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. He has also been recognized by the Financial Times as a Top 10 Legal Innovators for Asia-Pacific in 2019.
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 and a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Yoichi represents multinational developers and financial institutions in international power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yoichi served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was also an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York.
James is the global head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice and focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments.
Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James 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.
Minako 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. Minako practiced at Orrick's New York office in 2004-2005.
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, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
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. Yumiko focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, 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 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.
As of November 2018, Yuko has conducted legal due diligence for clients on 26 solar projects (total 1244MW) and 24 wind projects (total 233MW) in Japan, including Japan’s largest solar project (235MW) and Japan’s largest wind project (121.6MW).
Yuko has been appointed as special member of the Environmental Preservation Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations every year since 2006.
In 2019, Yuko was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer for Japan in Projects and Energy: International Firms and Joint Ventures category by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Jae-Hyon Ahn is an Of Counsel at Orrick’s Tokyo office.
He is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group which focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies. Clients include 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, Herrington & Sutcliffe Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick’s Finance group in New York. He has also previously worked at Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.
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.
Haruka Matsumoto is a senior associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Haruka focuses on civil and commercial disputes, compliance, labor and employment, and antitrust related matters, in addition to insurance and insolvency for both domestic and non-Japanese companies.
She also participates
in the publication of reports on Japanese and foreign employment and labor
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Haruka was an associate at Nagasawa Law Offices.
Kentaro’s 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, BOP and O&M contracts. He acquired of great understanding of clients’ needs after a secondment at a Japanese major trading house in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo Office, Kentaro worked in the Tokyo office of another international law firm where he engaged in cross-border M&A, finance transactions and dispute resolution.
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 provide practical advice to emerging and established companies on a wide range of matters involving domestic and cross-border investment/M&A, compliance, finance, venture capital transactions, dispute matters and crisis management. His comments have often been introduced in legal articles of the Nikkei Newspaper, a high prestigious business paper in Japan. He received the 6th Shinnippon-Hoki Inc. Foundation Incentive Award (Award of Excellence). He is one of the Candidates for Advisory Panel Membership in the Grievance Mechanism for the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code. He is also a Fellow of the Business Ethics research Center in Japan.
He also has extensive experience in finance and day-to-day legal matters, giving practical advice to emerging companies which are engaged in AI, IoT, Fintec and tourism businesses including vacation rental business. Additionally, he has been responding to the needs of Japanese companies advancing overseas by giving advice on the establishment of a corporate governance structure, the enhancement of global compliance system and ESG 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. He is familiar with the ESG investment such as green bond and social bond.
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.
He will be attending Columbia University from 2019 to 2020.
Masao Fujino is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office who focuses on Japanese patent, trade secret, privacy and antitrust laws in relation to companies doing business in Japan.
He prepares privacy policies and terms and conditions for companies entering to the Japanese market and also provides contract analysis from the perspective of Japanese antitrust law. He is also familiar with dispute resolution procedures including Japanese court proceedings especially related to patents and trade secrets.
He especially provides advice to companies in the IT, software and electronics industries.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was an engineer in a Japanese software company. While he was a legal trainee after passing the Japanese bar examination, he studied at the Japanese space agency (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and the IP division of the Tokyo District Court. He also studied at Stanford Law School as a Fulbright scholar (US government scholarship).
Anri Nakamoto is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group.
His practice focuses on representing clients 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 Corp., and IP Bridge Inc.
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.
Gohshun Kawamura is an associate in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
He focuses on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, advising foreign and domestic energy investors, project developers, and financial institutions.
Prior to joining Orrick Tokyo Office, he was an assistant judge at the Tokyo District Court and the Matsuyama District Court.
Haru Kishino is an associate in Orrick's 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.
Benjamin Miller is an associate in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Corporate group.
Benjamin regularly works with both international and Japanese clients in a variety of cross-border transactions. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, general corporate and real estate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo Office, he was a foreign attorney at Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo.
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. Hiroshi has been recognized in Chambers “Global Top Lawyers” in both “Corporate/M&A - USA (Foreign Expertise in Japan)” and “Corporate/M&A - Japan (Expertise Based Abroad)” categories.
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 strategics 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.
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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 and life sciences 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.” He is ranked Band 2 by Chambers USA California, for Venture Capital and Chambers USA Nationwide, ranked him Band 3 for Startups & Emerging Companies.
John is a Board member and co-founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors, as well as an advisor and co-founder of Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies. 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. John also served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino, California and a council member from 1993-1997, where he helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies.
