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Joe Choi brings together corporate finance and workout experience with a special focus on cross-border transactions.
Joe represents banks, finance companies, credit funds and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of corporate finance transactions, from senior, mezzanine and junior secured facilities, syndicated lending, leveraged financings, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, refinancings, debtor-in-possession financings, to venture capital transactions and cross-border transactions. He also actively represents companies in debt and equity financings.
As an extension of his extensive finance experience, Joe advises debtors and creditors in distressed debt transactions (including distressed debt trading and distressed acquisitions), intercreditor matters, UCC Article 9 sales, workouts and out-of-court restructurings.
Erica Chong, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She is a commercial litigator with 10-year experience in complex commercial disputes, international arbitration, corporate investigation and employment matters.
Her expertise includes advising international and regional clients on high-value commercial disputes arising from breach of contract, employment, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and business torts, cross-border fraud and asset tracing claims, and insolvency, professional negligence, product liability, corporate compliance and antitrust issues. She also has significant experience in enforcement actions, arbitrations under the HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules, as well as FCPA and SFC investigations.
Erica serves as Secretary to the Committee on Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Hong Kong and is ICC Young Arbitrators Forum’s Regional Representative for North Asia.
Jonathan is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He works with (i) tech companies throughout all stages of their life cycle, from pre-incorporation through angel, seed and growth financings to exit and (ii) angel, venture and strategic investors in the technology sector.
Jonathan has always been active in the tech and venture space. After college, he joined TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed startup biotech company based in the Philadelphia area. As one of the first employees with TetraLogic, Jonathan was a cancer researcher focused on the discovery and development of small molecule targeted chemotherapeutics.
Nowadays, Jonathan no longer sports a lab coat or plays with pipettes. Instead of solving biomolecular puzzles, he now helps startups and other clients solve their puzzles. Jonathan is industry-agnostic when it comes to representing companies and investors; he has represented clients involved in a variety of sectors, including financial services, digital media, AI, robotics, biotechnology, social media, ed-tech, SaaS, fashion, cleantech, enterprise software, legal tech, e-commerce, ad-tech and more.
Even after representing hundreds of startup clients, Jonathan hasn't forgotten his days at TetraLogic, and this helps him relate to (and connect with) founders on a personal level. Because of their shared experiences, Jonathan sees himself not only as an outside general counsel to founders and companies across the spectrum, but also as their advisor and friend who can occasionally add a dose of business practicality to solving their legal issues.
Michael Chow, an associate in the Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with experience in patent litigation, including damages and other remedies arising from patent litigation.
Michael has worked on cases for companies including eBay, Inc., eBay Enterprise, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, and NVIDIA Corporation covering technologies such as eCommerce, optical networking and telecommunication, graphics processing, and signal equalization.
Prior to law school, Michael was a mechanical engineer with M-E Engineers, Inc., in Culver City, Calif., where he designed the HVAC systems, including sizing equipment and devising airflows, for hospitals, sporting venues, and office buildings. His projects included Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif., and Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
With a passion for problem solving, Hridi advises clients from a variety of sectors on complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Her practice covers advising borrowers, lenders and sponsors on a breadth of financings ranging from leveraged, asset and Islamic financings to real estate finance and restructuring.Hridi graduated from the University of Toronto with a first class degree in International Development and, prior to law school, worked in the non-profit sector in both Canada and Ghana.
Glynna Christian, Co-Head of Orrick’s Global Technology Transactions practice, helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with emerging and transformative technology and data.
Glynna has more than 20 years' experience advising clients in corporate and commercial deals across virtually all operational and strategic areas of their businesses, including:
Glynna co-leads the firm’s Automotive Technology & Mobility group and also participates in the firm’s AI and blockchain working groups. An active and sought-out thought leader, she regularly speaks with clients and professional organizations on technology and data matters.
Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.
Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.
Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border expertise. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity.
Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level expertise, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance – Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).
