Orrick Library Seminar – Latin-America: Unprecedented Opportunities Meet the Political Cycle

The Orrick Library Seminar Series

Seminar | October.18.2018 | 9:00am - 10:30am (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo Office

日本語:南米投資:安定した政治環境下における前例のない好機 

Orrick’s Global Japan Practice is hosting a series of “Orrick Library” seminars to explore legal issues in various fields in Japan as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. The next seminar will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Please join us for a discussion of opportunities and prospects in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors in Latin America and the legal challenges our clients face in light of the current political environment and new regulatory framework in the region. The 90-minute long session will be presented by Rodrigo Dominguez, co-head of the firm’s Latin America practice and partner in Orrick’s Houston office, and George Humphrey and William Parish, both partners in the M&A and Private Equity Group in the Houston office.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  1. State of the energy and infrastructure sector and the most immediate opportunities - Brazil, Mexico and Argentina
  2. What is happening on the technology front? Is the region experiencing a similar investment growth as the US and Europe? Where and how is institutional money flowing into?
  3. To what extent the current political environment in Brazil and Mexico affect investment into the region?
  4. What investment protections do our clients have when they deploy capital into the region? Is treaty protection available in Latin America?

This seminar will be presented by videoconference. There will be time set asides for questions and answers.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Registration from 8:45 am)
Place: Orrick Tokyo Law Office (Map)
Speakers: Rodrigo Dominguez, George Humphrey and William Parish, Partners at Orrick’s Houston Office.
Language: English
Fee: No charge
Registration deadline: October 16 (Tuesday)

* Tokyo Litigation Partners Yoshihiro Takatori, David Case, and Shinsuke Yakura will join and offer additional perspectives in Japanese.

* * Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the States of New York and California.  This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Latin America

Rodrigo Dominguez Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Houston

Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor is a partner in our Houston office and serves as co-head of the firm’s Latin America practice. Rodrigo represents clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and strategic alliances, and corporate matters in regulated and non-regulated industries.

In addition, he counsels on real estate matters involving traditional land acquisitions, complex long-term lease structures and large scale project development. Rodrigo also has significant experience representing multinationals in government contracting processes throughout Latin America.

Rodrigo is licensed to practice in Mexico, New York, and Texas. A native Spanish speaker also fluent in English, Rodrigo has experience and training from both the United States and Mexico.

Rodrigo has lectured and is frequently quoted on the recent legislative overhaul of the Mexico energy sector, which ended the state oil monopoly and provides ample opportunity for U.S. and foreign private investment in the industry. He served as the assistant secretary for the Mexican Businessmen Board of Houston from 2010 through 2015, and sat on the board of directors for the Houston Hispanic Bar Association in 2008 and 2009.

Rodrigo has written several articles, including “The Future of Private Equity in Mexico,” which was published by Latin Lawyer in May 2007.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Banking & Finance
  • Latin America

George Humphrey Partner M&A and Private Equity, Energy

Houston

George’s practice focuses on U.S. and international project development and finance, corporate finance, strategic joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, especially in the energy industry.

Specifically, George’s practice encompasses:

  • Project development, including the drafting and negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction contracts, balance of plant agreements, turbine supply agreements, build-out agreements, energy hedge agreements, coordination agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, shared facilities agreements, power purchase agreements, secondment agreements, requests for proposals, and purchase and sale agreements.

  • Project finance, including the drafting and negotiation of loan agreements and loan documentation, such as security agreements, guarantees, letters of credit, equity contribution agreements, intercreditor agreements, pledge agreements, depository agreements, control agreements, subordination agreements, consents and agreements, opinions, lien waivers and UCC filings.

  • Advising on, structuring and documenting multiple phase, merchant and other energy projects, and identifying and minimizing regulatory, transmission and other risks associated with such energy projects.

  • Helping developers negotiate with their development partners, lenders, tax equity investors, power purchasers, energy hedge providers, turbine suppliers, EPC, BOP and other contractors and drafting structures to help his clients maximize value from their projects.

  • Corporate finance transactions, including advising large banks and corporations (both as borrowers and lenders) on multimillion-dollar credit facilities ranging from syndicated, multicurrency, multijurisdictional loans to single-lender seller financing, preparing and negotiating the loan documents and securing collateral often located across the United States and the world.

  • Intercreditor transactions, including advising clients on complex intercreditor issues, such as multiple lien priorities, claimholder voting, standstill periods, cure rights, enforcement actions, payment waterfalls, collateral dispositions, casualty events, rights to amend documents, purchase options and other difficult intercreditor issues.

