Our goal is to serve as a business partner to our clients. To answer not only what can I do, but also what should I do? Our sector focus – on Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance – helps us deliver insight into our clients’ businesses and market practices. As one client reported to Chambers 2017: "They have a very good commercial mindset, always understanding which battles are worth fighting."
We also help our clients innovate, including adapting deal structures to new products and markets worldwide. For the tech market, we joined up with Y Combinator to create a more flexible and efficient alternative to convertible note financings, and with Stripe to create Atlas, which makes it easier for international tech companies to incorporate in the U.S. We introduced the first use of P3 techniques to finance statewide high-speed internet infrastructure. We’re also immersed in China’s rapidly expanding tech market. In the energy markets, we completed a record-breaking financing for Japan’s largest solar plant, and we helped to develop the first floating LNG facility off the coast of Cameroon. Since the financial crisis, we have partnered with leading financial institutions to help reinvigorate the U.S. and European securitization markets. We introduced the first legal portal for the direct lending market, helped lead the creation of Italy’s mini-bond market, and completed the first prepack in France.
Our partnership is structured as one team, ensuring we can work seamlessly across 25 markets worldwide, including the United States, Europe and Asia. We serve the Latin American market from our Houston office, and we are the only firm with an affiliate in Abidjan, the financial capital of Western Africa. We excel in complex cross-border transactions, such as our representation of the board of Alstom SA, the French engineering giant, in the $13.5 billion sale of its energy division to GE, which IFLR selected as European M&A Deal of the Year in 2016. We worked with global triathlon leader Ironman in its acquisition of Lagardère Sports’ endurance division, which includes world-class races in eight countries across three continents. And we execute cross-border tech investments for clients such as Microsoft, AVG Technologies, Thales and Telenor.
We are focused on efficient execution – not only in the context of major transactions, but also in supporting your day-to-day operations. Through Orrick Analytics, we use proprietary technology and probability modeling to conduct large-scale contract reviews and other due diligence, reducing human error and resulting in high-quality outcomes and measurable savings. We help clients manage HR compliance globally through our Global Employment and Equity Compensation service. And global public companies can manage their corporate secretary function through our subsidiary Verbatim. For our municipal clients, our subsidiary BLX manages debt offerings and investments from conception to redemption.
We know our clients measure success in many ways, from strategic execution to achieving financial close to the efficiency of our services. True success is often realized through long-term results. When our clients keep calling us for advice long after the transaction is completed, we know we are adding value.
Here are some highlights of our transactional work.