Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP
107 CHEAPSIDE
LONDON
EC2V 6DN
England

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 1

Involved in a huge volume of deals as a result of its 'market-leading' company side offering as well as a thriving practice for fund clients, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is able to impart 'highly commercial' advice. With numerous US-qualified practitioners and an ability to tap into the expertise of the firm's Silicon Valley office, the team excels at advising on mandates with a transatlantic angle and, as well as being able to seamlessly help clients execute a 'Delaware flip' procedure, it is also well-placed to undertake exit strategies via the US capital markets. US-qualified team head Chris Grew is active in transatlantic work and also has an excellent understanding of the European venture capital ecosystem, as a result of many years' experience assisting entrepreneurs and investors across hi-tech mandates. The 'versatile and highly knowledgeableShawn Atkinson is very adept at handling cross-border transactions, while the 'exceptionally knowledgeableYlan Steiner acts for investors on the later stages of the funding process. Recently promoted partner Jamie Moore  has developed a strong reputation for advising on investments into fintech and AI, while senior associate Janine Suttie has a balanced offering for investors and start-ups, advising on UK and international transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Grew

Other key lawyers:

Ylan Steiner; Shawn Atkinson; Jamie Moore; Janine Suttie; Stephen Tallon

Testimonials

They are highly knowledgeable on the commercial side and trends in the VC field.’

Very strong on venture capital, with a lot of experience to draw on, and very efficient on execution.’

Ylan Steiner is an exceptionally knowledgeable counsel – he helped guide me through a number of challenges around our fundraise with ease, speed and clarity.’

Shawn Atkinson is a great partner for us; a trusted adviser who helps us work on deals across Europe. Shawn is flexible, versatile, highly knowledgeable and always available to assist.’

Shawn Atkinson has immense knowledge on the commercials of VC deals and can advise not only on the legal side but is also very valuable when providing feedback on the commercials.’

Key clients

Secondmind Limited

PayPal Holdings, Inc.

Lilium

Vitruvian Partners

Graphcore

Kinnevik

Vostok Emerging Finance

Revolut

ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund

Atomico Management Ltd.

Piper Private Equity

Amadeus Capital Partners

Sprints Capital

EQT Ventures

Goodwater Capital

Coatue Management

Griffin Financial

Vyne Technologies

Imagine Mortgages

Immense Simulations Ltd

Bamboo Systems

PolSource Inc.

Oxx Ltd.

Scalapay Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Graphcore (an AI processor company) in raising $222m via a Series E financing round, which brings the company’s valuation to $2.77bn ; this followed a $150m Series D2 round for the same client in May 2020.
  • Advising PayPal on a number of transactions including its investment in the $300m Series C financing round of Neon Payments, the £18.9m financing of Modulr and the recent financing of Codat.
  • Advising lead investor Kinnevik and new investor Sprints Capital on their investment in the $155m Series D funding round of Vivino (developer of the world’s leading wine app).

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP’s oil and gas practice continues to go from strength to strength and has a deep bench of experts across natural resources and the energy infrastructure space. Jointly managed by project finance lawyer Evan Stergoulis and John Deacon, the team handles large-scale capital markets transactions, complex disputes and acquisitions. Ed Lukins advises oil and gas companies across AIM and the main market, whilst Edward Humphries focuses on the European and Asian markets. On the commercial arbitration side, Mark Beeley and James Hargrove are the names to note, and focus on international disputes, particularly across Russia and the CIS. Transactional partners Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu are recommended, as is associate Rebecca Downes.

Practice head(s):

Evan Stergoulis; John Deacon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Beeley is our go-to litigator. Very responsive and understands our business very well.’

‘Mark Beeley and the team have a good understanding of energy and natural resources. Also, considering they were working for a client (and with lawyers) in a different jurisdiction, they ensured that the objectives of the client were met and had a prompt turnaround time in preparing and updating documentation. The Orrick team was also readily available for strategy sessions at all times, despite the time difference, and provided strategic input at such discussions.’

‘Very pleased with the service received from the Orrick team.’

‘In comparison to other lawyers we have dealt with in the UK, we find that the lawyers at Orrick have a sound understanding of the energy and natural resources practice area. They are efficient, client-responsive with their work and always provide strategic input to meet the client’s objectives.’

