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  • M&A and Private Equity

John Seegal Partner M&A and Private Equity

San Francisco

John Seegal, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. He concentrates his practice on corporate counseling with a focus on buying and selling companies and helping companies to raise capital through public and private offerings of securities.

He has developed particular knowledge and experience in acting as special counsel for sellers and buyers of middle-market companies. This area of practice includes advising buyers and sellers with respect to acquisition strategy, leading or participating in negotiations, structuring friendly mergers and tender offers, and assisting in the smooth implementation of the acquisition transaction, the integration of the acquired business, and the protection of the interests of the shareholders, directors and management of the acquired business.


  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity

Kristin Seeger Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

Kristin's practice focuses on the acquisition and sale of domestic and international renewable energy projects as well as project financing (including tax equity financing arrangements) in the renewable energy sector.

Kristin's experience spans projects across the United States and Canada and includes award-winning transactions.



  • Structured Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities

Peter Seel Managing Associate Structured Finance, Asset Backed Securities

New York

Peter Seel is a member of the Structured Finance Group in Orrick's New York office.

His experience includes the representation of investment banks, asset managers and issuers in connection with collateralized loan obligations as well as other financial institutions in a variety of other structured financial products.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Mark Seneca Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Silicon Valley

Mark Seneca, a Corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group as well as its Technology Companies Group. Mark has dedicated his legal career to the M&A specialty, with experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies in domestic and cross-border deals.

Mark has a particular focus on the technology sector, having led hundreds of buy-side and sell-side transactions involving prominent high-tech serial acquirers, unicorns and venture back companies. His sell-side work involves multiple acquisitions by Google, Facebook,, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Adobe, Yahoo! and Twitter. These deals include his high profile work for Cruise Automation in its acquisition by General Motors, Nest Labs in its US$3.2 billion acquisition by Google, and Instagram in its US$1.0 billion acquisition by Facebook, which was ranked one of the top 10 largest valued private tech M&A deals in the U.S. in 2012. In an interview with Bloomberg Law for a “Rainmakers” episode, Mark provided a substantive analysis of the Instagram deal, including its industry precedent and influence (click here).

On the buy-side, Mark has served as lead M&A counsel for top public company acquirers (Yelp, Google, Yahoo! and Intellisync) as well as private company serial acquirers (Stripe, Pinterest and Social Finance).



  • Real Estate

Tatyanna Senel Associate Real Estate

Los Angeles

Tatyanna is a Real Estate Associate in the Los Angeles Office.

She advises investment funds, institutional investors, hotel groups, and developers on various commercial real estate transactions including joint ventures, leasing, mortgage and mezzanine financing, distressed debt, acquisitions and sales and other corporate matters.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Real Estate Finance

Laure Seror Associate Banking & Finance, Structured Finance


Laure Seror is a banking and finance lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Laure advises French and international banks and financial institutions as well as sponsors and borrowers on French and cross-border structured finance, infrastructure and real estate finance transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Laure was an associate for five years in the Banking & Finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.



  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Banking & Finance

Sabrina Setini Associate Debt Capital Markets, Banking & Finance

Rome; Milan

Sabrina Setini, an associate and Italian qualified lawyer in the Rome office, is a member of the Finance Group. Sabrina's practice focuses on corporate finance, structured finance and Debt Capital Markets.

Sabrina specializes in advising prominent Italian and international banks and large corpororations.

Prior to joining Orrick, Sabrina worked in the legal department at the Renewable Energies Division at the Italian Ministry of Environment, where she gained specific energy law experience.

Sabrina gained a Ph.D. in European Private Law and Compared Judicial Systems at the University "Roma TRE" of Rome; and she is fluent in English.



  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Infrastructure

Jessica E Sewell Associate Energy, Renewable Energy


Jessica counsels energy clients on a wide range of transactions in the energy industry.

She focuses her practice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, project development, financing and general corporate matters for clients in the energy industry. 

Jessica earned her JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and dual BA degrees in International Studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi. While in law school, Jessica served as Managing Editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.

Jessica speaks English and Mandarin.



  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property

Nathan Shaffer Senior Associate Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising, Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Nathan Shaffer represents technology clients in high-stakes litigation.

Nathan Shaffer is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property group with a focus on Trademark and Copyright litigation. Nathan's practice focuses on representation of technology firms in federal court, and his experience includes preliminary injunctions, dispositive motion practice, and damages determinations.  Nathan has also represented clients in the Federal Circuit on emergency appeal and as amicus curiae.

Nathan was a member of the trial team in Oracle v. Google, a copyright suit known as the "World Series of Copyright Suits."  Google copied code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used it in the Android smartphone operating system.  During the case, Nathan argued a dispositive motion on Google's copyright fair use defense. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Nathan served as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California. 

Nathan currently represents pro bono a civil rights plaintiff in federal court.  His past pro bono experience includes obtaining a favorable resolution in the representation of a Bay Area green jobs nonprofit in a state court lawsuit, constitutional litigation in state court, and obtaining a significant monetary settlement on behalf of tenants in an eviction case. 



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Emerging Markets
  • Africa
  • Capital Markets
  • Energy

Jinal Shah Partner M&A and Private Equity, Emerging Markets


Jinal advises private and public companies, funds and investors on high-value cross border M&A, private equity, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Jinal advises clients on a wide range of commercial agreements and often helps multinational businesses navigate the complex regulatory environments of the different jurisdictions they operate in. He also represents issuers and financial institutions on capital markets transactions (debt and equity) and provides general advice on company and commercial issues to corporate clients.

His clients span a variety of sectors, including: power, mining and natural resources, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and financial services. Jinal regularly advises on cross-border matters, particularly in emerging markets and is the principal contact for Orrick's India Practice Group.

Jinal is ranked as a leading individual in M&A by the legal directories, with Chambers UK noting his "responsive, commercial and thorough" approach to M&A, joint ventures and private equity work and Legal 500 noting that he is "very good under pressure and in putting people at ease".



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Matthew Shahabian Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

With experience litigating trials and appeals, Matt Shahabian specializes in providing strategic advice to clients facing novel legal issues in must-win cases.

Matt is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.  His work covers a range of subject areas and industries, including securities law, white collar defense, constitutional law, and complex commercial litigation.

Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on immigration and criminal justice matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Corporate

Evgeniya Shakina Managing Associate International Trade & Compliance, Corporate

Washington, D.C.

Evgeniya Shakina, an associate in the Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the International Trade and Compliance Group.

As part of her practice, Evgeniya advises clients on economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC), export control regulations (EAR/ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and federal procurement regulations.

She also has experience assisting clients in unfair trade practice disputes, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, and trade compliance due diligence in corporate transactions.