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Dr. Nikita Tkatchenko is a Partner in our Dusseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
He advises mainly on M&A transactions, restructuring and general corporate law.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2011, Nikita worked at the German law firm Hengeler Mueller.
Thomas H. Tobiason is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises high growth technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.
Tommy represents public and private high-tech and life science companies in the renewable energy, life science, mobile, Internet, display, semiconductor and other high-tech industries, focusing on formation, financing and general corporate counseling.
He has completed hundreds of venture capital financings as well as numerous acquisitions (representing both acquirers and sellers), public offerings (representing both issuers and underwriters) and commercial transactions.
Tommy, who spent most of his career based in California's Silicon Valley, also advises a number of entrepreneurs and companies doing business in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and India. He regularly advises on corporate governance and securities law compliance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley counseling and compliance.
Tommy has represented numerous investment banking clients including Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He has also represented numerous venture capital firms, including Matrix Partners, Maveron, Sequoia Capital, Steamboat Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Walden International.
Prior to joining the firm, Tommy was a director of Venture Law Group.
Ramin Tohidi is a member of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Ramin focuses on technology transactions and other commercial and licensing matters. He helps clients maximize their intellectual property and technology portfolios in a variety of ways, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on development, production, supply, procurement, and other technology licensing arrangements. In addition, he advises clients on open source licensing and intellectual property issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including in SaaS, software, hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and data intelligence.
Ramin previously served as in-house counsel at a public SaaS and software company in the Bay Area, where he advised on technology transactions, product and regulatory issues. He also was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he focused on complex business and intellectual property related litigation.
Paul Toland is an attorney in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's top-ranked Public Finance Department.
Paul's practice includes bond and issuer counsel work for tax-exempt and taxable financings, with a focus on revenue bonds, particularly multifamily housing revenue bonds issued by cities, counties, public authorities and joint powers agencies.
Paul also serves as special counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its conduit housing financings.
Lisa is widely recognized as an innovator in the natural gas regulatory arena. She has represented clients in the energy industry on regulatory strategy, compliance and transactional matters for more than 25 years.
At the forefront of her field, Lisa helped a client obtain
the first authorization from the DOE to export domestic natural gas as LNG to
all trading partners, and represented the first bi-directional LNG terminals
proposed in the United States in proceedings before FERC.
Lisa has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500 for many years.
San Francisco; New York
San Francisco; New York
Michael Torpey, Managing Partner of the firm and a partner in the San Francisco office, is recognized for his expertise in SEC investigations, securities class actions and breach of fiduciary duty-related matters.
Mike was Orrick's Securities Litigation practice leader from 2004 to 2012.
He has the unique ability to look at corporate governance problems from a business perspective, to carefully navigate or avoid collateral consequences, and strategically win legal problems. He is frequently recognized for his expertise by Chambers, Super Lawyers and The Daily Journal.
Mike specializes in litigation involving the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, The Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Act of 1934, the Uniform Standards Act and proceedings initiated by the Securities Exchange Commission, the National Association of Securities Dealers and other self-regulatory organizations.
Mike has extensive experience in litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and conducting various types of corporate investigations.
Sacramento; San Francisco
Sacramento; San Francisco
Julie Totten leads Orrick’s Global Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group.Julie, who has more than 20 years’ experience representing companies in high stakes litigation, is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment. She also serves as a Council Member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. In the latest Chambers USA rankings, Julie’s clients describe her as “very talented and highly regarded." Legal 500 has described her as someone who "truly understands corporate politics and works with in-house counsel to understand the intersections of legal advice and business objectives."
Hervé Touraine is Head of Finance Europe, based in Geneva.
Hervé represents French and international financial institutions, corporates, sponsors, investors, insurance companies, asset managers and alternative capital providers on French and cross borders transactions. He advises on banking, structured finance, securitization, and capital markets transactions.
Hervé has worked on numerous complex, strategic and/or innovative transactions (including many firsts in France and Europe) such as international securitization transactions, covered bonds, corporate structured bonds, project bonds, debt funds and the establishment of dedicated origination and refinancing platforms. He also acted on transactions for financing or refinancing purposes (including liquidity), and for off-balance sheet or regulatory capital purposes. As such, he has developed particular skills in handling multi-jurisdictions and multi-practices transactions.
He has developed a substantial experience in the energy and infrastructure sector in the context of financing and refinancing transactions, using classical bank structures as well as Euro PP, bond and project bond structures, specialized credit institutions and dedicated debt funds.
Hervé is described by his clients as a “key person” for structured finance deals, noting: “when we've got a problem, he's there. We know we can count on him”. Clients further comment: “He is dedicated and innovative, and an expert in is field. We see him as a business partner of ours, rather than a lawyer”.
Hervé is an active participant in drafting securitization and structured finance legislation and regulations in France. Hervé regularly publishes and speaks in relation to structure finance markets and related point of interest and deals.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Hervé was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where he worked for 20 years, including 18 years as a partner.
Chris Trester is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity practice groups.
Chris has a broad range of practices which includes venture capital and public market financings, M&A, preparation of public company SEC reporting and disclosure, corporate governance and general corporate and business counseling for private and public companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was an associate at DLA Piper.
In addition to his legal experience, Chris was previously a Manager at PwC in their Transaction Services Group. In this role, he led clients through initial public offerings, private placements (144A), M&A and divestitures. Based on this experience, he regularly consults with his private and public clients on accounting issues they encounter during transactions.
Riccardo Troiano, head partner of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group for Italy, has been involved in many of the remarkable corporate cases in Italy over the past few years. Notably, he obtained an unprecedented historic judgement from the Supreme Constitutional Court, declaring the unconstitutionality of a provision that would block the pension revaluation for 6 million Italian citizens, with an impact of 15 billion euro on the State budget.
Riccardo is experienced in arbitration, litigation, private and commercial international law, employment law and bankruptcy.
He also has handled a broad range of international matters involving multiple jurisdictions.
Nina Trovato focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes at all stages of litigation including matters involving product liability, intellectual property, commercial contracts, and securities.
Nina specializes in coordinating national medical and scientific defenses for clients in all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal. She represents industry leading clients in the manufacturing, technology, and financial sectors, often in difficult jurisdictions with significant financial or reputational harm at stake. Nina understands the importance of developing thoughtful and cohesive defenses for our clients, and she excels at distilling complicated scientific principles for courts and jurors alike to achieve the best possible results in her engagements.
Winnie Tsien is a senior tax associate specializing in tax-exempt bond financing. She has extensive experience in governmental and exempt facility bonds, including general governmental facilities, non-profit cultural, educational and health care facilities, and public utilities. She also has significant experience in rebate, short-term and long-term working capital financings and post-issuance compliance relating to private use issues.
Winnie has addressed the Bond Attorneys' Workshop for the National Association of Bond Lawyers relating to various topics, including arbitrage and rebate, refundings, working capital financings, and 501c3 financings. Winnie earned a J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Davis School of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College.