Orrick Adds Corporate Partner in Italy with a Unique Focus on China

06.01.16

Rome - Orrick announced today that Betty L. Louie has joined its M&A and Private Equity practice in Rome. Betty focuses on cross-border M&A and is a leader in representing Chinese companies in investments in Italy and Europe. She is the fourth partner to join Orrick in Italy in the past year, and was previously with DLA Piper.

A Chambers Global-ranked, New York-qualified lawyer, Betty has practiced in Italy for more than seven years, advising publicly-traded and private companies, financial institutions and private equity firms on cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions. The only Chinese-speaking U.S.-qualified lawyer based in Italy, she has an extensive record of successfully representing Chinese companies (including state-owned enterprises and publicly-listed companies), investment funds and banks in their acquisitions and operations in complex European investments.

"We are thrilled to add a cross-border M&A practitioner with Betty’s skills and talent to our Italian team," said Alessandro De Nicola, leader of Orrick’s European Corporate practice, based in Milan.

"Betty is a skilled M&A practitioner with a deep cultural understanding of Chinese clients.  She will be a terrific asset as we help clients pursue outbound investment strategies," said Maurice Hoo, Orrick’s global co-head of M&A and Private Equity, based in Hong Kong. Orrick represents a number of Chinese enterprises in investments and dispute resolution around the world through the firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and offices worldwide.

"Orrick’s “one team’ culture is very attractive," said Betty. "I’m very excited about the quality of M&A and private equity services I will be able to offer clients from the Orrick platform in Italy and worldwide."  In 2015, Orrick's Italian offices were named “Corporate Law Firm of the Year” by LegalCommunity, one of Italy's most influential legal publications.

Betty earned her J.D. from Northwestern University, where she was articles editor of the Northwestern Law Review. She received a Certificate of International Trade from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs from Tufts University. Betty is fluent in Mandarin, English and Italian. She previously practiced for over ten years in New York as a partner.

Since January 2015, Orrick has added four partners to its offices in Milan and Rome. In addition, Betty is the 10th partner to join the firm’s global M&A and private equity team in this period.