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Matt Archer is a partner in Orrick’s Houston office. He focuses his practice on project development and finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry.
Matt's practice is centered on project development and
mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry with a particular focus on
electric power and midstream projects. Matt regularly advises clients on a wide
range of issues relating to the development, construction, operation, purchase
and disposition of traditional gas-fired power projects, renewable energy
projects and midstream oil and gas gathering, processing and pipeline projects.
His extensive experience includes each stage from early development,
construction, offtake agreements (including power purchase agreements and
transportation service agreements) through commercial operation, financing,
repowering and disposition. Matt also regularly represents clients in the
development, structuring and construction of large energy projects in Mexico.
His extensive experience in Mexico includes natural gas pipeline projects and
wind, solar and gas-fired power projects.
Matt has significant experience in structuring and financing energy projects and in negotiating and documenting the contractual support for these transactions. His experience encompasses all manner of revenue contracts (e.g., power purchase, tolling and energy marketing agreements; steam host and supply agreements; service agreements; leases; and capacity and transportation agreements); construction contracts; equipment supply and warranty agreements, long-term parts and services agreements; operating and maintenance agreements; electric interconnection and transmission agreements; fuel supply and transportation agreements; and ownership, joint venture and equity participation agreements.
Michael Arena is an Associate based in Orrick's Sacramento office and a member of the Public Finance Group with experience advising both public and private entities in domestic and international capital markets transactions.
Michael has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer's counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings. Since joining Orrick in 2017, Michael has worked in both the transportation and healthcare sectors, and participated in fixed and variable rate financings, advanced refundings, and numerous post-issuance modifications to the terms and structure of outstanding debt obligations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Michael advised issuers and underwriters on registered and Rule 144A / Reg. S equity and debt securities offerings, including: initial public offerings, private placements, listed trades, block trades, issuances of American depositary shares, senior and subordinated notes, medium-term notes, rights, warrants, high-yield bonds, and sovereign bonds. As issuer’s and regulatory counsel, Michael represented major financial institutions, including U.S., European and Indian banks, on capital issuances and cross-border compliance matters. As disclosure counsel, Michael has also advised registered U.S. companies on their financial reporting obligations and ongoing filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jen Argyle is an employment law career associate in our New York office.
Jen Argyle joined the firm in 2017. She concentrates in employment disputes, executive counseling, and has represented management in labor arbitrations. Jen enables her executive clients to avoid litigation surrounding employment negotiations and contract issues. She counsels corporate clients on litigation avoidance, conducts internal investigations discretely and efficiently, and drafts internal policies and procedures, further insulating companies and business owners from costly court proceedings.
Jen also represents clients before both federal and state courts, arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal government agency proceedings. She has responded to claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment and she has also addressed wage-hour, misclassification, and disability/medical leave issues. Before joining the firm, Jen was an associate at a regional law firm where she represented management in all aspects of single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff employment litigation.
Kevin is an Associated Law Professor affiliated with the Supreme Court and Appellate group. His practice involves high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the country.
Kevin has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, securities, bankruptcy, and patents. He has co-authored numerous appellate briefs, including briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages, on subjects including consumer protection, Indian law, criminal forfeiture, federal court jurisdiction, and foreign sovereign immunity. Kevin has also engaged in strategic planning and motions practice at the trial stage in both federal and state courts.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kevin clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has a Ph.D. in history from NYU, where he specialized in the history of the federal courts in the early national period.
Nathelie is an of counsel with our Public Finance practice in Texas.
Nathelie regularly serves as bond and disclosure counsel for state agencies, universities, cities, school districts and other political subdivisions in tax-exempt bond transactions. Nathelie also represents investment banking firms as underwriter's counsel.
Matt Ashby has served as local and national trial counsel for some of the largest U.S. companies in the government contracting, chemical, construction, maritime and automotive industries for over a decade. Matt's prior professional experience, as a Certified Public Accountant in California and as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, enables him to wield a unique and sophisticated legal practice on behalf of his clients.
Prior to his legal career, Matt served as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, where he supervised compliance and financial audits, internal controls, and M&A due diligence. His training in federal contracting and accounting have enabled him to add unique value to his legal service. As a result, Matt has been called upon to bring a fresh perspective to his clients' defense strategies, both locally and nationally.
In addition to serving his clients, Matt enjoys opportunities to collaborate with and educate other lawyers.
Matt has participated as a lecturer and faculty member at national complex litigation and product liability conferences and has been interviewed by leading legal publications for his views on trends in these practice areas. He has written articles for DRI and Law360 on cross-border discovery and trial practice, as well as authored a chapter on damages for a regional legal treatise published by The Recorder. Matt has also prepared a comprehensive DRI practice guide on the defense of litigation involving international parties.
Prior to Orrick, Matt most recently practiced as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Polsinelli LLP (an Am Law 100 firm).
Jennifer Asher is a managing associate in the Firm's Restructuring practice, where she has advised a variety of clients, such as debtors, creditors and lenders, in restructuring-related matters.
She represents a broad spectrum of clients in financial restructuring and insolvency matters and takes a creative approach to applying her skills across various industries.
Jennifer is also an active member in the New York Women's Affinity Group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jennifer was an associate at King & Spalding LLP, where she was a member of the Financial Restructuring Practice Group.
Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law where she was an associate managing editor of the St. John’s Law Review. Jennifer received a B.S., summa cum laude, from the Binghamton University School of Business, where she was an accounting major. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer was an audit associate at KPMG LLP. While at KPMG, she was a member of the audit teams at Citigroup and Credit Suisse. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and cross-border securities 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.
Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.” He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the IT, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.
Kevin Askew, a senior associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office, is a securities litigator. He represents companies, officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and other complex business litigation matters. Kevin also has substantial experience representing financial institutions, issuers and individuals in connection with SEC investigations and enforcement actions.
Kevin has litigated matters in state and federal courts around the country, in arbitration, in administrative proceedings, and on appeal.
Kevin has also devoted a significant portion of his time to pro bono matters. Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project awarded Kevin its 2016 Pro Bono Award in recognition of his representation of an asylum seeker in a long-running matter.
Kevin has published articles on securities-related topics in the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal, Bloomberg BNA, and other publications.
James Atkin is the global co-head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice.
Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments. He advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.