Harry Clark is Chair of Orrick’s International Trade & Compliance Group. He advises major companies and industry associations on a variety of international trade and investment rules.
Harry is experienced in areas such as CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, military and “dual use” export control regulations (ITAR/EAR), economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering rules, anti-boycott requirements and defense industrial security requirements. He executes internal corporate investigations regarding trade and investment rules and advises on such rules in the context of corporate transactions.
Additionally, Harry has extensive experience with government contracting matters. His government contracting work has included, for example, design and implementation of U.S. Defense Department renewable energy projects. He also represents broad industry coalitions on major trade litigations and international negotiations. His experience in these areas includes a leading role in what is often considered the largest-ever international trade dispute: the controversy regarding unfair softwood lumber imports from Canada. It has involved myriad administrative proceedings before federal agencies, NAFTA panel appeals, WTO dispute proceedings, judicial proceedings and international settlement agreements.
Harry has represented a coalition of major U.S. oil companies in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation. As a related matter, he pursues policy issues with congressional and executive branch officials and advises on international trade rules (e.g., GATT, WTO agreements and NAFTA).
Chambers Global recognizes Harry as a leader in the field of international trade law and has recognized him with special distinctions regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export controls. He is also recognized by Chambers USA in the CFIUS Experts category. Clients note that Harry provides "on-point and assertive responses" and is "constantly thinking in business terms."
Louise's practice focuses on energy sector project financings, M&A transactions and joint ventures, with a focus in renewable energy.
Louise was named a 2020 Euromoney Rising Star as part of Euromoney's Americas Rising Star Awards and was short-listed in 2018 and 2019 for Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining by them. She was also recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2020.
She has significant experience in the electric power sector, including wind, solar, storage, natural gas, and other forms of renewable energy. She regularly represents project developers, sponsors, borrowers, lenders, investment banks, private equity funds and other capital providers and investors in the energy industry.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience in energy and infrastructure project finance and restructurings, and acquisition and development transactions.
Tom’s practice has an emphasis on representing sponsors, developers, lenders and investors in a variety of energy and infrastructure financing transactions for both fossil fuel-fired and renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, energy storage, geothermal, landfill gas and biomass projects.
Tom has been recognized by Euromoney as one of the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers and one of the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers, and he is listed as a leading financing lawyer in the International Financial Review. Tom has also been recognized by Chambers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the leading project finance lawyers in the U.S. and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Project Finance Law.
Giji’s practice focuses on the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects.
He has extensive experience representing project sponsors through development (including through the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His representation has included transactions involving LNG facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration facilities, natural gas processing and storage facilities, natural gas and CO2 pipelines, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, thermal and battery energy storage, transportation, aviation and ports.
His prior experiences include a two year secondment to International Finance Corporation’s Office of General Counsel where he worked on multi-currency corporate financings, project financings and equity investments in infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.
Giji is currently ranked as a Projects Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and has been recognized for excellence by numerous leading industry and legal publications, including being named one of 34 "Groundbreaking lawyers" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.
Cory focuses on matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Cory is recognized as a notable practitioner by Chambers USA (2021), where clients describe him as "thoughtful, responsive and careful in his advice" and "a subject matter expert on the regulatory side."
Before joining Orrick, Cory served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at FERC, where he provided expert counsel on a variety of issues arising under the Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. During his tenure in the Office of the General Counsel, Cory led numerous multidisciplinary teams in rulemaking proceedings establishing revisions to the pro forma Open Access Transmission Tariff and evaluating national and regional mandatory reliability standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Cory also was instrumental in the development and drafting of many Commission orders addressing Regional Transmission Organizations, compliance with open access requirements, transmission, interconnection and qualifying facility certification.
Among his accomplishments, Cory coordinated with staff at the U.S. Department of Energy to draft the National Action Plan on Demand Response and the corresponding Implementation Proposal to Congress. He also managed the development of a landmark order addressing the Commission’s jurisdiction over a non-jurisdictional transmission provider.
Carlo is a partner at Orrick and global Deputy Business Unit Leader of the Energy and Infrastructure practice. He is a transactional lawyer with extensive experience in project development, asset acquisitions and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Carlo has strong proficiency and consolidated background in assisting international sponsors, multinational energy companies, large private equity funds, project developers, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks and other capital providers and investors who value his contribution thanks to his vast experience, practical know how and willingness to go the extra mile for his client. Carlo regularly advises on energy sector mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, development, structuring and financing of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, both in Italy and internationally (including UK and Eastern European countries).
He has a significant experience in the electric power sector, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other renewable energy projects and has also represented clients in transactions involving electric power and natural gas transmission.
