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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Federico Urbani Attorney Trainee M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Milan

Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.

Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.

Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.

Federico is currently a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.

Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Robert L. Uriarte Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Silicon Valley

Robert Uriarte is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert's practice focuses on copyright, trade secrets, and digital crimes.

Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.

In addition to litigation work, Robert also counsels companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on intellectual property, security, and Internet law issues. 

Robert is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. He co-chairs Orrick's Silicon Valley Diversity Committee and is one of the firm-wide facilitators for Orrick’s Latino Affinity Group. Robert is also committed to pro bono work and received the Legal Aid Association of California's 2015 Family Law Pro Bono Award.

Robert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in the Eastern District of California prior to commencing private practice.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Emerging Markets
  • Russia

Mikhail Usubyan Special Legal Consultant M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Washington, D.C.

Mikhail Usubyan advises private and public companies, funds and investors on cross border M&A, private equity, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Over his 15-year legal career, Mikhail has closed numerous M&A and finance projects in a variety of areas. He specializes in technology, infrastructure, logistics, manufacturing and real estate/construction. Mikhail has a wealth of experience in the private equity area. He also advised clients on FCPA issues as well as economic sanctions relating to Russia.

Qualified to practice New York and Russian law, Mikhail is well positioned to handle international transactions. A lot of Mikhail's projects (handled in cooperation with lawyers qualified in the relevant countries) also involve English law, as well as laws of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus, BVI, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other jurisdictions. Over the course of his career Mikhail has been based in London, Moscow, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Before joining the firm, Mikhail was an attorney at Baker McKenzie and Coudert Brothers.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Cesar Valdez Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

San Francisco

Cesar Valdez is an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office and a member of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations group.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Riccardo Valle Associate M&A and Private Equity, Renewable Energy

Rome

Riccardo Valle is a lawyer with our corporate team, focusing (in regards to transactional/litigation matters before Civil and Administrative Courts) in providing legal assistance to clients active in highly regulated markets, with specific focus on energy (including generation, infrastructures, incentives, PPA/EFET, and IPEX), environment (including waste, and EIA/IPPC), and pharmaceuticals (including AIFA regulations and wholesale distribution).  

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Danielle Van Wert Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Silicon Valley

Danielle Van Wert, a senior associate in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Securities Litigation Group. Danielle's practice focuses on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense.

She represents companies and individuals in securities-related regulatory investigations, including SEC and FINRA matters, and also represents special committees in internal investigations. In addition, Danielle's practice focuses on shareholder derivative actions and actions brought under federal and state securities laws.

Prior to joining the firm, Danielle was an associate at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Amy Van Zant Partner Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Clients count on Amy to move their business forward. Whether litigating a complex patent suit, or advising on a multi-faceted IP strategy, Amy incorporates an in-depth understanding of each client’s business, employees and corporate strategy into her solutions.

For her litigation practice, Amy’s ability to distill the most complicated technology across an array of fields, including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, renewable energy, cloud computing, and big data, into relatable, every day concepts that has made her successful in persuading judges and juries alike. She has led trial teams, litigated, and tried cases in state court in California, numerous District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and has briefed appeals before the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. Whether litigating patent, trade secret, or IP contract disputes, Amy strives to put herself in her client’s shoes to ensure personalized results tailored to each client’s business objectives.

Amy also provides comprehensive IP counseling on issues including trade secrets protection, employee departure investigations, freedom to operate analysis, licensing strategies, data privacy protection, and regulatory compliance. She has also conducted comprehensive patent portfolio reviews and assisted with IP corporate transactions.

In addition to her IP work, Amy devotes significant time to her pro bono work. For more than a decade, she has assisted domestic violence victims, as well as led Orrick’s Bay Area summer program that enables law clerks to be certified to argue in Family Court to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence clients.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Banking & Finance
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • Fintech
  • Corporate Lending
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Barrie VanBrackle Partner Technology Companies Group, Banking & Finance

Washington, D.C.

Barrie VanBrackle, a partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and co-leads Orrick's Fintech team.

An authority on payments and consumer financial services compliance, Barrie focuses on three areas at the cross-section of the fintech space: consumer-facing financial and banking, regulatory counseling and investigations, payment card industry, including brand operating rules and data security standards; money transmission; and prepaid card access on behalf of leading merchants, payment processors and industry vendors. In addition, Barrie has deep experience advising corporate and private equity clients in M&A contexts and other investments in fintech.

Barrie is a sought after speaker on the evolving regulatory and compliance issues surrounding payments and related e-commerce matters. Prior to joining Orrick, Barrie was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Virginie Vaquette Associate Antitrust & Competition

Paris

Virginie Vaquette is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Virginie practice focuses on French and European competition law, on both transactional and litigation cases: merger control, antitrust litigation before the French Competition Authority and the European Commission, and State aid.

Prior to joining Orrick, Virginie was an associate at Clifford Chance for three years where she developed a particular experience in merger control and assisted companies in the context of investigations of the French and European competition authorities.

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar
  • Trials

Robert P. Varian Senior Counsel White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

San Francisco

Robert P. Varian, senior counsel, served as a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office for 12 years, and was previously a partner in Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

He has been named to Lawdragon's Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America list, one of the most elite accolades in the legal profession, and as one of the top 20 lawyers of the year by The California Lawyer. He is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has successfully tried securities class actions to verdict (twice), and won one of the National Law Journal's top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in the major securities class action jury trial.

Bob has extensive experience in defending securities class actions, SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings, and derivative lawsuits throughout the United States. He has led a wide variety of internal investigations centered in the United States and China, and has represented executives, directors and auditors in internal investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in securities class actions and other shareholder litigation. He also has extensive experience in defending consumer class actions and complex business cases, and special expertise in representing Chinese companies and individuals in litigation and investigations.

Bob has successfully litigated numerous high profile cases that have received coverage in the national media.

Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Energy

Aisling Vaughan Associate International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, International Trade & Compliance

Geneva

Aisling is an Associate in Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group based in the Geneva office. She focuses on international arbitration, commercial litigation and cross-border disputes.

Aisling represents clients in all phases of complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes before major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, SCC, LCIA, SIAC and HKIAC. She acts as counsel in a wide range of matters, including disputes involving construction contracts, agency and shareholder agreements, trade and commodities. She has experience with a broad range of issues, from seeking emergency interim relief, to the enforcement of international arbitral awards in multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Prior to joining Orrick, Aisling practiced as an associate with the International Arbitration Practice Group in the Geneva office of a leading international law firm where she gained arbitration and dispute settlement experience, including a focus on corporate finance and energy disputes.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition

Michael Vaz D'Almeida Associate Antitrust & Competition

Paris

Michaël Vaz d'Almeida is a Competition lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on French and European competition law, including anticompetitive practices, merger control, distribution law and State aid.

Prior to joining Orrick, Michaël worked as a legal intern at UGGC Avocats and Magenta and in the legal departments of Thales Communications & Security and Dexia Life & Pensions (Luxembourg). He was previously an intern at the French Competition Authority and at the Appeal Court of Paris.