Sara Gates is an associate in the Silicon Valley Office and a member of the firm's corporate group.
Sara focuses primarily on corporate governance issues as well as mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and capital markets.
Brad Gathright is a partner in Orrick’s Houston office. He focuses his practice on project development and finance matters and corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the conventional and renewable power and midstream oil and gas sectors.
Brad represents both investors and developers in a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and other commercial transactions involving the development, construction, financing, acquisition, sale and investment in power generation, exploration, production, storage, transportation, distribution, marketing and other energy-related projects and businesses.
Sébastien Gaudu is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office with a focus on natural resources and Africa. Sébastien advises several sponsors and governments on the development of mining and power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
His practice spans from the negotiation of mining agreements and associated rail and port as well as other infrastructures’ agreements to the assistance in the development and implementation of resettlement plans and environmental programs. He also advises on the structuration of mining projects and the transactions related thereto (joint-venture, divestments, acquisitions, etc.).
Sébastien has considerable experience in the bauxite/alumina, copper and iron ore businesses, especially in Guinea, Mauritania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His scope of work also includes several renewable energy projects in France and on the African continent. He notably advises on the negotiation of EPC and O&M agreements in the solar and wind power sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Sébastien worked in the French Energy & Infrastructure team of Herbert Smith Freehills and spent more than two years in the M&A-Private Equity team of de Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.
Attorney-at-law (New York) and Avocat à la Cour (Paris), Soleine Gautier practices within the M&A and Private Equity Group of Orrick's Paris office.
Her practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency matters as well as on M&A and private equity, notably on cross-border transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Soleine worked in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution - Insolvency Group of Clifford Chance.
Andrea is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group since 2008. His practice focuses mainly on renewables, in Italy and abroad.
Andrea regularly works on M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sponsors, developers and investors in the acquisition or sale of totality, majority or minority shareholdings, and in project construction/management related matters. He has advised on projects in Italy, the UK, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Ghana and Namibia.
Andrea also has significant experience in financing transactions, having assisted various sponsors in a number of project finance, asset finance, refinancing and leasing transactions.
He assists clients in drafting and negotiating all the transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements, facility agreements, PPAs, EPC and O&M agreements. Andrea also counsels clients on general corporate matters and day-to-day operating matters, including contracts management and a host of related legal matters.
Andrea has also drafted and negotiated several settlement agreements for disputes arisen between owners and contractors in relation to the construction of power plants, and participated in international arbitrations on these matters.
Andrea is lecturer at the training course “The EGP school of business development program” promoted by Enel Green Power, dedicated to its Business Development professionals and delivered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University. Andrea focuses his lessons on international business contracts, joint venture and acquisition agreements.
In 2010 he worked in the Orrick's Global Finance group in London, mainly on cross-border project financing transactions.
Nicholas George is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer, in Orrick’s Paris office.
Nick’s clients include industrial corporations, government entities, financial institutions and infrastructure investment funds. He also advises on cross-border M&A transactions in his specialist sector areas. He has a particular interest in renewable energy projects.
Recommended by Chambers & Partners as a key counsel in Project Finance and Energy, Nick has been involved on major operations such as the construction of the world’s largest dam, Inga 3, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a $500 million 144A/Regulation S bond issuance for Millicom International Cellular S.A., a leading telecommunication operator in emerging markets, and the financing by the Agence Française de Développement for a 5.9 MW photovoltaic plant in Benin.
Before joining Orrick, Nick spent 16 years working at Lovells (Later Hogan Lovells), first in London (from 1994-1999) and then Paris (1999-2011).
Nick is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
Alex assists clients, ranging from companies to shareholders to investors, on corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on venture capital, growth debt, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and shareholder agreements and arrangements.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alex trained and worked at an international city law firm for five years with an emphasis on the technology sector and at a US law firm for one year.
Hannah is a litigation associate in Orrick's New York office.
Kayvan Ghaffari is a lawyer in Orrick's Intellectual Property Group. Kayvan's areas of emphasis include software-related copyright litigation, cybersecurity and digital crimes, Blockchain technology, and complex commercial litigation.
Groundbreaking companies in the Internet, entertainment, healthcare and financial industries are revolutionizing the way we work and live. To remain at the forefront of innovation, these companies need an equally innovative lawyer – someone who brings a fresh approach to copyright, cyber and commercial litigation, and who understands the latest technology.
Kayvan's bicoastal practice allows him to work with a diverse array of companies on some of the most cutting edge legal issues. As noted in the engagements listed below, Kayvan uses that unique blend of creativity and technical experience to relentlessly defend his clients. In addition to being procedurally meticulous and a compelling writer, he specializes in unearthing ways to unravel the opposing side's case. He also helps companies avoid litigation, by counseling companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on an array of copyright and Internet issues, including the use of Blockchain technology to protect my client's interests, including protecting intellectual property rights.
Kayvan graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he also served as Senior Submissions Editor of the Southern California Law Review. While in law school, Kayvan was a legal extern for the Honorable Barry Russell at the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California.
In addition to helping his clients, Kayvan also uses his legal skills to assist those in need. At Orrick, he litigates pro bono cases involving civil rights and constitutional rights. While attending Loyola Law School, he started a chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Between being a member of IRAP at Loyola and USC, he worked with attorneys and other law students to provide legal representation to refugees and their families in an effort to help them obtain resettlement.
Gianrico Giannesi is an Italian qualified lawyer based in Orrick’s Rome office. He is Deputy Head of the Italian Finance team.
His practice is focused on debt capital market and structured finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on CMBS, RMBS, CBO transactions, securitisation of leasing, consumer loans, commercial receivables, public receivables, trade receivables, healthcare receivables, tax receivables and non performing receivables.
Gianrico is also specialised in Minibond issuance, having advised the main Minibond market players on several of the first Minibond issues on the Italian market.
He regularly advises the leading Italian and international banks acting as arrangers, lead managers and originators.
Gianrico is ranked among the key individuals in Chambers and Partners (Europe) in Banking & Finance and Debt Capital Markets: Securitisation. In The Legal 500 (EMEA), he is considered among the key advisers for Debt Capital Markets.
He is a lecturer in Master courses organised by LUISS Business School University (Rome) and is regular speaker at conferences and seminars on financial law topics.
John D. Giansello III is resident in the New York office and a member of the employment law group.
Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.
He has considerable experience in and knowledge of litigation and counseling related to the hiring, firing, retention, management and promotion of employees.
Louise Gibbons is a member of Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. Louise focuses her practice on project finance and corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the conventional and renewable energy power sectors.
Louise was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and by Euromoney's 2018 Rising Stars Expert Guide for Energy and Natural Resources Law.
Louise represents public and private companies in their roles as sponsors, developers, issuers, borrowers, lenders and investors in a variety of transactions, including project financings, tax equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions involving the development, construction, financing, acquisition, sale and investment in power generation, distribution and storage and other energy-related projects and businesses.