Key clients

Centrica Energy

Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Conrad Energy

Energiekontor

ENGIE Global Markets

Enviva

EP UK Investments Limited

IPM Energy Trading Limited (now ENGIE UK Markets Limited)

JP Morgan

Mercuria Energy Group

MET International AG

Microsoft

Mitsui Bussan Commodities Ltd

Ørsted

Petroineos Trading Limited

Px Limited

Respira International Limited

Rockrose Energy

SOCAR Trading SA

Storengy UK Limited

Trailstone UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented RockRose Energy, an independent oil and gas company based in the UK on various matters, including during its acquisition by Viaro Energy via a £248m recommended cash offer as well as in its acquisition of SSE plc’s interest in its portfolio of gas exploration and production (E&P) assets for £120m.
  • Acting as external counsel to Petroineos Trading Limitedon the negotiation of gas, LNG, storage and trading agreements and other commodities-related activities for Petroineos Trading Limited and other PetroChina (a JV partner in Petroineos) group entities based in Europe.
  • Acting as lead external counsel to ENGIE Global Markets on general power, gas, carbon and weather trading matters including multiple specialist matters throughout the year, including force majeure claims, the impact of negative oil and power pricing on existing trading arrangements and future mitigation techniques.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP’s renewable energy practice group ‘is amongst the best in the industry’ and has the firepower to seamlessly handle complex financing transactions, sales of transmission assets and joint ventures. Jointly managed by John Deacon and Evan Stergoulis, the group has strength in the domestic and international offshore wind sector; recent highlights have included advising on the project financing of the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project off the coast of Taiwan, which is being developed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The practice has continued to build on the back of its acquisition of an energy and infra team from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in early 2020; of that group, Ravinder Sandhu is a key contact for renewable energy projects (including offshore wind, biomass and solar) while Simon Alsey focuses on large M&A mandates. Hannah Roscoe’s practice spans renewable energy, nuclear, and conventional power. At the associate level, Oliver Sikora advises on cross-border financings, particularly in the Asian markets.

Practice head(s):

Evan Stergoulis; John Deacon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong, experienced and skilled within the energy and renewables sector and understands all respects of developing, constructing and operating energy and renewables assets as well as the investment, financing and M&A aspects of the asset class. The combination of these skills are unique and add not only superior legal advice and expertise, but is also value adding from a commercial and financial perspective. In addition, the team is very service minded and flexible and delivers always within agreed deadlines.’

‘Hannah Roscoe is the standout partner in the team – we have worked with her a long time and she continues to provide timely, commercially astute and reasonable advice across the energy, M&A and financing arenas.’

‘Ravinder Sandhu is the stand out partner for me, however, Evan Stergoulis and Simon Alsey are top quality as well. Ravinder’s stand out quality is output.  She works at a furious pace that results in documents being turned around in unexpectedly quick times with high quality results.’

‘Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu are hardworking, detail-oriented though pragmatic, enthusiastic and fun to work with. Feels like colleagues in a team which makes the cooperation a pleasure.’

Evan Stergoulis has a deep knowledge of, and is very well respected in, the renewables industry. He is both technically excellent as a lawyer and has an extremely impressive commercial understanding of the business of this sector. Evan is able to draw on both skillsets to provide advice that is relevant to the needs of his clients.’

‘Simon Alsey is an extremely safe pair of hands and a pleasure to work with. He is rigorous in his approach, at ease with complex transactions, yet also able to provide focused and digestible advice to help the client make sense of it all.’

‘Outstanding commitment to the tasks and results.’

‘Balanced and considered viewpoint, with a pragmatic approach always.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Atradius Dutch State Business N.V.

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)

Centrica Energy

Conrad Energy Limited

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Crédit Agricole CIB

CTBC Bank Co., Ltd

DBS Bank Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

EKF

Emirates Global Aluminium

EnergieKontor

ENGIE

Entie Commercial Bank

E.Sun Commercial Bank Ltd.

EP UK Investments

Future Earth Energy

GIEK

Glennmont Partners

HSBC

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Infracapital

JP Morgan Asset Management / IIF

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

KFW

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

KGI Bank Xo, Ltd.

KSURE

Maple Power (JV between Enbridge and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

Microsoft

Mizuho Bank Ltd.

