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  • Banking & Finance
  • Direct Lending
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Africa

Dominic O'Brien Partner Banking & Finance, Direct Lending


Dominic is a partner in the firm's English law Banking and Finance Practice with a particular focus on leveraged acquisition and single-asset financings. Dominic has significant experience of advising senior lenders, alternative credit providers, sponsors and borrowers on domestic UK and cross-border international financings.

Dominic is the Head of Orrick’s Banking and Finance Practice in London. Dominic focuses on corporate and real-asset financings (including for greenfield and brownfield energy and infrastructure projects). He has advised banks, funds and other alternative credit providers, guarantors, sponsors and borrowers on a wide-range of international financings, with a special focus on Africa.

  • Advised Azito Energie, Globeleq and IPS in respect of "Phase 3" of the Azito project in Cote d'Ivoire.

  •  Advising ENEO (previously SONEL) regarding the extension of its concession on electricity sector in Cameroon

  • Advised Verod Capital Management in respect of its minority stake in education provider Greensprings Educational Services (Nigeria)

  • Advised Verod Capital, in relation to a US$16.5 million capital call debt financing for two of its funds - Verod Capital Growth Fund II LP and Verod Capital Growth II A LP - from South Africa's Investec Bank  

  • Advised Canal+ in relation to its debt and equity investment in iRoko Partners Ltd (Nigeria)

  • Advised Calvert Foundation in respect of its US$17 million financing for Medical Credit Fund for healthcare projects in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Advised a monoline wrap provider in support of financing for the Gabon Special Economic Zone

  • Advised Wafra Partners as lender in respect of direct lending in support of various maritime assets

  • Advised RoundShield as lender in respect of its direct lending for and equity investment in multiple real-asset transactions across Europe


    Dominic has participated in recent panel discussions at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk conferences in Cape Town (March 2017) and Lagos (November 2017) in relation to direct lending opportunities and renewables financing in sub-Saharan Africa



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Class Action Defense

Kathleen O'Connor Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mass Torts & Product Liability

New York

Kathy O'Connor is a litigation partner in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and is a co-chair of the firm's life sciences practice. Kathy focuses on complex disputes involving life sciences and consumer products companies.  

Kathy's practice focuses on complex product liability and commercial claims, consumer fraud class actions, licensing and co-development disputes, and government investigations, primarily for branded pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as consumer products companies. She is regularly called upon to advise on litigation and compliance strategy, particularly in complex matters that involve concurrent civil and government actions. She also consults with clients in their effort to manage and mitigate risk. Kathy brings a unique perspective to Orrick's practice, having previously served as an in-house lawyer at Merck.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kathy was a litigation partner at Weil Gotshal. She is regularly recognized as a leading practitioner by lawyer ranking entities such as Euromoney Expert Guides' Women in Business Law and The Legal 500, which singled out her product liability and mass torts defense work.



  • Emerging Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Funds
  • Impact Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Internal Investigations
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Derivatives
  • Africa
  • Russia

Peter O'Driscoll Partner Emerging Markets, M&A and Private Equity

New York; London

Peter O'Driscoll heads Orrick's Emerging Markets Group. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate conflicts, impact investment, and growth capital transactions in emerging markets, Europe and the United States.

In addition, he advises on corporate governance matters and has led internal investigations. Although he has worked across a number of industry sectors, much of Peter's work has been focused on transactions in the TMT, oil and gas, and mining sectors.

Peter practiced in New York from 1987 to 1991, in London from 1991 until 2010, and in New York from 2010 until 2013.  Since 2013, he has lived in Lugano, Switzerland, and divides his time between Orrick's offices in Milan, London and New York.

During the period between 2005 and 2012, Peter co-led the Orrick team representing Telenor ASA and its affiliates in five arbitration proceedings in New York, Geneva and London, three of which resulted in final awards, and litigation proceedings in the Southern District of New York, the Commercial Court in London,  and the courts of Russia and Ukraine, including the proceedings to enforce an arbitration award that led to the decision by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Telenor Mobile v. Storm LLC et al., 584 F. 3d 396 (2d Cir. 2009). The American Lawyer noted that "[t]he interplay between courts, tribunals, and -- potentially -- treaty panels is showcased in the contest for Russian mobile phone operator VimpelCom between Alfa and Norway's Telenor ASA." Those arbitrations were recognized as among the top 10 arbitrations in The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard for 2007. The Economist described the dispute as "one of Russia's longest-running and most bitter boardroom battles."



  • Technology Companies Group

Kate O'Laughlin Associate Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Kate O’Laughlin is an associate in the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group.

