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Practice:

  • Restructuring

Michael Nicolella Restructuring Career Associate Restructuring

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

Michael Nicolella, a Career Associate at Orrick's Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a member of the Restructuring Group.

The Restructuring Group advises banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other entities on legal issues relating to the purchase and sale of syndicated loans, bankruptcy claims, and other alternative investments. Michael's practice focuses on distressed debt trading.

During law school Michael completed an internship with the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Africa

Marco Nicolini Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Rome

Marco Nicolini is Partner of Orrick, Member of the European Management Board of Orrick and Head of the Italian team of M&A and Private Equity.

He provides legal assistance in corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions and is an international advisor to leading U.S. multinationals.

Thanks to his extensive experience in corporate matters, he has been involved in numerous M&A projects concerning acquisitions and divestitures of Italian companies by Italian and foreign investors. In this context, his activities include the establishment of joint ventures, the drafting of shareholder agreements, corporate reorganization, project finance, leasing contracts, banking and financial consulting, securitization and capital market transactions.

He has assisted Italian and foreign companies in listing on regulated markets, in the initial offer of shares to the public, in the placement of securities and bonds, dealing with the legal aspects, including the preparation of prospectuses and the offering circular for private and institutional investors, he has handled relations with the relevant supervisory authorities, in particular with Consob and Borsa Italiana.

He has provided legal assistance to the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in activities related to the recapitalisation and strengthening of the capital of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

As a specialist in the privatisation of public companies, he has been responsible for the disposal procedure and the listing of the shares of Telecom Italia, Mediocredito Centrale and Cofiri through a public offering.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property

Weimin Ning Associate Intellectual Property

New York

As a former programmer and financial data analytics developer, Weimin blends her technical background, computer science degree and language skills to provide insight and develop litigation strategies on a range of intellectual property matters involving cutting edge technology. 

One of the unique aspects of Weimin's background stems from her technical experience across multiple industries, including semiconductor, financial services, consumer products and automotive. During that time, she provided leadership for implementing enterprise level data warehouse platform and offered the ability to collaborate with business stakeholders. Now as an IP litigator, she uses those skills in analyzing various issues surrounding patent and trademark disputes.

Weimin's representative matters include:

  • A Section 337 proceeding before the International Trade Commission (ITC) involving a patent infringement suit against an international medical device company relating to alleged violations contrary to the Tariff Act of 1930.
  • A patent infringement suit involving a national home goods company relating to LED chip technology.
  • A patent infringement suit involving a national technology company relating to imaging software.
  • A trademark infringement and product disparagement suit involving a consumer product company.

Weimin has also been active in pro bono practice, representing clients in immigration and criminal expungement matters.

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Flavio Notari Senior Tax Advisor

Milan; Rome

Flavio Notari, Senior Tax Advisor in the Rome office, is a member of the Technology Company Group.

Flavio is a qualified tax professional who has gained considerable experience working in well-established law firms both in the United States and also in Italy.

Flavio is an Italian certified public accountant and statutory auditor who has a solid experience in the field of domestic and international taxation.

He has a strong expertise in assisting mainly national technological companies and multinational industrial groups with respect to tax issues.

Flavio regularly assists clients in the start-up, scale-up, internationalization processes, as well as for the taxation issues of extraordinary operations.

A tax advisor in business accelerators, as well as in technology start-ups, he follows with great attention the paths of the Italian entrepreneurial innovation, promoting competitiveness and spreading the culture of risk.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation

Nathan Novak Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Financial Services Litigation

Los Angeles

Nathan Novak has tried and handled a diverse portfolio of civil litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitrators throughout the United States. A Certified Fraud Examiner, Nathan combines his financial and accounting proficiency with his litigation experience to focus particularly on cases involving sophisticated finance, accounting or tax issues. Nathan is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Nathan has handled a wide range of matters, including complex commercial and business litigation, professional liability litigation, employment litigation, disputes between partners or shareholders, and class actions. Nathan has also served as an adviser and resource to the firm's corporate clients on issues related to Nathan's financial expertise.

Yvonne Nyborg Analyst

San Francisco

Yvonne T. Nyborg is an Employee Benefits Analyst with 28 years of experience providing sophisticated legal services to large clients with multiple complex tax-qualified retirement plans.  As an Employee Benefits Analyst, she provides high level legal services at reduced rates. 

She specializes in qualified retirement plan design and compliance, including company acquisitions and dispositions, plan mergers and spinouts, large controlled group nondiscrimination testing analysis, plan drafting and preparation of employee communications and enrollment materials.  Yvonne has extensive experience in defined benefit plan compliance issues, and in terminations of large defined benefit plans in accordance with Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation requirements.  She is also an expert in obtaining favorable determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service approving the tax-qualified status of various types of retirement plans, and in responding to Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor plan audits.  In addition, Yvonne is highly proficient in answering day-to-day administration issues and in assisting attorneys with the research of legal issues impacting all types of employee benefit plans.

Yvonne has completed courses I-III, VI, VIII, IX, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program, 1987-1993, and holds a Certificate from the Institute for Employee Benefits Training, 1985.  She received her B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1984.
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Practice:

  • Structured Finance

Eric Nyman Associate Structured Finance

Los Angeles

Eric Nyman, an associate in Orrick's Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm's Structured Finance Group.

Eric earned his J.D. and a certificate in Business Law from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. While in law school, Eric was a legal intern for the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Eric also served as research assistant to USC tax law Professor Edward McCaffery.  

