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Mimiao Hu, an of counsel in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.
Her work has included trademark and copyright protection strategies, intellectual property litigation, unfair competition, intellectual property due diligence, cybersquatting and related technology issues. Mimiao has also advised clients on export regulation of military and dual-use items and customs regulation in China. In addition, Mimiao works extensively on cybersecurity & data privacy issues for both Chinese and international clients.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mimiao was a senior associate in the Beijing and Shanghai offices of a major PRC law firm.
Kane Huang, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Kane advises U.S. and Japanese companies on cross-border M&A, joint venture, technology licensing, energy and real estate related transactions, as well as compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.
In addition to transactions between U.S. and Japanese companies, Kane works on a variety of multijurisdictional transactions involving entities and assets in Asia and Europe.
Kane worked at Orrick's Silicon Valley office from 2010 to 2012, where he focused on technology sector M&A.
Nicole Huang is an associate in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.
Nicole represents public and private companies in various mergers and acquisitions transactions on both the buy side and sell side, and in strategic investments. Nicole focuses particularly in the technology and software industry, where she is also experienced in advising clients on venture financings and capital markets transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole was an attorney in the corporate group of DLA Piper LLP (U.S.).
Patrick Hubert, a Paris-based partner in the Antitrust & Competition group, brings decades of legal experience and innovation in both private practice and government, with experience ranging from acting as chief of staff to the French Minister of Justice, to being general counsel and chief investigator with the French competition authority, and from acting as a judge with the Conseil d’Etat (French Supreme Administrative Court) to even publishing a paper as a cell biologist (when very young).
This breadth of experience has allowed him to become a leading authority in the field of antitrust, but his background helps him borrow ideas from anywhere – finding imaginative solutions for the legal and business challenges his clients face.
Patrick has long been a trailblazer in his field. For example, years before private compliance programs became commonplace, Patrick persuaded his clients to dedicate resources to compliance policies, thus being one of the first to encourage proactive rather than strictly reactive actions. In France, he was one of the first to launch antitrust recovery claims and to work on a private standalone claim, without any precedent from the regulator. Acting on the plaintiff side, he obtained the highest fine ever imposed on a dominant company, a record that has remained unchallenged so far.
He is currently handling private claims totaling more than 5 billion euro, advising global tech companies and other multinationals in French and EU competition matters, including merger control filings, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, state aid and compliance work, as well as private damages actions before the French courts. In addition, he serves as vice chairman of the competition commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and chairs its merger control working party.
Zachary focuses on environmental law in connection with energy project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.
He has experience working on matters related to regulatory compliance, land use, permitting, federal and state environmental review, cultural resources, and endangered species.
Prior to joining Orrick, Zachary was at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Andrew Hughes, Of Counsel in the Tokyo office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group. His practice focuses on representing international equity investors and developers in the acquisition, financing and development of solar and wind energy projects.
Andrew was previously a member of Orrick’s Real Estate group. He has experience advising on sophisticated real estate and asset finance transactions involving global opportunity funds, banks and other financial institutions.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group, Andrew was an in-house counsel at GREE Inc. and Electronic Arts where he gained experience in various corporate and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, cross-border M&A and general corporate matters.
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
Bill Hughes leads Orrick’s Capital Markets practice. He focuses on securities offerings, counseling public and late-stage private companies and securities law compliance.
Bill counsels public and late-stage private companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade debt offerings and convertible debt offerings. Bill also regularly advises companies on disclosure and reporting obligations under U.S. federal securities laws, corporate governance issues and stock exchange listing obligations.
Greg Hume, an economist based in the Washington, D.C., office, supports our International Trade & Compliance Practice.
Greg assists in a variety of regulatory and investigatory activities relating to the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, economic sanctions and anti-boycott regulations, including the preparation of CFIUS Notices, voluntary disclosures, internal audit documentation and compliance policies and procedures. He also actively participates in corporate transaction due diligence related to Trade Controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as internal investigatory activities.
With over 20 years' experience in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations (and consequent administrative reviews) of unfairly-traded goods, Greg has been centrally involved in the statistical, economic and financial analysis of the confidential pricing, logistical, marketing and accounting information submitted by parties in such cases, as well as supporting the drafting and review of briefs and other pleadings filed by parties in the cases. Among the unfair trade cases in which he has participated are those involving crystalline solar voltaic panels, softwood lumber, warmwater shrimp, wooden bedroom furniture, outboard motors and various flat-rolled steel products.
Greg has frequently presented litigation-related testimony before the International Trade Administration and actively participates in representing firm clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the World Trade Organization.
Greg actively participated in the negotiation of a major international trade agreement involving billions of dollars of trade, and the subsequent monitoring of that agreement. In binding arbitration emerging from that agreement, he developed a damages estimate adopted by the U.S. Government and accepted by the arbitral panel.
Greg also supports a variety of litigation efforts requiring data analysis, and has developed and analyzed damages estimates for various arbitration and litigation matters.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Eli's practice focuses on energy and infrastructure-related projects.
He leverages degrees in finance and natural resources to assist clients with project finance, project development, and mergers and acquisitions for all types of energy and infrastructure projects.
Edward has a particular focus on commodities and the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of domestic and international projects in the energy sector.
His commodities experience ranges from the transactional and regulatory aspects of physical and cash-settled trading to more bespoke, complex and structured arrangements. These include the establishment and roll-out of trading platforms and businesses, long-term sales and supply agreements, corporate PPAs of all forms (including derivative-based synthetic / virtual contracts), trading services agreements, swaps, repurchase transactions, commodity-backed prepay (and other financing) structures and trading portfolio, company and asset acquisitions.
Edward also has a significant amount of experience in relation to thermal and renewable energy assets (the latter including wind, solar, biomass, storage and hydro technologies), as well as large mining, toll road, telecoms and other infrastructure projects.
In this regard, he has advised on numerous high-value and strategic M&A transactions, projects and project financings, and has specialist knowledge in relation to system, supply, offtake, concession, O&M, EPC and other underlying arrangements. His projects-related clients include sponsors, corporates, utilities, trading houses, equity and debt funds, and other debt-providers (primarily banks and credit support organisations).
He has advised in each of these areas, across the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and other key emerging markets, for almost 20 years, spending an extensive portion of this time acting as in-house counsel to utilities, trading houses and an international investment bank.
Edward is highly regarded by both Chambers and Legal 500.
Richard Hunt, an associate in the London office, is a member of the Banking & Finance team.
Richard has experience acting for both creditors and borrowers on a wide range of cross-border finance matters. He regularly acts for companies in the renewable energy and technology sectors and has also been involved in advising on cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency issues.
Annette L. Hurst, Lead Director on Orrick’s Board of Directors and a partner in the San Francisco office, practices in the Intellectual Property Group and leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Practice.
Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. As an experienced IP risk analyst with deep expertise in the software industry, Annette has been a go-to counselor and speaker regarding the legal issues surrounding access and use of datasets in the development of machine learning algorithms. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers Global ranks her in Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument” and "a very well-known authority in copyright law, a great advocate and a great trial lawyer." Chambers reports: “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Since 2018, The Legal 500 has recognized Annette as a "Leading Lawyer" in copyright law, and she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. Annette has been repeatedly named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal.
Annette’s community and professional activities include past service as the President of the Lafayette Elementary School PTA, past membership on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco for which she was chair of the Finance and Investments Committee. She also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, as well as a past president of the Barristers Club.