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Steven Barnett, of counsel in Orrick’s New York City office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Group.
Steve concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors with respect to U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on buy-out and mezzanine investment opportunities).
In addition, Steve has a broad range of experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions involving privately held entities, securities offerings, private debt financings, and information technology consulting services.
Paola Barometro, Of Counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. She has extensive experience in M&A transactions, commercial contracts, general corporate and corporate governance.
Paola has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities and assists some of the most important Italian companies, some of which are listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs to prevent companies from potential sanctions.
In recent years, she has advised several domestic and multinational companies (in industrial and financial sectors) both in day-to-day corporate consultancy and special projects.
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John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.
John focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech and life sciences companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.
The Recorder named John the “2019 Innovator of the Year” for his work as the chief lawyer on the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-approved exchange designed to change the paradigm of traditional stock markets by rewarding entrepreneurs and investors committed to long-term business strategies. Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.” He is ranked Band 2 by Chambers USA California, for Venture Capital and Chambers USA Nationwide, ranked him Band 3 for Startups & Emerging Companies.
John is a Board member and co-founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors, as well as an advisor and co-founder of Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. John also served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino, California and a council member from 1993-1997, where he helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies.
As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.
Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.
Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.
Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for Digicert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.
Ben Beetz is an associate and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group in our Düsseldorf office. He mainly advises on M&A transactions, private equity investments, restructuring and general corporate law.
Ben Beetz advises national and international clients on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments. Further, he has a special focus on restructuring and counsels major corporation in restructuring processes. Additionally, he provides general corporate counselling. He joint Orrick in 2018.
Julien Beloeil is an M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Market lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office.
Julien assists listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, investors and founders in cross-border or domestic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, acquisition of stakes, strategic partnerships, as well as public tender offers.
Prior to joining Orrick, Julien worked on similar operations as a legal intern at international law firms in London and Paris. Julien also worked at the economic and financial section of the prosecutor’s office of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris.
Maria Bergenhem advises companies on corporate matters from early stages through exit. She particularly enjoys seeing founders’ hard work pay off.
Maria works for clients across various growth stages and industries, with particular focus on financial services, pharmaceutical and software. She provides advice on tech company investments and corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity investments, and capital markets offerings. Maria's experience has involved seeing each of these transactions from both the company and the investor perspectives. This experience allows her to more effectively counsel her current investor-side and company-side clients.
Recently, Maria helped advise New York-based edtech startup Teachable on its acquisition by Brazil- and Netherlands-based Hotmart Technology, a global platform for online resources.
Maria is also active in Orrick's innovative Impact Finance group, working for interesting clients who have a mission of doing good.
Maria was a summer associate in Orrick's New York office in 2015.
William D. Berry, a compensation and benefits senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has a broad practice in the area of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation and welfare benefits.
William also has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses (including bankruptcy transactions), the restructuring of defined benefit pension plans, the defense of ERISA class action litigation, and public pension plan matters.
His clients include a wide range of large and medium-sized corporations, as well as individual and public clients. He also provides tax and retirement planning advice to many of Orrick's corporate clients.
William has been a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and related individual tax and fiduciary topics for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association; California Continuing Education of the Bar; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the Practicing Law Institute; the Western Pension & Benefits Conference; various Bay Area Estate Planning Councils; and other organizations.
William became a senior counsel in 2013 after having been an Orrick partner since 1999. Before joining Orrick, William was a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.
Michele Bertani is a special counsel in Orrick’s Milan office.
As a lawyer, he has extensive experience in intellectual property and competition matters, especially in the fields of copyright, media and information technology legal problems, trademarks, patents, advertising and antitrust law.
Michele is a full professor of intellectual property law at the Law Faculty of the University of Foggia. He also teaches commercial law and competition law at the same Faculty, Competition Law at the IULM University in Milan.
Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
His practice has focused on domestic and cross-border private company mergers and acquisitions, with deal values ranging from $750,000 to $370 million. He has also advised on a variety of corporate transactions across industries, including FinTech transactions, joint ventures, company formations and dissolutions, public offerings, equity and debt financings from both the investor and issuer side, fund financings, and alternative energy transactions. He has assisted in drafting and reviewing filings with the SEC and CFIUS, and has experience in advising on all manner of New York and Delaware corporate, partnership, limited liability company and non-profit law.
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.