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

Shawn Atkinson Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group


Shawn Atkinson, a partner in the London office, is a member of the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Companies Group, which advises leading private equity, venture capital and growth funds and high growth technology companies. He also co-leads Orrick’s global Fintech team.

Among the leading investment funds he has represented are Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, Global Finance, Golden Gate Capital, Greenspring Associates, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, Piper Private Equity, Piton Capital, Rho Ventures, Russia Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Summit Partners, Tectonic, Vostok New Ventures and Vostok Emerging Finance.

A cross-border transactional lawyer by trade, his experience includes UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions for both public and private companies, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations.

He has a particular depth of experience in technology and IP rich businesses and is a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.



  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fintech
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Christopher Austin Partner Capital Markets, Technology Companies Group

New York; Silicon Valley

Christopher Austin is global co-head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice as well as global co-chair of Orrick's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law compliance.

Chris counsels public and high-growth technology companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience advising both companies and investment banks on capital markets matters, including leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies.

With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. Chambers USA ranks him Band 1 for Fintech in the USA and reports: "clients call [...] upon his wealth of experience in public offerings, SAFT issues and token sales. Sources cite his "commercial" and "thorough" approach as a key asset, while also praising his ability to "get things done." Recent experience includes working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance.  He leads a multi-disciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation and compensation and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Notable Fintech companies he works with include Betterment, SoFi, Personal Capital, Debtsy, Credit IQ and Galaxy Digital.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Emmanuel Avramesco Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Emmanuel Avramesco is a Litigation lawyer in Orrick's Paris office, with a focus on corporate and commercial disputes as well as on arbitral proceedings.

Emmanuel has significant experience advising listed and non-listed French and foreign companies and their management on their corporate crises, especially conflicts related to shareholders’ disputes, post-acquisition litigation, LBO related disputes and managers’ liability. His practice also includes insolvency procedures.

His skill further extends to criminal law litigation and white collar crime, where he assists and represents clients in the course of judicial investigations and before French courts.

His works also include commercial and real-estate disputes. He notably intervened on issues relating to the breach or non fulfilment of contractual provisions and brutal termination of established business relationships.

In addition to his practice, Emmanuel assists clients in the framework of arbitral proceedings and arbitration-related matters such as annulment proceedings.

Before joining Orrick, Emmanuel started his career as an associate at Baker & McKenzie and has worked with Reinhart Marville Torre for five years.


  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • Real Estate

Zahara Aw Juriste/Legal Specialist Infrastructure, Energy

Paris; Abidjan

Zahara Aw is an associate at Orrick RCI.

Her Practice focuses on real estate and energy and infrastructures matters.

Prior to being relocated in Abidjan, Zahara worked in Orrick’s Paris Office within the real estate department.

Prior to joining Orrick, Zahara worked in France as a lawyer for AVIVA Protection Juridique, Poste-immo and Eiffage real estate and construction.



  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Restructuring

Jonathan Ayre Partner Oil & Gas, Energy


Jonathan Ayre represents clients in acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures with respect to upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas assets. His corporate practice includes the formation of private equity-backed entities investing in the oil and gas industry.

Jonathan also represents clients in project development matters, with a focus on engineering, procurement and construction agreements for major capital projects, including liquefied natural gas facilities. He counsels a range of clients on general corporate matters, including entity formation, joint ventures, equity ownership, and corporate governance.



  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax

Margaux Azoulay Senior Associate Tax, Corporate Tax


Margaux Azoulay is a Tax lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

She assists French and foreign companies on business-related taxation aspects as well as the tax aspects of their mergers and acquisitions or restructurings.

Margaux's expertise further extends to real estate taxation, where she advises companies owning real estate assets (property companies, developers, insurance companies) and investors (funds and credit institutions). She notably has expertise in the fields of the SIIC regime and real estate investment funds. She also has experience advising on the tax aspects of Public-Private Partnership contracts (PPP).

In addition to her practice, Margaux advises on wealth management, and notably on the management and conveyance of assets and liabilities of natural persons and families. She also assists them on their tax inspections and disputes.

Prior to joining Orrick, Margaux was an associate at August & Debouzy.