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Practice:

  • Banking & Finance

Criselda Haro Sandoval Managing Associate Banking & Finance

Los Angeles

Criselda Sandoval, an associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Group. Criselda assists lenders with complex commercial finance transactions.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate

Tatyanna Senel Associate Real Estate

Los Angeles

Tatyanna Senel is a Real Estate Associate in the Los Angeles Office.

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Practice:

  • Structured Finance
  • Funds
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Fintech

Gaelyn Sharp Of Counsel Structured Finance, Funds

Los Angeles; New York

Gaelyn Sharp is counsel with the Structured Finance Group in Orrick's New York office. She has experience in a variety of structured finance transactions and in private equity funds and hedge funds.

Gaelyn has represented a wide range of financial institutions including fund sponsors, issuers, underwriters, placement agents, investment advisers and investors in connection with a wide range of financing transactions including collateralized loan, bond and debt obligations; synthetic collateralized debt obligations; trade receivables; various derivative instruments and structured finance products; and private equity funds and hedge funds.

Larry Sobel Partner Tax

Los Angeles; Houston

Larry Sobel, is a tax partner in the Los Angeles and Houston offices. Larry has more than 35 years of experience in federal tax laws and regulations relating to all types of tax-exempt financings, particularly public power, private activity bonds such as airport facilities, colleges and universities and hospitals and exempt organizations and advance refundings issues.

As both bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, he has been responsible for structuring and analyzing the tax aspects of many tax-exempt financings throughout the country.

Larry has extensive experience in handling IRS audits of bond transactions. He has represented issuers in dozens of audits all of which have ended favorably either with the IRS issuing a “no change” letter or by negotiating a reasonable settlement when needed. Larry also has handled a number of submissions under the IRS’ Voluntary Closing Agreement Program (or VCAP). The two most recent VCAP submissions represented cases of first impression for the IRS; one involving an issue of qualified energy conservation bonds relating to determining the amount of those bonds eligible for the federal subsidy; the other involved the plan to convert a “new money” bond issue into an advance refunding (which did not meet all of the requirements for a tax-exempt advance refunding). Both cases ultimately were resolved on the original terms proposed to the IRS.

Larry has also been instrumental in developing new financing techniques and structures. He first devised the tax structure and analysis for, and has served as tax counsel on, Orrick’s tax exempt tobacco revenue securitizations. He has developed the tax structure on numerous tax-exempt prepayments for natural gas for municipal utilities both within and outside of California.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Brandon D. Soleimani Managing Associate Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

Los Angeles

Brandon leverages his business acumen to advise a diverse clientele of opportunity funds, core operators, lenders, and developers on real estate transactions throughout the United States.  

Real estate transactions require a practical approach that considers the business proposition in addition to the potential legal liabilities. Brandon takes this approach to every deal, whether representing a multi-billion dollar opportunity fund in the formation of a joint venture for the acquisition of an office building, or representing a developer in a ground-up residential development. As noted in his engagements below, his practice covers a variety of real estate transactions and asset types. including financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures for residential, mixed-use, commercial, and industrial properties. 

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Practice:

  • Structured Finance
  • Fintech
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Impact Finance and Investment

Michael H. Sugarman Managing Associate Structured Finance, Fintech

Los Angeles

Michael H. Sugarman, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, is a member of Orrick’s Structured Finance Group, where he represents issuers, sponsors, lenders, servicers, underwriters and other market participants in connection with both public offerings and private placements, as well as with other types of transactions.

Michael’s practice focuses on securitizations, warehouse financings and various other types of debt finance transactions for banks, non-bank lenders, fintech companies and private equity funds. Representative transactions include the following: (i) residential mortgage-backed securitizations (for Non-QM, performing, non-performing and other types of mortgage loans); (ii) PACE financing securitizations; (iii) whole loan purchase and sale transactions; (iv) diligence and structure servicing rights transfers; (v) financings for GNMA early buyout loans; (vi) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitizations; and (vii) re-securitizations.

He has also advised clients regarding issues concerning legacy securitizations and servicing related issues and worked on numerous master repurchase facilities and debt restructurings.

He also dedicates significant time and effort to pro bono representations for a wide variety of groups to, among other things, obtain needed financing or push for the passage of significant legislation. He is also active in various community groups.

Winnie Tsien Of Counsel Tax

Los Angeles

Winnie Tsien is a senior tax associate specializing in tax-exempt bond financing. She has extensive experience in governmental and exempt facility bonds, including general governmental facilities, non-profit cultural, educational and health care facilities, and public utilities. She also has significant experience in rebate, short-term and long-term working capital financings and post-issuance compliance relating to private use issues.

Winnie has addressed the Bond Attorneys' Workshop for the National Association of Bond Lawyers relating to various topics, including arbitrage and rebate, refundings, working capital financings, and 501c3 financings. Winnie earned a J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Davis School of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College.

