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  • Fintech
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Banking & Finance
  • Energy
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Jacqui Hatfield Partner Fintech, Technology Companies Group


Jacqui heads up the financial services regulatory team in London and is co-chair of Orrick's global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group. She has more than 20 years' experience in providing international regulatory advice across the broad spectrum of the financial services regulated community.

Jacqui's clients include asset managers, brokers, banks, fund managers, fund platforms, payment service providers, e-money issuers, Fintech companies, exchanges and corporate finance boutiques.

She provides regulatory advice to both the buy side and sell side and covers both retail and wholesale business. Typical work includes advising on issues relating to authorization, structuring, outsourcing, systems and controls, conduct of business, financial resources, market abuse, EU directives, promotion and distribution of investments, money laundering, payment services and consumer credit. Typical work also includes providing specialist regulatory advice on transactions within the financial services sector.

Jacqui is particularly active in the Fintech space, with clients including peer to peer lending platforms, challenger banks, app payment providers, investment and property crowd funding platforms, robo advisers and wealth management platforms, alternative investment fund managers and on-line broker dealers. Jacqui also has significant experience advising on blockchain, digital currencies and ICOs. The 2017 UK Legal 500 states that “although she is active across the spectrum of financial services regulatory issues including on behalf of banks, brokers and fund managers, Jacqui is particularly noted for her Fintech expertise.”

Jacqui’s practice has been described in Legal 500 as 'very responsive, proactive' practice led by 'extremely knowledgeable', 'truly outstanding' financial services regulatory expert Jacqui Hatfield. She has 'in-depth understanding of an emerging, evolving market', and is 'a straight talker' with 'a clear understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies'.



  • Real Estate
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy & Infrastructure

Laura Haworth Managing Associate Real Estate, Renewable Energy


Laura Haworth provides an efficient and practical service, delivering creative solutions to meet her client's commercial needs.

Laura advises on a wide range of commercial real estate matters including:

  • Management, development and financing of shopping centres and industrial parks

  • Purchase, development, financing and sale of renewable energy projects

  • Acquisition, disposal and development of hotels

  • Management of commercial office space



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Japan

Michael Haworth Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

New York

Drawing on 12 years’ experience in Orrick’s Tokyo and Hong Kong offices, Michael Haworth advises international investors and lenders on their real estate acquisition and financing transactions throughout the U.S. and Asia.

Michael’s practice focuses on cross-border real estate investment transactions. He helps Asia based investors navigate complex real estate investments in the U.S., often as a joint venture capital partner, and represents international clients investing in real estate in Asia through debt or equity. Michael counts among his clients regional and international investment funds, pension funds, developers, banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions. He has particular experience advising on transactions involving Japan.

Consistently ranked by Chambers Asia and Legal 500 among the leading international real estate lawyers in Japan, Michael is described by clients as “really good at understanding our objectives.” Clients also comment that Orrick’s “level of service is one of the highest in the local market.”



  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Jacob M. Heath Partner Intellectual Property, Cyber

Silicon Valley

Whether it be a Fortune 500 company or a startup, technology companies are not immune from competitors, former employees, and relentless cybercriminals. To protect his clients’ intellectual property, their data, their customers, Jake Heath offers the most diligent and aggressive protection possible.

Undaunted by a case’s legal or technical complexity, precedent, or magnitude, Jake will not stop until his clients’ patents, copyrights, and trade secrets are protected; the cybersecurity breach is stopped; and the cybercriminals are brought to justice.

To develop those creative legal solutions, Jake draws upon his unique blend of experience. He has carried out Internet enforcement actions involving cybercrime, fraud, and deceptive activity; brand violations; intellectual property infringement; trade secrets; and cybersecurity breaches. Jake has also handled a variety of complex commercial and tech transaction litigation in federal and federal court, as well as several white collar criminal investigations. Jake also draws from his practical litigation experience and trial advocacy.



  • eDiscovery & Information Governance

Curtis D. Heckman Senior eDiscovery Career Associate eDiscovery & Information Governance

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Curtis D. Heckman is an eDiscovery career associate with the Litigation Group. Curtis assists case teams and clients with all phases of discovery, including preservation, collection, and review of potentially relevant information and propounding and responding to written discovery.

