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  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Merger Review
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance

Haley P. Tynes Associate Antitrust & Competition, Merger Review

Washington, D.C.

Haley Tynes focuses her practice on merger clearance, government investigations, litigation and antitrust counseling. She is an associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Antitrust & Competition practice group.  

Haley’s experience includes advocacy before federal and state antitrust enforcers, managing the collection, review and submission of information in response to Civil Investigative Demands and Second Requests, and directing overall case management and strategy throughout all stages of investigatory proceedings and complex litigation matters. She has advised clients in a variety of industries, including waste management, hospitality, financial services and healthcare.

Prior to joining Orrick, Haley was an associate at an international law firm, focusing on merger control, government and regulatory investigations, class and collective wage and hour action litigation, and restrictive covenant disputes arising in the employment and antitrust context and in trade secrets matters.

While in law school, Haley worked at both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also served as an Associate Research Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy, was member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and was an International Business Law Fellow at the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. Prior to attending law school, Haley worked as a geoscientist at an environmental consulting firm.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions
  • Mortgage Related Securities

Jasmine Y. Tzeng Senior Associate Real Estate, Real Estate Finance

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Jasmine advises institutional investors, investment funds, fund sponsors and developers in all phases of real property investment, development, secured financing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate portfolios, hospitality, construction and other corporate real estate activities.

In particular, she is experienced with negotiating and drafting documentation unique to the hotel industry, including management and franchise agreements, construction and development agreements, and mezzanine loan agreements.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Private Litigation
  • Antitrust (Cartels)
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & IP
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Howard Ullman Of Counsel Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust Counseling & Compliance

San Francisco

Howard Ullman focuses his practice on competition and antitrust law, trade regulation, unfair competition, and class action and complex litigation issues.

Howard has extensive experience advising on and litigating Section 1 and Section 2 issues, distribution law and distribution system issues, competitor collaborations, joint ventures, pricing issues, non-price restraints and dealer termination issues.

Howard routinely addresses and counsels on the antitrust/intellectual property interface. He regularly counsels companies on competition issues, including Robinson-Patman Act (price discrimination) issues and market concentration issues. He has worked on a number of Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code Section 17200 (unfair competition) litigations. He has also worked on a number of antitrust-healthcare related matters, including mergers and acquisitions.

Currently, Howard represents Delta Dental of California and other Delta Dental entities in several litigations, including the In re Delta Dental Antitrust Litigation, a multi-district litigation brought by a putative nationwide class of providers challenging the structure of the Delta Dental system throughout the United States.

Howard represents Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the national DRAM antitrust price-fixing cases, one of the largest price-fixing cases in recent years. Other price-fixing experience includes representation of a defendant in the DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation and a large purchaser in connection with the SRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation, and representation of companies in alleged school milk and paint pigment cartels.

Howard has worked on antitrust cases in the life insurance industry and for Microsoft in connection with intellectual property issues. He defended a supplier of industrial equipment (commercial scales) and a major grocery store chain in connection with claims of below-cost pricing in the retail gasoline industry. He also defended a Section 2 case for a pool products manufacturer that resolved favorably.

Clients Howard has previously advised on antitrust matters include PG&E Corporation, Equifax, Dow AgroSciences, Boiron, Fujifilm, Fortress Investment Group and One Technologies, among others. 

Howard also has experience in the defense of Proposition 65 cases alleging consumer exposures to cadmium, lead, mercury and benzo(a)pyrene. He also has briefed and argued numerous appeals in state courts and in the Ninth Circuit. In 2004, he briefed and successfully argued a case of first impression in the Washington Supreme Court concerning the enforceability of arbitration provisions. 

He formerly served as an adjunct instructor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and has spoken on the topics of antitrust and intellectual property at the University of California Hastings College of Law and at the Santa Clara University Law School.