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, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, represented both patent owners and petitioners in PTAB proceedings, obtained injunctive relief, 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 and reexamination 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 is experienced 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 him with special distinctions regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export controls. He is also recognized by Chambers USA in the CFIUS Experts category. Clients note that Harry provides "on-point and assertive responses" and is "constantly thinking in business terms."
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 Vice President 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.
Nick’s clients include industrial corporations, government entities, financial institutions and infrastructure investment funds. He also advises on cross-border M&A transactions in his specialist sector areas. He has a particular interest in renewable energy projects.
Nick has been involved on major operations such as the construction of the world’s largest dam, Inga 3, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a $500 million 144A/Regulation S bond issuance for Millicom International Cellular S.A., a leading telecommunication operator in emerging markets, and the financing by the Agence Française de Développement for a 5.9 MW photovoltaic plant in Benin.
Before joining Orrick, Nick spent 16 years working at another international law firm. He is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
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 renewable energy).
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:
Douglas Lahnborg's practice focuses on EU and UK Antitrust and Competition Law.
Douglas has represented clients before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority for more than 20 years in all areas of competition law. He provides multinational clients with innovative solutions on high-profile complex matters including merger control, abuse of dominance, private damages actions and cartel investigations, often involving multiple jurisdictions. He founded our Brussels office.
Douglas has acted for clients in a broad range of industries, including software, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, defence and national security.Douglas features in both the Chambers UK and Chambers Europe editions where he is recognised as a leading antitrust and competition practitioner. He is known for being "skilled, easy to work with and very service-minded" Douglas is also ranked as a leading competition lawyer in Legal 500.
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has over 17 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters including IP litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US 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 medical devices, hardwares, softwares, internet, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, AI, automobile, chemical, materials, energy, etc. His recent clients include Baidu, Tencent, SMIC, JD.com, Bianlifeng, Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering, Yaham Optoelectronics, CreateLED Electronics, Coolpad, vivo, Shenzhen Howshow Technology, Huayi Mechanical and Electrical, Shenzhen INFiLED Electronics, Applied Materials, Synopsys, Carbon, Inc., etc.
Over the years, Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the U.S. Ethan and his litigation teams won a number of high-profile ITC investigations involving Chinese companies and earned clients’ long-term trust. In one investigation (337-TA-623), his clients are four subsidiaries of a large state-owned company in 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 (337-TA-655), 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 U.S., and was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Since then, Ethan has won case after case on behalf of his clients, keeping his undefeated record to this day. He is also committed to resolving disputes in the most cost-effective and timely way. “Ethan always tries to resolve matters for clients at the lowest cost possible,” said a client who won a case as he recommended Ethan to his peers.
For instance, in 2017, Ethan successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays, Inc. in an ITC 337 investigation (337-TA-1035) involving alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal e-writers and components. Orrick secured a complete victory for the client by forcing the complainant to unconditionally withdraw after four months of active litigation. The case was named “Deal of the Year 2017 – Disputes and Investigations” by China Business Law Journal.
In another case, Ethan successfully defended Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co., CreateLED Electronics Co., Yaham Optoelectronics Co. and other Chinese respondents against Ultravision Technologies in an ITC Section 337 investigation (337-TA-1114) filed on 27 March 2018 involving alleged infringement of patents relating to certain modular LED display panels and components. The complainant was forced to withdraw the complaint unconditionally during the expert discovery period in November 2018, which led to a final termination by the ITC on 21 February 2019.
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.
In the past 17 years, Ethan has been committed to building bridges and facilitating understanding between China and the US on IP protection and exchange. In addition to being a frequent speaker at various seminars and conferences in China and the US, Ethan regularly publishes articles and has been interviewed by numerous media. He served as a committee member of the Asian Legal Committee of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for many years.
Ethan is also actively involved in the “One Belt One Road” and “Going Out” initiatives led by the PRC government and non-profit organizations. He currently participates in Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce’s “Going Overseas Service Portal” project, and acts as a special advisor to Wisdom IP - Overseas Intellectual Property Alliance (WIPA), Nanjing, Jiangsu.
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. He is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rich also helps companies address the novel litigation and transactional IP issues that arise when developing and working with AI and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.
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 has over 30 years of experience and manages a leading practice in project development, acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is Global Co-Head of Infrastructure and serves on Orrick’s Board of Directors.
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 advises clients on Public-Private Partnerships, large-scale, complex project financings, and acquisitions and divestitures of projects and project portfolios, leading 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. His key clients include major strategic and financial sponsors who have been involved in many of the largest and highest profile PPP and project financings over the past 25 years.
Dan has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA (every year since 2005), The Legal 500 and others. Clients described him in Chambers as the “best in the business" and added that "he has an encyclopedic memory about all the deals in the market and a negotiating style that solves problems rather than creating them.”
