Alison J. Radecki is a partner in Orrick’s Public Finance Department. Since joining the firm in 1999, Alison has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank counsel and credit enhancer’s counsel.
Alison has been involved in financings for healthcare institutions, education institutions (including charter schools), cultural institutions and other nonprofit entities, municipalities and public power agencies. Sheregularly serves as bond counsel to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and The Trust for Cultural Resources of The City of New York.
Alison has extensive experience with variable rate debt, tax-exempt and taxable debt, letters of credit and liquidity supported bonds, conversions, restructurings, reofferings, setting up direct purchase programs for banks, as well as assisting in the creation of various interest rate products for her underwriting clients. Most recently, she has focused on post-issuance compliance matters, in particular assisting industry participants with the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, as well as with their ongoing continuing disclosure compliance obligations.
Joshua Raff is a senior counsel in the New York office.
Josh advises issuers, underwriters, investment funds, institutional investors, fund sponsors and investment advisors and other financial institutions on a variety of complex financing and capital markets transactions, as well as asset purchases and sales, asset- and mortgage-backed securities, fund formation, corporate transactions with respect to asset management entities and platforms, and related matters.
He has participated in many novel transactions and in the development of innovative structures on behalf of a wide array of participants in the financial markets, and has spoken and participated in panels on a range of relevant topics.
Josh has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, New York Area’s Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA, The Legal 500 and others. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Capital Markets Law Journal.
Shaila Rahman Diwan is a senior associate in the Litigation Group and focuses her practice on complex commercial and securities litigation.
Shaila has in-depth experience at all stages of litigation, including participating in trials, successfully arguing numerous motions, taking and defending depositions and drafting motions.
Prior to joining Orrick, she was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP, where her practice focused on corporate internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, and securities litigation and enforcement.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Augie Rakow advises startups and investors building the future of how we live and work.
Augie studied theological history at Harvard University before becoming a lawyer and is one of the few Americans who has taken the Japanese bar exam.
He also worked for many years in intellectual property before focusing on startup corporate work. Super Lawyers magazine named him a Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California. He is a past president and chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and lives with his wife in Atherton, California.
Augie’s clients have recently been acquired by Autodesk, Brightcove, Chegg, Dropbox, Facebook, Game Show Network, Google, Intel, Johnson Controls, oDesk, Sharp, Wargaming and Zendesk.
Emma Raleigh, a managing associate in the London office, is a member of the Corporate Group.Emma advises on a wide range of cross border corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers and reorganisations.
Hari Raman is a lawyer in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity practice groups. Hari Raman focuses on M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and general corporate matters.
He has represented some of the world’s largest companies, as well as numerous private equity sponsors, in the United States and Asia in a wide range of M&A transactions, including buy-outs, minority investments and joint ventures. As part of Hari's M&A extensive experience across the globe, he has participated in a number of complex, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Hari's M&A and corporate experience spans a number of Asian and Middle Eastern jurisdictions, including Japan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and various other southeast Asian and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.
Hari was previously an associate with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in their Los Angeles, New York, Dubai and Singapore offices.
Ramu Ramaswamy is a lawyer in Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure group with more than 15 years of experience. Ramu specialises in non-contentious energy law. He has special expertise in developing large energy projects.
Ramu has spent most of his career advising on the development of large scale oil, gas, energy and infrastructure projects all around the world. His expertise stems from many years drafting and negotiating projects and associated commercial agreements — making him one of the most sought out international commercial lawyers in his areas of expertise.
Previously, Ramu worked within commercial teams of large international energy companies and leading international law firms. He has both commercial and legal expertise which is very highly valued by his clients.
He now advises governments and public sector entities in addition to private sector clients. Currently a lot of his work is in Africa — where he operates in both francophone and anglophone countries. Ramu’s diverse experience gives him a very unique skill set and ability to quickly identify his clients’ needs and place them in a commercial context to get projects done.
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
Gabriel M. Ramsey, a partner in both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and a leader of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Group.
Gabe focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and cybersecurity. He has twice been named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by the Daily Journal and has been repeatedly recognized as an “IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Gabe has substantial experience in high technology and entertainment related matters involving copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. He has significant experience in carrying out Internet enforcement actions and investigations involving cybercrime, trade secret misappropriation, fraud and deceptive activity, data breaches and brand violations. He has also handled many licensing matters, open source licensing disputes and general commercial disputes. He has expertise in matters involving computer software, hardware, Internet and networking technologies, videogames, cloud computing, new media and entertainment content.
Gabe has represented Microsoft Corp., Facebook, Inc., McAfee, Inc., EMC Corp., Oracle Corp., Perfect World Entertainment, Inc., NCSoft, Namco Bandai Games, NVIDIA Corp., IGN Entertainment, Inc., CNET Networks, eHarmony.com, Say Media, Audible Magic Corp., Affinity Circles, Inc., Gracenote, Inc., Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Broadcasting, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm, Ltd., LucasArts Entertainment Co., Digidesign and Mesa/Boogie, Ltd.
Christine has participated as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and disclosure counsel on transactions including single-family and multifamily mortgage revenue bonds, general obligation bond issues for local government and state agency clients, water and wastewater financings, and tax and revenue anticipation financings for local agencies and school districts.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2008, Christine was an associate with Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in San Francisco.
Garret Rasmussen, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Antitrust and Global Competition Group. He specializes in antitrust and consumer protection matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
Garret's practice also includes counseling and litigation regarding mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, product distribution and marketing, privacy, telemarketing and advertising issues.
Garret was featured in a front page story in The Legal Times, as well as the book The Jury by Stephen J. Adler. He has also been quoted numerous times in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as other national publications.
Prior to joining Orrick, Garret was a partner for 22 years with Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C. He was also a trial attorney with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, and served as a Lt. J.A.G. in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Simon Ratledge is a dual qualified, bilingual Energy and Infrastructure lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office.
Simon’s practice is focused on major projects and financings in Africa and emerging markets. Over the past 20 years, Simon has represented project finance clients, including major development banks, commercial lenders and sponsor groups in the power/renewables, mining, petrochemicals, oil and gas and transport/social infrastructure sectors.
Simon is ranked in Band 1 for International Projects work from France by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe which have recently described him as “a top rate practitioner with a broad range of experience in international project finance,” “a hands-on partner and a pleasure to work with,” “from a Natural resources perspective, Simon is your man in Africa and a keen francophone expert” and as “stand[ing] out for “his expertise and pragmatism, maintained under quite significant pressure, as well as his extreme efficiency at processing new data.” Chambers also recently recorded praise for Simon’s “tactful commercial approach to matters” and “ability to carefully manage the co-operation of different parties.” Who’s Who Legal described Simon as "one of the leading minds focused on the [Energy] industry."
Prior to joining Orrick in 2016, Simon was a partner at Simmons & Simmons and previously served as co-head of Linklaters' North Africa practice.
Ms. Sophie Ratzke is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.Her practice focuses on counseling in the area of IP/IT and Data Privacy. She joined Orrick in 2015.