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Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He advises clients on a wide range of securities law matters and regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border capital markets 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, while working closely with Orrick’s M&A and Restructuring teams on securities related issues.
He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the information technology, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen routinely works on high profile transactions that have been recognized for their complexity and execution. IFLR1000 recognized Stephen as a notable Practitioner in 2019 and 2020. Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.”
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 2019 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients describe Alan as "dean of the West Coast finance practice," adding that "he is able to help navigate several open items to a successful conclusion with both parties being very satisfied." 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.
With a passion for problem solving, Hridi advises clients from a variety of sectors on complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Her practice covers advising borrowers, lenders and sponsors on a breadth of financings ranging from leveraged, asset and Islamic financings to real estate finance and restructuring.Hridi graduated from the University of Toronto with a first class degree in International Development and, prior to law school, worked in the non-profit sector in both Canada and Ghana.
Kelsi is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking & Finance group.
She represents banks and other financial institutions in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, senior secured lending transactions, and debtor-in-possession financings.
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.
Zach Finley, a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group.
He advises publicly held and privately owned (including sponsor-backed) companies, as borrowers, and major financial institutions, as arrangers and lenders, in syndicated credit facilities (including pro rata, first-lien/second-lien, term loan B and bridge loan facilities) used for acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancings and general corporate purposes. His experience also extends to asset-based loans, equipment financings, debt restructurings and workouts.
Zach previously served a three-year term on the Commercial Transactions Committee (formerly called the Uniform Commercial Code Committee) of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, acting as its Co-Chair for the final year of his term.
In the 2019 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients praise Zach commenting that they "especially appreciate Zach's business sense; he will provide advice on the more meaningful items of any legal question, which allows us to make appropriate business decisions." Zach is also identified by IFLR1000 in its 2015-2019 editions as a Rising Star in Banking & Finance, where clients report that Zach "is an outstanding business partner" and "his strengths are his creativity, accessibility, diligence and his ability to bring all of Orrick's resources to bear."
Ramon Galvan is a member of the firm's Banking & Finance group. He represents a variety of lending institutions in complex commercial finance transactions, both secured and unsecured, as well as workouts and restructuring transactions.
Ramon has a wide range of experience in financings involving Native American tribes and tribal entities, including financings for new casino construction projects and casino expansions, and serving as lead counsel for some of the largest tribal financings on the West Coast.