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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.
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.
Toshihiko Tsuchiya, partner in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Real Estate Group. His practice focuses on the securitization and liquidation of real estate assets, including the utilization of the TMK structure in development projects.
His experience covers not only real estate assets, but also receivables and claimable assets.
Mr. Tsuchiya has also been involved in a wide range of international and domestic business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, international litigation and international arbitration.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Tsuchiya was a partner at Jones Day from 2002 to 2006. From 1993 to 2002, he worked at Yanagida & Nomura, a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Yoichi Katayama, a partner in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. His practice focuses on the area of international infrastructure project development and finance, focusing on power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects representing multinational developers and financial institutions.Prior to joining Orrick in 1997, Mr. Katayama served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York between 1989 and 1993.
James Atkin is the global co-head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice.
Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments. He advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.
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.
Minako Wakabayashi, partner in Orrick's Tokyo office is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group, and plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.
Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government.
Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.
He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.
Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.
He is recommended in various publications and rankings including Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015).
Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.
Yuko also handles various aspects of cross-border and domestic business transactions including energy projects, fintech related projects, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international disputes, compliance matters, and general corporate matters.
Before joining Orrick, she worked at Morrison & Foerster from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked at Yanagida & Partners (formerly known as Yanagida & Nomura), a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Ms. Ohta focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, litigation and general corporate transactions.Yumiko also has international trade expertise in areas such as customs rules and export controls.
Before joining Orrick, Yumiko was an associate at Tanabe & Partners and advised clients in corporate transactions and employment law as well as represented clients in civil and family cases. Also, she has experience serving as an outside auditor for Japanese corporations. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for seven years. While there, she was involved in LNG projects and other global business.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
Tokyo; Washington, D.C.
John Inge is counsel in the Intellectual Property Group and resident in the Tokyo office. He has more than 30 years of patent and other intellectual property law experience divided between Japan and the United States.
John has experience handling matters involving a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, consumer electronics, communications systems, computers and associated equipment, radar, optics (including fiber optics), medical and surgical devices, display systems, lighting devices, printing systems, electronic photography, energy storage devices and plastic molding technology.
John's legal practice spans patent litigation, interferences, validity and infringement investigations, and negotiations and licensing involving all aspects of intellectual property. Joint venture and research and development agreements in an international context are a particular area of his focus. He frequently counsels clients in both the United States and Japan on patent portfolio management and intellectual property strategies.
John currently teaches a course on International Intellectual Property Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He previously served on the adjunct faculty of George Mason University School of Law, teaching courses on interference practice and other advanced areas of U.S. PTO practice. He also taught international intellectual property law at Temple University Law School’s Tokyo campus. He also was the longest-serving chairman of the Board of Directors of Yokohama International School, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of secondary international education, and he currently chairs the school’s Board of Trustees. John regularly lectures throughout the Pacific Rim on intellectual property law topics. He is also a frequent lecturer on U.S. patent practice at public and in-house seminars in Japan.
Yuko Inui, Of Counsel in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice mainly focuses on M&A, project financing, and permits and authorizations of renewable energy projects. She also handles real estate transactions, environmental conservation and fintech matters.
Before joining Orrick, Ms. Inui was an associate at the Tokyo office of Atsumi & Partners until 2006. Previously, she worked in the Malaysian office of BirdLife International, an international environmental NGO. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Inui worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), where she was involved in environmental and social compliance matters with relation to yen-denominated loan projects.
Yuko is a member of the environmental preservation committees of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
Tokyo; Hong Kong
Tokyo; Hong Kong
Jae-Hyon Ahn, Of Counsel in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group. His practice focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies.
Jae-Hyon also regularly advises financial institutions and major international companies in connection with various complex cross border financing matters, including bank, structured and asset finance transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick's Tokyo office, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick's Finance group in New York. He also worked at another major international law firm in Tokyo.
Reiko Saito, a senior associate in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
Reiko's practice focuses on advising clients on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects and corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and compliance matters.
Reiko also practices financing transactions such as liquidation of various receivables and real properties and development of financial products including structured finance and trust products. She has extensive experience of general real estate securitizations, consumer loan securitizations and other ABS transactions.
Before joining Orrick, Reiko was an associate at Atsumi & Partners from 2001 until 2006, where she was engaged in many securitization and liquidation projects.
Kazuo Isshiki is a senior associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kazuo focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kazuo was an associate in the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Kane Huang, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Kane advises U.S. and Japanese companies on cross-border M&A, joint venture, technology licensing, energy and real estate related transactions, as well as compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.
In addition to transactions between U.S. and Japanese companies, Kane works on a variety of multijurisdictional transactions involving entities and assets in Asia and Europe.
Kane worked at Orrick's Silicon Valley office from 2010 to 2012, where he focused on technology sector M&A.
Sakon Kuramoto is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Sakon has used his experience residing in the United States and Singapore to handle a wide range of corporate matters such as domestic and foreign investment/M&A in both advanced and emerging countries, compliance, and dispute resolution.