MUFG

Natixis

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

Ørsted

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC)

RockRose Energy plc

Seacrest Capital Group Ltd

SMBC

Soci

Work highlights

  • Advising the ECAs and lenders on the $3bn project financing of the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project, featuring the largest ECA and lender group of any offshore wind project to date, the largest renewables financing in the APAC region to date and one of the world’s biggest project financings in 2020.
  • Advised Hornsea 1 Limited (a joint venture of Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners) on its £1bn+ sale of transmission system assets relating to the 1.2 GW Hornsea offshore wind farm, currently the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.
  • Advising on multiple mandates for long-term client Conrad Energy, supporting its growth in 2020 to become the largest flexible generation platform in the UK, including the proposed acquisition of up to 11 development-phase gas peaking power plants and two operational gas peaking power plants.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is well regarded for its scope in the technology M&A space, where the team routinely handles sell-side instructions for a litany of fast-growth companies and more established businesses. Beyond tech, the team is also noted for its strengths in energy, infrastructure, media, and mining, regularly working on mid-market transactions for bluechip multinationals. Practice head Shawn Atkinson's international tech focus sees him leading on a range of cross-border deals. Newly promoted partner Katie Cotton frequently leads on cross-border deals involving high-profile tech companies and publishers. Senior associate Yolanda Yong is recommended for her renewable energy and infrastructure expertise.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Katie Cotton; Yolanda Yong; Daniel Wayte; Peter Sugden

Testimonials

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable, bringing a wealth of insight, expertise and pragmatism to deals. Their awareness of market trends, of issues, of approaches to deals and the approach of players within the market place is invaluable to navigating deal structures and paperwork.’

‘Shawn Atkinson is simply outstanding. Hugely talented, knowledgeable, down to earth, approachable and responsive. One you are glad to have on your side.’

‘The team is easy to work with and highly knowledgeable regarding the VC sector. Katie Cotton is unflappable, practical and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong team, very cohesive.’

‘Incredibly responsive and helpful. Orrick have been hugely supportive and really helped us grow our business.’

‘Responsive, great understanding of our market and our business.’

‘Peter Sugden is outstanding. He combines exceptional legal skills with a practical approach, and to top it all off, he’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Peter Sugden offers a superb level of balanced advice and service.’

Key clients

Aptean, Inc.

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

BlackRock

Bluefield

Canal+ Group

Carrefour SA

Cobra Resources

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Enerray S.p.A.

Infracapital

Michelin

NextEnergy

One Media iP Group

Panther Metals

Railsbank Technology

RockRose Energy

Suntory International Corp.

Swoop, Inc.

Walney Extension Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Aptean on the acquisition of Paragon Software Systems.
  • Represented RockRose Energy on the recommended cash offer acquisition of its entire share capital by Viaro Energy.
  • Advising Walney Extension Limited on its sale of its offshore wind power transmission assets to Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is a strong choice for high-stakes matters and its roster of clients includes high-net-worth individuals, multinational companies and nation states. Its work covers sectors such as finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure. Practice head Simon Willis focuses on commercial disputes (often involving financial and professional services institutions), contentious regulatory work and professional negligence cases. He works with Mark Beeley, who primarily focuses on international arbitration, but also maintains a cross-border disputes practice in the English courts. Marcus Holmstroem is an experienced senior associate. Amanda Voss and Adam Rizzo  recently made partners. Maria Frangeskides joined Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Simon Willis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very bright team, with an exceptional commitment to achieving the best result for the client.

Impressive subject matter experts – a very responsive and cohesive team.

Practical, sensible, sound judgement, down to earth, and lovely to work with.

Offers great clarity and confidence – they are very experienced and knowledgeable, as well as very effective communicators, personable, and able to change their style to fit the situation. A pleasure to work with.

Very strong – good client centricity and they know our business well.

Simon Willis is an outstanding litigation solicitor, and drives and controls his team very effectively.

Simon Willis really understands what we do.

Simon Willis is a big brain, combining both detailed legal and analytical ability with a clear focus on strategic issues.

