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Vincent Babin is a venture capital lawyer and a member of the Technology Companies Group in Orrick's Paris office.Vincent advises venture capital funds, and helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their businesses from constitution to exit. Through the development of startups, Vincent assists management teams to set up employees’ incentive plans, think through the governance of the company, and provide strategic and practical advice to the founders.
Nicholas Bagley is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.
Nick was an attorney with the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and served as lead counsel in many more. Among many other matters, Nick successfully defended the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act before the D.C. Circuit (National Association of Manufacturers v. Taylor), served on the litigation team charged with defending the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act from a First Amendment challenge (Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. United States), appeared before the Second Circuit in an important case involving the status of digital downloads under the copyright statutes (United States v. ASCAP), and represented the government in two significant False Claims Act suits in the Fifth Circuit (United States ex rel. Longhi v. Lithium Power Technologies, Inc.; United States v. Caremark).
Nick served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. Before getting a law degree at New York University Law School, he joined Teach for America and taught eighth-grade English at a public school in the South Bronx.
Nicholas teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. His article, “Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State,” which he coauthored with Richard Revesz, was selected as the best article in the field in 2006 by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He won the law school’s teaching award in 2012.
Charles works with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on growth financing and M&A transactions.Charles also has experience working with regulated companies and financial institutions on FinTech and payments-related issues. He has a passion for startups and prior to becoming a lawyer held a business role at Huddle, including an assignment to San Francisco where he worked closely with the founders to establish and grow their US commercial operations. Charles leans on his business-side experience to deliver focused and practical legal advice to his clients.
Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.
Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions. He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.
Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable, Upworthy (until sold) and Warby Parker, among others.
In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.
Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.
New York; Washington, D.C.
New York; Washington, D.C.
Andrea Ball, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Andrea focuses her practice on the taxation of municipal finance, and she also has experience counseling a variety of nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.
In her municipal finance practice, Andrea has worked extensively with governmental issuers such as the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority and the County of Nassau, New York, as bond counsel, advising on private use issues, arbitrage and rebate rules, and the sizing of working capital borrowings. In addition, Andrea has worked on numerous financings for cultural institutions, universities, and hospitals as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as well as on multi-family housing and other private activity bond transactions.
In her nonprofit practice, Andrea formed and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charitable and educational organizations, as well as trade associations and social welfare groups. She also assists public charity and private foundation clients in navigating state and federal laws on corporate governance, charitable solicitation and tax matters.
Marina Balzano is a partner in Orrick’s Italian Banking & Finance team.
She has acquired extensive expertise in assisting major Italian and international banking groups in all types of structured finance transactions such as acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate finance, project finance, public finance and infrastructure financing.
She has also gained solid experience in the issuance of bonds and mini bonds, as well as in the field of debt restructuring both in the out-of-court and pre-bankruptcy phases.
Lacey Bangle helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and a variety of complex civil litigation.
Lacey’s corporate investigation experience includes insider trading, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations. She has also represented clients in a range of government enforcement action, including those brought by the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators.
Lacey has broad complex litigation experience, frequently handling claims of fraud, securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract, among others.
Lacey’s pro bono work has included briefing and arguing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, first-chair representation of clients at administrative hearings, advising non-profit clients on compliance matters, and assisting a woman serving a life sentence in gaining parole after 34 years in prison.
While in law school, Lacey participated in the East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing practice. While at EBCLC, Lacey successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and successfully wrote and argued dispositive motions in unlawful detainer proceedings. She joined Orrick in 2012.
Juliano Banuelos chairs Orrick’s Compensation & Benefits Group and focuses on advising public companies and mature private companies on executive compensation and related fiduciary duty and governance matters.
Mr. Banuelos’ representative clients include Ancestry.com, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (the University of Phoenix), Cisco Systems, Inc., Gap, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Kimpton Hotels, Levi Strauss, Oracle Corporation, Varex Imaging Corporation, Varian Medical Systems and Williams-Sonoma. Juliano is also a leader in providing compensation advice in mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as special M&A tax counsel to in-house tax and HR departments.
In addition to being a recognized practitioner on IRC Section 409A, Juliano provides advice on the full range of compensation and benefits issues that arise ranging from designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar arrangements to providing advice with respect to the design and legal compliance of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and welfare plans.
Mr. Banuelos also advises companies on all aspects of the securities laws relating to such arrangements.
Clients interviewed for Chambers and Partners describe Mr. Banuelos as "incredibly bright and very creative," and "extremely knowledgeable, and extremely helpful, as he provides practical solutions."
Natalia Barbera is an Italian qualified lawyer and a senior associate in the corporate team based in the Milan office. She focuses her practice in banking, finance, asset management, investment services and insurance regulations.
Since 2007 she has provided legal assistance to regulated entities (banks, financial intermediaries, investment firms, asset managers, insurance companies) on several financial regulatory issues including: investment funds’ set up, organization requirements, anti-money laundering, governance structures, internal controls, authorization processes before supervisory authorities, offering new services and products also through digital support, investigation and penalties procedures before supervisory authorities.
She has been s seconded to the Legal and Compliance department of Morgan Stanley SGR S.p.A., Milan (from 2014 to 2016) and to the legal and corporate affair department of Intesa Sanpaolo Vita S.p.A., Milan office (from 2017 to 2018).
Janet Barbiere is a partner in the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office.
She represents issuers, underwriters, originators, loan sellers and investors in commercial mortgage loan securitizations, real estate syndications, origination and servicing programs, the acquisition and sale of interests in mortgage loans, mortgage securities, subordinated debt and mezzanine debt, as well as transactions in the secondary mortgage market.
She has also advised banks in analyzing and structuring CMBS transactions, and in the workout, restructuring and sale of performing and non-performing commercial mortgage loans. She serves on various SFIG and CREFC Committees.
Prior to joining Orrick, Janet was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
Suzette Barnes is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations.
Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to veterans seeking VA benefits, homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open warrants, and low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements).
Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she litigated commercial, probate and mandamus actions.