Recently, he has been responding to the needs of Japanese companies advancing overseas by giving advice on domestic and international crisis management, the establishment of a corporate governance structure, the enhancement of global compliance system and CSR related legal matters. He is familiar with various countries' regulations aiming to rectify supply chains, international rules and standards regarding corporate governance/CSR including “Business and Human Rights” issues and related ILO Conventions. In addition, he is familiar with the ESG investment such as green bond and social bond.
engaged in AI, IoT, Fintec, and tourism businesses including vacation rental
business. He also advises Japanese companies on issues regarding female,
disabled and LGBT employees in light of taking countermeasures to stakeholders
and facilitating diversity management.
Haruka Matsumoto is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Haruka focuses on intellectual property,
antitrust, product liability, compliance and other commercial disputes,
including litigation and international arbitration, for both domestic and non-Japanese
companies. She also advises clients on dispute resolution, insurance and
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Haruka was an associate at Nagasawa Law Offices.
is a managing associate and member of the Energy
and Infrastructure Group in Orrick’s Tokyo office. His
practice focuses on the development and financing of various energy projects,
representing domestic and international sponsors and developers.
He mainly works on project contracts including EPC contracts, BOP contracts and O&M contracts. As a result from his secondment experience at a Japanese major trading house from 2013 to 2014, Kentaro has acquired of great understanding of his clients’ needs.
Prior to joining Orrick’s
Tokyo Office, Kentaro worked at O'Melveny & Myers Tokyo office, where he
engaged in cross-border M&A, finance transactions and dispute resolution.
Kei Kato is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kei focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, employment, compliance and other commercial disputes, including litigation and international arbitration, for both domestic and non-Japanese companies.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Kei was an associate at Nishimura and Asahi.
Masao Fujino is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Masao's main focus is on domestic and transnational commercial disputes relating to intellectual property.
He represents companies in patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright infringement litigation, and additionally handles other matters, such as employment and tort litigation and foreign judgment enforcement.
He also assists with domestic and multinational transactions related to intellectual property including trademark and trade secret licensing.
Yusuke Kobayashi is an associate in Orrick's Tokyo Office and a member of the Employment Law Group.
Yusuke mainly focuses on employment law advice, as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and general corporate transactions.
Anri Nakamoto is an associate in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group.
His practice focuses on representing Japanese companies in patent litigation, trade secret litigation and other intellectual property disputes. Anri also counsels clients on patent portfolio management, intellectual property strategy developments, adversarial patent licensing negotiations, and other IP related matters in cross-border M&A and strategic business and technology alliances.
Prior to joining Orrick, Anri worked for more than 10 years at Hitachi Ltd., Panasonic Corporation, and IP Bridge Inc., a Japanese sovereign patent fund management company, where he gained hands-on experience in patent prosecutions, sales and purchase transactions of patent portfolios, adversarial patent licensing negotiations and litigation.
Hitoshi Fujisaki is an associate the Tokyo office and a member of the Real Estate Group.
His practice focuses on domestic and overseas financial institutions, real estate funds, real estate developers and other companies. He works mainly on transactions involving special purpose companies and finance related transactions with SPC and Trust schemes. He also gives legal advice on international corporate trades, finance related transactions, real estate related transactions and general corporate matters.
Hong Kong; Tokyo
Hong Kong; Tokyo
Mark Weeks is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group, splitting his time between Hong Kong and Tokyo. He practiced in New York and Tokyo for more than 25 years. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Mark served as office leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office from 2006 to 2017.
He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.
Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.
Hiroshi Sarumida is a partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Orrick’s New York office, and also the U.S. Chair of the firm’s Global Japan Transactional Practice.
Hiroshi has 25 years of experience advising on a broad range of corporate transactions, especially representing Japanese multinational corporations in matters involving cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, corporate restructuring transactions, international corporate finance transactions, U.S. and transnational litigations and other dispute matters, and crisis management.
Pascal Agboyibor, head of Orrick’s Africa practice, is a leading authority on African projects and financings relating to energy, infrastructure, mining and agriculture. Formerly leader of Orrick’s Paris office, he serves on the firm’s board.
Financial Times named Pascal one of the ten most innovative lawyers in Europe in 2014. FT described him as “passionate about bringing infrastructure and commercial stability to Africa” and praised his “in-depth understanding of local business markets and socio-political contexts on the continent”, particularly in Western and Central African nations. In a cover profile entitled, “The Man Who Whispers in the Ears of Giants”, Forbes Afrique noted Pascal’s “will to foster the emergence of Africa” and the “diplomacy, reliability and ethics” that he brings to client counselling and negotiations.
Pascal is advising on the financing of the Grand Inga, a planned hydroelectric dam on the Congo River that is expected to increase the continent’s energy output by 50 percent. He advised the Republic of Guinea on a number of complex and integrated mining projects. Pascal has also played a key role on the development of OHADA law, the uniform code of 17 West and Central African states, and financial markets regulation, and both local and global authorities regularly seek his counsel on policy matters. Pascal leads Orrick's Africa practice, a group of corporate, finance and dispute resolution lawyers worldwide and specialized in advising on African projects in a number of sectors including oil & gas, power, mining, agriculture and infrastructure. The team received, in 2013, the Best Africa/Energy & Infrastructure Practice Award (Trophées du Droit - Décideurs) and is recognized in Chambers Global’s Africa-wide rankings.