Key clients

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Jasminder Singh (Edwardian Hotels)

Sunset Financials

Gianluigi Torzi

Connexin

Work highlights

  • Acting for KPMG in relation to the collapse of Carillion, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history.
  • Defending certain EY entities against a claim pursued by a former audit partner, who alleges that he was constructively dismissed when he refused to adopt an improper position in an audit.
  • Acting for Optimares in High Court litigation against Qatar Airways, arising from an agreement to design and manufacture airplane business and economy class seats.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP provides ‘an excellent global perspective through a geographically and culturally diverse team’. The practice, which is strong on both contentious and non-contentious cyber and data protection matters, is led by Keily Blair, who is recommended for data privacy work and pre- and post-data breach counselling. Faraaz Samadi joined from Milbank in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Keily Blair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘With their sound advice and expert counsel, everything went just as we expected or even better’.

‘Their professionalism in this field we believe is excellent and worth every dollar we spent’.

‘They provided us with around-the-clock service during those tough Covid-19 quarantine times and arranged teleconferences for us anytime we needed’.

‘Keily Blair has an outstanding command of the international legal landscape relating to data and security breach requirements’.

‘Keily Blair has exceptional business acumen and leadership strengths’.

‘Strong attention to collaboration with partner firms in jurisdictions where they do not have offices’. 

Key clients

Baidu, Inc

Xiaomi

Workday, Inc.

Deltek, Inc.

Juniper Networks

Technologies of Voice Interface Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Baidu with the launch of its social and wellbeing apps in Europe and the UK, providing advice that balanced the complexities of offering a global, cutting-edge, data-heavy consumer product in a heavily regulated EU market, as well as the growing issue of international transfers of personal data outside the EEA.
  • Providing privacy and cybersecurity advice to a multi-billion dollar, international e-commerce company.
  • Advising an online mobile multiplayer competition platform that is integrated into a number of iOS and Android games on the review and uplift of its privacy practices to meet its general compliance with EU, UK and US data protection law including compliance with new iOS 14 privacy requirements.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The energy and infrastructure group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is predominantly active in the commodity derivatives market, and clients describe 'an easily approachable and available team with a very commercial and practical approach'. Practice head Edward Humphries, who is 'excellent at identifying just what needs to be done, and at doing it efficiently', focuses on trading, structured trading, financing, regulation and M&A in relation to energy and other commodities, while Hannah Roscoe is an expert energy trade through power purchase agreements. They worked together to assist long-standing client ENGIE Global Markets with energy commodity trading agreements, including power, gas, carbon and weather trading matters.

Practice head(s):

Edward Humphries

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Ed Humphries, particularly in relation to commodities/energy and carbon emission allowances. He is excellent at identifying just what needs to be done, and at doing it efficiently.’

‘I have worked with Ed Humphries. Apart from being charming, he is commercial, smart, and efficient. He is not formulaic. As a result, his legal work is just what you need, and not overdone.’

‘Very strong expertise in structured products and derivatives/regulation.’

‘Edward Humphries is a pleasure to work with.’

‘A very commercial and practical approach, an easily approachable and available team. A highly experienced team delivering a high level of work in time.’

Key clients

Centrica Energy

Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Conrad Energy (client for 1 year)

Energiekontor (client for 11 years)

ENGIE Global Markets (client for 14 years)

Enviva

EP UK Investments Limited

Glennmont Partners

IPM Energy Trading Limited (now ENGIE UK Markets Limited) (client for 17 years)

JP Morgan (client for 7 years)

Mercuria Energy Group (client for 7 years)

MET International AG (client for 1 year)

Microsoft

Mitsui Bussan Commodities Ltd (client for 8 years)

Ørsted

Petroineos Trading Limited

Px Limited

Respira International Limited

Rockrose Energy

SOCAR Trading SA (client for 11 years)

Storengy UK Limited

Trailstone UK Limited (client for 4 years)

Work highlights

  • Advising JP Morgan Securities plc on various matters, including the impact of negative oil pricing on existing trading arrangements and future mitigation techniques across JP Morgan’s trading portfolio and, separately, on a complex carbon derivatives total return swap.
  • Advising longstanding client ENGIE Global Markets as lead external counsel on the negotiation of all energy commodity trading agreements. This includes recently representing the team in multiple derivative-based synthetic corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) including two with Amazon (backed off by upstream PPAs in France and Italy) and one with Endesa in Spain (backed off by an upstream PPA in Spain).
  • Acting as external counsel on the negotiation of gas, LNG, storage and power trading agreements and other commodities-related activities for Petroineos Trading Limited, as well as on the inauguration and roll-out of significant UK and northern Europe gas swap trading activities and gas interconnector capacity and trading agreements.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP advises a range of investor clients on investments into fintech businesses, and it also acts for fintech companies on regulatory and transactional matters. Working closely with its colleagues in the US, the team is well-placed to handle transatlantic matters, including those concerning payments, ICOs, blockchain and crypto. Jacqui Hatfield, Chris Grew and Shawn Atkinson co-head the team. Marco Boldini, who joined from PwC LLP in 2020, splits his time between London and Milan.

