Mr. Yates, resident in the London office, is a senior member of the European Corporate Group and a leading authority on Europe cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He is admitted to the bar in various jurisdictions in the United States and Europe, and his practice is global in scope. His principal geographical focus is Europe and China. He also has extensive experience in joint ventures, distribution and licensing.
Mr. Yates has represented clients in a broad range of industrial sectors with a particular emphasis on consumer products and the automotive industry.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Yates was a partner with Coudert Brothers, where he had served as managing partner of the firm's offices in San Francisco and Paris.
As a French lawyer, Mr. Yates has assisted clients with significant investments in France. In 2002, the French Republic awarded him the Legion of Honour for his outstanding legal services to France.
In 2007 Mr. Yates was named to the Panel of Experts on the Treatment of Foreign Law at the Hague Conference on Private International Law.