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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.



  • 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 Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Finance


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

His practice covers a wide range of transactional, commercial and financial matters for publicly- and privately-held multinational groups and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Julien has an extensive experience in negotiating complex transactions, including corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, divestitures and joint ventures.

He has also developed a strong knowledge of  securities laws issues (including private placements, tender offers, going-private transactions, squeeze-outs and delistings) and fund formation matters.

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).



  • 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 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.



  • Corporate

Maria E. Bergenhem Associate Corporate

New York

Maria Bergenhem is an associate in the New York office and a member of the General Corporate Group.

Maria's practice focuses on advising private companies on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.

Maria was a summer associate in the firm'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.