Ed Batts leads Orrick’s global M&A and Private Equity practice group, which includes more than 60 partners globally dedicated to acquisitions and divestitures on behalf of strategic and financial sponsors alike. Orrick consistently ranks as one of the top law firms globally for M&A deal volume by delivering business acumen in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Ed also is a member of Orrick’s Management Committee.
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San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.
John focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.
Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.”
John is an advisor to Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies, and Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
Orange County; Taipei
Orange County; Taipei
For nearly three decades, Robert Benson has dedicated himself to helping clients resolve their most challenging legal disputes. Whether litigating multi-patent matters, competitor disputes, or licensing obligations, Robert blends his commitment to serving others with his legal acumen, creativity, integrity, and collaborative leadership to attain the best possible results for his clients.
Robert has handled a wide range of commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, has obtained injunctive relief, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, and argued before the Federal Circuit. He has handled both offensive and defensive patent licensing and litigation, and has implement strategies that incorporate inter partes review, reexamination, and other PTO proceedings. His matters have involved technologies including semiconductors, graphics processing, mobile devices, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and countless other products and consumer electronics.
In addition to his domestic practice, Robert also leads Orrick’s Taipei office. In Chambers Global 2018, Robert is the only attorney ranked in the U.S. for Intellectual Property – Foreign Expert for Taiwan. Global corporations headquartered in Asia trust him to navigate the unique issues, claims, and defenses that arise in multinational litigation and cross-border disputes. Please click here to read his bio in Simplified Chinese.
Robert’s commitment to service extends beyond his professional clients. Over the past 20 years, Robert has established programs in Asia, Africa, and North and South America that care for hundreds of at-risk children and enable them to attend universities and launch their careers. He is the founder of Arms of Love International, a charitable organization that operates family-based homes for abandoned or abused children, and Love Forward, a charitable organization that provides a higher education for students who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse. In his recently published book, Love Forward, Robert shares the life stories of some of the young women and men who grew up in the Arms of Love homes, together with his personal story, to encourage and inspire others in their own endeavors. In recognition of his service, Orrick awarded Robert its Community Responsibility Award in 2017.
Peter Bicks is a nationally recognized trial lawyer based in New York. Clients repeatedly turn to Peter for their most challenging, high-profile business disputes -- ranging from intellectual property to mass tort claims. Over the course of his career, he has proven he can win at trial in any forum, ranging from state court juries in Alabama, California, New York, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia to the International Trade Commission.
In recognition of Peter’s career trial work, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2015. Juries have compared him favorably to Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey. Chambers USA calls him “Enormously talented, extremely organized and a fantastic leader,” adding: “You can put him in front of a jury anywhere and he’ll connect with it.” And a peer in the trial bar told Law360: “What is most impressive is his ability as a true Field General – calmly directing his team’s efforts.”
Peter has received numerous other awards for his trial successes. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Peter as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America in its 2017 and 2018 editions “on the strength of historical and unwavering peer and client review, as well as proven achievements.” Law360 named him Media & Entertainment “MVP” in 2013 for his wins in “bet the company cases.” Lawdragon has recognized him for an “impressive track record of winning cases.”
Peter’s versatility is one of his hallmarks. To each case, he brings a combination of deft courtroom skills, strategic acuity and team leadership. The results have included a triumph in a bi-coastal battle for Dish Networks against the major television networks, fending off a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for Union Carbide in a hostile Texas courtroom against one of the nation’s winningest plaintiff’s lawyers, and protecting Nintendo’s popular Wii video gaming system before the ITC.
Peter defended DISH Network in a high-profile trial in Illinois where the FTC and various state attorneys general sought more than $700 billion in damages and penalties for alleged telemarketing violations, limiting recovery to less than one percent of that amount. Peter also represents Oracle in its high-stakes copyright infringement litigation against Google, currently on appeal, in which The Recorder proclaimed after his opening statement: “Oracle’s New Lawyer Comes out Swinging.” Additional examples of his opening statements, voir dires, cross-examination and closing statements, including accompanying graphics, can be found in the Engagements section below.
Peter serves as a member of Orrick’s Board. Before joining Orrick, Peter was a partner at Donovan Leisure. He captained his college tennis team to a national ranking, has successfully competed in major national sailboat competitions, and serves on the Board of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. With his wife Linda, he has three children: Avery, Isabelle and Phoebe.
Joseph A. Calvaruso is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in the New York office. Joe, a veteran intellectual property law specialist focusing on patent litigation, has extensive experience at the trial and appellate levels.
Joe also has litigated cases involving trademarks, trade secrets, false advertising, antitrust and unfair competition. In addition, Joe has extensive experience as lead counsel in Inter Partes Reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Known for his candid approach and formidable courtroom style, Joe has the trust of his clients and the respect of the bench. As a veteran patent litigator, he can distill complicated facts into precise strategies that often resolve matters by summary judgement, saving his clients valuable time and expense.
As one client put it, "Joe Calvaruso is exceptional, his work has been truly excellent." (Legal 500) Another client offered: "He's like a defenseman on a hockey team or an NFL linebacker - tough as nails. But he's always fair and a good person on your side to or go up against. He just gets the technology as well." (IAM 1000) Intellectual Asset Management ("IAM") rates Joe as a "practical commercial lawyer, he has talent for resolving disputes early, together with the courtroom skills to prevail at trial...."
