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Richard Chirls Partner Tax

New York

Richard Chirls, a New York tax partner, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions.  He has served as the head of Orrick’s nationally recognized Public Finance Tax Group.

With over 30 years of experience, Richard is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities, having broad experience with tax exempt financings and related transactions involving governmental and not-for-profit entities.  His expertise and stature in the public finance community was recognized by the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ highest award for his career of distinguished service in public finance. 

Richard focuses on new products, including the development of new and creative financing techniques for governments, non-profits and investment bankers. He regularly works on transactions throughout the country.  However, in his home office in New York City, he leads the relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, serving as counsel on well over 100 transactions over a period of more than 20 years and has headed the tax work in connection with every financing of a cultural facility relating to museums and performing arts in New York City over this same period.  Richard has worked on the tax aspects of several of the largest and most complex public private partnership (P3) transactions in recent years.  He frequently acts as special tax counsel to issuers and underwriters of municipal finance issues.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate
  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments
  • Restructuring

Joseph Choi Of Counsel Banking & Finance, Corporate

New York

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.



  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • Corporate
  • Fintech
  • Technology Companies Group

Glynna Christian Partner Automotive Technology & Mobility, Corporate

New York

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:

  • launching new technology and digital products, including blockchain, autonomous and connected vehicles, wearable devices, data products, payment solutions, mobile app services, Internet security services and Internet registry services;
  • transforming traditional business models and internal service delivery models to digital models relying on cloud, blockchain, data (including Artificial Intelligence) and mobility; and 
  • M&A, financings, public offerings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.

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.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


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,, 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).



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate

Alessia Ciranna Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate


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.



  • International Trade & Compliance
  • M&A and Private Equity

Harry Clark Partner International Trade & Compliance, M&A and Private Equity

Washington, D.C.

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."



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group

Spencer Cohen Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

Spencer Cohen is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.

Spencer advises a wide variety of companies in a variety of transactions and across industries, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructurings. Spencer also represents individuals, companies and investors in venture capital financings, and advises boards of directors and shareholders in all aspects of New York and Delaware corporate, partnership and limited liability company law, including corporate governance and fiduciary duty matters. Spencer was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2012.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Peter Cohn Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Silicon Valley

Peter Cohn, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.

He represents emerging growth technology companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in a broad range of matters, including initial public offerings, venture capital and other private securities financings, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation matters, as well as technology licensing and general corporate matters.

Representative company clients include ActivityHero, Inc., Anvato, Inc., Applied Science, Inc., Bluenose Analytics, Inc., Chuckwalla, Inc., Complete Solar Solutions, Crossing Automation, Inc., DistroScale, Inc., EcoBuilding Holdings, Inc., Embark Systems, Inc., ESS Technologies, Inc., FirstPoint Health, Inc., FloWater, Inc., Integrated Memory Logic, Inc., jobFig, Inc., Jovia, Inc., MediSens, Inc., Nocimed LLC, Oraya Therapeutics, Inc., PlumSlice, Inc., Plus 3 Network, Inc., rENIAC, Inc., Returnly, Inc., RiffRaff Technologies, Inc., Social Finance, Inc., Solaylytics, Inc., Tap.IN2, Inc., TellX, Inc., Tiatros, Inc., Visual EDGE Technology, Inc., ZLemma, Inc., as well as public companies such as PDF Solutions, Inc. and Integrated Memory Logic Limited.

Peter joined Orrick in May 1999 and founded Orrick’s Silicon Valley Technology Companies Practice. He previously practiced with Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California from 1995 to 1999; Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco from 1986 to 1995; and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1982 to 1986.

He currently serves on the Board of the Young Adult and Family Center out of the University of California at San Francisco, which provides mental health services to young adults. He has served on the Board of Directors of: Family House, Inc., a temporary home for families of children undergoing cancer treatment at the University of California; San Francisco Medical Center; and KTEH Foundation - Channel 54 (PBS), the San Jose public television station.

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  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Alberto Coletti Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Alberto Coletti is an associate in the M&A and Private Equity team, based in the Rome office.

Graduate LL.B./M.Sc. at Bocconi University in Milan, selected for the Themis Legal Network Excellence Program for outstanding law students.

He has assisted a wide number of corporate clients involved in venture capital and debt restructuring operations, and has therefore specialized in corporate transactions focusing on international business law, competition law and private equity, and developed a broad expertise in negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements, investment & purchase agreements and shareholders' agreements.

In virtue of his study experience abroad in Paris and London, he speaks fluently both English and French, a key quality that allows him to provide legal advice on a broad set of corporate topics to high-profile international clients and industrial groups.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Luigi Colombo Senior Counsel M&A and Private Equity, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Luigi Colombo, senior counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Luigi has extensive experience in Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, IPO’s and Real Estate Law.

He has assisted some of the most important Italian groups in a judicial and extra-judicial advisory capacity, including general corporate and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Orrick, Luigi was a partner at Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Markets
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology Transactions

James Connor Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


James’ practice focuses on corporate transactions, including both public company takeovers and private M&A, equity capital markets (including IPOs), and a variety of English company law and listed company and corporate governance matters.

He has represented private equity firms, investment banks and corporate clients across a range of industries. James has particular experience in English law and UK regulation applicable to UK listed companies.


  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Restructuring
  • International Tax
  • Swaps and Other Hedges
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Japan
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Peter Connors Partner Tax, Corporate Tax

New York

Peter Connors, a tax partner in the New York office, focuses his practice on cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience in related areas of tax law, including financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, private equity investments and controversy matters.

A significant portion of his practice involves tax controversy, including representation of taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court. According to Chambers, he is "admired by peers for the strength of his activity in the field of cross-border transactions."

Peter serves as Vice President of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Before joining Orrick, Peter was a principal in the International Tax Services Group of Ernst & Young in New York.

A prolific author, Peter is a frequent lecturer for a variety of major organizations and has published more than 100 articles on tax planning subjects. He is a co-author of T.M. Portfolio 543 ("The Mark to Market Rules" of Section 475-2d) and the author of T.M. Portfolio 909-3d ("The Branch-Related Taxes" of Section 884). From 2008 to 2010, he was the Vice Chair, Committee Operations, of the American Bar Association Tax Section. In 2010, Peter also founded the NYC Calendar Program for the U.S. Tax Court.