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  • Oil & Gas
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Africa

Mark Beeley Partner Oil & Gas, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Based in London, international dispute resolution partner Mark Beeley primarily focuses on disputes arising out of the energy sector (he is described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out”). In addition, he has significant experience with construction, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.

He has sat as an arbitrator (including as chair) in multiple cases, but primarily practices as counsel and advocate both in arbitrations and in English and Dubai International Financial Center court proceedings (as well as supervising proceedings in other jurisdictions).

Recognised and ranked by Chambers and Partners (since 2012) and Legal 500 (since 2009) for his international arbitration practice, Mark has also been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Ben Boi Beetz Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Ben Boi Beetz is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

He advises national and international clients on M&A/Private Equity transactions, intragroup cross-border restructuring measures and general corporate law. He joint Orrick in 2018.


  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets

Julien Beloeil Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Julien Beloeil is a corporate and litigation lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office, with a focus on M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Market.

Prior to joining Orrick, Julien worked on corporate and litigation matters as a legal intern at Cabinet Bompoint, Gide Loyrette Nouel’s London office, Davis Polk & Wardwell and Viguié Schmidt Peltier Juvigny. Julien also worked at the economic and financial section of the prosecutor’s office of the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Restructuring
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Equal Pay

Emmanuel Benard Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Restructuring


Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France and Europe.

Emmanuel represents numerous French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.

His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual cases.

Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases arising from works council and health and safety committee information consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining agreements and employees performance appraisal system.

With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.

Co-author of an insightful and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’ reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.

Before joining Orrick in 2016, Emmanuel was a partner for over 10 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department for over 8 years. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Indian Tribal Finance

Alan Benjamin Partner Banking & Finance, Indian Tribal Finance

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Alan Benjamin is a bank lending and gaming industry lawyer based in Orrick's Los Angeles office. He counsels clients nationwide on complex financial transactions and restructurings, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, project financings, leveraged buy-outs, dividend recapitalizations and insolvency matters.

In the 2017 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients describe Alan as “routinely the smartest guy in the room, and he's just brilliant and very talented." Alan has particular experience in lending to the gaming industry. In fact, Chambers USA notes that "his extensive financing practice includes particular expertise in lending transactions involving Native American tribes."

In addition to his practice responsibilities, Alan has held numerous firmwide positions, including former practice group leader of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. He is Orrick’s Managing Director of Finance and is a member of both Orrick’s Board and Management Committee and also chairs Orrick’s Finance and Audit Committee.

He is licensed to practice in both New York and California.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • China

Robert Benson Partner Intellectual Property, Taiwan

Orange County; Taipei

For nearly three decades, Robert Benson has dedicated himself to helping clients resolve their most challenging legal disputes. Whether litigating multi-patent matters, competitor disputes, or licensing obligations, Robert blends his commitment to serving others with his legal acumen, creativity, integrity, and collaborative leadership to attain the best possible results for his clients.

Robert has handled a wide range of commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, has obtained injunctive relief, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, and argued before the Federal Circuit. He has handled both offensive and defensive patent licensing and litigation, and has implement strategies that incorporate inter partes review, reexamination, and other PTO proceedings. His matters have involved technologies including semiconductors, graphics processing, mobile devices, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and countless other products and consumer electronics.

In addition to his domestic practice, Robert also leads Orrick’s Taipei office. In Chambers Global 2018, Robert is the only attorney ranked in the U.S. for Intellectual Property – Foreign Expert for Taiwan. Global corporations headquartered in Asia trust him to navigate the unique issues, claims, and defenses that arise in multinational litigation and cross-border disputes. Please click here to read his bio in Simplified Chinese.

Robert’s commitment to service extends beyond his professional clients. Over the past 20 years, Robert has established programs in Asia, Africa, and North and South America that care for hundreds of at-risk children and enable them to attend universities and launch their careers. He is the founder of Arms of Love International, a charitable organization that operates family-based homes for abandoned or abused children, and Love Forward, a charitable organization that provides a higher education for students who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse. In his recently published book, Love Forward, Robert shares the life stories of some of the young women and men who grew up in the Arms of Love homes, together with his personal story, to encourage and inspire others in their own endeavors. In recognition of his service, Orrick awarded Robert its Community Responsibility Award in 2017. 