Joe’s diverse experience includes consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, optical equipment, medical devices, semiconductor devices and fabrication, and financial services.
His demonstrated ability to translate complicated topics to judges and juries is a valuable asset particularly appreciated by his international clients. Joe uses the same clear and practical approach to help non-English speakers understand intricate legal issues.
Alex Chachkes, a partner in the New York office, is a member of both the Intellectual Property Group and the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group. Alex focuses on the litigation of complex intellectual property actions, primarily patent actions.
Alex's cases have involved technologies such as telecommunications, microprocessors, wireless devices, computer peripherals, video games, pharmaceuticals, recombinant DNA technology, chemicals and protein science. Alex has tried numerous cases before the United States district courts and the International Trade Commission. Alex also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Alex is frequently quoted in the media on intellectual property law issues, including in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Alex is on the Board of the Legal Aid Society. He also is active in pro bono matters, including through Legal Aid (from whom he received a Pro Bono Publico Award in 2017), the New York County District Attorney's Office and Lawyers for Children. Alex has also represented pro bono St. Bartholomew's Church of New York and individual artists and artisans
Prior to law school, Alex was a researcher with United Technologies International Operations in Tokyo, Japan, and a laboratory researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Yokohama, Japan.
Harry Clark is Chair of Orrick’s International Trade & Compliance Group. He advises major companies and industry associations on a variety of international trade and investment rules.
Harry has deep experience in areas such as CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, military and “dual use” export control regulations (ITAR/EAR), economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering rules, anti-boycott requirements and defense industrial security requirements. He executes internal corporate investigations regarding trade and investment rules and advises on such rules in the context of corporate transactions.
Additionally, Harry has extensive experience with government contracting matters. His government contracting work has included, for example, design and implementation of U.S. Defense Department renewable energy projects. He also represents broad industry coalitions on major trade litigations and international negotiations. His experience in these areas includes a leading role in what is often considered the largest-ever international trade dispute: the controversy regarding unfair softwood lumber imports from Canada. It has involved myriad administrative proceedings before federal agencies, NAFTA panel appeals, WTO dispute proceedings, judicial proceedings and international settlement agreements.
Harry has represented a coalition of major U.S. oil companies in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation. As a related matter, he pursues policy issues with congressional and executive branch officials and advises on international trade rules (e.g., GATT, WTO agreements and NAFTA).
Chambers Global recognizes Harry as a leader in the field of international trade law and has recognized Harry with special distinction regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Peter Connors, a tax partner in the New York office, focuses his practice on cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience in related areas of tax law, including financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, private equity investments and controversy matters.
A significant portion of his practice involves tax controversy, including representation of taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court. According to Chambers, he is "admired by peers for the strength of his activity in the field of cross-border transactions."
Peter serves as Secretary-Treasurer and the Regent for the Second Circuit of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Before joining Orrick, Peter was a principal in the International Tax Services Group of Ernst & Young in New York.
A prolific author, Peter is a frequent lecturer for a variety of major organizations and has published more than 100 articles on tax planning subjects. He is a co-author of T.M. Portfolio 543 ("The Mark to Market Rules" of Section 475-2d) and the author of T.M. Portfolio 909-3d ("The Branch-Related Taxes" of Section 884). From 2008 to 2010, he was the Vice Chair, Committee Operations, of the American Bar Association Tax Section. In 2010, Peter also founded the NYC Calendar Program for the U.S. Tax Court.
Alex advises clients on cross-border project financings with an emphasis on project and trade finance.
Alex represents lenders, multi-lateral lenders, development finance institutions and borrowers doing business in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.
With over 20 years' experience, Alex provides clear, commercial advice on complex issues to clients operating in the power and infrastructure sectors.
He has extensive experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors (particularly oil, gas and renewables).
Alex has been recognised in Legal 500 in the categories of infrastructure, power and most recently as a leading practitioner in emerging markets. He is ideally placed to advise on transactions involving multi-lateral lenders having served a secondment to the Office of the General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Whether handling an ITC trial, or serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property group, Sten Jensen brings exceptional focus and precise execution to his work.Sten routinely guides clients such as FUJIFILM and Panasonic through the minefields of the ITC. Sten also has long-standing relationships with attorneys in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, developed when he served on the Executive Committee of the ITC Trial Lawyers' Association. Sten’s credibility with this group, combined with his thorough knowledge of the ITC’s speed and complexity, gives his clients a distinct advantage.
Jeffrey Johnson resolves complex commercial and IP litigation for the high-tech, energy and life science industries. Jeffrey earned his reputation as a first class litigator in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the nation’s toughest jurisdictions. Known for extricating clients out of multi-faceted litigation with creative settlements, he now represents clients throughout the country and in Asia.
Jeffrey manages all aspects of litigation from discovery to arguing motions and Markman hearings to trial. He has also been Lead counsel on both IPR and CBM actions and argued IPR hearings. Jeffrey’s diverse experience allows him to efficiently and effectively manage all types of cases. Depending on each client’s specific business objective, he can compose a lean team to quickly resolve a minor matter, or lead a massive joint defense group across multiple jurisdictions.
