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Stephan Wagner Of Counsel Real Estate, Energy

San Francisco; Portland

Stephan Wagner, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Steve's practice focuses on domestic and international clients in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, commercial financing, commercial project development, commercial leasing transactions and energy real estate transactions, including ground leases and build-to-suit leases.

Before joining the firm, Steve was an associate and of counsel at Morrison & Foerster, LLP.

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Minako Wakabayashi Partner Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Tokyo

Minako Wakabayashi, partner in Orrick's Tokyo office is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group, and plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.

Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.

Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government.
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Charles Walker Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Houston

Chuck Walker, resident in the firm's Houston office, regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies and private equity sponsors in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, restructurings, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate matters.

He has handled matters for clients ranging from acquisitions in excess of a billion dollars to small early round equity investments.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chuck was a member of DLA Piper's Northern California corporate practice. Chuck began his legal career as an associate in the private equity group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.
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Eric Wall Partner Tax, Corporate Tax

San Francisco

Eric Wall, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group.

His practice encompasses a wide variety of federal and state tax issues, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation matters, real estate matters, development and investment in renewable energy projects, transactions involving pass-through entities, and complex tax controversies.

Representative transactions include:

  • advising numerous privately held technology companies with respect to the federal and state tax aspects of selling their businesses;
  • assisting a large publicly held technology company on equity-based compensation, income deferral, and golden parachutes in more than 20 acquisitions of privately and publicly held domestic and foreign companies;
  • structuring of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects and obtaining tax incentives;
  • advising a large publicly held retailer with respect to the IRS’s examination of a variety of income tax accounting issues; and
  • assisting limited liability companies and their owners with various federal and state tax issues.
Eric began his career at the firm as a summer associate in 2001.
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Angela Wallace Associate Energy, Infrastructure

London

Angela Wallace is an Associate in the Energy & Infrastructure Practice, with a particular focus within the oil & gas sector.

She has advised on international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, project development arrangements and joint ventures, and she has acted for clients across a range of jurisdictions including Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

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Mary Wallace Of Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Washington, D.C.

Mary Wallace, Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office, has been a corporate lawyer for over twenty years and is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. Mary has extensive experience in sophisticated corporate and finance transactions, including broad experience in investor-side representation in investments in private equity and mezzanine funds and mezzanine debt and equity co-investment transactions.  She has represented public pension fund investors, including the Washington State Investment Board and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, and well as private investors, such as the alternative investment program of a global health services company.

Mary represents financial institutions and other entities in connection with private debt financings (secured and unsecured), co-investment transactions, private equity financings and restructurings involving privately held companies.  She regularly negotiates and drafts complex legal documents to implement these transactions.

Gerard Walsh Partner Real Estate, Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

Los Angeles

Gerard Walsh is a partner in Orrick’s Real Estate Group based in Los Angeles. He advises public and private entities, developers, companies and institutional lenders (including commercial banks, pension and opportunity funds and their advisors) on the acquisition, construction, development, entitlement, financing, leasing, restructuring and disposition of master planned communities, hotel, golf and resort projects, mixed use projects, corporate campuses, and commercial and retail centers.

Jerry is particularly recognized for his work in connection with the acquisition, restructuring and realization of distressed debt in the real estate and hospitality markets. Clients seek him out for the most complex distressed debt transactions, including securitized and mezzanine debt intercreditor workouts and the establishment of mezzanine debt lending platforms. Jerry led a multidisciplinary Orrick team in one of the most sophisticated real estate debt transactions that was restructured in 2013, involving a series of complex transactions and multi-state litigation.  Chambers USA and Legal 500 sources recognize Jerry as “a business man’s lawyer” and describe him as “focused, attentive and knowledgeable” and “able to get to the core of what is really at stake”.

In addition, Jerry leads Orrick’s hospitality practice and advises global opportunity, hotel and pension funds and advisors in connection with the acquisition, repositioning and disposing of hotel portfolios throughout the United States. He advises on acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, rebranding, disposition and negotiation of hotel management agreements, shared services and amenities agreements, and franchise agreements, including termination of hotel management and franchise agreements involving brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, St. Regis, Renaissance, Luxury Collection, Westin, Kimpton and other Sheraton/Starwood brands.

Jerry's representative clients include Cisco Systems, Inc., Cornerstone Advisers LLC, JMA Ventures, LACERA, The Newhall Land and Farming Company, Walton Street Capital, and Westbrook Partners.

Before joining Orrick, Jerry was a partner with a magic circle firm and chairman of the real estate group of a prominent national law firm.

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Catrina Wang Associate

New York

Catrina W. Wang is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Catrina has experience in a wide variety of matters, including patent and trade secrets litigation, ICC arbitration, USPTO post-grant proceedings, and patent prosecution. 

Catrina is part of the Orrick team representing Dow AgroSciences LLC in a series of patent infringement actions brought by Bayer CropScience AG. 

As an undergraduate, Catrina pursued a rigorous pre-medical course of study and conducted research in comparative genetics.

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Victor Wang Associate Intellectual Property

Victor Wang is an associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Victor's practice focuses primarily on intellectual property counseling and complex intellectual property and commercial litigation for high-technology businesses. Victor counsels companies specializing in e-commerce, mobile and enterprise software, consumer electronics, unmanned aerial vehicles, among others.

Prior to joining Orrick, Victor was an extern to the Honorable Jon S. Tigar at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
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John Wang Partner Public Finance, Higher Education and Student Loan Financing

San Francisco

John Wang is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Public Finance Department.  John's practice includes serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and borrower’s counsel on a wide variety of transactions.  John was recently recognized as one of California's top 50 development lawyers by The Daily Journal.

John has significant experience with advising issuers, developers and underwriters on financings for higher education, utilities (including water, wastewater and energy facilities), solid waste disposal facilities (including waste-to-energy facilities) and 501(c)(3) corporations. He has experience advising clients in such financings in several states and territories, including California, Hawaii, Guam and Texas.

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