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  • Intellectual Property
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Patents
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Bas de Blank Partner Intellectual Property, U.S. International Trade Commission

Silicon Valley

Having handled dozens of ITC investigations, Bas knows an exceptional legal strategy is not enough. The Commission’s aggressive speed and complexity are unmatched, and can easily overwhelm. Success requires a tenacious focus, and deep knowledge of jurisdictional, procedural and legal issues. Clients such as NVIDIA, Acer and Hitachi hire Bas for precisely that mix of skill and dedication.

In addition to his ITC practice, Bas also heads Orrick’s contentions prosecution practice. He has led more than 30 IPRs and first-chaired more than a dozen trials before the United States Patent Office, as well as represented clients in dozens of trials in district courts, and before PTAB.

As someone with degrees in both engineering and English literature, Bas is uniquely suited to present complicated topics to non-technical audiences. He has represented clients in fields as diverse as semiconductor processing and structure, GPS and geosynchronous satellites, image texture and graphics processing, Internet switches and communications, and various consumer products.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Amaury de Feydeau Partner Banking & Finance, Structured Finance


Amaury de Feydeau is a Banking & Finance lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office with a particular focus on project finance, real estate finance, structured finance and restructuring.

He advises arrangers and sponsors on complex infrastructure, PPP, concessions and property portfolio financing transactions, in France and abroad. Amaury is recognized as a leading lawyer in France. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as “creative and a real solution-finder”. He regularly participates in the drafting of complex agreements for the financings of public facilities, notably public buildings and infrastructure, renewable energy projects, power plants and telecom grids. Recently, he has represented Allianz Global Investors, Bayern LB, BTMU and HSBC in the financing of the Cité Musicale on Seguin Island (Paris) which won the MIPIM Award 2015 for Best Futura Project and was the first PPP financed using securitization in France.

Amaury has also a substantial experience in real estate which includes the financing of a variety of complex French and pan-European portfolios and their restructuring. He advises on the financing of the acquisition or the construction and rehabilitation of offices, hotels and commercial buildings, as well as their securitization aspects and restructuring. He has represented arrangers and sponsors such as Benson Eliot, Blackstone, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Colony, Deutsche Bank AG, Foncière Euris, EuroHypo, HSBC France, Lone Star, Metrovacesa, Natixis, RREEF, SEB, Société Générale, RBS and Westbrook.

Amaury joined Orrick in 2007, after four years with the Real Estate and Finance departments of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Amaury de Feydeau is also a visiting lecturer at the business school HEC in Real Estate Finance.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Quirec de Kersauson Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Quirec focuses on public and European law.

Quirec specializes in public contracts, particularly PPP and concessions. He has significant experience in energy and mining projects in both France and Africa. He also works on regulatory, data protection, foreign investment control andlitigation matters in the energy sector. Quirec has experience with public persons and public law arbitrations (arbitration proceedings and appeal of arbitration awards).

Before joining Orrick, Quirec was a legal intern at two French law firms, a White Shoe firm, and also at public institutions (the supreme administrative court and legal counsel of the French Government – Conseil d’Etat, the French Ministry of Defence and the European Parliament). He currently serves as a lecturer European and public law at Sciences Po.



  • Tax
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Master Limited Partnerships

Barbara de Marigny Partner Tax, Corporate


Barbara focuses her practice on tax structuring for M&A transactions, with a particular emphasis on tax issues arising in partnership, joint venture and alternative investment structures, including the use of partnership structures for strategic acquisitions by corporate groups.

Her practice has an energy industry concentration, including transactions involving Fortune 50 corporations, master limited partnerships (MLPs), private equity investors, portfolio companies and funds in all aspects of the energy industry, upstream, midstream, and downstream, oil field services as well as alternative energy, wind, solar and biomass enterprises. She also provides advocacy in federal income tax controversies at the audit and appellate levels. Additionally, she is board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Barbara has been the Chair of the Partnership and LLC Tax Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation, is a recipient of the committee’s Larry M. Katz Award for Distinguished Service for 2009 and was the founder and first Chair of the Section's LLC Task Force.

Prior to joining Orrick, Barbara was a partner at McGuireWoods and served as managing director in the M&A tax group of KPMG LLP.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Alessandro De Nicola Partner M&A and Private Equity, Antitrust & Competition


Alessandro De Nicola is member of Orrick's Global Board of Directors, Senior Partner of the Italian offices in Milan and Rome, and has acted as European Corporate Group Leader.