Chris has extensive experience representing project developers, sponsors and investors in the renewable energy sector in complex tax equity and debt financings and other significant transactions. He has represented many of the major project developers, sponsor and investors in the independent energy sector in both project finance and corporate transactions, and is regularly responsible for structuring complex financings.
His practice focuses on financing renewable energy projects with a particular emphasis on tax equity transaction with and without construction and back-leverage debt. Chris experience includes structuring and documenting tax equity transactions (e.g., disproportionate partnership flip and other structures utilizing PTCs and ITC), a wide variety of debt financings (including construction, back-leverage, holdco, and other types of portfolio financings) and leasing transactions (both single investor and leverage leases).
With more than 25 years in the energy and power sector and over 20 years in the renewables market, Chris represents many of the leading and most active players in the renewable sector and power market generally. Having been across the table from almost all the tax equity and debt participants in the renewables market, Chris’s deep understanding of their motivations and objectives enables him to anticipate their concerns. While Chris typically represents sponsors, developers and strategic investors, he has also represented public power authorities, electric cooperatives and other types of investors.
Wolfram Pohl, a tax partner in the San Francisco office, focuses on the tax aspects of project finance and corporate transactions, with an emphasis on renewable energy and infrastructure projects.
Wolf represents many of the country’s most prominent developers and financing parties in structuring transactions to take advantage of tax credits, Treasury cash grants, depreciation benefits, and other available tax benefits. He has represented developers and tax equity investors in financings of both wind and solar projects, as well as on tax planning for energy storage, carbon capture, and carbon sequestration projects.
Kristin's practice focuses on the acquisition and sale of domestic and international renewable energy projects as well as platform and joint venture transactions with a particular focus on solar and energy storage projects.
Her experience spans projects across the United States and Canada and includes award-winning transactions. She is recognized nationally as Up & Coming by Chambers USA for Projects: Power & Renewables: Transactional (2020, 2021). Clients describe her as “solutions-oriented, experienced, efficient and really easy to work with."
Eric is a leading energy lawyer with a particular focus on development and financing of solar and other renewable energy projects.
Eric helps clients design and build successful renewable energy businesses by advising on how projects and portfolios large and small can maximize their value through well-informed negotiation, efficient diligence and acquisition techniques, and responsive and creative problem solving.
Eric has particularly deep knowledge in helping developers strategically procure the equipment and services necessary to develop, construct, commission, operate and sell renewable energy projects of all sizes, and in helping investors evaluate the development work of potential investments. Development and procurement managers excel at sourcing and pricing a project’s needs, and Eric can build on this by bringing these contracts to completion with deep market knowledge, in a way best suited to the client’s commercial objectives and so that they withstand the scrutiny of project investors, lenders and buyers. Eric balances work for utility-scale projects with the growing distributed energy generation and storage sector, both of which recently include negotiation of contracts to “safe harbor” equipment or construction activities to preserve higher levels of ITC or PTC. He has represented energy project developers, equipment suppliers and installers, publicly-owned utilities, private equity investors and other parties in developing energy projects from very early stages of securing technology and land/resource rights to buying and selling operating assets, and everything in between.
Minako Wakabayashi, partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. She plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market, being involved in the development of onshore/offshore wind and solar projects, lobbying for policy proposals and PPA (including corporate PPA).
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. Recently, she has also been handling numerous corporate PPA projects.Minako practiced at Orrick’s New York office in 2004-2005. She also worked as a public prosecutor in Japan for four years and served as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) for eight years.
Ashley Walter advises technology and life sciences companies on strategy, oversight and compliance with respect to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) measures. He approaches sustainability from a governance perspective, helping clients to develop an appropriate framework in which to advance their ESG programs.
As Partner-in-Charge, ESG, Ashley assists public and private companies and their boards in establishing effective oversight of ESG matters, preparing ESG disclosures, addressing ESG commercial requirements, managing investor engagement with respect to ESG matters, and ensuring compliance with ESG laws and regulations. He also works with investment funds to develop fund-level and portfolio company ESG programs that address the full investment cycle, that are responsive to limited partner expectations, and that are appropriate for the stage, industry and business model of portfolio companies. He leverages a firm grounding in ESG substantive issues, significant experience in the design and implementation of ESG policies and procedures, and sector-specific knowledge to develop practical ESG solutions for clients in the tech sector and beyond.
Ashley is a co-founder and past chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section, has taught the course “Corporate Social Responsibility” as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, and is a co-editor of The Lawyer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook, a resource for legal departments and outside counsel to address ESG performance and risk. He has co-chaired the Practicing Law Institute's annual full-day ESG program for the last two years, has served as a moderator at the Stanford Directors' College, and has spoken on private company ESG for a workshop delivered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Adam heads Orrick's Energy Regulatory Group. He has been active in the energy industry for more than 35 years.
