Law360 has once again recognized Orrick on its Global 20 list, a ranking of the world’s leading international law firms. Orrick jumped five spots to #15. This is the firm’s sixth appearance on the list. Selection to the list is based on "global presence" and the firm’s “global expertise handling complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones."
The firm's client achievements over the past year showcase its focus on three key sectors — E&I, technology and finance. In E&I, the firm's work spanned Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Within Africa, Orrick is advising on several of the largest energy projects underway, including the 4,800 MW hydro project Inga 3, the $18 billion Simandou iron ore project and the $5 billion Boffa bauxite project. In Japan, the firm is advising on the Setouchi solar project, which will be the largest PV project in Japan when it launches in 2019, while in Latin America, we’re assisting on the development of a $1 billion petrochemical facility in Mexico.
Within tech, we closed more than 330 venture capital financings in 2016 valued at $5 billion, and ranked as the #1 VC law firm in Europe. The firm advised on numerous cross-border acquisitions on behalf of Peugeot, Telenor, JD.com, AVG Technologies and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. In finance, the firm advised the Italian government on a new structure to help Italy’s largest banks deal with €360 billion in bad loans, counseled French bank CDC in financing the construction, acquisition and delivery of the €1 billion Harmony of the Seas cruise ship and represented Mitsubishi and a group of leasing companies on a $4 billion sale-leaseback transaction for Sprint.
The firm’s litigation successes included a precedent-setting ruling for China National Building Materials Group in a $1.3 billion class action in U.S. District Court, a victory for the Republic of Guinea in a dispute with French cargo company Getma over the termination of the Conakry port concession and a surprise verdict for Diane and Alec Wildenstein Jr., heirs of the internationally renowned art collector family, in a complex criminal procedure alleging tax evasion and laundering of tax fraud proceeds.
“Our strengths line up with our sector strategy,” King Milling, Orrick’s Corporate Business Unit Leader, told Law360. “The sector focus really allows us to raise our profiles in the markets we are trying to penetrate. And internally, what that does, is it allows us to sell experience and expertise in multiple jurisdictions to service our clients at the highest level.”