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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Francesca Drake Managing Associate Energy, Corporate

London

Francesca Drake is an associate in the Corporate group and has advised on a range of cross border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, acquisition financings, fundraisings and equity capital market transactions.

Francesca has acted for international and domestic private investors and listed funds in the renewable energy sector, as well as clients in the technology and financial services sectors.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Power Financing
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Banking & Finance

Kyle Drefke Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Kyle is a member of Orrick’s Board of Directors and the office leader in Washington, D.C. He focuses on advising energy clients in financing, project development, and corporate transactions.

Kyle has represented clients in domestic and international financings, including syndicated credit facilities, private placements, and registered securities offerings. He has extensive experience in the development and structuring of long-term power purchase agreements with respect to thermal (nuclear, coal and natural gas) and renewable generation facilities. He has also represented clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), auctions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other general corporate matters.

Kyle has represented clients in various matters relating to the development, construction, ownership and operation of electric generation facilities in the United States, South America and Europe. His practice also includes the representation of clients seeking and obtaining substantial financing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Heather Egan Sussman

Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Technology
  • Fintech
  • CCPA Readiness

Heather Egan Sussman Partner Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Global Compliance & Regulatory

Boston

Heather Egan Sussman is Global Co-chair of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, and the leader of Orrick’s Boston Office. Her practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity and information management, and she is ranked by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States as a leader in her field. Chambers explains companies turn to Heather because she is “generous with her time and endeavors greatly to educate her clients and understand a given client’s risk profile."

Heather routinely guides clients through the existing patchwork of laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity around the globe.  In the U.S. this includes advising on federal and state laws such as FCRA, ECPA, TCPA, HIPAA, CAN-SPAM, GLBA, California’s Consumer Privacy Act, state breach notification laws, and state data security laws, as well as existing self-regulatory frameworks, including those covering online advertising and payment card processing. Outside of the U.S., she manages teams of talented counsel around the world to deliver seamless advice for clients that operate across many jurisdictional lines, developing comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity programs that address competing regulatory regimes.  She drafts online privacy notices for global rollout and implements data transfer mechanisms for the free flow of data worldwide.

Heather also helps clients develop and achieve their data innovation strategies, so they can leverage the incredible value of data and digital technologies in ways that not only meet compliance obligations, but also support innovation, deliver value to the business, meet security needs and solidify brand and consumer trust.

Heather devotes a significant part of her practice to helping clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents, and she offers a comprehensive menu of services designed to do just this.  In the event of a privacy or security breach, she helps companies respond, successfully guiding them through investigation, remediation, notification and any ensuing government inquiries.  Companies routinely rely on her to manage their response to catastrophes, investigations and government probes involving conduct by employees, contractors and third parties.

Heather guides clients through comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity assessments worldwide, vets privacy and security risks in corporate transactions, conducts internal investigations stemming from data incidents, and she drafts and negotiates contracts concerning data-related vendors and arrangements. She regularly counsels businesses on how to mitigate risks associated with the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of personal data.

Her clients come from diverse business sectors, including technology, financial services, retail, consumer products, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, media, academic institutions, service industries.

Heather frequently writes on current privacy and information security issues before trade and legal organizations and has been quoted in hundreds of major news outlets, including MSNBC.comABCNews.comThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesBloomberg BusinessWeekThe San Francisco ChronicleWashington TimesHouston Chronicle.

Dan Eliades Associate Energy

New York

Dan is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

His practice focuses on acquisitions as well as project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Alessandra Fani Associate Public Finance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Rome

Alessandra Fani is an associate at Orrick's Rome office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

She graduated in 2006 at the University of Perugia (Italy) (www.unipg.it) and she has been qualified in Italy since 2009.

In 2013 she attended a post graduate internship program on the international arbitration and negotiation at the London School of Economic (LSE) (London - UK) (www.lse.ac.uk).

In 2015 she obtained a PhD at the University of Perugia in renewable energy regulatory law.

Before joining Orrick, Alessandra collaborated with Gianni Origoni Grippo and Cappelli law firm (www.gop.it) and she did her training period at the Avvocatura dello Stato (www.avvocaturastato.it)

Alessandra specializes in Administrative Law, handling both transactional and litigation matters, with particular focus on public contracts and environmental law.

She gives advice and assistance to national and foreign operators, public and private. She also deals with the preparation of the tender acts and assists in the stages of qualification, tendering and execution of public contracts.

Her experience includes assistance on public contract law, environmental law, energy law, project financing, public utilities, public services, transportation and infrastructure, constructions and city planning.
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Practice:

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

Irma Foley Partner Infrastructure, Energy

Washington, D.C.