As Deputy Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Adam was instrumental in the development of the federal programs and policies that fostered the independent power industry, and his experience includes representing regulated electric utilities, independent power generators -- including some of the largest wind and solar projects in the United States -- as well as merchant transmission companies, before FERC, state utility commissions and NERC Regional Reliability Organizations.
Adam also advises power project developers and financial institutions in transactions involving the development, financing, sale and purchase of energy projects, and he advises some of the largest U.S. companies in the development and implementation of FERC and NERC compliance programs.
Adam has authored many articles about the power industry in publications including Global Utilities Finance Report, International Power Finance Review, International Financial Law Review, Public Utilities Fortnightly, Electricity Journal and Energy Economist.
Celeste is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
Celeste is specialised in project financing and has considerable experience advising awarding authorities, sponsor companies, contractors and financial institutions on all aspects of projects and project finance work.
She is currently involved, inter alia, in project financing transactions in infrastructures and energy fields, focusing on renewable sources, with respect to corporate aspects, M&A, financing transactions and commercial contracts.
After graduating in Law from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” (1998), Ms. Mellone attended a postgraduate course at the Università degli Studi di Bologna - SPISA (2000) and a postgraduate master at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” (2001) both in administrative and regulatory law area.
Prior to joining Orrick, she practiced at Italian and international law firms in Rome and London; and was seconded as consultant in the legal department of Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Global Market.
As Sustainability & Human Rights Counsel, Co-Founder of Orrick’s Business & Human Rights practice, and a leader of Orrick's ESG initiatives, Betsy advises clients on sustainability and human rights related risks and opportunities. A thought leader in this space, with expertise in international human rights law, ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance), responsible tech and innovation, supply chain responsibility, and corporate social responsibility more broadly, Betsy works with clients to develop an approach that considers peer benchmarking but is tailored to their individual needs. While her practice spans sectors, Betsy has a particular passion for helping clients tackle human rights issues raised by emerging technologies.
Betsy is on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum's Responsible Use of Technology Initiative, and has been published on issues at the intersection of tech and human rights, including "'Human Rights By Design' Approach Can Guide Companies Developing Digital Contact Tracing Tech" in Corporate Counsel, and "Tech and Black Lives--Firms Can Mitigate Discrimination in Tech" in Bloomberg Law. Betsy's client work and writing addresses other emerging human rights trends for businesses, as demonstrated in her articles on "Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Related to Uighur Forced Labor" in Law360 and "Human Rights and Renewable Energy" in Project Finance International. Betsy serves as an expert speaker and moderator on issues ranging from AI and human rights to ESG and private equity.
Betsy first honed her ability to balance high-stakes and complex legal and ethical challenges while advising parties involved in international peace negotiations in Darfur and Syria through the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), founding PILPG’s Istanbul office during the Geneva III peace talks. Today, she supports ceasefire negotiation efforts in Yemen and provides strategic direction by co-leading PILPG’s Peace Negotiation Initiative and serving as Peacebuilding League Advisor to The Shaikh Group. Betsy trains the next generation of negotiators as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, and maintains a strong foreign policy network as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Betsy worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Helen’s practice focuses on project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.
She advises clients on a wide variety of matters, including energy storage and power purchase agreements, debt and tax equity financing, and project acquisitions and sales. She also spent several months on secondment to the project finance group of a major U.S. renewable energy developer.
As a law student, Helen worked as a summer legal intern in the Administrative Law Judge Division of the California Public Utilities Commission, as a senior business analyst with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as a legal trainee at Positive Planet UK.
Before practicing law, she led programs with state and local governments and ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs to advance the adoption of clean technologies, including battery storage, virtual power plants, commercial and industrial lighting and advanced building control systems.
Gohshun Kawamura is a managing associate in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
He focuses on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, advising foreign and domestic energy investors, project developers, and financial institutions.
Prior to joining Orrick Tokyo Office, he was an assistant judge at the Tokyo District Court and the Matsuyama District Court.
Grace is a member of the Energy & Infrastructure group.
Grace counsels energy clients on a wide range of transactions in the energy industry with a particular focus on renewable energy and natural gas matters. Grace’s advises clients on mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and assets and project development matters, including power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, equipment supply and warranty agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.
Gil is a member of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure team.
He advises developers and sponsors operating in the energy sector on a wide variety of matters, including tax equity financings, energy storage acquisitions, power purchase and sale agreements, and EPC and supply agreements. Prior to joining Orrick, Gil worked as an economic consultant for the World Bank in their Kigali, Rwanda, office.