Practice head(s):

Jacqui Hatfield; Chris Grew; Shawn Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very specialised, extremely responsive and well prepared.’

‘I strongly appreciate the knowledge of regulatory topics within different jurisdictions.’

‘Marco Boldini, despite his seniority, is always available and committed to ensure the highest quality of services.’               

‘Exceptional support and advice received from Chris Grew.’       

Key clients

OakNorth Bank Limited

Azimo

Baleen Capital

Bought By Many

Microsoft Corporation

Currency Cloud Group Limited

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Fidel Limited

Finverity Ltd

Oval Money Ltd

Vostok Emerging Finance Ltd.

Revolut

Kinnevik

MoneyFarm

Griffin Financial Technology Limited

Global Processing Services (UK) Limited

Imagine Mortgages

PayPal Holdings, Inc

Scalapay Limited

Shopify

Wirex

Railsbank

TransferGo

Thanks Ben Ltd.

Nerdwallet, Inc.

Ziglu

Work highlights

  • Advised Vostok Emerging Financing on its investment into the $255m Series E financing of digital secured lending platform Creditas and $21.6m Series B financing of Juspay, an India-based company that developed an online platform designed to be used for mobile-based payments.
  • Advised Sprints Capital International LP on its investment into the $50m and $180m financings of PPRO, a London-based company that provides electronic payment services intended to meet the needs of both payment service providers and payment industry leaders.
  • Providing regulatory advice in relation to Microsoft’s Worldwide Payment Systems group.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP  primarily advises large multinational companies from the energy, tech and financial services sectors, providing 'reliable and swift advice' on the merger control aspects of international M&A and other corporate transactions. Douglas Lahnborg is the sole partner in London and is experienced in all areas of competition law, frequently  representing clients before the EU commission and the CMA.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Lahnborg

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Rose

Testimonials

Orrick’s Competition Law team provides with reliable and swift advice.’

Matthew Rose provides quick and accurate advice, which is directly applicable to the company’s operations.’

Key clients

Telenor

Crane Co

FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile)

Workday

eBay

Microsoft

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

PayPal Holdings, Inc

Schlumberger Limited

Graphcore

XMOS

Ørsted

RingCentral

Bayer AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Telenor on securing unconditional Phase I approval from the European Commission for the $1bn merger with Viasat Consumer.
  • Advised Daicel Corporation in its $1.575bn acquisition of Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Workday on the competition aspects of its $700 million acquisition of Peakon.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is most known for its integration with the firm's stand-out technology practice, having made a name for itself in relation to fintech regulations. Led by Jacqui Hatfield, lawyers have expertise in issues such as e-payments and crowd funding, as well as regulatory issues facing wealth management and robo advice platforms. Associate Rebecca James is a core team member and has developed a specialism in cryptocurrency offerings, also an area of specialism for Hatfield. In March 2020, the group was joined by Marco Boldini from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, who splits his time between Milan (where he leads the Italian financial services regulatory practice) and London.

Practice head(s):

Jacqui Hatfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Practical, super-responsive.’

The team is very specialised, extremely good at responding and well prepared. I strongly appreciate the knowledge of regulatory topics within different jurisdictions.’

Marco Boldini, despite his seniority, is always available and committed to ensure the highest quality of services.

