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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP fields an 'exceptionally skilled team of individuals', who are active in international arbitration proceedings. Arbitration relating to infrastructure construction projects is a strength and the group also acts for clients from the commodities, financial services, energy and life sciences sectors. Charles Adams has considerable experience in the disputes space and he leads the practice together with Vanessa Liborio, who is well versed in manufacturing and energy investment proceedings. 'Superb tacticianJames Hargrove divides his time between Geneva and London. Rena Scott made partner in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charles Adams; Vanessa Liborio

Other key lawyers:

James Hargrove; Rena Scott


‘Charles Adams is a global superstar – his stellar reputation for calm under fire and legal acumen is richly deserved. ’

‘Charles Adams has a fantastic network and a brilliant command of the English language.’

‘Vanessa Liborio is meticulous and extremely hard working.’

‘Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has an extremely strong practice in this area with the fantastic James Hargrove. They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice which is always considered and on-point. They have developed a very strong following in the market.’

‘James Hargrove is a virtuoso lawyer at the absolute top of his game. He is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases. He displays absolute charm with his clients and all those with whom he works. He is very charismatic and clients love him. Most importantly, he gets great results for his clients.

‘Very efficient team, good work allocation, quick response times, expectation management, transparent and open communication, very good risk evaluation, capable of providing different fee arrangements.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

BNP Paribas

Litasco (a subsidiary of Lukoil)

Grupo TSK

Tecnicas Reunidas

King Abdullah Financial District

Hobart Group

EspeRare Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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