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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance

Paola Barometro Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Paola Barometro, associate in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. She has extensive experience in M&A transactions, commercial contracts, general corporate and corporate governance.

Paola has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities and assists some of the most important Italian companies, some of which are listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs to prevent companies from potential sanctions.

In recent years, she has advised several domestic and multinational companies (in industrial and financial sectors) both in day-to-day corporate consultancy and special projects.



  • Real Estate

William J. Barrett Managing Associate Real Estate

Los Angeles

Will advises opportunity funds, institutional investors, investment funds, private equity funds, operators and developers in all phases of real property investment, development, secured financing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate portfolios, joint ventures, construction and other corporate real estate activities.

Will takes a practical approach to every deal by focusing on the business needs of his clients and managing any legal issues that arise.  Clients rely on his ability to efficiently negotiate, document and close every deal.  His practice focuses on transactions involving office, industrial, retail, hotel, multifamily, and mixed-use properties, as well as entitled development projects and raw land.



  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Trials
  • White Collar
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Kristen Bartlett Senior Associate Mortgage Related Securities, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Silicon Valley

Kristen Bartlett, an associate in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Group.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kristen was an Orrick fellow at the Stanford University Youth and Education Law Project. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and worked for two years at the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Complex Civil Litigation Center.

Before law school, she taught English and Spanish at the high school level.



  • Africa
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Finance
  • Corporate

Bob Bastos Associate Africa, Energy


Bob Bastos is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Bob intervenes on international infrastructure, mining and oil & gas projects across Europe and Africa.

His work notably includes advising governments and state-owned entities, financial institutions and sponsors on project financings, corporate transactions and structured financings.

As a Portuguese native speaker, Bob has acted on many significant transactions in Lusophone countries.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Ed Batts Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Silicon Valley

Ed Batts leads Orrick’s global M&A and Private Equity practice group, which includes more than 50 partners across the world dedicated to acquisitions and divestitures involving strategics and financial sponsors alike. Orrick ranks in the top 10 law firms globally for M&A deal volume by delivering business acumen in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors.

Focus Areas

  • M&A: Fiduciary duty counseling of public boards, cross border transactions, spin-offs, tender offers and going private transactions.
  • Corporate Governance: Board matters and public reporting obligations, including activist investor situations, stockholder proposals and accounting issues.
  • Crisis Management/Cyber: Crisis management of significant incidents and internal investigations, including advice on regulators, plaintiffs and law enforcement.

Speaking Engagements & Honors

  • Moderating Stanford Directors’ College panels on stockholder engagement and governance;
  • Moderating on crisis management at the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange (FT-ODX) conference;
  • Moderating cyber and stockholder activism topics with the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX);
  • Speaking on M&A at the annual conference of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
  • In 2016, named both an Acritas Star and a BTI Client Service All Star.


  • Most recent article posted on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation concerns the tectonic shifts in U.S. equity markets and their ramifications on stockholder engagement (available here);
  • Corporate governance benchmarking study on the component companies of the Dow Jones U.S. technology index (available here);
  • Corporate governance benchmarking study on mid cap and large cap Silicon Valley and SF Bay Area public companies (available here);
  • Annual checklist on M&A (here);
  • Annual checklist on public company reporting matters (here);
  • Blog on public company matters, accessible at

Prior Experience

  • Military officer veteran and former federal special agent; deployed since 9/11 to, among other locations, Yemen and twice to Iraq.
  • Graduate of the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and served with both the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI).
  • Active participant in Orrick's veterans programs, including the firm's annual Veterans' Legal Career Fair in Washington, D.C.


  • Public Finance

Marc Bauer Senior Associate Public Finance

Los Angeles

Marc Bauer, a senior associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.

Marc has represented issuer and underwriter clients in transactions involving both long- and short-term, fixed and variable rate obligations, commercial paper, credit and liquidity enhancement, and revenue bonds. He has experience with financings involving cities, counties, public power agencies, school districts, and both private and charter schools. In addition, Marc’s practice includes the representation of governmental and private sector clients in post-issuance examinations by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Marc was an economics consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.



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

John Bautista Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley

John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.

John focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.

Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.”

John is an advisor to, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies, and Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Andrew Baw Chief Practice Officer - CORP

Silicon Valley

Andrew Baw is the Chief Practice Officer for Orrick’s Corporate Business Unit, which encompasses the firm’s Capital Markets, Compensation and Benefits, Technology Companies, M&A/Private Equity and Tax practice groups.

He advises on strategic planning and business management, and his responsibilities include oversight of the business unit’s financial performance management, inventory management, business planning and lawyer recruiting. Andrew previously served as the Director of Business Development for Orrick’s Transactional Practice Groups.

Andrew was formerly a partner at Gunderson Dettmer, where he specialized in emerging companies, including venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Immediately prior to joining Orrick, Andrew was the Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for Mobio Networks, a venture-funded start-up. His background also includes experience in venture capital, as a member of the investment team for Storm Ventures, and investment banking, as part of the corporate finance team at Piper Jaffray.



  • Public Finance

Elaine Bayus Contract Attorney Public Finance

San Francisco

Elaine R. Bayus, resident in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. She concentrates her practice in municipal finance work.