With his doctorate degree in chemistry and engineering and his prior work as a scientist, Jeffrey brings a robust understanding of technical issues. Jeffrey has litigated matters concerning in a variety of technologies, including:
Konstantin’s practice concentrates on M&A, joint ventures, debt and equity capital markets transactions, structured finance and derivatives. He also has significant experience in project finance, bankruptcies and restructurings. Konstantin has advised clients on some of the largest M&A transactions in the energy, manufacturing, consumer and banking sectors in the Russian market.
Konstantin Kroll is a leading M&A and capital markets (debt and equity) expert, recognised on numerous occasions by Legal 500, IFLR, Chambers and Best Lawyers. Dual qualified in Russia and England and Wales, he has over 20 years of experience advising corporate clients and financial institutions on complex cross-border transactions in Russia and the broader region of the former USSR. Konstantin is the Head of Russia & CIS Desk in Orrick London office.
Konstantin is an accredited arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RIMA).
Most recently he has represented Zarubezhneft, a major Russian state owned oil and gas company, in connection with the acquisition of a stake in the Kharyaga Production Sharing Agreement (one of only three of a kind in Russia) and the transfer of operatorship from Total.
Prior to joining Orrick, Konstantin was a partner at Jones Day and before that at Allen & Overy where he led the firm’s debt capital markets and derivatives practices in Russia.
Douglas Lahnborg is based in London and spends a proportion of his time in the Brussels office, which he founded.
Douglas represents clients before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority in all areas of competition law. He has acted for clients in a broad range of industries, including software, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, defence and national security.Chambers recognises Douglas as a leading antitrust and competition practitioner. He is also ranked as a leading competition lawyer in Legal 500 and GCR Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018.
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has over 15 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters including IP litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the federal courts.
In addition to specializing in complex IP litigation relating to patent infringement, ITC 337 investigations, trade secrets misappropriation and unfair competition, Ethan has extensive experience advising clients on IP administrative disputes and reexamination, IP strategies, IP due diligence, and IP aspects of strategic transactions, including licensing or transfer, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations. His clients cover a wide range of industries, including hardwares, softwares, internet, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, AI, automobile, chemical, materials, energy and medical devices.
Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the US over the years, and earned client’s long-term trust. During his years in private practice, Ethan and his litigation teams won a number of high-profile ITC investigations involving Chinese companies. In one investigation, his clients are four subsidiaries of a large state-owned company of China, who were sued for patent infringement. The Commission reversed the late Chief Administrative Law Judge’s unfavorable decision and found that Ethan’s clients were not infringing and did not violate Section 337. In another investigation, he represented the complainant and its subsidiaries in China suing a group of Chinese respondents for trade secret misappropriation. The ITC issued a 10-year exclusion order against these respondents. This landmark decision represents a new development of trade secret law and ITC jurisdiction in the US, and was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ethan served as Director of IP, Asia of a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, where he was in charge of the company’s daily IP matters in China and throughout Asia. Before that, he was a partner and member of the Board at McAndrews, Held & Malloy in Chicago, Illinois. Ethan was the first non-US born lawyer of that firm.
John MacKerron, a lawyer in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. The focus of his practice is in securitization transactions and derivative financial products, with an emphasis on acting as counsel to the sponsors of, and other participants in, various municipal bonds repackaging programs. A partner in the firm for 20 years, John served in various capacities on the firm's leadership team during that time, including two terms as a member of the Executive Committee.
Rich Martinelli develops comprehensive IP strategies which resolve immediate legal needs and safeguard long-term business objectives. He handles all aspects of intellectual property, particularly patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling.
He has litigated patents at trial, before the ITC, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich has counseled clients and rendered opinions on patent validity, infringement and freedom to use. In addition, he is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Rich’s patent work has involved a wide range of technologies including image processing, 3d graphics, audio / video compression, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, network technologies, digital rights management and encryption.
Dan Mathews has over 30 years of experience and manages a leading practice in project development, asset acquisitions and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is currently a Partner and Global Co-Head of Infrastructure while also serving on Orrick’s Board of Directors.
Dan advises clients on Public-Private Partnerships and large-scale, complex project financings. His key clients include major strategic and financial sponsors who have been involved in many of the largest and highest profile PPP and project development transactions over the past 20 years. Dan leads a team that has the depth and breadth to deliver excellence in every phase of a project, including development, construction, financing and operations, as well as providing leading M&A, restructuring and tax advice.
Dan has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and others. According to Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016), clients describe him as the "best in the business. He has an encyclopedic memory about all the deals in the market and a negotiating style that solves problems rather than creating them." Dan has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA each year since 2005.
Dan advises on projects spanning the infrastructure space, including toll roads, rail, airports, ports, thermal and renewable energy generation, transmission infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, and water and waste facilities.
Los Angeles; Orange County
Los Angeles; Orange County
Mike McAndrews is a partner in Orrick’s Real Estate Group based in Los Angeles.
He represents real estate investment funds, banks, other financial institutions, developers and corporate clients in investment, financing, acquisition and disposition and corporate real estate activities.