Key clients

PNC Bank

Bank of Kuwait

Sberbank

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Revolut

Microsoft Corporation

MFM Investments Ltd

Propcoin

The Reserve

True Potential

Skew Ltd

Finverity Ltd

BTON Financial Limited

Wirex Limited

Greenspring Associates

Vostok Emerging Finance

Bought By Many

Italian Chamber of Commerce in UK

ETC Management Ltd

NerdWallet, Inc

Oval Money Ltd

Pollen

Moviefarm

Work highlights

  • Advised ETC Management in relation to the first regulated crypto ETF and tokenised bond issuance.
  • Ongoing UK regulatory advice to Revolut, a London-based digital banking alternative that allows users to hold, exchange and transfer currencies without fees.
  • Regularly providing regulatory advice to Microsoft Corporation in relation to commercial transactions for Microsoft’s worldwide Payment Systems Group.  This includes the extent to which it would be classified as consumer credit.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP's London international arbitration team represents a mix of multinational companies, high-net-worth individuals and nation states, particularly across the finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure sectors. Energy disputes specialist and 'effective advocate' Mark Beeley is the principal London figure; London and Geneva-based James Hargrove has experience under all the major institutional arbitration rules; and senior associate Sarah Stockley's practice includes international arbitrations in the energy sector. Maria Frangeskides joined Addleshaw Goddard in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beeley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Orrick international arbitration team has been excellent to work with. They understand the oil and gas industry and are experts with respect to LCIA arbitrations.

The Orrick team ran with the client’s objectives and was readily available at all times, despite the time difference, for strategy sessions.

The team has been hardworking, responsive and practical.

The team has a wealth of experience in international arbitration, especially in the oil and gas sector.

The firm is detailed in its approach to work; and its understanding of the peculiarities of the dispute we worked on exceeded our expectations.

Mark Beeley and senior associate Sarah Stockley impressed us as they each had a good understanding of international arbitration proceedings; and considering they were working for a client (and with lawyers) in a different jurisdiction, they ensured that the objectives of the client were met, and had a prompt turnaround time in preparing and updating the documentation to be submitted to the tribunal.

Mark Beeley may come close to being the complete lawyer – excellent at client care, a strong strategist and an effective advocate, both on paper and orally.

James Hargrove is a truly strategic litigator and a seriously-engaged client partner.

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Gaztransport & Technigaz

DNO ASA

Vedanta

Marubeni

BNP Paribas

Khaitan Holding (Mauritius)

Litasco

Work highlights

  • Representing Khaitan Holding (Mauritius) in its high-value bilateral investment treaty claim against India, which concerns India’s cancellation of 2G Mobile telephone provider licences.
  • Representing Vedanta and Marubeni (as joint venture parties) in their 14-year dispute with the Government of India over the allocation of profits from the Ravva oil and gas field (offshore India).
  • Representing the South American affiliate of an energy major in an LCIA arbitration, in relation to international insolvency issues.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP, working closely with US-based colleagues, primarily advising clients in the technology and financial services sectors. Practice lead Nicola Whiteley provides transactional support but also assists clients with complex disputes, senior terminations and recruitment, TUPE issues, team moves and restructuring exercises. In March 2021, the group saw Mandy Perry leave for Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Whiteley

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Oliver

Testimonials

Nicola Whiteley is a consummate professional. Her knowledge and judgement are excellent.’

Strong technical expertise, pragmatic, good knowledge of our company culture – hence tailored solutions are provided.’

Nicola Whiteley is very responsive, thoughtful, pragmatic, commercial. Strong expertise. Trusted.’

Good at nurturing longstanding relationships. always ready to help no matter how small the issue and a needle-sharp intuition and expertise that get straight to the heart of an issue.’

Straightforward, direct, solutions-focused and expert. They are responsive, quick to return calls, and also succinct – things aren’t dragged out to increase fees.’

Nicola Whiteley has a unique skill of making you feel like her only client and that she is an extended part of the business; incredibly supportive and makes time for us whenever we ask. Nicola has such extensive experience we have 100% confidence in her advice and she never fails us.’

Key clients

Facebook

Hudson RPO Limited

NVIDIA

ABN AMRO

Warburg Pincus

Trident Energy

ADM Investor Services International

SEB

Revolut

Sabre Corporation

Cisco International

Rathbone Brothers plc

GFT Financial Ltd

Cambridge Glycoscience

Ampelmann Operations BV

Aptean, Inc.

Datto, Inc.

RingCentral

TransCard

Typeform UK Ltd

Verkada

Ocean Technologies Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Aptean during the acquisition of Paragon Software Systems Limited, including advising on employment due diligence, the SPA and management departures.
  • Advised money-transfer platform provider Vitesse on employment aspects of its $8.125m Series A financing, including advising on the employment aspects of the SPA and contractual arrangements for senior personnel.
  • Advised Kinnevik on its investment in the $70 million Series C financing of HungryPanda, which included employment work such as due diligence and advising on the enforceability of senior management’s post-termination restrictions and the risks of operating within the gig economy.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

The multi-disciplinary offering at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has been strengthened over the last couple of years by some decent hires, including Richard Hanson from Ropes & Gray LLP (who has a focus on structured finance) and Anthony Kay from Latham & Watkins in January 2020 (who has a leveraged finance focus).