Howard frequently writes on antitrust issues and often is quoted or interviewed in national media. He also has conducted a number of antitrust law webinars and has frequently spoken before the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

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Practice:

  • Corporate

Federico Urbani Associate Corporate

Milan

Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.

Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.

Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.

Federico is currently a PhD Student at Bocconi University in Milan (Business and Social Law - Diritto dell'Impresa) and a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.

Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Robert L. Uriarte Partner Intellectual Property, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Silicon Valley

Robert Uriarte is a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit located in Silicon Valley. Robert's practice focuses on copyright, trade secrets, and digital crimes.

Robert is a member of Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and also regularly works with Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group on intellectual property issues.

In addition to litigation work, Robert also counsels companies ranging from market leaders to start-ups on intellectual property, security, and Internet law issues. 

Robert is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. He co-chairs Orrick's Silicon Valley Diversity Committee and is one of the firm-wide facilitators for Orrick’s Latino Affinity Group. Robert is also committed to pro bono work and received the Legal Aid Association of California's 2015 Family Law Pro Bono Award.

Robert served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in the Eastern District of California prior to commencing private practice.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk
  • Impact Finance and Investment
  • Emerging Markets
  • Russia

Mikhail Usubyan Special Legal Consultant M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Washington, D.C.

Mikhail Usubyan advises private and public companies, funds and investors on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital and strategic investments.

Over his 15-year legal career, Mikhail has handled numerous cross-border M&A and finance projects in a variety of areas. He has substantial experience in technology, infrastructure, and real estate/construction. Mikhail actively advises on private equity and venture capital transactions. 

Mikhail regularly deals with U.S. controls of foreign investments (CFIUS) as well as the U.S. economic sanctions. He also advises on Russian and cross-border privacy issues.

Qualified to practice New York and Russian law, Mikhail is well positioned to handle international transactions. A lot of Mikhail's projects (handled in cooperation with lawyers qualified in the relevant countries) also involve English law, as well as laws of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus, BVI, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other jurisdictions. Over the course of his career Mikhail has been based in London, Moscow, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Before joining the firm, Mikhail was an attorney at Baker McKenzie and Coudert Brothers.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour

Annie Prasad Vadillo Associate Employment Law & Litigation, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Silicon Valley

Driven and always prepared, Annie thrives on new challenges and brings an eye for precision and efficiency to her work. Combined with her passion for overcoming obstacles, Annie loves to conquer high-stakes employment challenges.

As a litigator, Annie helps employers navigate single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits under state and federal laws. She also works with companies on state agency tax audits. Since an adverse ruling can threaten the very core of a company’s business model, companies need attorneys like Annie to guide them through the complex audit and assessment process.

Having amassed significant courtroom experience, she knows how to deliver the best results for her client – whether that means resolving a matter quietly, or winning decisively at trial. For example, Annie was a key member of the team which secured a complete defense verdict for a Fortune 500 retail employer in a religious discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination case. As the only associate on the trial team, Annie assisted with witness preparation, argued four of the pre-trial discovery motions and a motion in limine. Moreover, to help ease the stress of litigation for her clients, Annie maintains the highest service standards.

Annie also serves on the planning committee for Orrick’s Women in Employment Law (WE) Initiative. She spearheads networking events to foster connections between female leaders in the human resources, employment and legal professions. 
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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

José Mario Valdés Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

José Mario Valdés is a Managing Associate in Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.



José Mario represents clients in complex, multidistrict, and class action litigation.  Prior to clerking, he worked as a litigation associate at a global law firm representing companies in complex commercial disputes involving claims of fraudulent transfer and successor liability.  He also represented clients facing regulatory enforcement actions before the SEC for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Pay to Play regulations.  His pro bono experience includes representing low income tenants in NY Housing Court and asylum seekers in removal proceedings.

José Mario received his JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.