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.
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 is co-head of the global Private Investment Funds Group of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, as well as on the leadership teams for Orrick’s Opportunity Zone initiative and Orrick’s Impact Finance and Investment Group.
Based in New York, Quinn represents private investment fund sponsors (including impact funds) and institutional investors in private investment funds. Quinn received her B.A. from Harvard University, her J.D. from the Fordham School of Law and is admitted in New York. She is a member of the SEC Working Group for the National Association of Public Plan Attorneys (NAPPA), a member and former Trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel (ACIC), a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a director, corporate secretary and volunteer for High Water Women Foundation. Quinn has recently presented and moderated panels exploring Opportunity Zones opportunities, has frequently presented and moderated panels focusing on impact finance and investment, the negotiation of fund terms and the impact of regulation on funds, and also was lead author of “Fundraising Terms and Conditions: Legal Developments in Key Countries” published in Private Equity and Venture Capital – Regulation and Good Practice (Risk Books, 2014).
Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice.
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.
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 advocate. 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 Band 4 IP practitioner. Clients interviews by Chambers noted, “His command of the law is evident in his ability to understand it and also apply it across a wide variety of situations," while others praise his ability to make "very quick and sound tactical decisions."
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, 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.
Caroline is a trial lawyer who works to protect a company’s brand, its intellectual property, and its bottom line. Drawing upon her experience in investigations and IP & business litigation, Caroline deftly balances public perception with fiscal and legal responsibility, and approaches litigation always with the strategic goals of her clients in mind. Caroline also works closely with her clients to investigate issues that matter to their bottom line—whether it be theft of trade secrets, potential fraud, and misuse of funds—and seeks to resolve issues swiftly, ethically, and with minimal disruption to business operations. When further action is needed, she is ready to advise clients on litigation, government reporting and crisis management; helping them manage risk, fight back, recover, and move on.
In addition to her IP work, she has helped clients facing investigations or charges by state and federal prosecutors, as well as civil enforcement proceedings from regulatory agencies, such as the SEC. She has successfully defended clients against allegations of Hobbs Act extortion, public corruption, fraud, as well as violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act.
Caroline maintains an active pro bono practice. She has drafted amicus briefs in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, worked on prisoner’s rights, domestic violence, and housing cases, and currently represents children in asylum proceedings in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). In 2013-14, Caroline was selected to serve in the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program. In 2017, she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Mentoring Committee for the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section.
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 35 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.
Richard has advised on more than 500 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.
Finding a niche to combine his passion for international law and competition law, Till Steinvorth is a partner in Orrick’s Antitrust & Competition practice group in Düsseldorf. He has practiced in several other major European centers, including Berlin, London and Brussels, and he received his PhD in Italy. It was there when his interest in European law was piqued and that brought him to the area of competition law.
Till practices in all aspects of competition, including mergers, compliance, cartels, litigation, abuse of dominance, among others – but his interest in antitrust damages claims has become a highlight of his practice. For example, he has brought an action for damages against the members of the German "sugar cartel" on behalf of a manufacturer of sweets and confectionary. This is one of the very first damages actions in Germany where the members of a cartel are being sued to disclose information for calculating the quantum of damages. Cartel investigations are also a centerpiece of his practice, including several matter where he has represented multinational companies in cartel investigations before the European Commission or the German Federal Cartel Office.
Till also pursues international trade and compliance matters, including matters involving foreign investment filings in Germany. He teaches competition law at the FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie und Management in Essen.
Till has been ranked by leading German business daily Handelsblatt among "Germany's Best Lawyers" for competition law (2020). He has also been ranked as top competition lawyer 2019 by the German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche.
Stephen Thau is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is a strategic advisor to life sciences and technology companies, guiding them through various milestones of their life cycle.
Stephen’s practice focuses on the representation of life science, medical device, health IT, and other technology companies in transactional matters, including public and private financings, licensing, collaborations and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents venture capital and investment banking firms in public and private financing transactions.
Stephen has served as a member of the Board of Tech Council of Maryland, the leading technology and life science association in that state, and of BayBio, Northern California’s leading life sciences association. He is a frequent speaker on venture capital financings and served on the faculty at the 2005 and 2007 Emerging Entrepreneurs workshops at Stanford University.
Prior to joining Orrick, Stephen was a partner at Morrison & Foerster, Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman. He began his legal practice as a litigator, focusing on securities and intellectual property. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. Stephen graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in Biology.
Beijing; New York
Dr. Xiang Wang is the Co-Chair of Orrick’s Global Advisory Board, Partner in Charge for Asia and the head of 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, copyright and trademark infringements, 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.