Kate focuses on all facets of technology transactions work, including drafting and negotiating commercial, licensing and outsourcing/service agreements to advising on intellectual property and data privacy issues. Kate serves as a strategic advisor in contract negotiations for clients developing or procuring new technologies, products and services.

She represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including SaaS, software and information technology.

Kate previously served as in-house counsel specializing in technology transactions at a global, public software company.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Michelle O'Meara Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Michelle O'Meara, a managing associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

During law school, Michelle was a summer law clerk at Orrick, served as an extern at the Department of Justice, taught a writing course to first year law students, was a research assistant for Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law Michael Selmi, and was a member of the George Washington University Law Review.



  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Anne O'Neill Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Finance


Anne O'Neill, a partner in the London office, is head of Orrick’s UK Real Estate Practice and a member of Orrick's Management Committee.

Her practice focuses on commercial property work with particular emphasis on acquisitions, development and complex joint ventures. She is an expert in shopping centre development and management.

Anne often advises on significant real estate development matters in the housing sector. Chambers UK ranks Anne as a leading individual for her expertise in the London social housing market and Legal 500 UK recognises her as a persuasive negotiator and notable practitioner with local authorities and registered providers.

Legal 500 sources say Anne is "exceptionally sharp" and a "consummate persuasive negotiator".

Clients describe Anne as "responsive and commercial" and able to "articulate complex issues simply and concisely" whilst "providing in-depth knowledge and understanding which ensures we get the best and most appropriate advice." Chambers UK sources say "she is an absolutely exemplary lawyer," who is "proactive and leads her team really well."



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Fintech

Dermot O'Riordan Associate Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Dermot is an associate in the Technology Companies Group and is based in London. Dermot advises on various aspects of corporate finance including domestic and international acquisitions, disposals and venture capital investments.

Dermot has a particular focus on private M&A and investments into fast-growing technology companies.

Dermot's past experience includes time on secondment in the global M&A team of one of the world's largest companies in the consumer sector with a focus on emerging markets as well as a secondment to the Johannesburg office of a major international law firm.



  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Tax
  • Japan
  • Fintech

Jonathan Ocker Partner Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

Jon Ocker is chair of Orrick’s destination Compensation and Benefits group. He specializes in advising public companies, boards of directors and high profile executives on compensation and corporate governance issues.

Jon is often referred to as the “CD&A/Say on Pay Doctor.” Jon is the only lawyer known to have represented chip war adversaries Intel and Advanced Micro Devices simultaneously. When Jon advises clients to not do something, they generally listen.

Jon is also the founder of Orrick’s Global Corporate Solutions consisting of global employment, global equity, global retirement and Verbatim’s global subsidiary maintenance. The signature of these solutions is their unique “global services” single point of contact, strong project management and fixed fee approach to working together with multinational clients to achieve their objectives as a virtual in-house resource in more than 130 jurisdictions.

Before joining the firm, Jon was a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP and was associated with the Kirkland & Ellis firm in Chicago, Illinois.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Japan
  • Equal Pay

Yumiko Ohta Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Executive Compensation


Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Ms. Ohta focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, litigation and general corporate transactions.

Ms. Ohta also has international trade expertise in areas such as customs rules and export controls.

Before joining Orrick, Ms. Ohta was an associate at Tanabe & Partners and advised clients in corporate transactions and employment law as well as represented clients in civil and family cases. Also, she has experience serving as an outside auditor for Japanese corporations. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for seven years. While there, she was involved in LNG projects and other global business.



  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust/Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

Alex is an antitrust lawyer, litigator, and former enforcer at both the FTC and DOJ. He has been recognized as "excellent" by Global Competition Review, included in US Merger Control by Legal 500, and designated a Future Leader by GCR and Who's Who Legal.

Alex divides his practice between transactions, counseling, and litigation. From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner (and current Acting Chair) Maureen Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He also engaged with enforcers outside the United States on key policy issues, including the proper role of antitrust analysis in intellectual property disputes. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on technology and finance. 

In addition to his government work, Alex has more than a decade of experience in private practice. He has defended the transactions of domestic and international technology, media, and energy clients before antitrust agencies and represented class action defendants in federal and state court litigation around the United States. Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Eric R. Olah Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance


Eric joins the firm after completing judicial clerkships with the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California, the Magistrate Judges of the Eastern District of California, and the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

He graduated in the top 5% of his class and with Order of the Coif honors from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2013. He is also an honors graduate of the University of California, San Diego.


  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Joanna Oleniuk Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group


Joanna Oleniuk is an associate in the London office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Joanna's practice focuses primarily on transactional and advisory work in respect high growth technology companies and venture capital firms.

Prior to joining Orrick, Joanna has worked at a venture capital fund in Berlin and has a particular interest in Central and Eastern Europe.