Irma focuses on infrastructure and energy transactions, particularly in the development and operation of large infrastructure projects using public-private partnerships (PPPs).  

Her practice includes the development, operation and acquisition and sale of energy projects. She is particularly experienced in drafting and negotiating project agreements and all aspects of the related documentation, including design-build/engineering, procurement and construction contracts; operations & maintenance contracts; interface agreements; PPP/concession agreements; asset and share purchase agreements and supply agreements. Her clients include sponsors, private and public owners, developers, lenders and contractors.  

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Practice:

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

Simonetta Formentini Associate Energy, Infrastructure

Milan

Simonetta has experience in M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sellers and buyer investors in the acquisition or sale of shareholdings.

She has also experience in corporate governance, general corporate transactions, civil and commercial contracts and has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities assisting major Italian companies.

Simonetta assists clients in drafting and negotiating transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, and shareholders' agreements.

She regularly collaborates with Bocconi University in Milan as a teaching assistant for the“Comparative Business and European Law” course led by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola for the past 5 years. Beginning in 2017, she also started leading “The EGP school of business development program” – a training program promoted by Enel Green Power which is dedicated to its Business Development professionals and offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University.

In 2017 she has worked also on the first wind sector listed bond in Italy – a complex refinancing transaction.

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Power
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate

Bradford Gathright Partner Energy & Infrastructure, M&A and Private Equity

Houston

Brad focuses on project development and finance matters and corporate transactions in the energy industry, primarily in the conventional and renewable power and midstream oil and gas sectors.

He represents investors and developers in a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and other commercial transactions involving the development, construction, financing, acquisition, sale and investment in power generation, exploration, production, storage, transportation, distribution, marketing and other energy-related projects and businesses.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Project Finance
  • Corporate Lending
  • Banking & Finance

Andrea Gentili Of Counsel Energy, M&A and Private Equity

Milan; Rome

Andrea's practice focuses mainly on renewable energy, in Italy and abroad.

Andrea regularly works on M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sponsors, developers and investors in the acquisition or sale of totality, majority or minority shareholdings, and in project construction/management related matters. He has advised on projects in Italy, the UK, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Ghana and Namibia.

Andrea also has significant experience in financing transactions, having assisted various sponsors in a number of project finance, asset finance, refinancing and leasing transactions. He assists clients in drafting and negotiating all transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements, facility agreements, PPAs, EPC and O&M agreements. Andrea also counsels clients on general corporate matters and day-to-day operating matters, including contracts management and a host of related legal matters.

Andrea has also drafted and negotiated several settlement agreements for disputes arisen between owners and contractors in relation to the construction of power plants, and participated in international arbitrations on these matters.

Andrea is lecturer at the training course “The EGP school of business development program” promoted by Enel Green Power, dedicated to its Business Development professionals and delivered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University. Andrea focuses his lessons on international business contracts, joint venture and acquisition agreements. 

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Practice:

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

Nicholas George Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Paris

Nick’s clients include industrial corporations, government entities, financial institutions and infrastructure investment funds. He also advises on cross-border M&A transactions in his specialist sector areas. He has a particular interest in renewable energy projects.

Nick has been involved on major operations such as the construction of the world’s largest dam, Inga 3, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a $500 million 144A/Regulation S bond issuance for Millicom International Cellular S.A., a leading telecommunication operator in emerging markets, and the financing by the Agence Française de Développement for a 5.9 MW photovoltaic plant in Benin.

Before joining Orrick, Nick spent 16 years working at another international law firm. He is admitted to the Paris Bar as a Solicitor of England and Wales.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Project Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Louise Gibbons Partner Energy, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

Louise's practice focuses on the financing, acquisition and sale of energy projects and companies, with a focus in the renewable energy sector. 

Louise was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2019 and by Euromoney's inaugural Rising Stars Expert Guide for Energy and Natural Resources Law. She was also shortlisted for Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining in both 2018 and 2019 by Euromoney's Americas Rising Star Awards.

Louise advises clients on energy sector project financings, tax equity financings, acquisitions and sales and joint venture arrangements in the U.S. and internationally.  She regularly represents project developers and sponsors, borrowers and debt issuers, investment banks, private equity funds and other capital providers and investors in the energy industry. She has significant experience in the electric power sector, including wind, solar, storage, natural gas, and other forms of renewable energy.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Banking & Finance
  • Restructuring

Thomas Glascock Partner M&A and Private Equity, Energy

San Francisco

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.