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John Cook is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. He has extensive expertise in equity and debt offerings, the representation of start-up and high growth technology companies and mergers and acquisitions. John's practice has particular focus on the renewable energy, cleantech and technology industries.
John is recognized as a leading advisor to entrepreneurs, technology companies and energy companies. John has led hundreds of M&A and financing transactions. He has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including negotiated mergers, auction bid processes, cross-border transactions, distressed asset sales (including 363 sales), leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover defense, and purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries.
Brett E. Cooper is a partner in the San Francisco office, and a member of the Capital Markets Group. He has over 20 years' experience in corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
In the corporate finance and securities areas, his experience includes a range of public and private equity and debt financings, representing U.S., Canadian, European and Asian issuers and underwriters. His transactions have included over one hundred SEC registered and Rule 144A public offerings of securities, ranging from investment grade and high yield debt offerings, convertible note offerings, initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings and preferred securities offerings, venture capital financings and issuer tender offers.
In the mergers and acquisitions area, Brett has represented clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving public and private companies, including friendly mergers, leveraged recapitalizations, tender offers, spin-offs, restructurings and purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries.
Katie advises corporates, investors and investment banks on a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings on the public markets, joint ventures and strategic investments.
She has particular focus on the international technology sector and regularly advises founders and corporates on ‘exits’ by way of sales to trade or private equity purchasers or offerings on the public markets. She has experience of acting on sales to many of the largest global technology companies. Recent transactions include advising Tails.com on its sale to Nestlé; advising DogBuddy on its sale to Rover; advising Stratto on its sale to Digital Colony; advising Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM; and advising creditshelf on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Katie also has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, recently including advising CDC Group on its $380m public offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation; advising Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its investments in UK waste-to-energy plants; and advising InfraCapital on its purchase of WightFibre.
Dean E. Criddle, a senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Concentrating his practice in electric and gas utility finance, Dean serves as both tax and finance counsel to utilities, underwriters, financial advisors, special purpose issuers, developers and state public utilities commissions in utility financings.
His broad experience ranges from “stranded cost” securitization financings for investor-owned electric utilities to tax-exempt financings for utilities owned by investor-owned companies, nonprofit corporations, states, local governments and federal power marketing agencies.
Dean currently is advising Bonneville Power Administration in connection with its efforts to refinance and extend the maturities of a portfolio of approximately $6 billion of tax-exempt and taxable notes and bonds issued for its benefit by Energy Northwest (formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System).
In addition to working on transaction-specific capital markets matters, Mr. Criddle provides ongoing tax, regulatory and general business law advice to a variety of clients, including:
Filippo Cristaldi, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Filippo's practice focuses on business and corporate law and international agreements; and he has extensive experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, providing assistance to private equity funds and national and multinational companies operating in various industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Filippo was a member of Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati and, previously, of Rucellai e Raffaelli.
Giuseppe is an Italian qualified lawyer, Associate in the Milan office and member of the European Corporate Group. Giuseppe has solid experience in corporate governance matters and in drafting complex national and cross-border commercial agreements.
Giuseppe has also gained specific experience in the area of administrative responsibility of companies pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001.
He graduated with honors in Law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 2013. Before graduating, Giuseppe spent a research period as visiting student at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and at The University of Chicago - Law school for the writing of his final dissertation thesis on the applicability of the Unidroit Principles as contract governing law of international commercial agreements.
In 2015, Giuseppe participated in The Hague Academy of International Law summer course, with lectures focused on private international law issues and commercial arbitration.
Since 2016, Giuseppe has been a teaching assistant in the course Comparative Business and European Law taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola at University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.
Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs.
Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.
As the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk, he is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross border transactions between Europe and United States, primarily in the technology sector.
Matteo’s past experience also includes representing issuers in both registered and exempt public offerings, and exchange listings. He has been involved in structuring bridge and equity financing deals, and in representing financial institutions in restructuring transactions.
Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian Parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both domestically and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jonkoping University in Sweden.
Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.
Alessandro De Nicola is member of Orrick's Global Board of Directors, Senior Partner of the Italian offices in Milan and Rome, and has acted as European Corporate Group Leader.
Alessandro has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, M&A, competition law and corporate governance. He has worked on complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and corporate restructurings for some of the most important players in the market. He leads extensive corporate governance projects with a particular focus on Legislative Decree 231.
Alessandro has pleaded in front of the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCOM), Consob (the public authority responsible for regulating the Italian securities market), ECB (European Central Bank), Bank of Italy and civil and administrative courts.
Marco Dell'Antonia, a partner in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Marco has a specific experience in local and cross-border M&A transactions, commercial contracts, general corporate and corporate governance.
He advises primary Italian and international banks, financial institutions and major Italian and multinational corporations, working on complex corporate transactions including banking, industrial and manufacturing clients.
Marco's expertise is recognized by Italian and international clients in the field of corporate governance in general and in particular in the application of the Italian Legislative Decree 231/01 relating to the criminal liability of legal entities deriving from specific crimes identified by the decree.
Marco assists or is member of a substantial number of Vigilance Bodies of companies (also listed and regulated).
Marco is scientific coordinator of the legal area of NIBI - Master in Business Internationalization promoted by Camera di Commercio di Milano (Chamber of Commerce of Milan); he is a regular lecturer of the Master in Law organized by Il Sole 24 Ore Business School and of the Master "Corporate Counsel" organized by LUISS Business School; he has been adjunct professor at the IULM University in intellectual property law until 2009 and competition law until 2012.
He is member of the Board of the Association of the Members of the Vigilance Bodies pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree 231/2001.
Prior to joining Orrick, Marco developed his experience in international M&A transactions at Studio Legale Associato Laghi & Tabacchi in Treviso.
Cyprien Delorme is a lawyer in the Technology Companies Group based at Orrick’s Paris Office
Cyprien assists startups and high growth technology companies in their financing transactions, from formation through exit, and assists them in the development of their activities.
Prior to joining Orrick, Cyprien worked as legal trainee in various law firms such as Jeantet AARPI in Paris, Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Francfort, LPA-CGR in Paris and Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg.
Karen Dempsey, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She works with a broad range of public and private companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.
Karen is involved in a full range of corporate legal projects for high growth technology companies including venture financings, public offerings, public company securities law compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She also regularly advises public companies and board of directors on corporate governance issues. Karen's clients include private and public companies in the biotechnology, real estate, finance and Internet related industries. She also represents underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings and venture capital firms in investment transactions.
Karen is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law topics including Initial Public Offerings, Corporate Governance and Sarbanes-Oxley matters. She is also Co-Editor of Part III of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, published by Aspen Law & Business.
Before joining Orrick, Karen was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and was chair of their firmwide corporate governance practice group.
Adrian is a Managing Associate in the Munich office and a member of the Technology Companies Group. His particular focus lies on M&A, private equity, as well as venture capital investments.
Adrian represents clients in national and cross-border transactions, in particular local and international corporates, private equity/venture funds and high growth companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Adrian worked at the Frankfurt/Main and Munich offices of leading international law firms renowned for their private equity and venture capital practices.
Adrian acts as a business angel for several venture capital start-up companies.