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Practice:

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

Riccardo Valle Special Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Renewable Energy

Rome

Riccardo Valle is a lawyer with our corporate team, focusing (in regards to transactional/litigation matters before Civil and Administrative Courts) in providing legal assistance to clients active in highly regulated markets, with specific focus on energy (including generation, infrastructures, incentives, PPA/EFET, and IPEX), environment (including waste, and EIA/IPPC), and pharmaceuticals (including AIFA regulations and wholesale distribution).  

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Amy Van Zant Partner Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Clients count on Amy to move their business forward. Whether litigating a complex patent suit, or advising on a multi-faceted IP strategy, Amy incorporates an in-depth understanding of each client’s business, employees and corporate strategy into her solutions.

For her litigation practice, Amy’s ability to distill the most complicated technology across an array of fields, including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, renewable energy, cloud computing, and big data, into relatable, every day concepts that has made her successful in persuading judges and juries alike. She has led trial teams, litigated, and tried cases in state court in California, numerous District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and has briefed appeals before the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Whether litigating patent, trade secret, or IP contract disputes, Amy strives to put herself in her client’s shoes to ensure personalized results tailored to each client’s business objectives. As SAP’s General Counsel Landon Edmond commented to Acritas, Amy “has acquired a great knowledge of our business, and therefore you know you can trust her in a wide variety of topics and to get the right colleagues within her firm involved across the globe.”

Amy also provides comprehensive IP counseling on issues including trade secrets protection, employee departure investigations, freedom to operate analysis, licensing strategies, data privacy protection, and regulatory compliance. She has also conducted comprehensive patent portfolio reviews and assisted with IP corporate transactions.

In addition to her IP work, Amy devotes significant time to her pro bono work. For more than a decade, she has assisted domestic violence victims, as well as led Orrick’s Bay Area summer program that enables law clerks to be certified to argue in Family Court to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence clients.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Banking & Finance
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • Fintech
  • Corporate Lending
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Barrie VanBrackle Partner Technology Companies Group, Banking & Finance

Washington, D.C.

Barrie VanBrackle, a partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice and co-leads Orrick's Fintech team.

An authority on payments and consumer financial services compliance, Barrie has been recognized in Band 2 of the 2020 Chambers FinTech directory for her leadership in Payments & Lending. Reflecting on her business acumen and experience, clients described her as a "black belt ninja when it comes to payment processing" who provides "very cogent reasoning on complex regulatory matters." Her strategic advice is also praised, with clients using her as a "sounding board for whether deals make sense in the long-term, strategic sense."

Barrie is focused on three areas at the cross-section of the fintech space: consumer-facing financial and banking, regulatory counseling and investigations, payment card industry, including brand operating rules and data security standards; money transmission; and prepaid card access on behalf of leading merchants, payment processors and industry vendors. Barrie advises on transactions involving the payment systems participants, including large merchants and financial technology companies, with respect to payment acceptance, payment issuance, co-brand agreements, payment card industry data security issues, and payment regulatory matters. In addition, Barrie has deep experience advising corporate and private equity clients in M&A contexts and other investments in fintech. Barrie represents payment card issuing and merchant acquiring banks (including acquiring a card program for one of the Top 5 largest financial institutions, negotiating cobrand agreements for a large issuing bank and a sports franchise, and negotiating novel payment acceptance methods for more traditional merchants). She helps fintechs navigate the banking and money transmission rules, including representing new market entrants into the US. 

Barrie is a sought after speaker on the evolving regulatory and compliance issues surrounding payments and related e-commerce matters.

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Practice:

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

Eric Vanderhoef Associate Renewable Energy, Project Finance

New York

Eric assists on a wide range of corporate transactions, primarily focusing on renewable energy project finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Eric has experience drafting and revising a variety of financing, construction and operating agreements. He also assists in deal closings, reviewing corporate materials and drafting diligence memoranda.

Prior to joining Orrick, Eric worked as an extern at the Environmental Defense Section of the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and as a judicial intern for Judge Laurie J. Michelson in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.