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Nicole Gelsomini is an associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office. Her practice spans cybersecurity and privacy matters, complex commercial disputes, and government and internal investigations.
Nicole has experience defending companies in class action litigation and government enforcement following the announcement of cybersecurity and privacy incidents, as well as the initial investigation of potential incidents. She has also represented companies in securities, antitrust, and other commercial disputes. Before joining Orrick, Nicole was a Litigation and Enforcement associate in the San Francisco office of another international law firm. Prior to law school, Nicole was a teacher and a member of Teach for America’s recruitment team.
Matthew Gemello, a corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group.
A seasoned deal lawyer, Matthew guides global technology companies and their financial sponsors through transformational domestic and cross-border transactions.
Matthew has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers Northern California, and was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal (2015) as one of the top 10 Innovative Corporate Lawyers in California.
Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew was a partner at Baker & McKenzie, where he was chair of the firm’s North America corporate and securities practice and chair of its North America pro bono practice.
Andrea's practice focuses mainly on renewable energy, in Italy and abroad.
Andrea regularly works on M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sponsors, developers and investors in the acquisition or sale of totality, majority or minority shareholdings, and in project construction/management related matters. He has advised on projects in Italy, the UK, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Ghana and Namibia.
Andrea also has significant experience in financing transactions, having assisted various sponsors in a number of project finance, asset finance, refinancing and leasing transactions. He assists clients in drafting and negotiating all transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements, facility agreements, PPAs, EPC and O&M agreements. Andrea also counsels clients on general corporate matters and day-to-day operating matters, including contracts management and a host of related legal matters.
Andrea has also drafted and negotiated several settlement agreements for disputes arisen between owners and contractors in relation to the construction of power plants, and participated in international arbitrations on these matters.
Andrea is lecturer at the training course “The EGP school of business development program” promoted by Enel Green Power, dedicated to its Business Development professionals and delivered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University. Andrea focuses his lessons on international business contracts, joint venture and acquisition agreements.
Nick’s clients include industrial corporations, government entities, financial institutions and infrastructure investment funds. He also advises on cross-border M&A transactions in his specialist sector areas. He has a particular interest in renewable energy projects.
Nick has been involved on major operations such as the construction of the world’s largest dam, Inga 3, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a $500 million 144A/Regulation S bond issuance for Millicom International Cellular S.A., a leading telecommunication operator in emerging markets, and the financing by the Agence Française de Développement for a 5.9 MW photovoltaic plant in Benin.
Before joining Orrick, Nick spent 16 years working at another international law firm. He is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
Alex assists clients, ranging from companies to shareholders to investors, on corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on venture capital and growth equity, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, growth debt financings and shareholder agreements and arrangements.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alex trained and worked at an international city law firm for five years with an emphasis on the technology sector and at a US law firm for one year.
Employment lawyer Hannah Ghaffari takes each case’s legal, business and interpersonal elements into account. By approaching her case through the emotional and professional lens of all parties involved, she’s able to offer a more successful path to resolution.
Her cases involve a wide range of employment issues, such as wage and hour, pay equity, and discrimination disputes. Hannah also offers targeted counseling to help employers avoid and mitigate risk throughout the year.
In addition to employment, she has handled various business disputes, including breach of contract disputes on behalf of Microsoft, a defamation case, and a high-profile right of publicity case. She also represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a multi-billion dollar copyright trial.
Hannah is also active in Orrick’s pro bono program, having represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States and an individual seeking enforcement of a family support order in New York Family Court. She currently represents a family that was separated at the U.S. border.
Kayvan Ghaffari is a lawyer in Orrick's Intellectual Property Group. Kayvan's areas of emphasis include software-related copyright litigation, cybersecurity and digital crimes, Blockchain technology, and complex commercial litigation.
Groundbreaking companies in the Internet, entertainment, healthcare and financial industries are revolutionizing the way we work and live. To remain at the forefront of innovation, these companies need an equally innovative lawyer – someone who brings a fresh approach to copyright, cyber and commercial litigation, and who understands the latest technology.
Kayvan's bicoastal practice allows him to work with a diverse array of companies on some of the most cutting edge legal issues. As noted in the engagements listed below, Kayvan uses that unique blend of creativity and technical experience to relentlessly defend his clients. In addition to being procedurally meticulous and a compelling writer, he specializes in unearthing ways to unravel the opposing side's case. He also helps companies avoid litigation, by counseling companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on an array of copyright and Internet issues, including the use of Blockchain technology to protect my client's interests, including protecting intellectual property rights.
Kayvan graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he also served as Senior Submissions Editor of the Southern California Law Review. While in law school, Kayvan was a legal extern for the Honorable Barry Russell at the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California.
In addition to helping his clients, Kayvan also uses his legal skills to assist those in need. At Orrick, he litigates pro bono cases involving civil rights and constitutional rights. While attending Loyola Law School, he started a chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Between being a member of IRAP at Loyola and USC, he worked with attorneys and other law students to provide legal representation to refugees and their families in an effort to help them obtain resettlement.
Léa Ghoreychi is an employment lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Léa advises French and international companies on all matters related to French employment law.
Prior to joigning Orrick, Léa worked on employment matters as a legal intern at Bird & Bird, Cornet Vincent Ségurel and HR Avocats. She also interned at the Human Resources department of the French Red Cross.
Gianrico Giannesi is an Italian qualified lawyer based in Orrick’s Rome office. He is Deputy Head of the Italian Finance team.
His practice is focused on debt capital market and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on CMBS, RMBS, CBO transactions, securitisation of leasing, consumer loans, commercial receivables, public receivables, trade receivables, healthcare receivables, tax receivables and non performing receivables.
Gianrico is also specialised in Minibond issuance, having advised the main Minibond market players on several of the first Minibond issues on the Italian market.
He regularly advises the leading Italian and international banks acting as arrangers, lead managers and originators.
Gianrico is ranked among the key individuals in Chambers and Partners (Europe) in Banking & Finance and Debt Capital Markets: Securitisation. In The Legal 500 (EMEA), he is considered among the key advisers for Debt Capital Markets.
He is a lecturer in Master courses organised by LUISS Business School University (Rome) and is regular speaker at conferences and seminars on financial law topics.
Giovanbattista Gianni is a banking and finance lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Giovanbattista advises French and international credit and financial institutions as well as sponsors and borrowers on French and cross-border financings, structured finance transactions and restructurings related to existing financings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Giovanbattista was a student apprentice in a major portfolio management company and an intern in a Magic Circle law firm. Giovanbattista has also practiced as junior legal counsel in the French branch of a leading US credit institution & investment firm.
John D. Giansello III is resident in the New York office and a member of the employment law group.
Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.
He has considerable experience in and knowledge of litigation and counseling related to the hiring, firing, retention, management and promotion of employees.
Louise focuses her practice on project finance and corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the conventional and renewable energy power sectors.
Louise was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and by Euromoney's 2018 Rising Stars Expert Guide for Energy and Natural Resources Law.
She represents public and private companies in their roles as sponsors, developers, issuers, borrowers, lenders and investors in a variety of transactions, including project financings, tax equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions involving the development, construction, financing, acquisition, sale and investment in power generation, distribution and storage and other energy-related projects and businesses.