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Alessandro Accrocca Of Counsel Banking & Finance, Financial & Structured Products


Alessandro Accrocca is an Italian qualified lawyer and of counsel in the Finance Group, based in the Milan office. He has strong experience in structured finance, banking law and banking regulation law.

In particular, he has participated in a wide number of transactions, such as debt, equity and structured products issues, securitisations, covered bonds, debt restructuring and derivatives, advising both domestic and international leading clients.

In 2005 – 2008, he worked as director in the Legal Group in London for UBS Limited, covering all legal matters connected with the business carried out by the bank in Italy.


Arnauld Achard Partner Banking & Finance, Equity Capital Markets


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.


Sarah Achille Of Counsel International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Sarah Achille is an International Arbitration lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office. Her practice focuses on complex arbitration and general commercial disputes in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

Sarah has particular experience assisting French and international energy majors, investors and industrials on disputes related to the energy sector, construction works, industrial risk and investment disputes. She notably advises clients on issues such as breach of commercial contracts, unlawful withdrawal of mining concessions, gas pricing disputes and any corporate-related conflict.

Sarah represents and advises French and multinational clients in arbitral proceedings conducted ad hoc or under ICSID and ICC arbitration rules. Sarah also appears and advocates cases before all French civil and commercial courts.

Prior to joining Orrick, Sarah worked for 10 years at Herbert Smith Freehills Paris.


Larisa Afanasyeva Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Russia


Larisa Afanasyeva, a lawyer in the Moscow office, is a member of the European Corporate Group.

Larisa also has a prior experience in handling international arbitrations in International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Larisa has international trade expertise in areas such as compliance and investigations. She has advised clients on FCPA issues as well as economic sanctions relating to Russia.

Before joining the firm, Larisa was a member of Coudert Brothers’ Global Corporate & Commercial Practice in Washington, D.C., and Moscow.


Pascal Agboyibor Partner Energy, Infrastructure


Pascal Agboyibor, head of Orrick’s Africa practice, is a leading authority on African projects and financings relating to energy, infrastructure, mining and agriculture. Formerly leader of Orrick’s Paris office, he serves on the firm’s board.

Financial Times named Pascal one of the ten most innovative lawyers in Europe in 2014. FT described him as “passionate about bringing infrastructure and commercial stability to Africa” and praised his “in-depth understanding of local business markets and socio-political contexts on the continent”, particularly in Western and Central African nations. In a cover profile entitled, “The Man Who Whispers in the Ears of Giants”, Forbes Afrique noted Pascal’s “will to foster the emergence of Africa” and the “diplomacy, reliability and ethics” that he brings to client counselling and negotiations.

Pascal is advising on the financing of the Grand Inga, a planned hydroelectric dam on the Congo River that is expected to increase the continent’s energy output by 50 percent. He advised the Republic of Guinea on a number of complex and integrated mining projects. Pascal has also played a key role on the development of OHADA law, the uniform code of 17 West and Central African states, and financial markets regulation, and both local and global authorities regularly seek his counsel on policy matters. Pascal leads Orrick's Africa practice, a group of corporate, finance and dispute resolution lawyers worldwide and specialized in advising on African projects in a number of sectors including oil & gas, power, mining, agriculture and infrastructure. The team received, in 2013, the Best Africa/Energy & Infrastructure Practice Award (Trophées du Droit - Décideurs) and is recognized in Chambers Global’s Africa-wide rankings.


Eileen Z. Aghnami Managing Associate Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

San Francisco

Eileen Aghnami, a Managing Associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark and copyright related disputes and litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Eileen worked as an associate for a boutique intellectual property law firm in the Los Angeles area. Her practice focused on U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, counseling, and litigation as well as filing UDRP Complaints and handling Internet Domain Name disputes and cybersquatting related matters.

Eileen also worked as a civil/field engineer for a General Contractor based in California and Hawaii, prior to attending law school.


Natasha Ahmed Associate Technology Companies Group, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy


Natasha Ahmed is an associate in our Technology Companies Group in London. Before moving into private practice, Natasha spent 5 years in the in-house legal team of a global brand management company.

Natasha advises clients on cross-border transactions and domestic matters, providing general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy advice across a broad range of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail.

Jae-Hyon Ahn Senior Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Jae-Hyon Ahn, a senior associate in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group. His practice focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies.

Jae-Hyon also regularly advises 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's Tokyo office, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick's Finance group in New York. He also worked at another major international law firm in Tokyo.


Ben Aiken Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

Ben is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, administrative, and immigration law.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice and participates in the Housing Right to Counsel partnership between Orrick, Legal Aid, and Bread for the City.

Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities.  Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.


D. Isabel Ajuria Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.

During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law


Walter Alarkon Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Walter Alarkon is an Associate in the New York office and member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Walter was a reporter for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and The Hill in Washington, D.C., and an editorial page contributor for The Boston Globe. He collaborated with authors on two books, “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era,” by Michael Grunwald (Simon & Schuster, 2012), a New York Times bestseller and named a 2012 book of the year by The Economist, and “Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice,” by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell (Penguin, 2014).


Jesse Paul Albani Managing Associate Public Finance

San Francisco

Jesse Albani, a managing associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.

Jesse has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters' counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings, including single family and multifamily housing revenue bonds, charter school revenue bonds and general obligation bond issues for local government agencies.