Experienced litigator Denise Mingrone enforces and protect clients’ technology rights. She approaches each challenge on multiple fronts so as to achieve success whether it be in or out of court.
No stranger to the courtroom and having handled complex litigations for technology giants including Synopsys, Brocade, Applied Materials and Oracle, Denise seamlessly and efficiently manages large teams to secure victory. Clients appreciate her transparent collaboration and instinct for developing a strategy that ensures that only the “right” evidence is presented to the trier of fact.
The jury verdict Denise’s team obtained in the Netgear v. Ruckus Wireless patent trial, for example, surprised most because the team took over the case just weeks before jury selection, earning the number one place on that week’s “Top Jury Verdicts.” Prior to the Ruckus trial, Denise’s team similarly received accolades as “Top Verdict of the Year” for its jury win on behalf of Brocade against A10 Networks involving patent and copyright infringement. These victories were preceded by a trade secret win for MGA in the “Barbie v. Bratz” epic battle against Mattel, which earned Denise the “California Lawyer of the Year” award for her contributions.
In addition, Ms. Mingrone has led numerous software piracy matters, obtaining full relief in all such litigations which have reached resolution. Her work in this area encompasses both confidential as well as public investigations, all designed to assist clients in securing the protection of their intellectual property rights and ensuring they receive appropriate relief when those rights have been infringed.
As a former clerk to several federal judges, Denise appreciates that cases do not turn on facts alone. She has waged and won numerous battles both obtaining and defending pre-trial injunction motions. As one opponent noted, “She’s a fierce advocate who will go to the mat for her client’s position.”
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
William Molinski is Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. An experienced trial lawyer, Bill has represented corporate clients and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes with a particular emphasis in the areas of trade secrets, and other intellectual property disputes, consumer class actions and real estate disputes.
Bill routinely handles complex cases that can have a significant impact on a company's reputation and survival. His clients include major players in the technology, financial services and energy sectors as well as the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries.
Bill was recognized in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 for his work defending DISH Networks against copyright and breach of contract claims brought by four broadcast networks, a win that led to Orrick's recognition as "Litigation Department of the Year" by The Recorder. He was named a "California Lawyer of the Year" in 2011 by California Lawyer magazine as a member of the team representing MGA Entertainment in its "stunning victory" against Mattel over the Bratz doll line, which the Daily Journal called a "top defense win" of 2011.
Quinn Moss, Co-Head of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Practice Group and a corporate lawyer for more than 20 years, has extensive experience representing financial institutions in connection with a variety of financing transactions, as well as serving as corporate counsel.
She represents public pension funds and other institutional investors in
alternative investments, including private equity, mezzanine and hedge fund
formation and co-investments. She has represented several of the most active
public pension fund investors in private equity, either directly or through
their captive vehicles managed by outside advisors, including the Washington
State Investment Board, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, the New
York Common Retirement Fund, New York City Retirement Systems, as well as other
investors such as Investiture, Cigna Investments, Wafra Investments, the Knights
of Columbus, and Caspian Private Equity, as well as the former Credit Suisse
Customized Fund Investment Group.
Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice and a member of Orrick's Management Committee.
Her practice focuses on commercial property work with particular emphasis on acquisitions, development and complex joint ventures. She is an expert in shopping centre development and management.
Anne often advises on significant real estate development matters in the housing sector. Chambers UK ranks Anne as a leading individual for her expertise in the London social housing market and Legal 500 UK recognises her as a persuasive negotiator and notable practitioner with local authorities and registered providers.
Legal 500 sources say Anne is "exceptionally sharp" and a "consummate persuasive negotiator".
Clients describe Anne as "responsive and commercial" and able to "articulate complex issues simply and concisely" whilst "providing in-depth knowledge and understanding which ensures we get the best and most appropriate advice." Chambers UK sources say "she is an absolutely exemplary lawyer," who is "proactive and leads her team really well."
Joseph Z. Perkins, a partner in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises emerging companies and venture capital firms.
Joseph focuses his practice on providing private venture financing and merger and acquisition services to Internet, high tech, and clean technology companies in the United States and Japan.
Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, Joseph spent four years as an officer of a company that provides language and travel services to Japanese travelers.
Simon Ratledge is a dual qualified, bilingual Energy and Infrastructure lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office.
Simon’s practice is focused on major projects and financings in Africa and emerging markets. Over the past 20 years, Simon has represented project finance clients, including major development banks, commercial lenders and sponsor groups in the power/renewables, mining, petrochemicals, oil and gas and transport/social infrastructure sectors.
Simon is recognised as a leading practitioner for International Projects, Energy and Africa work from France by Chambers & Partners and has been recently described as “a top rate practitioner with a broad range of experience in international project finance,” “a hands-on partner and a pleasure to work with,” “from a Natural resources perspective, Simon is your man in Africa and a keen francophone expert” and as “stand[ing] out for “his expertise and pragmatism, maintained under quite significant pressure, as well as his extreme efficiency at processing new data.” Chambers also recently recorded praise for Simon’s “tactful commercial approach to matters” and “ability to carefully manage the co-operation of different parties.” Who’s Who Legal described Simon as "one of the leading minds focused on the [Energy] industry."
