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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Ali Ramadan

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Technology Companies Group




Ali is experienced in many aspects of corporate work and regularly advises on venture capital, cross border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions for digital businesses.

In particular, Ali has experience working with start-ups, high growth companies, management and investors in the Technology, Fintech and Media sectors.

Chambers UK ranks him as “Up and Coming” and the Legal 500 UK singles him out as a "Notable Practitioner". In 2016, the Financial Times also selected him as a Young Legal Innovator of the Year.




Law Society


Cass Business School, Degree, Business Studies, First Class

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The 'excellent'¬†Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†offers ‚Äėpractical, commercial advice‚Äô; ‚Äėthey switch comfortably between strategy and detail and are thorough and diligent‚Äô. Practice head¬†Anthony Riley¬†focuses his work on M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector; he has been advising NextEnergy Solar Fund on more than ¬£150m worth of solar power project acquisitions.¬†Jinal Shah¬†(‚Äėvery good under pressure and putting people at ease‚Äô) acted for the F√©d√©ration Internationale de l‚ÄôAutomobile in connection with Liberty Media‚Äôs $8bn acquisition of Formula 1.¬†Ylan Steiner¬†‚Äėis balanced without losing sight of his clients‚Äô objectives, and has impressive interpersonal skills‚Äô; he acted for Vitruvian Partners in the acquisition of a 30% stake in cybersecurity technology company BitDefender, at a valuation of more than $600m. The team has seen a number of significant recent recruits. In September 2018, Orrick hired Daniel Wayte¬†as a partner from Milbank and James Connor¬† from Simpson Thacher. Both have a focus on private equity. The previous year the firm hired financial services advisory expert¬†Jacqui Hatfield¬†from¬†Reed Smith LLP¬†in September 2017, while¬†Ali Ramadan¬†and¬†Paul Doris¬†joined the team in early 2018 from¬†Bird & Bird LLP¬†and¬†Watson Farley & Williams LLP¬†respectively.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

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

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's 'very responsive, proactive' practice is led by 'extremely knowledgeable', 'truly outstanding' financial services regulatory expert Jacqui Hatfield, who arrived from Reed Smith LLP in September 2017; she has 'in-depth understanding of an emerging, evolving market', and is 'a straight talker' with 'a clear understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies'. She assisted Revolut with its EMI re-registration and with compliance issues relating to Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), acted for Property Partner on regulatory matters, and advised four clients on establishing crowdfunding platforms. The 'flexible, deadline-driven, highly knowledgeable' Christopher Grew and venture capital expert Ylan Steiner are strong on the corporate and finance side: Grew acted for WorldRemit on a $40m investment by LeapFrog Investments, advised Revolut on a $66m investment by Index Ventures and assisted Stripe and Goodwater Capital with their $93m investment in Monzo, while Steiner advised Railsbank Technology on its £820,000 seed financing. Other clients of the department include Azimo, Currencycloud, MoneyFarm and True Potential Wealth Management. Technology-focused corporate partner Ali Ramadan arrived from Bird & Bird LLP  in January 2018.

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