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Peter earned his reputation as one of the country’s most prominent trademark lawyers by safeguarding international and domestic brands. For more than 30 years, he has devised practical legal strategies which align with each client’s business objective. In addition to trademark, Peter has litigated trade dress, false advertising, copyright, product disparagement, anti-counterfeiting and trade secret matters on behalf of startups and Fortune 50 companies.
As a veteran first chair litigator, Peter is undaunted by complex facts, precarious circumstances, or cases without legal precedent. No matter the parties or scenario, he uses his experience, creativity and persistence to safely guide clients towards a resolution. He has handled cases before state and federal courts throughout the U.S., inter partes matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as challenges before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.
In addition to his legal experience, Peter’s success derives from his ability to connect with juries. While growing up, he and his family lived throughout Europe and the United States, working jobs ranging from automotive factory worker to caring for the elderly. This breadth of experience enables Peter to relate to people from every background. Peter has handled trademark matters for former Vice President Al Gore, former actress Elizabeth Taylor and charity Kars 4 Kids.
Peter is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association where he serves on the Association's Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the American Council on Germany, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Amelie focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy and IP/IT. She is involved in GDPR readiness and general Data Privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.
Amelie regularly advises on various aspects of IP and IT rights. She joined Orrick in 2017 after finishing her legal training in Berlin and New York.
Daria von Mensenkampff regularly advises on M&A and private equity transactions, as well as corporate governance and regulatory issues, with an emphasis on emerging markets.
In addition, Daria counsels technology clients at all stages of development, advising both companies and funds on complex technology agreements.
Daria practiced in Moscow from 2004 to 2010 and has been living and working in Milan since 2011. She is a fluent Russian, English and Italian speaker.
Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna, a partner in Orrick’s Munich office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He focuses his practice on private and public M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.
Fabian represents German and international financial institutions, corporate entities and financial investors, in particular on acquisitions and divestitures, public takeovers, joint ventures, carve-outs and portfolio transactions. He has specific industry expertise in the banking and financial services sector, in the engineering and automotive business as well as in the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Fabian practiced with another leading international law firm. In 2012/13, Fabian was seconded to Deutsche Bank, where he worked on various cross-border M&A and integration projects.
Amanda has broad commercial litigation experience, and has particular experience in professional negligence disputes and issues relating to professional indemnity insurance.
She is a recommended individual for International Arbitration in Legal 500 and her practice also includes international disputes involving multiple jurisdictions in Europe and Africa. Amanda frequently acts for clients in the professional services, financial services, technology and energy sectors in connection with disputes in the English courts and abroad, arbitration and regulatory investigations.
Her recent arbitration highlights include acting for Jeremy Hosking in connection with his arbitral disputes with Marathon Asset Management LLP. She also was a member the team who successfully defended James Seddon against the £30 million breach of duty and conspiracy claim brought by his former employer Marathon Asset Management.
She is qualified in New Zealand, having relocated to the United Kingdom in 2010.
Hoang practices within the Public Finance Department. Hoang serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel, issuer’s counsel, and bank’s counsel in connection with a broad range of taxable and tax-exempt transactions, including education, health care and transportation matters.
Hoang has significant experience in representing banks and other financial institutions on financings for nonprofit entities, direct purchase and private placements of municipal and governmental debt, and letter of credit and liquidity facilities for variable rate bonds and commercial paper programs.
Olivier Vuillod is a partner in the Technology Companies Group in Orrick’s Paris office.
Olivier advises startups and high growth technology companies throughout their life cycle, from formation to financings, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as venture and growth capital investors. He has significant cross-border and U.S. transaction expertise in venture capital markets. Olivier also counsels on complex cross border M&A transactions in the tech sector. Outside his practice, he lectures on venture capital at the EDHEC Business School and the Paris Bar School. Olivier has worked in Orrick’s Paris, San Francisco and Menlo Park offices.
Olivier’s company-side representations include Aledia, Another Brain, Bellman, Dataiku, Fretlink, Highlife, Majelan, Payfit, SESAMm, Upowa, Xelan, Zenly.
In addition to his company-side representations, Olivier has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Airbus Ventures, Alven, Astanor, Bpifrance, ETF Partners, Felix Capital, Idinvest Partners, NGP Capital, Raise Capital.
Before joining Orrick, Olivier worked in the Corporate department of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Paris.
San Francisco; Portland
San Francisco; Portland
Stephan Wagner, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
Steve's practice focuses on domestic and international clients in connection with acquisitions and dispositions, commercial financing, commercial project development, commercial leasing transactions and energy real estate transactions, including ground leases and build-to-suit leases.
Minako plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.
Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government. Minako practiced at Orrick's New York office in 2004-2005.
Eric Wall, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group.
His practice encompasses a wide variety of federal and state tax issues, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation matters, real estate matters, and taxation of pass-through entities.
Eric began his career at the firm as a summer associate in 2001.
Mary Wallace, Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office, has been a corporate lawyer for over twenty years and is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. Mary has extensive experience in sophisticated corporate and finance transactions, including broad experience in investor-side representation in investments in private equity and mezzanine funds and mezzanine debt and equity co-investment transactions. She has represented public pension fund investors, including the Washington State Investment Board and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, and well as private investors, such as the alternative investment program of a global health services company.
Mary represents financial institutions and other entities in connection with private debt financings (secured and unsecured), co-investment transactions, private equity financings and restructurings involving privately held companies. She regularly negotiates and drafts complex legal documents to implement these transactions.
Stephen is an associate in the corporate team in London and has experience in advising organisations in the areas of M&A, venture capital and renewable energy.
Stephen has advised investment funds in the renewable energy sector as well as investors and companies in the technology sector on a broad range of corporate matters including acquisitions, disposals, corporate reorganisations and investments. Stephen's training contract included a secondment to the legal department of a large US investment bank supporting the equity investment division.