Ms. Alessia Ciranna, a senior associate in Orrick's Rome office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
She focuses her practice on Employment law assisting public, private and state-owned companies. She was on the team of Orrick's litigators who obtained an unprecedented judgment from the Italian Constitutional Court that neutralizes the effects of the rule contained in the "Decreto Salva Italia" (the "Save Italy" Decree), which had blocked certain pension revaluation for 2012 and 2013 for values exceeding Euro 1,300 per month.
She has gained significant experience in a wide range of labour law matters, from issues arising from acquisition of companies, restructuring and privatisation of entities with conversion of labour relations from the public to the ordinary regime, the opening and closing of businesses with strong involvement of manpower, outsourcing services, industrial relations with the unions at all levels, a range of ordinary advice in personnel management (recruitment with open-ended contract and certain, disciplinary proceedings, regulations and business agreements, transfers/staff secondments, exodus encouraged, consensual resolution agreements, etc.), concluding with the judicial activity in favour of public bodies (economic or otherwise) and private companies in each sector, including transnational character.
She is also skilled in individual and collective employee layoff and dismissals and mobility procedures connected to CIGS and CIGO.
Allison Citron is a Senior Associate in Orrick’s Restructuring group.
Allison Citron is a Senior Associate in Orrick’s Restructuring group. She advises international and domestic investment bank and hedge fund clients, broker-dealers, large financial institution creditors and secured lenders with respect to the buying and selling of domestic and international trade claims, bank debt, syndicated loans, post-restructuring equity, securities, notes and many other distressed assets. She serves both buy-side and sell-side clients as counsel in complex distressed investing transactions including in the arena of litigation financing. Additionally, she specializes in the primary and secondary documentation and negotiation arena under the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and the Loan Market Association (LMA) as well as multiple global jurisdictions. She also works under the International Swap Dealers Association (ISDA) regime and is an active participant in the loan trading market.
Allison has extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing transfer and commercial loan documentation relating to both par and distressed debt obligations, as well in cross border transactions, debtor-in-possession financings, restructurings and acquisition financings. Allison has advised multiple clients in connection with transactions relating to both distressed and par borrowers in a variety of industries including TXU, Lyondell, Lehman Brothers, MF Global, Peabody and Caesars Entertainment, among many others. She also frequently advises on claims transactions in connection with Madoff, both on a direct level as well as the multiple feeder funds.Allison is an active participant in The Loan Syndications and Trading Association and frequently weighs in on several existing and current issues. She has presented on several panels in connection with the new distressed debt regimes and global transferability issues as well as recently moderated a panel on the litigation finance market. She is also an inaugural member of the LSTA’s new Women’s Association.
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Damon Clark is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.
Mr. Clark works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Damon assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Damon has dedicated significant time to pro bono matters, including assisting trial counsel representing abused and neglected children.
Harry Clark is Chair of Orrick’s International Trade & Compliance Group. He advises major companies and industry associations on a variety of international trade and investment rules.
Harry is experienced in areas such as CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, military and “dual use” export control regulations (ITAR/EAR), economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering rules, anti-boycott requirements and defense industrial security requirements. He executes internal corporate investigations regarding trade and investment rules and advises on such rules in the context of corporate transactions.
Additionally, Harry has extensive experience with government contracting matters. His government contracting work has included, for example, design and implementation of U.S. Defense Department renewable energy projects. He also represents broad industry coalitions on major trade litigations and international negotiations. His experience in these areas includes a leading role in what is often considered the largest-ever international trade dispute: the controversy regarding unfair softwood lumber imports from Canada. It has involved myriad administrative proceedings before federal agencies, NAFTA panel appeals, WTO dispute proceedings, judicial proceedings and international settlement agreements.
Harry has represented a coalition of major U.S. oil companies in antidumping and countervailing duty litigation. As a related matter, he pursues policy issues with congressional and executive branch officials and advises on international trade rules (e.g., GATT, WTO agreements and NAFTA).
Chambers Global recognizes Harry as a leader in the field of international trade law and has recognized him with special distinctions regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export controls. He is also recognized by Chambers USA in the CFIUS Experts category. Clients note that Harry provides "on-point and assertive responses" and is "constantly thinking in business terms."