Prior to joining Orrick in 2016, Simon was a partner at Simmons & Simmons and Linklaters where he served as co-head of the North Africa practice.
George Rigo is an M&A lawyer, based in Orrick’s Paris office. Specializing in corporate law, he is devoted to advising European and Asian industrial groups and holding companies on their mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, notably in the sectors of energy, food and car manufacturing, and services.
George also has experience on acquisition finance and restructuring matters.
George has a very strong expertise in the renewable energy sector, working alongside major players in the market and advising on key projects in France. George mainly advises on the financing and acquisition of windfarm and solar projects, lately he has counseled 123 Ventures, Impax, Nord LB and EOS Holding on different transactions.
George’s extensive experience on cross-border transactions includes negotiating and drafting international contracts or commercial partnerships with an emphasis on litigation issues succeeding the implementation of such agreements. Recently, George has advised Biostime, a Chinese manufacturer of nutritional and baby care products, listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, regarding the signature of an industrial and commercial cooperation agreement with a French dairy cooperative.
Before joining Orrick, George was an associate with Watson, Farley & Williams. He previously worked for Fidal Peat International Paris and the Paris office of Proskauer Rose.
Jörg Ritter, a partner in the Munich office, is a member of the Corporate Group. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, corporate litigation, German and international tax law and bankruptcy law.
Jörg represents clients in all types of corporate transactions and litigation, including international venture capital and private equity funds as well as a variety of family offices.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jörg was a partner in the Munich office of an international U.S.-headquartered law firm.
Having tried more than 30 cases over the past three decades, Steve Routh has built a reputation as a master strategist and courtroom storyteller. In recognition of his accomplishments, since 2007 he has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered the premier professional trial organization in America with membership limited to one percent or fewer of each state's practicing lawyers.
Steve knows how to minimize risk while delivering a client’s business objective, by either defeating an opponent’s case at trial or through strategic motions or by negotiating the best possible settlement. His ability to pinpoint the argument which will resonate with each judge and jury has enabled him to protect cutting-edge technology involving semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes, telecommunications, digital and 3D imaging, liquid crystal displays, and medical devices. He has also used those same skills in litigating numerous antitrust, unfair competition, and complex tort and contract cases.
For the last 15 years, Steve has focused on guiding Japanese and other Asia-based companies through patent litigation before the ITC and U.S. District Courts. He is one of only two lawyers ranked in the Chambers Global guide for having Foreign Expertise in Intellectual Property for Japan. He is singled out for his wealth of experience acting for Japan-based clients, and is described as a "great negotiator who is excellent at creating litigation strategy." Steve is also a Chambers USA recognized IP practitioner.
Mark Seneca, a Corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group as well as its Technology Companies Group. Mark has dedicated his legal career to the M&A specialty, with experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies in domestic and cross-border deals.
Mark has a particular focus on the technology sector, having led hundreds of buy-side and sell-side transactions involving prominent high-tech serial acquirers, unicorns and venture back companies. His sell-side work involves multiple acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com, VMware, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Adobe, Yahoo! and Twitter. These deals include his high profile work for Cruise Automation in its acquisition by General Motors, Nest Labs in its US$3.2 billion acquisition by Google, and Instagram in its US$1.0 billion acquisition by Facebook, which was ranked one of the top 10 largest valued private tech M&A deals in the U.S. in 2012. In an interview with Bloomberg Law for a “Rainmakers” episode, Mark provided a substantive analysis of the Instagram deal, including its industry precedent and influence (click here).
On the buy-side, Mark has served as lead M&A counsel for top public company acquirers (Yelp, Google, Yahoo! and Intellisync) as well as private company serial acquirers (Stripe, Pinterest and Social Finance).
Robert Shwarts is a first chair trial lawyer and Chair of Orrick's Global Trade Secrets Practice Group who has tried or arbitrated more than 30 cases in the areas of commercial litigation, employment and intellectual property.
He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trade secret misappropriation cases and has conducted numerous TRO and preliminary injunction hearings in aid of these cases. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secrets misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.
Rob has broad experience in commercial litigation, having litigated claims of securities fraud, lender liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranties, claims arising from securitization transactions and other business fraud.
Rob's experience in employment-related litigation includes defending claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment and breach of contract. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secret misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.
U.S. and international clients with significant California presence turn to Rob to represent them in complex matters, including numerous financial services companies. He handles both jury and bench trials, as well as AAA, JAMS and FINRA (formerly NASD and NYSE) arbitration hearings.
Rob serves as the chair of the Firm’s Practice Management Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Rob previously served as head of the San Francisco office. Rob contributes pro bono hours to the Humane Society and Point Blue Conservation Science each year.
Rob is a contributing author to the Orrick trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Richard Vernon Smith, a partner in our Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices and a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, has over 34 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.
Richard has advised on more than 400 M&A transactions and has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, tender offers and exchange offers, going private transactions, mergers of equals transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover and activist defense, purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Richard also has represented clients in a wide range of SEC-registered, underwritten and privately placed stock and debt offerings, and he has assisted companies in connection with issuer tender offers (both equity and debt), recapitalizations, restructurings and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also assists clients in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; real time disclosure compliance; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; disclosure issues, including with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.