Elaine has particular experience in financings for housing, student loans, educational facilities, power facilities, prepaid natural gas, and public facilities financed with general obligation and revenue bonds.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Corporate Governance

Gregory Beaman Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Washington, D.C.

Gregory Beaman focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class actions, business tort and high value contract disputes in a broad range of industries, including finance, technology, manufacturing and healthcare. 

Representative matters include:

  • Dismissal of TCPA class action claims against Sage Payment Solutions, Inc. (Paya) on the pleadings, in which the plaintiff sought to hold Sage vicariously liable for alleged unsolicited marketing conducted by an independent contractor.   See Knapp v. Sage Payment Solutions, Inc., et al., 2018 WL 659016 (N.D. Cal. 2018).
  • Dismissal of class action claims against Everalbum, Inc. on the pleadings, in which the plaintiffs alleged that the invite-a-friend feature of Ever's mobile app violated the Illinois Right of Publicity Act and the TCPA.  See Pratt v. Everalbum, Inc., 2017 WL 4161685 (N.D. Ill. 2017).  See also Figueroa v. Everalbum, Inc., 2017 WL 4574797 (E.D. Mo. 2017).
  • Secured withdrawal of putative TCPA class action claims against Cayan LLC after briefing on summary judgment and oral argument (D. Mass. 2017).
  • Dismissal, with prejudice, of TCPA class action claims against Life360, Inc. on the pleadings, in which the plaintiff alleged that Life360's mobile app sent unsolicited text messages to users' contacts.  See Cour v. Life360, Inc., 2016 WL 4039279 (N.D. Cal. 2016).
  • Dismissal of false advertising class action claims against Boiron, Inc. and Boiron USA, Inc., affirmed by the Seventh Circuit in Conrad v. Boiron, Inc., 869 F.3d 536 (7th Cir. 2017).
  • Stay of patent infringement and California law tort claims against Toshiba Corporation on the ground that the arbitrability of those claims had to be decided by an ICC tribunal, which ultimately resulted in dismissal of all claims, with prejudice, in both federal court action and related ICC arbitration.  See BaySand Inc. v. Toshiba Corp., 2015 WL 7293651 (N.D. Cal. 2015).
  • Dismissal of class action claims, with prejudice, against Johnson Controls, Inc. for alleged violation of the Federal Wiretap Act and D.C. Wiretap Act arising out of its installation of security cameras at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center (D.D.C. 2015).

While in law school, Greg served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronna Lee Beck of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as a law clerk in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

Greg has also co-authored numerous articles appearing in publications such as the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, New York Law Journal, Law360, and Delaware Business Court Insider.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Fintech

Duane Beasley Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

Los Angeles

Duane Beasley is a Partner in Orrick’s Structured Finance Group.

Duane’s practice focuses on securitizations, warehouse financings and various other types of debt finance transactions for banks, non-bank lenders, fintech companies and private equity funds. Representative transactions include the following: (i) residential mortgage-backed securitizations (for jumbo prime mortgage loans, non-qm mortgage loans, business purpose mortgage loans and non-performing mortgage loans), (ii) master repurchase facilities for residential mortgage and consumer loan related assets, (iii) whole loan purchase and sale transactions; (iv) consumer loan origination programs; (v) financings for GNMA early buy-out loans; (vi) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitizations; (vii) servicer advance facilities and (viii) re-securitizations.

He has also advised clients regarding issues concerning legacy securitizations and servicing related issues, and worked on numerous commercial loan credit facilities, debt restructurings and project finance transactions.

His practice focuses on securitizations and various other types of debt facilities, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations (for both performing and non-performing mortgage loans), servicer advance facilities, re-securitizations, net interest margin securitizations and equipment lease securitizations.

He has also worked on a number of project financings, debt restructurings and commercial loan transactions.

He serves as the chairperson for the Los Angeles Office’s Diversity Committee and is a member of the Los Angeles Office’s Employment Committee. He also serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee.

At UCLA Law, he served as Community Service Coordinator for the Black Law Students Association and was a Law Fellows Mentor.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Global Investigations
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Ethics & Compliance
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Internal Investigations
  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

Lily Becker Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

San Francisco

Lily Stevens Becker helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, FCPA compliance, shareholder disputes, and securities litigation.

She has extensive experience managing corporate internal investigations involving FCPA, compliance, embezzlement, fraud and securities laws issues. Lily has conducted investigations around the world for multinational corporations as well as targeted investigations for small organizations. She served on the Monitor Team for two SEC and DOJ FCPA Monitorships, involving a banking technology company and a medical device company. She advises clients on anti-corruption compliance programs at all stages, including developing policies and procedures and conducting assessments of well-established programs. 

Lily represents individuals and corporations in connection with SEC enforcement actions and investigations, DOJ investigations, FINRA inquiries, securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits. She has represented founders and investors in start-up companies, including matters involving venture capital disputes, unfair competition, breaches of partnership and shareholder agreements, employment and fraud claims, and fiduciary obligations. In addition, she counsels and litigates in insurance areas, in particular regarding directors and officers insurance and corporate indemnification obligations.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Becker was a clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims.