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Aoife specialises in a range of corporate transactions, including venture capital, M&A and tax, for a range of clients including technology companies and investment firms.
Aoife has a keen interest and knowledge in the technology sphere having represented Cloudpipes Ltd. on its recent acquisition by Quickbase UK Ltd. and Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of SmartCredit Ltd.
Vincent is an infrastructure partner, with more than 25 years of experience working on projects in the United States and Latin America.
He regularly advises developers, financing parties, (banks, note purchasers and underwriters), governmental authorities in Public Private Partnerships (PPP/P3), and developers and lenders in all types of other project financings. Vincent's practice covers all aspect of infrastructure and energy including roads, airports, water facilities, social infrastructure and wind farms.
Jean-Paule Castagno is partner in Orrick's Milan office and Head of The Italian White Collar Criminal Defense team.
Jean-Paule has more than 15 years of proven experience in criminal litigation, in the management of all phases of crisis management, such as internal investigations -including those of a cross-border nature – the court defence, in the context of criminal proceedings and the sanction proceedings before the Supervisory Authorities, in the interests of both natural persons and legal persons according to the D. Legislative Decree no. 231/2001), Jean-Paule advises clients in high-profile criminal proceedings with specific reference to anti-money laundering, financial crimes, false accounting, bankruptcy offenses, tax crimes, corruption and bribery in both the public and private sector, environmental crimes, occupational health and safety offenses, intellectual property crimes, data protection and privacy crimes/cybercrime, and vicarious liability of corporate entities.
She has been involved in the preparation and update of a large number of systems and controls pursuant to Law No. 231/2001 and she is a member and chairwoman of the surveillance committees of many Italian and foreign companies.
Jean-Paule received her JD from Università Statale di Milano in 2002, her PhD in Criminal Procedural Law from Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca in 2010 and completed the Broadening Business Perspectives Program at Insead in 2018. She began her career with Avv. Alleva in 2002 and joined Avv. Ripamonti in 2007, both Italian Criminal Law boutiques. From 2012 to 2019 Jean-Paule worked at Clifford Chance. She is ranked #2 in White-Collar Crime and #3 in Compliance by Chambers Europe - 2019 and as “Next Generation Lawyer” in Compliance by Legal500 - 2019. Jean-Paule is a member of Unione Camera Penali – Osservatorio Europa and the European Criminal Bar Association.
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Christina Catzoela is a senior associate in the Technology Companies Group. She focuses her practice on advising emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.
In the four years prior to joining Orrick, Christina acted as Senior Corporate Counsel to Zillow Group, Inc. While at Zillow Group, Inc., Christina focused her practice on technology transactions, public reporting and compliance.
She started her practice as a corporate associate in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuvue, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.
Los Angeles; San Francisco
Steve focuses his practice on representing clients under civil and criminal enforcement proceedings by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC, concerning alleged violations of state and federal laws, including securities laws and FCPA violations, as well as federal antitrust matters. He is also available to assist the firm’s corporate clients in conducting internal investigations.
Steve Cazares is a former federal prosecutor and a former enforcement attorney at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who leverages his governmental experience with both civil and criminal matters for his clients. During his time as Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Steve led many of the largest and highest profile white collar investigations and prosecutions in Southern California. Many of these matters involved parallel criminal, civil, and/or SEC regulatory investigations and litigation, making Steve uniquely qualified to assist clients in managing the complexities of parallel civil and criminal proceedings.
Alex Chachkes, a partner in the New York office, is a member of both the Intellectual Property Group and the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group. Alex focuses on the litigation of complex intellectual property actions, primarily patent actions.
Alex's cases have involved technologies such as telecommunications, microprocessors, wireless devices, computer peripherals, video games, pharmaceuticals, recombinant DNA technology, chemicals and protein science. Alex has tried numerous cases before the United States district courts and the International Trade Commission. Alex also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Alex is frequently quoted in the media on intellectual property law issues, including in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Alex is on the Board of the Legal Aid Society. He also is active in pro bono matters, including through Legal Aid (from whom he received a Pro Bono Publico Award in 2017), the New York County District Attorney's Office and Lawyers for Children. Alex has also represented pro bono St. Bartholomew's Church of New York and individual artists and artisans
Prior to law school, Alex was a researcher with United Technologies International Operations in Tokyo, Japan, and a laboratory researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Yokohama, Japan.