Curtis also has experience in records management, including the creation of record retention schedules.

Prior to joining Orrick, Curtis was an associate with a Pittsburgh law firm where his practice focused on civil litigation and counseling.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Fintech

Gregory Heibel Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Gregory Heibel, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises emerging and public technology companies, venture capital firms and other technology investors, as well as Orrick’s Energy Group.

Greg's practice includes the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of rapidly growing technology companies; the representation of venture capital firms and other investors in private and public offerings, as well as other complex transactions related to high growth companies.

Greg has completed hundreds of financings, mergers, acquisitions and intellectual property transactions for clients in the networking, wireless, Internet, software, life sciences and consumer industries. Additionally, Greg has represented numerous publicly traded companies in their public offering, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing corporate governance needs, including Life360 (ASX:360), Foundry Networks, Virage Networks, Adeza, Laserscope, Intellisync and Preview Systems.

Greg also was an Assistant Investment Manager for Genevest, a venture capital firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he participated in the first organizational meeting of the European Union World Wide Web Consortium. In addition, Greg has worked with a number of venture capital backed technology companies in operational and advisory roles, including Intellimeter, eT Communications and Metering Technology Corporation. 



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Heifetz Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Alexandra Heifetz, a Managing Associate in the employment group, guides employers in the retail, tech, and finance industries through the complex world of employment law.

Clients rely on her agile strategies, which take into account companies’ specific business goals and the quickly evolving universe of federal, state, and local employment laws. By combining the big picture with the most minute details, Alexandra offers her clients the best possible path forward.

Alexandra has litigated a variety of federal and state court class actions, covering wage and hour, equal pay, and FCRA issues. She has also helped clients with single-plaintiff litigation involving, for instance, breach of contract, discrimination, and equal pay claims.  

Alexandra has also counseled clients on a wide range of employment issues, including wage and hour, reductions in force, sexual harassment/#MeToo, discrimination, leaves of absence, background checks, terminations, privacy, and more.  

Prior to Orrick, she clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Konstantin Heitmann, LL.M. (GGU) Partner M&A and Private Equity, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Konstantin Heitmann, a partner in the Düsseldorf Orrick office, is a member of the European Corporate Group.

His practice focuses on a variety of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate and commercial law and corporate litigation. Konstantin is part of Orrick since 2004. Before joining Orrick he was working for major German and English law firms.



  • Public Finance

Eileen Heitzler Partner Public Finance

New York

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in public finance transactions, Eileen addresses complex legal issues facing institutional, government and not-for-profit clients.

As bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, borrower’s counsel and credit enhancer’s counsel, Eileen has worked on deals ranging from a few million dollars in value to more than $1 billion. She has broad experience with all types of financing structures including fixed rate, variable rate, flexible rate and optional tender bonds; tax-exempt and taxable debt; general obligation and revenue bond financings; unsecured obligations, mortgage-secured and project-based security; synthetic structures involving derivative products; and master trust indenture structures. Marketing alternatives have included public offerings by governmental issuers or conduit issuers, taxable bonds issued directly by non-profit organizations, direct placements with banks and financial institutions, and private placements.

While Eileen's practice encompasses all types of financings, her areas of concentration are financings for not-for-profit organizations, affordable housing, governmental purposes and public power projects. She has also participated in helping to structure and develop social impact financing programs.

Museums and Cultural Institutions: Referred to as the “bond artist” by the American Lawyer in connection with her work on the Museum of Modern Art expansion financing through the Trust for Cultural Resources, Eileen has been involved in transactions for most of the cultural institutions in New York City.

Educational Institutions and Other Non-Profit Organizations: Eileen has served as institution counsel, bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel on transactions to finance projects for a multitude of colleges, universities, health care organizations, private schools and other not-for-profit corporations, often in connection with their initial financings.

