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Dominic heads the firm's English law Banking and Finance Practice in London, with a particular focus on project and leveraged acquisition financings. Dominic has advised senior and mezzanine lenders, multilateral institutions, alternative credit providers, sponsors and borrowers on a wide range of domestic UK and cross-border international energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on Africa. Dominic also advises on other real-asset and corporate acquisition financings, and has significant experience of structuring sharia-compliant financing solutions.
Advising an international financial guarantor providing credit support for various projects in Gabon
Advised ENEO (previously SONEL) in respect of the project financing for its electricity concession in Cameroon
Advised Jefferies in respect of the project financing made available by senior lenders in connection with the leveraged acquisition of Equinox’s UK solar portfolio by United Photovoltaics Group Limited
Advised Bioenergy Infrastructure Holdings as issuer in respect of its senior note purchase facilities arranged by EIG Partners for the purchase and project financing of various UK bioenergy projects
Advised Borealis AG and Nova Chemicals Corporation in the negotiation of definitive agreements with Total S.A. to form a projects JV in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast
Advised Verod Capital Growth Fund II LP and Verod Capital Growth II A LP in respect of their capital call facilities provided by Investec Bank, and their subsequent investments in Nigeria
Advised Canal+ in relation to its debt and equity investment in iRoko Partners Ltd (Nigeria)
Advised Calvert Foundation in respect of credit facilities made available to the Medical Credit Fund for healthcare projects in sub-Saharan Africa
Advised Azito Energie, Globeleq and IPS in respect of "Phase 3" of the Azito project in Cote d'Ivoire
Advised Marathon Petroleum Corp in respect of its acquisition of BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery
Advised Wafra Partners as lender in respect of sharia-compliant structures for funding various energy and related maritime assets
Advised RoundShield as lender in respect of its direct lending for and equity investment in multiple real-asset transactions across Europe
Advised EDF in respect of its joint investment with ENI in the Subbotina-Pry Kerch hydrocarbon exploration and development projects in relation to the Black Sea's Shallow Shelf in the Ukraine
Advised CIMB in respect of acquisition facilities made available to Petronas Energy Trading Limited to finance its acquisition of a minority shareholding in Baglan power station in Wales
Advised on a number of landmark real estate projects in London that have been financed (directly or indirectly) on a sharia-compliant basis
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
Candice advises international clients on a wide range of data protection and privacy issues, including advising on EU General Data Protection Regulation projects. Her main areas of practice are privacy, data protection and information technology. Candice also advises clients on general commercial and intellectual property matters.
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.
New York; London
New York; London
Peter O'Driscoll is a partner in Orrick's M&A and Private Equity Group with a focus on emerging markets. 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."
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.
Michelle O'Meara, a senior associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Michelle has handled a diverse array of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her experience covers, among other areas, general commercial disputes, intellectual property claims, employment matters, and products liability actions. Michelle has handled cases from start to finish and has significant experience managing complex discovery.
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."
Dermot is a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group and advises on financings of early to late stage high-growth technology companies and those who invest in them, whether they be venture capital funds, corporate or individual investors.
Dermot is passionate about disruptive technologies and is a member of Orrick's global cross-practice blockchain team. Dermot's blockchain experience includes advising on token sales and the regulation of cryptocurrencies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Dermot's private equity and venture capital experience included time on secondment in the global M&A team of one of the world's largest consumer sector companies and separately to a major international law firm's new Johannesburg office.
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.Yumiko 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.
Alex is an antitrust lawyer and former senior government enforcer with experience handling deals and disputes in many industry sectors, including in particular matters involving technology, data, and innovation issues.
Alex divides his practice between transactions, counseling, and litigation. From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on key developments raising new issues for US and global regulators, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on technology and finance. Alex also worked on dozens of health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and maintains a practice in the health care sector.
Prior to his government service, Alex spent more than a decade in private practice at other leading international law firms. He 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.
Alex is frequently recognized for the quality of his work and client service. In 2018, he was individually recognized as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its annual ranking of the world's top 100 antitrust practices. He was also included in Legal 500's review of recommended US merger review practices, and named a "Future Leader" by GCR and Who's Who Legal in their 2017 listing of the world's leading antitrust partners under the age of 45. Clients praised him as a "high-quality deal lawyer" with "excellent DOJ experience."
Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.
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.
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.