  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate

Luca Benvenuto Senior Associate Banking & Finance, Corporate


Luca Benvenuto is an associate in the Banking & Financial Regulation team within the M&A & Private Equity group.

He is an expert in regulatory matters involving banks, asset management firms, investment firms, European and domestic payment and electronic fund transfer institutions, focusing on Consob and Bank of Italy regulations, banking transparency and anti-money laundering.

Luca advises financial institutions in the context of setting-up procedures as well as on conducting the day-by-day business, by identifying and accomplishing the regulatory duties to be carried out towards supervisory authorities.

He also gained a significant experience in defending managers and employees of financial intermediaries involved in sanctioning proceedings before the supervisory authorities.

He is a frequent speaker at events on regulatory and anti-money laundering topics.

Before joining Orrick, Luca was associate of an important international law firms in Italy.



  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Deborah Benyamine Managing Associate Energy, Corporate


Deborah advises on a range of cross border and domestic corporate and private equity matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings and private equity transactions.

Deborah provides commercial, practical and strategic advice in the negotiation and drafting of key transactional documents such as share sale agreements, asset sale agreements, shareholders’ agreements and investment agreements to international and domestic private investors, companies, entrepreneurs and sponsors in various sectors including the oil and gas, telecommunications, technology and the renewable energy sectors.

She has also provided support to sponsors with the sales and acquisitions of portfolio companies and auction sale processes.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Impact Finance

Maria E. Bergenhem Associate Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Maria Bergenhem advises companies on corporate matters from early stages through exit. She particularly enjoys seeing founders’ hard work pay off.

As a general corporate associate, Maria splits her time working for clients across various industries, with particular focus on financial services, pharmaceutical and software. She provides advice on tech company investments and corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity investments, and capital markets offerings. Maria's experience has involved seeing each of these transactions from both the company and the investor perspectives, which allows her to more effectively counsel her current clients.

Recently, Maria helped advise Swedish venture capital firm Kinnevik on their lead investment in TravelPerk's $44 million Series C funding round. TravelPerk is a Barcelona-based company that provides an innovative European SaaS travel booking platform.

Maria is also active in Orrick's innovative Impact Finance group, working for interesting clients who have a mission of doing good.

Maria was a summer associate in Orrick's New York office in 2015.



  • Structured Finance
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Financial & Structured Products
  • Derivatives
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate
  • Swaps and Other Hedges

Olivier Bernard Partner Structured Finance, Debt Capital Markets


Olivier Bernard, partner in Orrick’s Paris office, is a member of the Banking & Finance group.

Olivier advises French and international financial institutions, insurers, funds and other alternative capital providers, as well as borrowers, on structured finance, debt capital markets and securitization transactions, in relation to a variety of assets, including real estate, transportation fleets and infrastructure.

He has been involved on a number of groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional transactions, privately or publicly placed.

Before joining Orrick in 2016 as a partner, Olivier was counsel in the finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.



  • Compensation & Benefits
  • ERISA & Benefits Litigation
  • Qualified Retirement Plans & ESOPs
  • Welfare Plans

William Berry Senior Counsel Compensation & Benefits, ERISA & Benefits Litigation

San Francisco

William D. Berry, a compensation and benefits senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has a broad practice in the area of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation and welfare benefits.

William also has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses (including bankruptcy transactions), the restructuring of defined benefit pension plans, the defense of ERISA class action litigation, and public pension plan matters.

His clients include a wide range of large and medium-sized corporations, as well as individual and public clients. He also provides tax and retirement planning advice to many of Orrick's corporate clients.

William has been a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and related individual tax and fiduciary topics for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association; California Continuing Education of the Bar; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the Practicing Law Institute; the Western Pension & Benefits Conference; various Bay Area Estate Planning Councils; and other organizations.

William became a senior counsel in 2013 after having been an Orrick partner since 1999.  Before joining Orrick, William was a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.