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Practice:

  • Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Governance
  • Internal Investigations
  • Trials
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance

Michael Tu Partner Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Los Angeles

Michael Tu leads the firm's securities litigation practice in Southern California. His practice focuses on litigation and counseling under the federal and state securities laws, mergers and acquisitions lawsuits, regulatory investigations and proceedings, securities and corporate governance advice, and business litigation and trade secrets disputes.  



Michael is recognized as a leading trial lawyer who has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trials to verdict in federal and state courts, and is among the few lawyers in the country who have defended a securities class action trial to verdict.  That shareholder class action trial was recognized as one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" in California by the Daily Journal.

In addition to his representation of clients in litigation disputes, he regularly counsels public and private companies regarding securities, corporate governance and disclosure issues, and has represented numerous board committees and accounting firms in connection with investigatory and litigation matters. He frequently advises multi-national corporations and executives based in Asia and Europe with respect to business disputes and securities matters. His successful representation of clients in high-profile securities and corporate governance disputes has been widely reported in the media (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, New York Times, Fortune), and he was recently recognized as one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Michael is:

  • Recommended for his “range of expertise, including the defense of securities class actions and M&A litigation,” “for the fact that he ‘takes a macro approach and looks very far down the line’” with a "'good oratory style'” (Chambers USA, 2015), and "The knowledge level that he has, his attention to detail and his communication skills are outstanding." (Chambers USA, 2017)
  • “Praised” “for his litigation skills” defending securities matters “in both federal and state courts”, noted as “particularly strong in securities class actions with a cross-border element” (The Legal 5002015) and "cares about clients and has innovative ways of solving their problems."  (The Legal 500, 2016)
  • Rated by clients and peers as an “Excellent trial attorney with practical sense” who has “a high level of expertise in the securities litigation field,” “practices with the highest ethical standards,” and “has a remarkable ability both to see the big picture and to sweat the details, and brings excellent judgment to bear on both fronts.” (Martindale-Hubbell)

Michael has moderated and spoken at numerous events on securities law and corporate governance developments. In addition, as a past faculty member of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program, he has taught business executives and leaders on a number of subjects, including cross-border litigation, risk management and securities and accounting liability issues.

Michael serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is Co-Chair of the Programs Committee.  He previously served as the Court Alerts Editor, and as Co-Chair of the Federal Courts and Breakfast at the Bar Committees.  He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the monthly Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter publication.  He served as a Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 2006-2009.

Will Turani Director of Administration, Bay Area Offices

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Will joined Orrick in late 2001 as Director of Operations and served as an integral member of the management team that created the Global Operations Center (GOC), a first of a kind U.S. law firm insourcing facility, in 2002. Today, he is responsible for managing and sustaining operations, growth and employee engagement.

Will also has firmwide responsibility for managing several of the firm’s operational relationships, including Williams Lea and AMEX, and serves as Director of the Firm’s Community Responsibility Programs.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will was the City Manager of Wheeling, West Virginia, for four years and the Assistant City Manager for four years prior to promotion to City Manager. He also served as the County Administrator for Hancock County, West Virginia, from 1989 to 1993.

Will is a graduate of West Liberty State College with a BS in Political Science and holds a MPA degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University.

He is married to Tracey (Nichols) and has two children, Nicholas, age 26 and Anna, age 20.

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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 Managing 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, Jasmine 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:

  • Structured Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Funds

Skanthan Vivekananda Partner Structured Finance, Derivatives

Los Angeles

Skanthan’s practice focuses on structured finance, derivatives and investment management.

A significant portion of Skanthan’s structured finance practice involves the representation of banks and asset managers in connection with the formation and structuring of cash and synthetic CLOs and other securitization vehicles as well as other types of credit-focused investment funds.

Skanthan is also a derivatives specialist with expertise advising clients with respect to a wide variety of over-the-counter and centrally cleared derivatives and structured products. His practice focuses on a wide range of issues relating to derivatives, including transaction structuring, bankruptcy close-out analysis and regulatory and compliance obligations arising under the U.S. securities laws, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. Skanthan also advises registered and private investment funds with respect to margin lending facilities, prime brokerage facilities and related regulatory issues.

Skanthan served as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1998-2002.

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Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds

Nicole Walsh Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

Los Angeles

In complex real estate transactions, Nicole remains focused on managing moving parts and different business interests while remaining dedicated to protecting her client in every market cycle.

One of Nicole’s strengths as a lawyer is her balanced approach to dealmaking – advising on restructurings, workouts, foreclosures, mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction contracts, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions. She represents real estate investment funds, banks, developers and corporate clients. Nicole understands the complexity of a real estate deal, and with her strong background in corporate finance, she can examine nuances in contracts and work to ensure that the legal documents accurately reflect the deal at-hand.

She serves as a relationship co-lead for one of our largest real estate clients, Hackman Capital Partners. Nicole also works closely with Colony Capital, Westbrook Partners, Walton Street, Wells Fargo and has deep relationships with CoreVest.