New York; London
Peter O'Driscoll is a partner in Orrick's M&A and Private Equity Group with a focus on emerging markets. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate conflicts, impact investment, and growth capital transactions in emerging markets, Europe and the United States.
In addition, he advises on corporate governance matters and has led internal investigations. Although he has worked across a number of industry sectors, much of Peter's work has been focused on transactions in the TMT, oil and gas, and mining sectors.
Peter practiced in New York from 1987 to 1991, in London from 1991 until 2010, and in New York from 2010 until 2013. Since 2013, he has lived in Lugano, Switzerland, and divides his time between Orrick's offices in Milan, London and New York.
During the period between 2005 and 2012, Peter co-led the Orrick team representing Telenor ASA and its affiliates in five arbitration proceedings in New York, Geneva and London, three of which resulted in final awards, and litigation proceedings in the Southern District of New York, the Commercial Court in London, and the courts of Russia and Ukraine, including the proceedings to enforce an arbitration award that led to the decision by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Telenor Mobile v. Storm LLC et al., 584 F. 3d 396 (2d Cir. 2009). The American Lawyer noted that "[t]he interplay between courts, tribunals, and -- potentially -- treaty panels is showcased in the contest for Russian mobile phone operator VimpelCom between Alfa and Norway's Telenor ASA." Those arbitrations were recognized as among the top 10 arbitrations in The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard for 2007. The Economist described the dispute as "one of Russia's longest-running and most bitter boardroom battles."