Anna Spanò, a lawyer in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate, Energy and Antitrust Groups. Anna has extensive experience in merger and acquisition and corporate transactions, including joint ventures, acquisition agreements and general commercial contracts.
Since the beginning of the liberalization of the market in Italy, she has also focused on the energy sector, with special emphasis on renewable energy.
Anna has been advising several foreign and domestic clients in multiple transactions in the renewable energy field (notably, wind and photovoltaic projects), including: site developments, EPC contracts and other supply related agreements, and provides assistance to sponsors in project finance projects. She works in close cooperation with the Orrick’s European Alternative Energy Practice who works mainly in the renewable energy project financing market.
Before joining the firm, Anna was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.
Anna received the J.D. at the University La Sapienza in Rome and admitted to practice in Italy since 1993.
Beijing; New York
Beijing; New York
Dr. Xiang Wang is the Co-Chair of Orrick’s Global Advisory Board and Senior Partner for Asia and the head of Orrick’s China IP practice, splitting his time between three offices: Shanghai, New York and Beijing, where he is the Managing Partner.
Xiang has extensive experience in assisting local and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their IP rights in the U.S., China and Asia, including IP litigation and arbitration, patent infringement, Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations, patent office proceedings including inter partes reviews (IPR), IP due diligence and portfolio counseling, industrial espionage, trade secrets misappropriation, mass torts and product liability, securities litigation, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Alien Tort Statute (ATCA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigations and compliance. These matters have implicated a vast array of technologies, from software and electronics to renewable energy and medical devices as well as agricultural and building materials, to name just a few. Xiang also works extensively on cybersecurity & data privacy issues for both Chinese and international clients.
Xiang has been particularly active in Chinese state-owned enterprises related U.S. litigation. Clients turn to his strategic and innovative advice thanks to the in-depth understanding of their business needs and political risks, and appreciate that he “understood the environment in the China legal system and can give nuanced advice”.
Xiang has developed the region’s premier IP practice based on his reputation as one of the few IP lawyers who has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, a Chinese Certificate of Laws and admission to practice law in New York, Indiana and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Due to its success in patent disputes in the U.S. and China, involving both foreign and Chinese companies, Orrick IP team was exclusively featured in a documentary film “Patent Wars” by the China Central Television (CCTV).
Xiang is highly regarded for his practical legal advice that results from more than 10 years of experience at medical and electronic device businesses before becoming a lawyer. He also has received four U.S. medical-technology patents in his name.
Sacramento; San Francisco
Sacramento; San Francisco
Tom Welsh is a nationally recognized insurance regulatory and policy attorney with more than 26 years of expertise in the areas of insurance regulation, insurance insolvency and insurance-related transactions and litigation. He is frequently called upon both by regulators and industry to solve vexing challenges with financially troubled insurers, and by technology driven start-ups launching ventures that touch the insurance space.
His insurance insolvency practice has involved the continuous representation of the California Insurance Commissioner and the Commissioner's Conservation & Liquidation Office for more than 25 years in the conservation, rehabilitation and liquidation of several multibillion-dollar California insurers.
He has also represented numerous emerging and disruptive tech companies as they navigate complex regulatory issues. He works for finance clients on insurance related investments, life settlements portfolios, and residential real estate markets.
Having tried 27 federal and state trials over the past 40 years, Mark Wine can charm any jury. A natural storyteller and affable teacher, Mark transforms complicated technology into compelling stories, and faceless corporations into engaging individuals. Mark applies the same friendly and confident style when leading his litigation teams, inspiring each person to strive for greatness, and thereby elevating the entire team.
Mark serves as Deputy Chair of the Global Intellectual Property Business Unit. Given his lifelong passion for technology, Mark is a natural fit for intellectual property litigation. He tries patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases for Fortune 500 companies throughout California, as well as international clients in Asia and Europe. He handles all phases of discovery, prior art research, pretrial, jury and bench trial work, post-trial motions and appeals before the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits, as well as Section 337 proceedings before the ITC.
As lead defense counsel, Mark settled a five-patent matter for a European medical manufacturer, for approximately one-half of one percent of the original demand. Mark’s team invalidated two of the five asserted patents on summary judgment and successfully defended that outcome in the Federal Circuit. The case settled just before trial on the remaining issues.
Mark has also defended one of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers in patent infringement litigation involving plasma screen displays. The case involved claims and counterclaims covering 16 patents and was settled favorably following an intensive discovery and claims construction battle.
George Wolf, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group and the Corporate Tax Group. George has handled nearly all aspects of federal and state tax planning, specializing in financial transactions, synthetic securities, structured and securitized financings, tax exempt bonds and foreign financing transactions.
George is also a long-time member of the Public Finance Tax Group, specializing in public power and health care, and is the leading national authority on municipal derivative products. He is principal tax advisor to several major municipal electric utilities and nonprofit healthcare organizations. He also has extensive experience in working with leading banks in creating new financial products, including secondary market synthetic instruments, contingent payment debt instruments, financing strategies for energy, as well as defending the taxation of financial transactions before taxing authorities.
George also has substantial experience defending the tax integrity of financing arrangements in particular as well as tax litigation in general.