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Rohit Sachdev Partner Energy, Infrastructure

San Francisco

Rohit Sachdev is a Partner in Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group, based in San Francisco.

Rohit represents several of the world’s leading developers of renewable and conventional energy generation projects on project development, financing and purchase/sale arrangements. He has extensive experience in the solar, wind, gas and energy storage sectors, with a particular focus on California and other U.S. jurisdictions. Rohit's past deal experience spans energy and infrastructure projects in the Americas, Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East, and includes award-winning transactions.

In recent years, Rohit has represented numerous winning bidders on thousands of MWs of PPAs and tolling agreements awarded by California’s investor owned utilities. Rohit has also represented several developers and sponsors on both "physical" PPAs and "virtual" PPAs across from large non-utility corporate and other buyers across the U.S. He has also represented several clients on a variety of energy storage projects, including stand-alone and hybrid projects in both California and other U.S. jurisdictions. Finally, Rohit has recently represented multiple clients on the purchase and sale of renewables projects in various U.S. jurisdictions.

Rohit has substantial experience in project development and construction arrangements, including power purchase and other offtake agreements, EPC/construction contracts and supply arrangements, as well as project company M&A, sales and purchase arrangements.

Rohit started his legal career at White & Case LLP in New York, where he focused on project development and project finance transactions across the globe. Prior to law and business schools, Rohit was an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in San Francisco, where he provided M&A and financial advisory services to technology companies in Silicon Valley.

In addition to being admitted in California and New York, Rohit is also admitted in Massachusetts (inactive).

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Reiko Saito Senior Associate Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

Tokyo

Reiko Saito, a managing associate in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Reiko's practice focuses on advising clients on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects and corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and compliance matters.

Reiko also practices financing transactions such as liquidation of various receivables and real properties and development of financial products including structured finance and trust products. She has extensive experience of general real estate securitizations, consumer loan securitizations and other ABS transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Reiko was an associate at Atsumi & Partners from 2001 until 2006, where she was engaged in many securitization and liquidation projects.

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Laura Saklad Chief Operations Officer

San Francisco

Laura is Orrick’s Chief Operations Officer. In this role she works closely with the firm’s Board and Management Committee to execute the firm’s strategy. She is responsible for leading and directing all operational functions of the firm.

Laura has extensive experience in global operations management, strategic planning, integration, change management, and diversity and inclusion leadership. She has worked closely with senior leaders to deliver innovative services to our clients, to enhance productivity and efficiency, and to create a great place to work by building, leading and inspiring talented professional teams.

A 12-year Orrick veteran, with 20 years of experience in the legal industry, Laura previously served as Orrick’s Chief Administrative Officer and, before that, as the firm’s Chief Talent Officer and Executive Director - U.S. She helped shape and execute on the firm’s strategies to deliver distinctive services to the tech, finance and energy & infrastructure sectors, be a leading law firm employer, and meet client demand for quality and value.

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Rhian Saleh Al-Obaidy Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

London

Rhian Saleh Al-Obaidy is an associate in the London office.

Rhian’s practice focuses primarily on transactional and advisory work on a broad range of corporate matters including venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, group reorganisations and capital markets.

Rhian has particular experience and interest in venture capital fundraisings, having acted for startups, growth companies, management and investors across sectors such as technology, telecommunications, media, music, e-commerce, fashion and med-tech.

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Doriane Salimon Associate Corporate

Paris

Doriane Salimon is a corporate lawyer based in Orrick's Paris office.

Doriane advises French and international groups on M&A and Private equity matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Doriane worked on corporate matters as an associate at Weil Gotshal and Manges. She also was a legal intern in the corporate departments of Paul Hastings and Veil Jourde.

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Christian Sam Attorney Team Lead

Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)

Christian Sam is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.

Christian works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. Christian's work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Christian assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.

Prior to joining Orrick, Christian operated a private practice in Pennsylvania, focusing on civil litigation and bankruptcy.

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Brandon Sanders Managing Associate Corporate

San Francisco

Brandon Sanders is a corporate associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office, where he is a member of the Technology Companies Group.

Mr. Sanders represents emerging companies, venture capital firms and private equity firms involved in the technology and life sciences industries. His practice focuses on general corporate counseling, venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions.
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Chanani Sandler Managing Associate Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

New York

Chanani Sandler is a managing associate in Orrick's Global Employment and Equity Compensation practice in Orrick's New York office.

With more than 12 years of experience in cross-border human resources matters, Chanani advises multinational companies across all industry lines on a variety of employment-related matters and global equity compensation. He globally manages large multi-country and large multi-function HR projects.

From an employment law perspective, Chanani advises his clients on a range of employment-related matters outside the United States, including global/local offer letters and employment contracts, HR policies and handbooks as well as termination and settlement agreements. He works with his clients to consider the employment-related impact of, and undertake due diligence for, cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Chanani also counsels his clients on how to effectively design, implement, communicate and administer equity-based compensation benefits and other long-term incentive awards to their worldwide employees in over 100 countries. He also provides services in the areas of corporate tax planning, cross-border tax planning, payroll support and employee education with respect to global equity compensation.

He has presented at industry educational forums, such as the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) and Global Equity Organization (GEO), on topics related to tax compliance as well as effective design, implementation and administration of global equity-based awards and other long-term incentive plans.

Prof. Dr. Otto Sandrock LL.M. Spcl Counsel-Contract Attorney International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Professor Doctor Otto Sandrock, an of counsel in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the European Arbitration, Investment Law and Litigation Group.

Otto's practice focuses on arbitrations, national and international, counseling particularly in the field of international business transactions of all kinds.

Before joining Orrick, Otto was a legal counsel at the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn (1958-1959); thereafter an assistant professor at the University of Bonn (1965 – 1968); and finally a full professor of law at the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bochum (1968-1980) and of Münster (1980-1995).

He is a frequent lecturer on all kinds of business law, national and international in Germany as well as abroad (Europe, North-America, East Asia).

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Elisabetta Santo Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Milan; Rome

Elisabetta Santo, a senior associate in the Milan office, is a member the M&A and Private Equity group.

Elisa is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully litigated several trials as well as domestic and international arbitrations, representing Italian and international clients such as media & entertainment corporations, private equity funds, banks.

She also has broad experience in handling alternative dispute resolutions.

Her practice focuses mainly on corporate and commercial law disputes.

Elisa has extensive experience in corporate governance and international contract law and advises prominent Italian and multinational corporations active in many industries.

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Leah Sanzari Partner Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Leah Sanzari, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, acts as counsel to issuers, underwriters, servicers, placement agents and investors in connection with both public offerings and private placements.

She has experience in a wide variety of asset-backed securities, with a particular emphasis on residential mortgage transactions, esoteric assets including tax liens, PACE liens, structured settlements and lottery receivables, resecuritizations and collateralized bond obligations and collateralized loan obligations. Leah has worked with numerous borrowers and lenders on financing and warehouse facilities for mortgages and esoteric assets and has represented both sellers and buyers of portfolios of assets, including mortgages and esoteric assets.

Leah advises a number of financial institutions and government agencies with regard to the implications of financial markets regulation, as well as in connection with complex capital markets, debt financing and other transactions.

She is a part of the Financial Institutions Industry Group, a multi-practice global group of partners who have client relationship responsibilities for financial institutions around the world.

She is Co-Chair of Orrick’s Women’s Initiative and Chair of the Esoterics Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group, a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market.