Affordable Housing: Financing the construction or preservation of thousands of affordable housing units has been an important facet of Eileen’s practice. In addition to serving as bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel on 80-20 developments, she is involved with the pooled open resolution programs established by the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York State Housing Finance Agency (two of the largest housing bond issuers in the country).

Governmental Purpose Bonds: As special counsel to the Office of the State Comptroller, Eileen provides advice concerning the issuance of the State’s general obligation bonds as well as other issues. She has helped to structure the Dormitory Authority’s financing programs for school districts and BOCES and has participated in the issuance of State-supported bonds by several public benefit corporations including the Dormitory Authority and Empire State Development.

Public Power: Eileen has worked with the Bonneville Power Administration for over 20 years on a range of financing programs, including on power purchases (including nuclear power) lease-purchase financings, energy prepayments, and conservation.

Eileen serves as Vice Chair for the firm’s Public Finance Group in the New York office and was a member of the Board of the firm from 2012-2018.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Banking & Finance
  • Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Fintech
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Dolph Hellman Partner M&A and Private Equity, Banking & Finance

San Francisco

Dolph Hellman, a leading fund formation and commercial finance lawyer in the San Francisco office, is the Co-Chair of the firm's Private Investment Funds Group and a member of the firm's Corporate Department.

Dolph concentrates his sophisticated practice on private equity investor representation and fund formation as well as representing financial institutions and corporations in privately negotiated debt transactions. Dolph counsels some of the largest public pension plans in the United States and other institutional investors and helps them achieve their business goals with respect to various U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on real estate, buy-out, venture capital and mezzanine investment opportunities) as well as sponsors in fund formation.

In addition, Dolph has a broad range of experience in commercial lending transactions, including secured financings, unsecured and asset-based financings, vendor and customer financings, subscription credit facilities, project financing, venture debt financings, letters of credit, receivables purchase financings and leasing. Dolph's clients include various financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and numerous start-up companies (the latter group of which he represents in dozens of venture debt financing transactions each year for which he is recognized as one of the leading company-side counsel in the San Francisco Bay Area).



  • Public Finance
  • Health Care Finance

Robyn L Helmlinger Partner Public Finance, Health Care Finance

San Francisco

For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the healthcare industry throughout the nation. She is the lawyer to whom chief financial officers and treasurers turn when they require expertise in implementing complex financings and debt programs, and to whom investment bankers turn when developing new financial structures or facing challenging disclosure scenarios.

Robyn regularly works with both established borrowers and first-time borrowers to assist with structuring and restructuring debt programs that encompass a wide variety of debt and derivative products. In 2015, Robyn led the team that represented a private fund in connection with financing the management transfer of a multi-hospital nonprofit healthcare system to a subsidiary of the private fund, including negotiations with existing creditors. The financing involved an innovative bond structure that balanced current and future committed liquidity needs and debt burden. Robyn is also continually recognized for her excellent and sound judgment with respect to disclosure issues, including the difficult disclosure decisions caused by financial pressures from healthcare reform, affiliation activities, pension liabilities, governmental inquiries and investigations, labor disputes and qualified audit opinions.

In 2013, Robyn was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. She is one of the founding members of the Northern California Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves as its Vice President (National Coordinator). As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Robyn has been a panelist on the Health Care Financing Panel at the annual conference in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • Global Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Meg Hennessey Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Global Compliance & Regulatory

San Francisco

Meg advises individuals and corporations responding to DOJ and SEC investigations into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, medical device fraud, and in criminal antitrust matters.  She conducts internal investigations around the world and helps multinational clients build and maintain their anti-corruption compliance programs.

Meg served on the Monitor teams for two FCPA Monitorships and represents a multinational currently under the review of an independent FCPA Monitor.  She draws upon her broad international experience and strong project management skills to lead diverse teams of attorneys and consultants to conduct compliance risk assessments, compliance monitoring reviews, and bribery and corruption-related internal investigations.  Her Monitorship experience makes her uniquely qualified to advise clients facing similar scrutiny by enforcement authorities, and to advise on best practices in building a corporate compliance program.

Meg also represents a non-profit organization in relation to multiple congressional inquiries conducted by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Meg Hennessey, an associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations group.