  • General corporate practice, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, such as advising clients on the strategic acquisition of other companies and project rights, and on the buyout of a development partner’s interest.

  • Representation of Fortune 500 companies doing business in Latin America (e.g. Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela), including the identifying and minimizing of emerging market risks, structuring and documenting joint ventures and strategic acquisitions, and the selection, coordination and management of foreign counsel.Text

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy
  • Latin America
  • Real Estate Finance

William Parish Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Houston

William “Bill” Parish, Jr. counsels clients on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, partnerships and joint ventures, energy transactions and projects, real estate and general corporate matters.

Bill serves a range of clients from family-owned businesses to exchange-listed companies and multinational corporations, as well as private equity and venture capital firms, family offices and high net-worth individuals, and institutional investors.

Bill has extensive experience in energy transactions and cross-border transactions across Latin America. He represents clients in forming joint ventures and buying and selling oil and gas properties, power generation facilities, natural gas and crude oil pipelines, terminals, processing plants, gas storage facilities, and oilfield service companies. Fluent in Spanish, Bill regularly counsels U.S. and Latin American clients in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial matters involving businesses, operations and assets in Latin America.

Bill also counsels private equity funds and their portfolio companies with respect to investments ranging from portfolio company transactions, equity line investments and minority investments, as well as management compensation packages, corporate governance matters, add-on acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and dispositions. Additionally, he counsels borrowers in real estate and commercial financing transactions, including general corporate revolving and term loan facilities, acquisition finance, mezzanine facilities and asset-based loans.

Bill is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a group to which fewer than one-third of 1% of the members of the Texas Bar are granted admission.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Cyber
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Yoshihiro Takatori Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Tokyo

Yoshi Takatori is head partner of Orrick's Global Japan practice and Tokyo's Litigation Group. His practice focuses on cross-border dispute resolution including multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration on intellectual property, product liability, anti-trust, FCPA and UKBA and compliance investigation and disputes involving labor laws. Yoshi has been recognized by numerous international publications such as being ranked Band 1 as a Dispute Resolution lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific and recognized as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property for Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Yoshi has an active practice advising and counseling multi-national Japanese companies and the Japanese Government, on proactive cybersecurity program development and strategy. He also advises on cybersecurity issues in the context of adversarial proceedings and dispute resolution. He is an Editor and Co-author of “Cyber Security Strategy for Litigation and Compliance,” which is the first book in the Japanese legal marketplace discussing multi-stakeholder risk management strategies relating to external cyber-attacks and insider cyber trade secret theft. He is regularly consulted by leading media outlets, including TV and newspapers, and quoted, in major business publications on cybersecurity issues and insights.

Yoshi's previous experience includes:

  • representing several Japanese companies in the Cresvale Securities (Princeton Bonds) incident, which victimized over 150 Japanese companies, and played a central role in the trial and settlement procedures in Japan and New York;

  • successfully representing clients in a number of IP-related dispute resolutions involving trademark, counterfeit and patent issues in U.S., Asian and EU jurisdictions. In recent years he has gained attention for victories in compensation for damages of trademark infringement in foreign countries through application of foreign law and Japanese law through the Act on General Rules for Application of Laws; and

  • numerous achievements in cross-border enforcement, trial and international arbitration such as obtaining a temporary restraining order in Japanese court based on the certified decision in California that includes JPY280 billion in punitive damages.

In addition, Yoshi is listed as a recommended arbitrator for the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) and listed on SIAC's Panel of Arbitrators and KCAB’s Panel of Arbitrators and as a Specialist Mediator at Singapore International Mediation Center (SIMC). He is a qualified FCIArb and serves key positions in the international arbitration field such as being the executive director for the Japan Association of Arbitrators, and co-convener of the Japan Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb.).

Prior to joining Orrick, he was chair of the litigation department at the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • 3D Printing
  • Japan
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

David Case Partner Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tokyo

David Case is an experienced intellectual property and commercial disputes lawyer in Orrick’s Tokyo office. His experience in Japan and New York includes a variety of intellectual property and information technology contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of Japanese and non-Japanese clients.

In connection with his contentious work, David has assisted with or been lead counsel in numerous litigations and arbitrations venued in the United States and Japan involving intellectual property infringement claims or commercial claims involving intellectual property rights. David also regularly supports Orrick’s M&A and venture start-up teams in respect of intellectual property and information technology aspects of cross border M&A and venture capital deals.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is an expert in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.