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Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Technology Companies Group

Candice O'Brien Managing Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Technology Companies Group

London

Candice advises international clients on a wide range of data protection and privacy issues, including advising on EU General Data Protection Regulation projects. Her main areas of practice are privacy, data protection and information technology. Candice also advises clients on general commercial and intellectual property matters.

      

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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Direct Lending
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Africa

Dominic O'Brien Partner Banking & Finance, Direct Lending

London

Dominic heads the firm's English law Banking and Finance Practice in London, with a particular focus on project and leveraged acquisition financings. Dominic has advised senior and mezzanine lenders, multilateral institutions, alternative credit providers, sponsors and borrowers on a wide range of domestic UK and cross-border international energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on Africa. Dominic also advises on other real-asset and corporate acquisition financings, and has significant experience of structuring sharia-compliant financing solutions.

Representative Engagements

  • Advising an international financial guarantor providing credit support for various projects in Gabon

  • Advised ENEO (previously SONEL) in respect of the project financing for its electricity concession in Cameroon

  • Advised Jefferies in respect of the project financing made available by senior lenders in connection with the leveraged acquisition of Equinox’s UK solar portfolio by United Photovoltaics Group Limited

  • Advised Bioenergy Infrastructure Holdings as issuer in respect of its senior note purchase facilities arranged by EIG Partners for the purchase and project financing of various UK bioenergy projects

  • Advised Borealis AG and Nova Chemicals Corporation in the negotiation of definitive agreements with Total S.A. to form a projects JV in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast

  • Advised Verod Capital Growth Fund II LP and Verod Capital Growth II A LP in respect of their capital call facilities provided by Investec Bank, and their subsequent investments in Nigeria 

  • Advised Canal+ in relation to its debt and equity investment in iRoko Partners Ltd (Nigeria)

  • Advised Calvert Foundation in respect of credit facilities made available to the Medical Credit Fund for healthcare projects in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Advised Azito Energie, Globeleq and IPS in respect of "Phase 3" of the Azito project in Cote d'Ivoire 

  • Advised Marathon Petroleum Corp in respect of its acquisition of BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery

  • Advised Wafra Partners as lender in respect of sharia-compliant structures for funding various energy and related maritime assets

  • Advised RoundShield as lender in respect of its direct lending for and equity investment in multiple real-asset transactions across Europe

  • Advised EDF in respect of its joint investment with ENI in the Subbotina-Pry Kerch hydrocarbon exploration and development projects in relation to the Black Sea's Shallow Shelf in the Ukraine

  • Advised CIMB in respect of acquisition facilities made available to Petronas Energy Trading Limited to finance its acquisition of a minority shareholding in Baglan power station in Wales

  • Advised on a number of landmark real estate projects in London that have been financed (directly or indirectly) on a sharia-compliant basis

Dominic has participated in recent panel discussions at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk conferences in Cape Town (March 2017) and Lagos (November 2017) in relation to direct lending opportunities and renewables financing in sub-Saharan Africa

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Practice:

  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property

Robert M. O'Connell Jr., Jr. Of Counsel Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising, Intellectual Property

Boston

Bob O’Connell devotes his practice to providing comprehensive trademark and copyright strategic advice, prosecution and enforcement for clients across many industries. He helps clients prevent and solve problems involving all aspects of domestic and international trademark law, as well as advertising and competition law and related disciplines.

His expertise includes registration and protection of copyrights; clearance and selection of pharmaceutical names; and negotiating and drafting a variety of licensing and technology transfer agreements and other IP-intensive transactions.

Businesses ranging from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations turn to Mr. O’Connell for help developing and implementing cost-effective domestic and global branding and trademark protection plans. They hail from the financial services, food & beverage, alcohol, retail and pharmaceutical industries, among others.

Bob's significant transactional experience includes a trademark and merchandise license agreement for a large resort casino in Las Vegas and naming rights and sponsorship agreement for a major league sports stadium and a prominent performing arts center. 

He also has extensive commercial litigation and dispute resolution experience in both intellectual property and other matters in state and federal courts, in inter partes and appellate matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board, and in UDRP arbitration proceedings. Noteworthy reported cases include Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC, 96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (TTAB September 17, 2010) affirmed, 668 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2012).

In the 2018 edition of World Trademark Review 1000, a listing of the world’s top trademark practitioners based on peer and client surveys, Bob received top-tier rankings for trademark prosecution and strategy. WTR 1000 states that Mr. O’Connell “wins effusive praise for his “thoughtful and practical approach.” “Simply stated, he is among the most cost-effective, business-oriented lawyers in any specialty.” “He is of incredible value – he matches anybody on expertise and exceeds most, if not all, on responsiveness and efficiency.” In prior years, WTR 1000 reviewers have said: “He never fails to address domestic and global branding issues quickly and comprehensively, causing one client to profess: ‘He is the only lawyer that I would use for trademark work in the Boston area.’” Bob has been characterized as a “distinguished” and “highly respected practitioner” with “a great reputation” in multinational mandates, who is “a trusted adviser in helping to build value in…brands” and “commands respect” particularly in the strategy and commercial field.” He has been listed in WTR 1000 each year since its inaugural edition in 2011.

Noteworthy past and present client engagements include:

  • A “super-regional” bank with a portfolio of hundreds of federal and state trademarks and an active TTAB and UDRP enforcement program;
  • A global spirits company with hundreds of brands and an extensive enforcement docket;
  • A national women’s apparel retail chain with stores across the U.S. and Canada; and
  • A branded pharmaceutical company with pioneering products for both human and veterinary medicine.