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  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Mark E. Beck Senior Counsel White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Los Angeles

Mark E. Beck is senior counsel to the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group, and former chair of the White Collar & Corporate Investigations group. He has successfully defended corporations and individuals in all phases of complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters in the United States and abroad. He also has extensive experience conducting corporate internal investigations and advising company counsel on governance, compliance and crime prevention matters.

Mark is nationally recognized as a trial lawyer, and was invited to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004. He represents clients throughout the United States and abroad.

In his criminal law practice, he has defended corporate communications, aerospace and maritime companies and their employees in various investigations; hospitals, doctors and administrators in health care fraud proceedings; companies and their officers in political corruption investigations; publicly held corporations and their executives in securities fraud proceedings; various businesses and individuals accused of antitrust, environmental, telemarketing, intellectual property, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other violations, and others accused of fraudulent conduct in various industries.



  • 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.



  • Compensation & Benefits

Laura L. Becking Partner Compensation & Benefits

New York

Laura Becking, a New York partner and head of the Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice, has extensive expertise in advising large international corporations on global HR and compensation related legal matters at all stages of the company and employee life cycle in over 100 hundred countries. 

She advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters, including hiring and discrimination concerns, reclassifications risks, HR data privacy compliance, implementation of compensation plans, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations. She also has extensive experience with the implementation of employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside of the U.S. and covers all aspects of all securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such roll-outs. She is regularly appointed by clients as special global employment and equity compensation counsel on corporate transactions. Her practice is unique in the market as she provides integrated advice covering both the employment law and the compensation issues that arise with respect a company’s global employee and contingent worker population.

Most recently, Ms. Becking has advised technology companies such as AppAnnie, Cisco, Elasticsearch, Facebook, GitHub, Keysight Technologies, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre, Snap, Splunk, The Trade Desk, Visa and VMWare in various global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions. She also advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of several noteworthy corporate transactions this year, including on all of Facebooks global acquisitions and Facebooks issuance of new class C stock, all of Cisco’s global acquisitions, Sabre’s post-merger integration of Abacus in the Asia Pacific region and reorganization in Latin America region, and NVIDIA’s closure of Icera Modem operations in Europe, various global acquisitions by Aptean, global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients.


  • Banking & Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Italy

Giacomo Bellavia Associate Banking & Finance, M&A and Private Equity


Giacomo Bellavia is an Italian qualified lawyer and an associate in Orrick's Milan office. He is a member of the Banking and Finance Group. His practice focuses on banking and finance, and regularly assists financial institutions and listed companies.



  • 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

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.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Finance
  • Restructuring

Julien Bensaid Associate M&A and Private Equity, Finance


Julien Bensaid is an M&A and Private Equity senior attorney based in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance, financing and restructuring. He has significant experience on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Julien worked as an associate in the M&A department of Fried Frank in Paris (2008-2013) and as a law clerk with Cleary Gottlieb and White and Case in New York and Paris (2006-2007).



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Public Policy

Dylan M Bensinger Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Public Policy

Los Angeles

Dylan is an associate in the general litigation group in Orrick's Los Angeles office.

During law school, he served as an extern for the Honorable Amit P. Mehta of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He also worked at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, and was a member of Georgetown Law's Federal Legislation Clinic.



  • 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. 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. 



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

Dennis Bent Partner Structured Finance, Mortgage Related Securities

Los Angeles; Orange County

Dennis Bent, a senior associate in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.

His practice focuses on transactions relating to the sale and financing of all types of residential mortgage loans, including residential mortgage-backed securitizations, re-securitizations, repurchase facilities, servicer advance facilities, and net interest margin securitizations. Dennis also has experience in commercial finance and general corporate transactions. His recent experience includes work with issuers, underwriters and funds including Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, PennyMac, Ocwen Financial Corporation, Two Harbors Investment Corp., ResCap and Stonegate Mortgage Corporation.

Dennis is also an adjunct professor of Economics at Irvine Valley College and Citrus College. Dennis was a financial analyst at The Clorox Company and an adjunct professor of Economics at Diablo Valley College prior to attending law school. 



  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate

Luca Benvenuto 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.