Alessandro has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, M&A, competition law and corporate governance. He has worked on complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and corporate restructurings for some of the most important players in the market. He leads extensive corporate governance projects with a particular focus on Legislative Decree 231.

Alessandro has pleaded in front of the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCOM), Consob (the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian securities market), ECB (European Central Bank), Bank of Italy and civil and administrative courts.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Ariane de Roux Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Ariane de Roux is an employment lawyer, based in Orrick’s Paris office.

Ariane advises French and international corporations on all matters related to French Employment and Labor Law.

Prior to joining Orrick, Ariane worked in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for four years.



  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Africa

John Deacon Partner Energy, Infrastructure


John focuses on energy projects, carbon finance and trading, and infrastructure law, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and distributed generation both conventional and unconventional.

John's experience began with UK wind projects and has moved into a broad spectrum of global renewable energy projects, including onshore/offshore wind, biomass, large hydro, run-of-river hydro, energy-from-waste and PV (ground and rooftop). John acts for developers, banks, equity providers, employers and contractors in this field. He has advised on projects around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and across the European Union.

Chambers UK ranks John as a leading individual in the Energy and Natural Resources field and Legal 500 UK positions him as “a highly regarded figure in the renewables space.” Clients describe John as a “strong negotiator” who can “easily defuse contentious situations.”

Craig L. Dean Chief Technology Officer

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Craig Dean serves as Orrick’s Chief Information Officer and is responsible for the firm’s global technology services and for developing dynamic approaches for the firm's business challenges. He is based in Orrick’s Global Operations Center, located in Wheeling, W.Va. 

With more than 30 years of experience in applying innovative technology solutions, Craig's experience includes serving as Orrick's Director of Technology since 2012 where his responsibilities included technical infrastructure operations and architecture, security and governance, Web development, applications management, business development technology, help desk, and project management. 

Previously, Craig served as CIO at a large medical device company where he oversaw all global information technology needs and managed the strategic technology direction of the organization. He also served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at a top pharmaceutical corporation where he was responsible for developing the company's growth strategy through internal initiatives, strategic planning and acquisitions.



  • Corporate
  • France

Diane DeCatuelan Associate Corporate, France


Diane is a M&A and Private-Equity lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office.

She is mostly involved in LBO issues, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and more specifically on cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick as an associate, Diane was a trainee at Orrick, and had previously completed internships in "Tribunal de Grande Instance" of Paris and Nanterre, as well as with Jones Day and Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent.



  • Public Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • General Obligation Bonds
  • Revenue Bond Financing
  • Swaps and Other Hedges

Marcus Deitz Partner Public Finance, Banking & Finance


Marcus focuses his practice on assisting clients in taxable and tax-exempt public finance matters, including general obligation debt issuances, revenue-backed financings and lease purchase transactions, among others.

His experience includes the representation of school districts, municipalities, counties, junior colleges, universities, special authorities and other political subdivisions in a variety of roles, including bond counsel, disclosure counsel and issuer’s counsel. In addition, he regularly represents underwriters and purchasers of both public and privately placed debt, regularly serving as underwriters’ counsel and bank counsel.

Complementary to his core practice, Marcus is also able to provide his clients guidance on derivative transactions and liquidity facilities, election law matters, and municipal and school law issues.

Before joining Orrick, Marcus clerked for the Colorado Court of Appeals and subsequently practiced as an associate and then a partner with several international law firms.

Jose DeJesus Analyst

New York

Jose DeJesus is a paralegal in the Finance Business Unit and the Public Finance practice group. He has participated in financings in which the firm has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower counsel for various tax-exempt and taxable municipal and project financings.  He works mainly for the Energy and Infrastructure Group.  His duties include preliminary drafting of documents and UCC financing statements, preparation for and assisting with closings as well as post-closing matters.  He has been with the firm since 1995 and has been working as a paralegal since 1984.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Italy

Nicolò Del Dottore Senior Associate Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities


Nicolò Del Dottore is a Senior Associate at Orrick and member of the Finance team.

He focuses on structured finance transactions, financings, debt restructuring, assignment and factoring of receivables mainly due by public bodies. In particular, he gained a significant expertise on securitization and covered bonds transactions.

He is also an expert in public finance on which advises domestic and international banks in relation to finance transaction with public entities.

Graduated with honors at the University of Siena, he gained a LL.M at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).