of the firm’s practice is still fairly rare among law firms, though other firms are attempting to grow their expertise in this area. The firm’s depth of experience working with social impact managers and willingness to consider the unique issues faced by them is a key positive differentiator.’

        ‘Matters have been addressed from our original drafting with immediate response and appropriate partner and/or associate level work.’

        ‘Dolph Hellman has been invaluable to our firm from inception. We do not see a future where we do not work with him.’

        ‘Key skill on Orrick’s team is their ability to think outside the box and into the realm of unintended consequences.’

        ‘Quinn Moss knows more about private markets LPAs and LLCs than any attorney I know, and is the master of the big picture wholistic approach to legal risk.’

        Key clients

        IMM Private Equity

        Washington State Investment Board

        National Community Investment Fund

        PayPal

        Juxtapose

        Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF)

        San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS)

        SQN Capital Management, LLC

        Mindset Ventures III LP

        Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 6

        Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a breadth of expertise in restructuring matters and is well versed in the representation of significant financial institutions; in addition, it has represented an array of high-caliber creditors in notable deals such as Bank of Nova Scotia in the Chapter 11 cases of LATAM Airlines Group, and Centerbridge Partners in the Chapter 11 cases of PG&E. The practice is led by Raniero D’Aversa, who is renowned for his expertise in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights litigation. She practices from the New York office. The practice welcomed Preetha Gist to the Washington office, joining from Chapman & Cutler LLP in June 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Raniero D’Aversa

        Other key lawyers:

        Laura Metzger; Lorraine McGowen; Evan Hollander; Preetha Gist

        Testimonials

        ‘Very responsive and proactive.’

        Key clients

        Pyramid Management Group LLC

        Liquidators for Greensill Limited

        Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

        Levi Strauss & Co.

        Bank of Nova Scotia

        Salem Media Group

        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 recognized worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially-oriented legal advice.

        The firm: Recognized by Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Latin Lawyer, the Orrick team includes lawyers who are fluent in Spanish and English, as well as Portuguese for transactions involving Brazil, and are admitted to practice in Latin American jurisdictions. The firm knows the region’s civil law system, business practices, and regulatory and political landscapes, which allows it to add value for international clients seeking to grow their presence in Latin America. The team also works with lawyers across more than 25 Orrick offices worldwide to help Latin American clients pursue expansion strategies and obtain capital in the international markets.

        Orrick guides clients through complex cross-border matters that are shaping the future of a region ripe for substantial international investment. These have included the acquisition of the Dominican Republic’s largest airport company; the development of a US$1.3bn petrochemical facility in Mexico, including negotiating to close a first-of-its kind structure with Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to transport low-cost natural gas from the United States to the facility in Mexico; the structuring and launching of a US$200m Mexican investment fund, which will be the first ever agrotech-dedicated fund in Mexico; and the acquisition of nine airports and three partial management contracts, including co-control stakes in Costa Rica’s two major airports.

        The team has handled matters in every Latin American country and works in the region on a daily basis. Orrick has developed a strong network of contacts in the business and government sectors, connecting them with the key professionals in the region. As a result, the firm has long-standing collaborative relationships with top local law firms in Latin America that complement its strengths and reinforces the ability to counsel clients on the most complex international legal matters.

        Areas of practice: M&A and private equity; corporate; power; renewables, oil and gas; infrastructure; project finance; corporate finance; real estate; restructuring; intellectual property; international trade, investigations and compliance; and technology.

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        Partners Carlos Treistman E: ctreistman@orrick.com
        Partners Rodrigo Dominguez E: rdominguez@orrick.com
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        Partners : 30

        Orrick is a modern, inclusive, global law firm focused on serving the Tech & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Based in 25+ markets worldwide, we help our clients grow and innovate, we protect them and we help them win. We prioritize diversity (Mansfield Plus Certified for four years in a row), innovation (Financial Times Top 3 Most Innovative firms for six years in a row) and being a best place to work (Fortune Best Companies To Work For also for six years in a row). And these values help us attract and develop top talent and inspire collaboration in order to provide forward-thinking advice to the world’s most innovative companies.

        In Tech & Innovation, we help clients compete globally and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic landscape. Our clients include more than 3,700 tech and life sciences companies, 6 of the 10 largest public tech companies, 300+ VC investors and 80+ unicorns. We partner with clients on virtually every transaction type – formation through going public – and achieve outstanding litigation and regulatory outcomes for them. And as dedicated business partners, we focus with them on setting their strategic agendas, shaping key employment strategies, managing cyber risk, lobbying for innovation-friendly public policy and establishing effective ESG oversight.

        We offer a comprehensive global Energy & Infrastructure platform – working across renewables, power, oil & gas and infrastructure. Clients turn to us for revolutionary projects in energy transition and energy technology, and we guide them in the development of some of the most impactful infrastructure modernization projects across the planet. We are a pioneer in the infrastructure and Public Private Partnership markets globally and work hand in hand with governmental agencies to realize their transformational and sustainable energy, infrastructure and mobility roadmaps. And we deliver strong results across litigation, arbitration, regulatory and proactive compliance engagements.

        We have a long and rich history of serving the Finance sector. We’ve acted for global banks, funds and leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation in the private and public sectors – from creating new financial products to resolving high-stakes litigation, enforcement and compliance matters. Harnessing the talents of our diverse finance, restructuring, securitization, real estate, M&A, capital markets and tax lawyers, we partner with our clients to develop strategies for bespoke challenges and opportunities in today’s fast-paced financial markets. We combine our market knowledge with a deep bench of leading trial, appellate, regulatory and compliance lawyers to help financial institutions navigate complex litigation and enforcement matters.

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