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

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.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

With ‘an exceptional ability to get to the heart of problems and provide highly strategic solutions’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is highly active in complex arbitration proceedings, with particular expertise in the construction, infrastructure, commodities, finance, energy and technology sectors. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network on cross-border cases and has expertise across a range of Swiss and international arbitration rules. Charles Adams heads up the group, which also includes Vanessa Liborio, James Hargrove (who splits his time between Geneva and London), and Rena Scott, who is US-qualified with experience in construction disputes.

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Testimonials

‘The Orrick Geneva team has very strong capabilities, with partners that are excellent commercial and construction lawyers. I believe the Geneva team really has the ability to provide tailor-made services to its client, and good value for money, and this it why it stands out.’

‘Charles Adams is very business-oriented, he is an excellent counsel and arbitrator. He provides great commercial advice. Rena Scott and Vanessa Liborio are both excellent, especially in dealing with construction disputes. They are very dedicated, hard working and second-to-none when it comes to handling complex cases.’

‘Vanessa Liborio is extremely hard working and dedicated. She is knowledgeable and very bright. Charles Adams is very well connected – especially within the United States and the Middle East.’

‘Very commercially-minded advice, problem solving-oriented approach, outstanding substance knowledge, availability and reachability, layman language advice, and flexibility.’

‘James Hargrove is our main point of contact. Always available and client-oriented with a deep commercial acumen on the top of very solid litigation skills.’

‘Exceptional ability to get to the heart of problems and provide highly strategic solutions. Very client friendly, diligent and fantastic attention to detail.’

‘Always very much approachable with fast, but also highly qualified responses. Broad legal knowledge in many sectors and objective analytic views. Very transparent billing practice. Good team spirit with allocation of tasks through their international offices. Great network with access to numerous specialists, if needed.’

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company

King Abdullah Financial District

Litasco (a subsidiary of Lukoil)

Grupo TSK

Tecnicas Reunidas

EspeRare Foundation

Hobart Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented EspeRare Foundation, a Swiss non-profit supporting advanced clinical research in rare, so-called ‘orphan’ paediatric diseases, in a Swiss Arbitration Centre international arbitration proceeding.
  • Advising a European construction company in relation to a dispute concerning its EPC services in the construction of a refinery in the Middle East with claims and counterclaims as a result of delay to the project.
  • Acting for an oil trading and mining company in three separate London LCIA arbitrations against a European petroleum company. The disputes arise under a loan agreement and two contracts for the sale and purchase of gasoil.

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 and innovation, energy and infrastructure and finance 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 one of the world’s leading financial centres. Clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, FTSE 100 and energy and infrastructure companies, 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 evolving 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, 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 unified teams to meet the global needs of our clients.

Types of work undertaken
Technology and innovation: Orrick provides advice on tactical approaches to companies and investors, from incubation to strategic exit and future growth opportunities. Leveraging our global resources, as well as deep-rooted relationships in Silicon Valley, we provide critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace. Orrick represents leading venture capital and private equity firms and successfully advises on M&A exits and IPOs. The team represents technology companies in complex merger control investigations before the European Commission and advises on issues at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property. Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms.

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.  Our team has experience advising on large scale, long term infrastructure projects, offering innovative financing and tailored-made contractual structures across the Europe, Africa and the US.  We specialise in innovative, market-leading projects globally, covering airports, roads and bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, water and waste and rail-related transactions as well as infrastructure relating to both energy and mining projects. We advise on all of the development specialties for energy and infrastructure projects, including major project agreements, such as PPAs (including energy hedges), interconnection agreements, O&M agreements, EPC and BOP contracts, equipment supply agreements and other key project documents and contracts.

Finance: The London finance team represents leading credit providers and borrowers (including private equity sponsors) in a wide range of UK, international and cross-border 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.

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Office Leader Simon Willisswillis@orrick.com+44 20 7862 4682
Number of UK partners : 31
Number of other UK fee-earners : 76