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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Energie
  • Infrastruktur
  • Fintech

Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

München

Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Partner im Münchener Büro von Orrick, ist Mitglied der M&A and Private Equity Group. 

Er ist spezialisiert auf M&A (private und public), Private Equity und Venture Capital, wobei grenzüberschreitende Unternehmenstransaktionen den Schwerpunkt seiner Tätigkeit bilden. 

Fabian v. Samson vertritt deutsche und internationale Finanzinstitute, Unternehmen und Finanzinvestoren, insbesondere bei Unternehmenskäufen und -verkäufen, öffentlichen Übernahmen, Joint Ventures, Carve-outs und Portfolio-Transaktionen. Über besondere Branchenexpertise verfügt er im Bank- und Finanzdienstleistungssektor, im Maschinenbau- und Automotive-Geschäft sowie im Erneuerbare-Energien-Sektor.

Vor seinem Eintritt bei Orrick war Fabian v. Samson Rechtsanwalt bei einer anderen führenden internationalen Kanzlei. 2012/13 hat er ein Secondment bei der Deutschen Bank absolviert und dort an verschiedenen grenzüberschreitenden M&A- und Integrationsprojekten gearbeitet.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Internationale Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit & Streitbeilegung
  • Bank und Finanzrecht
  • Eigenkapitalmärkte
  • Komplexe Streitfälle & Streitbeilegung

Dr. Stefan Weinheimer Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Düsseldorf

Herr Dr. Stefan Weinheimer ist Partner im Düsseldorfer Orrick Büro und Mitglied der Europäischen Arbeitsgruppe Gesellschaftsrecht.  

Schwerpunkte seiner Tätigkeit liegen im Bereich Mergers & Acquisitions sowie in der gesellschaftsrechtlichen Beratung. In seinem Fokus steht darüber hinaus das Segment Private Equity. Herr Dr. Weinheimer gehört dem Orrick Team seit 2004 an. Zuvor arbeitete er für deutsche und englische Großkanzleien.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Privacy
  • GDPR Readiness
  • Geistiges Eigentum
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Robert Weinhold Associate Technology Companies Group, Privacy

Düsseldorf

Robert, Associate im Düsseldorfer Büro von Orrick, ist Mitglied der Data Privacy and Technology Company Gruppe in Deutschland. Seine Beratungsschwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Datenschutz, gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Mergers & Acquisitions in den vorgenannten Bereichen.

Robert war schon immer fasziniert von neuen Technologien und der Digitalisierung. Seiner Faszination folgend spezialisierte er sich auf Medienrecht, Immaterialgüterrecht und Datenschutzrecht. Bevor er bei Orrick tätig wurde, sammelte er auch Erfahrungen bei der Gründung eines Unternehmens, das eine Software as a Platform Dienstleistung anbot und indem er für einen deutschen Venture-Capital-Investor tätig war. In der Beratung für unsere Mandanten bei Transaktionen oder datenschutzrechtlichen Fragestellungen spiegelt sich somit nicht nur seine juristische Kompetenz, sondern auch seine Erfahrung und Faszination für neue Technologien wieder. Für unsere Mandanten erstellt er u.a. Datenschutzerklärungen oder Auftragsverarbeitungsverträge oder ist an der Durchführung einer Due Diligence oder der Erstellung von Gesellschafterverträgen beteiligt. Darüber hinaus berät er zur Umsetzung der DSGVO und Datenschutz-Compliance und beschäftigt sich mit verschiedenen Aspekten des Marken- und Wettbewerbsrechts.

Er kam 2017 zu Orrick, nachdem er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter auf dem Gebiet des Datenschutzes geforscht hat.


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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Hang Xu Foreign Consultant Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Düsseldorf; München

Dr. Hang Xu ist im Düsseldorfer Büro tätig und Mitglied der Praxisgruppen M&A and Private Equity und Corporate.

