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Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
Brian was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2014.
Grady Bolding, senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Grady practices tax law, primarily in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, REITs and real estate transactions and private investment funds.
He has extensive M&A experience involving numerous types of business. He has particular expertise in the area of the taxation of REITs, having represented both public and private REITs for many years, and in the area of real estate transactions and partnerships. Grady's private investment fund practice includes the representation of real estate funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, as well as institutional investors in such funds.
Prior to joining Orrick, Grady worked for the firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, where he served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as Chair of the Tax Group.
Etienne Boursican, partner in Orrick’s Paris office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Etienne specialises in public M&A and capital markets. In that context, Etienne regularly advises investors or listed companies on tender offers, sale and purchase of equity stakes, private placements and public offerings including initial public offerings (IPOs). He also has significant expertise in private M&A transactions, acting indifferently on the buy-side or the sell-side.
Etienne also has particular experience in corporate governance matters. In this regard he advises issuers as well as minority shareholders in proxy fights, and represents issuers and individuals in stock market-related litigation.
Etienne’s clients include industrial groups active in a variety of sectors ranging from automotive or agribusiness to energy, real estate or retail. Some of his recent notable engagements include advising Peugeot’s historical shareholders FFP and Etablissements Peugeot Frères on the car manufacturer’s EUR 3 billion capital increase and partnership with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group, or advising Alstom’s board of directors in the company’s EUR 12.35 billion sale of its energy division to General Electric. Private M&A transactions include the sale by UK-based investment fund Patron Capital of a 20,000 square meter office building complex in the Paris suburbs hosting the headquarters of Edenred, or the acquisition by Spain-based fashion and fragrance business Puig of the control of Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion house (including the buy-out of Hermès).
Etienne is recommended as a leading lawyer for mergers & acquisitions by Legal 500 EMEA.
Prior to joining Orrick in November 2013, Etienne was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons from 2009. He began his career in 1998 at Jones Day before joining Willkie Farr & Gallagher in 1999 where he became counsel in 2006.
Bradford Breen, senior counsel in the New York Corporate Group, regularly advises clients on technology transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and other strategic partnership arrangements, with an emphasis on the intellectual property aspects of such transactions.
Brad also advises professional services and financial services entities and technology companies regarding U.S. and international trademark and branding matters. He also has considerable experience in business method, electronic, semiconductor and computer patent counseling.
Christoph has broad and longstanding experience and focus on private equity transactions (leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs as well as minority participations and expansion or growth financings) and M&A transactions, often with cross-border aspects. He regularly acts for private equity sponsors, corporate and strategic buyers, owners and management teams.
Christoph graduated from the University of Munich where he also earned his Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) in 2000. Furthermore, he earned a law degree (maîtrise en droit) from Paris University (Paris II, Panthéon-Assas). In 2002/2003 Christoph worked as foreign attorney in London.
Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, Christoph was partner at another international law firm renowned for its international private equity practice.
Christoph is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices together with Oliver Duys.
Laura Cappiello, a special counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate group.
Laura has extensive experience in M&A, corporate and business law, Bank of Italy regulatory framework, and corporate criminal law. Her practice focuses on national and multinational companies operating in various sectors including energy, gas, automotive and public utilities, asset management companies, advising on the formation and authorization procedures of asset management companies and investment firms before the competent Italian authorities.
Before joining the firm, Laura was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.
Charles Cardall, a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Chair of the Tax Department and is a member of the Public Finance Department. Chas primarily focuses his practice on municipal finance tax and nonprofit corporation tax matters.
He also has legal expertise relating to both charter schools and the federal income tax classification of governmental and quasi-governmental entities. He has consulted on thousands of tax-exempt, build America and tax credit bond issues and has developed deep expertise in almost every tax aspect of municipal finance. Private activity bonds for multifamily housing, solid waste, charter schools and independent schools are areas of particular focus in his practice, as are higher education, short-term and long-term working capital and the various forms of pooled financings. Chas also has advised numerous clients experiencing financial distress or bankruptcy in tax matters relating to their municipal bonds. Representative active clients include the State of California, the University of California, the Bay Area Toll Authority, and Charter School Capital.
As a legal and policy advocate, Chas represents both government and non-government clients in federal tax rulemaking matters and in IRS proceedings, including the various types of tax-exempt bond audits, voluntary compliance (VCAP) requests and requests for private letter rulings. He has successfully closed IRS examinations relating to solid waste, water and wastewater, working capital, healthcare, pooled, multifamily housing, and industrial development bond financings. He has obtained multiple private letter rulings and technical advice memoranda and has been integrally involved in numerous regulation and legislative projects. He has found that a close working relationship with IRS and Treasury Department personnel often is critical to obtaining good results for clients.
Riccardo Caselle, an Italian qualified lawyer, is a managing associate in Orrick's Milan office and a member of the firm's Corporate Group.
Riccardo's practice mainly focuses on criminal liability of corporations as well as on government and internal investigations.
Riccardo also has broad experience in commercial agreements, general corporate and corporate governance matters.
He assists some of the most important Italian companies, also listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs and is currently a member of several Vigilance Bodies of Italian companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Riccardo was an associate at Dinoia Federico Pelanda Simbari Uslenghi, where he gained extensive experience in white-collar criminal defense.
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.
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.
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.
Sara focuses primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sara Chehrehsa is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.