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Raniero D'Aversa Partner Restructuring, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Raniero (Ron) D’Aversa is chair of Orrick’s Restructuring group. He is a market-leading practitioner in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies and brings years of experience representing DIP lenders, secured lenders, bank groups and hedge funds in those capacities.

Ron is the designated restructuring counsel to many leading financial institutions such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Citibank, Commerzbank, Wells Fargo, Toronto-Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia. He has represented clients in loan bankruptcies, workouts, DIP loans, distressed debt trading, bankruptcy litigation, derivatives and distressed acquisitions. Ron has represented creditor interests of financial institutions and investors in such restructuring and bankruptcy cases as Indiana Toll Road, Pocahontas Parkway, Eagle Bulk, Spyglass Films, American Airlines, Chemtura Corporation, AbitibiBowater and Mesa Airlines.

Ron’s clients praise his “clear and direct advice.” He is regarded by his clients and peers as a leader in financial restructurings. Because of his experience, Ron understands every phase of a bankruptcy and restructuring matter and knows how to effectively position a client to control opposition and maximize results.

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Hélène Daher Of Counsel Employment Law & Litigation

Paris

Hélène Daher, is an employment lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Hélène assists and represents French and international clients in all aspects of employment law (pre-litigation, litigation and transactional matters) as well as in their day-to-day human resources needs, including national, international and cross-border issues.

She advises a number of large-scale international companies as well as French CAC 40 companies active in particular in the Financial, Food, Pharmaceutical, and Construction industries.

Hélène has primarily developed an in-depth expertise in major collective redundancies and reorganizations, including assistance in the definition of the strategy and in its implementation, as well as in top management packages and terminations.

She has also been involved in landmark M&A transactions, both in France and cross-border, advising clients pre- and post-integration, in particular on information and consultation processes.

Hélène also handles complex disputes involving trade-unions, employee representatives and executive employees.

Before joining Orrick, Hélène was Counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. She previously worked as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells Paris LLP and Baker & McKenzie. Hélène joined Orrick Rambaud Martel in May 2016.

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Anjali Dalal Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

Anjali Dalal is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Anjali served as a law clerk to Judge Robert Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Before clerking, Anjali spent time at the White House, serving as Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and as a policy fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. 
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Lise Damelet Of Counsel Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust (Cartels)

Paris

Lise Damelet, Of Counsel, is a Competition lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office. Lise focuses her practice on both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, State aid cases and antitrust litigation, representing major French and foreign companies before competition authorities and courts.

Lise possesses a deep knowledge of domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control notifications, advising industrial French and international corporations. Her State aid expertise covers high profile cases, notably in the context of corporate restructurings. Lise has also developed significant litigation expertise in complex cartel cases, including negotiated proceedings settlement, in particular with the European Commission; in this field, she has assisted a major foreign company in the first cartel settlement procedure before the European Commission. She has also defended industrial and technology companies in cases relating to individual and collective abuses of dominant position, before the French Competition Authority and national courts.

Her compliance practice includes compliance programs as well as cross-border commercial matters (European import-export and technical regulations).

Lise is one of the founding members of the Paris Bar Incubator created in 2014 and a member of the Entrepreneurial Bar Commission of the Paris Bar.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lise began her career at Latham & Watkins where she was an intern and then an associate in the Brussels and Paris offices.

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Lauri A. Damrell Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Sacramento

Lauri Damrell, a partner in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Employment Law Group and focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling.

Lauri has extensive experience in complex litigation and counseling involving wage-and-hour laws, independent contractors, exempt/non-exempt classifications, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other employment regulations. She has also represented several clients before the EEOC, OFCCP, U.S. Dept. of Labor, IRS, California Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the Employment Development Department. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as CVS, Microsoft, Oracle, Health Net, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, US Bank, J.C. Penney, and Sears, as well as major retailers such as Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Levi Strauss & Co., Luxottica, Sears, Ace Hardware, Hallmark, and Vitamix. 

Lauri is a thought leader on diversity in the workforce. California Governor Jerry Brown recently appointed her to serve as a Commissioner for the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In connection with her work on the Commission, she has partnered with the California Labor Commissioner to establish the California Pay Equity Task Force, which aims to engage diverse interests and find common ground in determining how to implement California’s new equal pay law and close the gender pay gap. Lauri has published articles on diversity in the National Law Journal, the American Bar Association Journal on Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Counsel, Law360, Bloomberg BNA, American Lawyer and others. She also presents frequently on these issues and was recently invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Glenn Dassoff Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Trials

Orange County

Glenn Dassoff is a first chair trial lawyer with extensive and diverse experience having successfully tried more than 50 cases in his career. His trial work has covered every major practice area of the firm, though most concentrated in the intellectual property, trademark, general commercial litigation, real estate, banking, and construction industries, where he has handled litigation for some of the best known companies in America.

For many years, Glenn has represented some of the nation’s leading high technology companies in a variety of litigation disputes involving theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, intellectual property, and joint-venture financings. He has successfully handled over a hundred trade secret cases, including more than a dozen trials and related evidentiary hearings on injunctive relief.

He has also handled shareholder class action and derivative suits, securities, government contracts, defense contracts, etc.

A sample of Glenn's experience includes the following matters:

  • Won a complete defense verdict in a $55 million identity theft case for one of the country's largest drug laboratories.
  • Won the second largest damage verdict in California after an 11-week jury trial involving breach of contract claims against a large shopping center redevelopment.
  • Won a complete defense verdict for one of the world’s largest mobile phone companies, invalidating a competitor’s LCD patents.
  • Won a complete defense verdict in an injunctive relief case involving alleged theft of trade secrets between two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.
  • Successful representation of key contractor in dispute over cost and completion of the military facilities in the “Green Zone” in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Successful defense of one of the world’s largest electronics companies in licensing dispute over marketing and distribution of e-commerce software.
  • Won large settlement for one of the country’s largest tire store chains in trademark infringement case involving use of adwords in advertising on the internet.
  • Successful in representing one of the world’s largest defense contractors in a dispute involving the theft of the source code for the guidance system on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile.
  • Won one of the largest verdicts in San Diego County for this country’s preeminent tunnel manufacturing company after a 10-week jury trial. The dispute involved design and production delay issues surrounding construction of the $300 million South Bay Waste Treatment and Outfall Tunnel, located on the border between Mexico and California. The project was an outgrowth of the NAFTA treaty and has resulted in the successful cleanup of one of the world’s pollution “hot spots.”

Glenn is a popular speaker for many of the country’s leading bar groups, including the Rutter Group and the Continuing Education of the Bar, and has lectured on subjects ranging from civil procedure before and during trial, to cross-examination and jury selection. He has served as keynote speaker for the American Appraisal Institute at its National Convention.

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Matteo Daste Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.

Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.

Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.

Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.

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Michael Davey Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure

New York

Michael Davey is a lawyer in Orrick’s New York office and a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

His practice focuses on the representation of sponsors, borrowers, issuers, developers, lenders, investors, other financial institutions and governmental entities in complex project finance and acquisition finance transactions involving bank debt, bond issuances and tax equity investments.

Michael’s experience spans wind, natural gas and road transportation sectors and projects in North America and Africa, and includes award-winning transactions.