Hang verfügt über umfassende Kenntnisse in der Beratung von chinesischen Investoren bei Outbound-Investitionen in Europa. Darüber hinaus berät er europäische Mandanten vor allem bei Direktinvestitionen in China durch M&A Transaktionen sowie Gründungen von Joint Ventures und Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises. Er besitzt außerdem umfangreiche Erfahrung über die Post-Merger/Post-Akquisition-Integration.

Vor seinem Eintritt bei Orrick war Hang bei mehreren internationalen Großkanzleien in München und Shanghai tätig.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Pay Equity

Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M. Partner Technology Companies Group, Employment Law & Litigation

Düsseldorf; München

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, and has been ranked as top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".

Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".

André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.  Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André has thorough knowledge of and genuine passion for the tech industry. Most recently, he has advised leading multinational technology companies such as Pinterest, Flexera, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre and Splunk on various employment matters.

André is a core member of our global employment law practice consisting of 80 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.

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Practice:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Japan

Yuko Inui Of Counsel Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Tokio

Yuko is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Her practice mainly focuses on M&A, project financing, and permits and authorizations of renewable energy projects. She also handles real estate transactions, environmental conservation and fintech matters.

As of November 2018, Yuko has conducted legal due diligence for clients on 26 solar projects (total 1244MW) and 24 wind projects (total 233MW) in Japan, including Japan’s largest solar project (235MW) and Japan’s largest wind project (121.6MW).  

Yuko has been appointed as special member of the Environmental Preservation Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations every year since 2006.

In 2019, Yuko was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer for Japan in Projects and Energy: International Firms and Joint Ventures category by Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Stephanie Gail Lee Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Los Angeles

Stephanie helps clients navigate the intricate and rapidly evolving world of employment litigation.

Clients feel at ease knowing that Stephanie will work tirelessly to guide them through wage-and-hour class and representative actions, as well as single-plaintiff litigation involving claims of whistleblower retaliation, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract. Companies, particularly those in employee-friendly states such as California, must contend with an ever-changing array of procedural tools and laws, and rely on Stephanie to serve as a trusted advisor. In addition to legal nuances, the high-profile matters Stephanie handles are further complicated by reputational risk. To deliver a clear path through these complexities, Stephanie works with her team to carefully and creatively balance each case’s dangers, opportunities and impact.

She has managed matters from start to finish and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. She also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling on wage-and-hour compliance, terminations and severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and employee handbook provisions.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Betty L. Louie Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Peking

Betty L. Louie, a partner in Orrick's Beijing office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for more than 20 years on the continents – the United States, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.

She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China. Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”

In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (United States, Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.

She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.

Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years. 

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Practice:

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • China
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Africa

Jie (Jeffrey) Sun Partner Equity Capital Markets, China

Shanghai; Peking

Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Business Unit. Mr. Sun represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.

He has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.

Mr. Sun regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.

In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.

Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.

Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border expertise. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity. 

Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level expertise, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Merger Review
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Washington, D.C.

Alex is a litigator and former senior DOJ and FTC official representing clients in high-profile deals, investigations, and disputes. He frequently works for leading global companies, including recently Microsoft, Cisco, and Schlumberger, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Global Competition Review, among others. Who's Who Legal reports that Alex is “a highly skilled competition lawyerapplauded for "his strong knowledge of and experience with the US authorities."

Drawing on his agency experience, Alex regularly appears before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations, including the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. He also advocates for client's interests on numerous competition and consumer protection issues before the agencies. In addition to his agency work, Alex has litigated large antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection class actions in federal and state courts around the United States.

From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on technology and telecommunications-related issues, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on mergers and conduct in the technology and finance sectors. He also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors. Before serving in the government, Alex spent ten years in private practice at leading international law firms.

Alex is frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Chambers USA has recognized Alex in its ranking of top DC antitrust lawyers (2018, 2019). He was recommended for antitrust litigation defense (2019) and merger control (2017-2019) in Legal 500 and was listed in Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders (2017, 2018) and Who's Who Legal: Competition (2019). He was also individually noted as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices. 

Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.

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Practice:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity

James Atkin Partner Oil & Gas, Energy

London; Tokio

James is the global head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice and focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments.

Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.