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201917_740x360

Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits

Laura L. Becking Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Compensation & Benefits

New York

As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.

Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.

Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.

Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for Digicert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.

370409

Practice:

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

Mark Beeley Oil & Gas, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

London

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 whether in arbitrations or in litigations before the English and Dubai International Financial Center courts.  In addition, he supervises proceedings in other jurisdictions, as well as co-ordinating cross-border dispute resolution solutions and leading compliance investigations.

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. 

374361

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Restructuring
  • Corporate

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

Düsseldorf

Ben Beetz is an associate and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group in our Düsseldorf office. He mainly advises on M&A transactions, private equity investments, restructuring and general corporate law.

Ben Beetz advises national and international clients on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments. Further, he has a special focus on restructuring and counsels major corporation in restructuring processes. Additionally, he provides general corporate counselling. He joint Orrick in 2018.

380859

Practice:

  • Tax

Heather Behrend Senior Associate Tax

New York

Heather’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, securities offerings, energy tax credits, project developments and financings, including within the renewable energy sector, and other federal income tax matters.

17359_740x360

Practice:

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

Julien Beloeil Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

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.

340940

Practice:

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

Emmanuel Benard Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Restructuring

Paris

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 at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.

378617

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

David Benhamou Managing Associate Technology Companies Group

Santa Monica

David Benhamou, a managing associate in Orrick's Santa Monica office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

David represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, ongoing corporate matters, and venture capital financings.

David began his legal career as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. During his time at NYU School of Law, David worked with a number of startups.

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Practice:

  • 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 2019 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients describe Alan as "dean of the West Coast finance practice," adding that "he is able to help navigate several open items to a successful conclusion with both parties being very satisfied." 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 recently as a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and as practice group leader of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. He is currently a member of Orrick's Management Committee and also currently co-chairs Orrick’s Finance and Audit Committee.

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

14570_740x360

Practice:

  • 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, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, represented both patent owners and petitioners in PTAB proceedings, obtained injunctive relief, 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 and reexamination 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. 

353138

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Sabrina Benyammi Associate Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Sabrina Benyammi is an associate in the Silicon Valley Office, and a member of the Technology Companies Group.

380042

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Amaury Berbille Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Paris

Amaury Berbille is a corporate lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Amaury’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including M&A, public tender offers, joint ventures and private equity transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Amaury worked at the law firms Volt Associés in Paris and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Paris and London.

A French native speaker, Amaury is fully proficient in English.

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Practice:

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

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. This experience allows her to more effectively counsel her current investor-side and company-side 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.