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Brad focuses 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.
He represents 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.
Nicole Gelsomini is an associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office. Her practice spans cybersecurity and privacy matters, complex commercial disputes, and government and internal investigations.Nicole has defended companies in class action litigation and government enforcement following the announcement of cybersecurity and privacy incidents, as well as the initial investigation of potential incidents. She has also represented clients in securities, antitrust, and other commercial disputes. Prior to law school, Nicole worked as a teacher and for Teach For America.
Matthew Gemello, a corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group.
A seasoned deal lawyer, Matthew guides global technology companies and their financial sponsors through transformational domestic and cross-border transactions.
Matthew has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers Northern California, and was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 10 Innovative Corporate Lawyers in California.
Matthew currently leads our Global Corporate Business Unit. Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew was a partner at a global law firm, where he was chair of the firm’s North America corporate and securities practice and chair of its North America pro bono practice.
Andrea's practice focuses mainly on renewable energy, 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 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.
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.
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 another international law firm. He is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.
Employment lawyer Hannah Ghaffari takes each case’s legal, business and interpersonal elements into account. By approaching her case through the emotional and professional lens of all parties involved, she’s able to offer a more successful path to resolution.
Her cases involve a wide range of employment issues, such as wage and hour, pay equity, and discrimination disputes. Hannah also offers targeted counseling to help employers avoid and mitigate risk throughout the year.
In addition to employment, she has handled various business disputes, including breach of contract disputes on behalf of Microsoft, a defamation case, and a high-profile right of publicity case. She also represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a multi-billion dollar copyright trial.
Hannah is also active in Orrick’s pro bono program, having represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States and an individual seeking enforcement of a family support order in New York Family Court. She currently represents a family that was separated at the U.S. border.
Léa Ghoreychi is an employment lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Léa advises French and international companies on all matters related to French employment law.
Prior to joigning Orrick, Léa worked on employment matters as a legal intern at Bird & Bird, Cornet Vincent Ségurel and HR Avocats. She also interned at the Human Resources department of the French Red Cross.
Giovanbattista Gianni is a banking and finance lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Giovanbattista advises French and international credit and financial institutions as well as sponsors and borrowers on French and cross-border financings, structured finance transactions and restructurings related to existing financings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Giovanbattista was a student apprentice in a major portfolio management company and an intern in a Magic Circle law firm. Giovanbattista has also practiced as junior legal counsel in the French branch of a leading US credit institution & investment firm.
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 focuses her practice on project finance and corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the renewable energy and conventional power sectors.
Louise was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2019 and by Euromoney's inaugural Rising Stars Expert Guide for Energy and Natural Resources Law. She was also shortlisted for Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining in both 2018 and 2019 by Euromoney's Americas Rising Star Awards.
She 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.
Anne-Sophie Gidoin is an international arbitration lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.
Anne-Sophie Gidoin acts as counsel in international investment and commercial arbitrations under major institutional rules, in both English and French. In 2016-2017, she coordinated the arbitration and mediation law reform in the 17 OHADA Member States in Western and Central Africa.
Anne-Sophie also acts as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals. She is on the list of arbitrators of the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration.
Before joining Orrick, Anne-Sophie practiced at the Paris and Singapore offices of another major international law firm. She previously trained with international law firms in Paris, Geneva, and Shanghai.
Anne-Sophie frequently publishes on international dispute settlement. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Russian.