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Arnauld Achard is a Banking & Finance lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. He focuses on banking & finance, derivatives, funds and regulatory and capital markets, and has developed a specific expertise in debt securities, derivative instruments, debt-like securities, optimization products, structured products and securitization.
Recognized by Legal 500 EMEA as a key figure on the French Finance market, Arnauld has longstanding relations with French and international groups in the services, manufacturing, energy and transports industries, such as Rallye, Veolia Environement, RATP (Parisian railway grids) and Technip which he advised on EMTN transactions, bond issuances or corporate financings.
In 2014, he also has been distinguished as one of the prominent lawyers in Africa by the leading African Francophone review Jeune Afrique. In Morocco, he has built up a significant experience and notably advised in June 2014 the Ministry of Economy and Finance on an international $1 billion debt offering.
Arnauld began his career as an assistant portfolio manager at UAP (now AXA insurance company) and worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Orrick, he was a counsel in Clifford Chance’s Paris and London offices and led the Paris Capital Markets and Derivative Instruments group. He also spent time on secondment within the Markets Legal Department of Bank of America in London.
Jennifer Asher is a managing associate in the Firm's Restructuring practice, where she has advised a variety of clients, such as debtors, creditors and lenders, in restructuring-related matters.
She represents a broad spectrum of clients in financial restructuring and insolvency matters and takes a creative approach to applying her skills across various industries.
Jennifer is also an active member in the New York Women's Affinity Group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer was an associate at King & Spalding LLP, where she was a member of the Financial Restructuring Practice Group.
Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law where she was an associate managing editor of the St. John’s Law Review. Jennifer received a B.S., summa cum laude, from the Binghamton University School of Business, where she was an accounting major. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer was an audit associate at KPMG LLP. While at KPMG, she was a member of the audit teams at Citigroup and Credit Suisse. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and cross-border securities transactions.
Stephen's experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on various compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters.
Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.” He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the IT, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.
Giulio Asquini is an Italian qualified lawyer in the Banking & Finance group of the Milan office
Giulio regularly advises financial institutions, sponsors and corporates in a variety of domestic and cross-border finance transactions, in particular on syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance as well as general corporate finance. Giulio also advises debt funds and mezzanine investors in a wide range of complex private placement transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Giulio was an associate in a leading Italian law firm, where he also gained experience on M&A and private equity deals, assisting Italian and foreign companies and private equity funds in acquisition and investment transactions.
Marina Balzano is a partner in Orrick’s Italian Banking & Finance team.
She has acquired extensive expertise in assisting major Italian and international banking groups in all types of structured finance transactions such as acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate finance, project finance, public finance and infrastructure financing.
She has also gained solid experience in the issuance of bonds and mini bonds, as well as in the field of debt restructuring both in the out-of-court and pre-bankruptcy phases.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Alan Benjamin is a bank lending and gaming industry lawyer based in Orrick's Los Angeles office. He counsels clients nationwide on complex financial transactions and restructurings, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, project financings, leveraged buy-outs, dividend recapitalizations and insolvency matters.
In the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients describe Alan as “routinely the smartest guy in the room, and he's just brilliant and very talented." Alan has particular experience in lending to the gaming industry. In fact, Chambers USA notes that "his extensive financing practice includes particular expertise in lending transactions involving Native American tribes."
In addition to his practice responsibilities, Alan has held numerous firmwide positions, including recently as a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and as practice group leader of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. He is currently a member of Orrick's Management Committee and also currently co-chairs Orrick’s Finance and Audit Committee.
He is licensed to practice in both New York and California.
Todd Brewer has extensive public finance experience in all areas of tax exempt transactions. He has acted as bond counsel, bank counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, letter of credit providers counsel and borrowers counsel in transactions for traditional governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and private entities.
Todd also devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of banks and other financial institutions in connection with direct purchases of tax-exempt bonds and the issuance of letters of credit and other liquidity facilities in connection with tax-exempt transactions.
In addition, Todd has extensive experience in the representation of both governmental entities and private parties in connection with economic development projects and major sports and entertainment facilities.
Joe Choi brings together corporate finance and workout experience with a special focus on cross-border transactions.
Joe represents banks, finance companies, credit funds and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of corporate finance transactions, from senior, mezzanine and junior secured facilities, syndicated lending, leveraged financings, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, refinancings, debtor-in-possession financings, to venture capital transactions and cross-border transactions. He also actively represents companies in debt and equity financings.
As an extension of his extensive finance experience, Joe advises debtors and creditors in distressed debt transactions (including distressed debt trading and distressed acquisitions), intercreditor matters, UCC Article 9 sales, workouts and out-of-court restructurings.
Amaury de Feydeau is a Banking & Finance lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office with a particular focus on project finance, real estate finance, structured finance and restructuring.
He advises arrangers and sponsors on complex infrastructure, PPP, concessions and property portfolio financing transactions, in France and abroad. Amaury is recognized as a leading lawyer in France. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as “creative and a real solution-finder”. He regularly participates in the drafting of complex agreements for the financings of public facilities, notably public buildings and infrastructure, renewable energy projects, power plants and telecom grids. Recently, he has represented Allianz Global Investors, Bayern LB, BTMU and HSBC in the financing of the Cité Musicale on Seguin Island (Paris) which won the MIPIM Award 2015 for Best Futura Project and was the first PPP financed using securitization in France.
Amaury has also a substantial experience in real estate which includes the financing of a variety of complex French and pan-European portfolios and their restructuring. He advises on the financing of the acquisition or the construction and rehabilitation of offices, hotels and commercial buildings, as well as their securitization aspects and restructuring. He has represented arrangers and sponsors such as Benson Eliot, Blackstone, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Colony, Deutsche Bank AG, Foncière Euris, EuroHypo, HSBC France, Lone Star, Metrovacesa, Natixis, RREEF, SEB, Société Générale, RBS and Westbrook.
Amaury joined Orrick in 2007, after four years with the Real Estate and Finance departments of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Amaury de Feydeau is also a visiting lecturer at the business school HEC in Real Estate Finance.
Marcus focuses his practice on assisting clients in taxable and tax-exempt public finance matters, including general obligation debt issuances, revenue-backed financings and lease purchase transactions, among others.
His experience includes the representation of school districts, municipalities, counties, junior colleges, universities, special authorities and other political subdivisions in a variety of roles, including bond counsel, disclosure counsel and issuer’s counsel. In addition, he regularly represents underwriters and purchasers of both public and privately placed debt, regularly serving as underwriters’ counsel and bank counsel.
Complementary to his core practice, Marcus is also able to provide his clients guidance on derivative transactions and liquidity facilities, election law matters, and municipal and school law issues.
Before joining Orrick, Marcus clerked for the Colorado Court of Appeals and subsequently practiced as an associate and then a partner with several international law firms.