A former D.C. Circuit and Seventh Circuit clerk, Ben is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Ben has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, administrative law, intellectual property, and the Fourth Amendment.
Before joining Orrick, Ben served as a law clerk for Judge Judith Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge David Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ben graduated from Stanford Law School, where he worked on certiorari and merits stage briefing in two Fourth Amendment cases as a member of the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.
Noël Chahid-Nouraï is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office and a member of the Public law team headed by Jean-Luc Champy. He represents governments, public entities, companies and financial institutions on complex energy and infrastructure projects, concessions and PPP, regulatory matters and disputes, in France and abroad, including African countries.
According to Chambers & Partners, Noël is consistently recognized by his clients as a top practitioner in France, notably for his contractual and regulatory work. His vast experience on PPP, concessions and public procurement matters includes advising the French government on both the renewal of hydroelectric concessions and the ASFA association and several motorway companies on their relations with the French State.
Noël has also advised key players in the telecommunications, audiovisual, energy, data protection (GDPR) and financial sectors on regulatory matters, as well as public structures and semi-public companies on corporate work (creation, development and modification, etc.). He also has a focus on public law litigation, from a contractual and regulatory perspective. Noël has a strong expertise in terms of public persons and public law arbitrations (arbitration proceedings and appeal of arbitration awards).
With a long-standing experience on international projects, Noël has represented clients in many cross-border transactions. As such, he was involved in 2014 in the acquisition of Alstom’s Power and Grid businesses by General Electric, where he advised on the regulatory and investments control aspects.
Noël started his career in public administrations where he was, among various other experiences, Advocate General and President of one of the dispute chambers of Conseil d’État, Legal counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Office of the Ministry for Foreign Trade, Deputy Director General of the French national film administration (CNC). After three years as a tax lawyer at an independent French law firm, he headed the Public Law department in the Paris office of another major international law firm from 2001 to 2011. Until 2020, he was heading Orrick's Public Law team jointly with Jean-Luc Champy.
Jean-Luc’s practice focuses on public law, infrastructure concessions and PPP and he has considerable experience in public domain issues, public works and energy and environment matters.
Jean-Luc advises public entities, sponsors and subcontractors as well as lenders in every aspect of their concessions and PPP projects, whether in the contracts awarding and execution or in litigation issues. Distinguished by Chambers & Partners as a key practitioner in Public law, he has recently been involved in the highly-publicized restructuring and refurbishment of the Arche de la Défense, where he advised the winning bidder Eiffage, and in the financing of the extension of the Port of Calais. Clients praise him for being “able to listen to the client and adjust to find the right solution”.
In addition, Jean-Luc works on construction, transportation infrastructure (tunnels, motorways, railways) and grids (electronic communications, public lighting) matters. He regularly intervenes on major projects such as the highways L2 in Marseille (for the State), A150 and A355 (for the sponsors), the LGV Bretagne-Pays-Loire (for a lender), the Saint Nazaire hospital (for the sponsors and the project company), universities Centrale Supelec (for lenders) and Toulouse le Mirail (for some sponsors), a video surveillance network (for a bidder), the Balard project (for two subcontractors), the airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes (for the project company) and the new Courthouse of Paris (for a bidder).
Jean-Luc has also a strong experience in the energy sector and notably advises the French Government on the renewal of its hydroelectric concessions. He has also advised several grid operators such as ERDF.
Jean-Luc Champy started his career at the City of Paris. Thereafter, he joined Cofiroute (Vinci group) as in-house counsel for public law matters and the Public Law department of another international law firm as a senior associate.
Amy Chan, an associate in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. Amy represents a variety of market participants, including sponsors, issuers and underwriters, in public and private offerings of commercial mortgage-backed securities.
Stephanie Chan is a lawyer in the Public Finance Department in Orrick’s San Francisco office.
Steffi has participated as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a variety of transactions including general obligation bond financings, revenue bond financings and lease financings for school districts, community college districts, local government and state agency clients.
Anson Chan, a managing associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Anson focuses her practice on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation and structuring of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and hybrid funds, as well as in their investments, acquisitions, divestments and restructurings across the Greater China region. She regularly handles matters covering funds establishment and license applications.
She is also experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions involving Hong Kong listed companies, initial public offerings, as well as other compliance and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Anson worked at Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.