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Jeannie Shin is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of Orrick's Corporate Group.
Jeannie advises private and public companies on a full range of their corporate needs, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate restructurings and capital raising transactions. In particular, Jeannie has extensive experience with cross-border transactions. Jeannie has acted as lead M&A counsel in numerous transactions representing clients both on the sell-side and buy-side. She has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of industries, including software, internet, life sciences, energy, semiconductors, and consumer products and retail. As a member of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, Jeannie also represents high growth technology companies and venture capital and other investors and has extensive experience with start-up companies in their formation, debt and equity financings, private placements and general corporate counseling.
Jamie Shinn is a Corporate associate in the New York office.
Jamie's practice focuses on advising companies on formation and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.
Vinella Sido, a senior associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Capital Markets Group. Vinella's practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Vinella represents technology and growth companies at all stages of their development, from seed-stage startups to more mature public companies, with a particular focus on late-stage private companies and public companies. She represents several private companies in corporate legal matters, ranging from advising at material stages of the corporate life cycle (formation, initial capitalization, financing, mergers and acquisitions), to providing tactical guidance and trusted governance advice on board, advisor, employment, separation and other commercial matters.
She has experience in preparing companies for initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, as well as counseling companies and boards of directors on public disclosure issues, fiduciary duties, board and committee governance and structure, board leadership, board audits and self-evaluation processes, officer and director stock transactions, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, relationships with stockholders and proxy advisory firms, regulatory compliance, listing rule requirements, and governance "best practices."
Before joining Orrick, Vinella was an associate in the Palo Alto Office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., for four years and prior to Wilson Sonsini, Vinella spent several years in-house rising to the level of vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at her last position. Vinella previously was an associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).
Lionel Simonet is a corporate lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office, with a focus on M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Market.
Prior to joining Orrick, Lionel worked on corporate, capital markets and litigation matters as a legal intern at Latham & Watkins and Cabinet Bompoint. Lionel also worked as an international legal consultant at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers in Vietnam, with a focus on Corporate, M&A and Arbitration.
Alexander advises on a broad range of corporate practice areas, with a primary focus on venture capital, growth equity and private equity transactions in the technology sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alexander trained and qualified with a specialist corporate and technology law firm and he also has notable experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Richard Vernon Smith, a partner in our Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices and a member of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, has over 35 years of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate law.
Richard has advised on more than 500 M&A transactions and 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, tender offers and exchange offers, going private transactions, mergers of equals transactions, going dark transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, takeover and activist defense, purchases and sales of divisions and subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Richard also has represented clients in a wide range of SEC-registered, underwritten and privately placed stock and debt offerings, and he has assisted companies in connection with issuer tender offers (both equity and debt), recapitalizations, restructurings and rights offerings. He regularly represents clients in the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports, proxy statements and Williams Act reports. He also assists clients in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; real time disclosure compliance; sales of restricted securities and sales of securities by insiders; disclosure issues, including with respect to Rule 10b-5 and Regulation FD; and NYSE/NASDAQ rule compliance and inquiries.
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.
Alex Sobolev is an associate in the Technology Companies Group in London. He advises technology led companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on the intellectual property and commercial aspects of technology transactions, as well as general IP and data privacy strategy and compliance.
Alex's work centres on e-commerce and software, and covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised companies at all stages of the corporate lifecycle, from software development and product launch, through technology licensing, sale and purchase, to mergers and acquisitions of IP and tech-heavy businesses. He has assisted organisations with the implementation of their brand strategy, advising on infringement claims and risk management, as well as product compliance, liability and recalls.
Alex is also engaged in assisting clients with the design, development and implementation of global data protection and compliance policies, as well the management of risk and security associated with data retention, processing and transfer.
Mrs. Vanessa Sousa Höhl is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Corporate and Private Equity Group.
Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions transactions and general corporate counseling. She joined Orrick in 2017.
John F. Stanley focuses his practice on the tax aspects of municipal finance and on tax controversy matters. He also has experience advising on tax issues related to closely held corporations, including gift and estate tax matters.
In his municipal finance practice, John has served as bond counsel, special tax counsel and underwriter’s counsel for a variety of transactions, including particularly governmental, airport, and public power financings. John has represented issuers and borrowers before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with audits, private letter rulings, and requests pursuant to the voluntary closing agreement program (VCAP).
John has worked with issuers to establish post-issuance compliance programs tailored to their specific financings, and also has significant experience with tax-exempt commercial paper programs for both governmental and exempt facilities.
Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.
He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.
Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.
He is recommended in various publications and rankings including Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.
Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Some of Mike's clients have included:
Kalibrr (platform for online skills-based hiring; funded by Y Combinator; Kickstart Ventures; Learn Capital)
Zeguro Inc. (insuretech - cyberinsurance; funded by Mosaik Partners; Healthy Ventures, Social Capital and others)
Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate Capital, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.