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Ramin Tohidi is a member of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Ramin focuses on technology transactions and other commercial and licensing matters. He helps clients maximize their intellectual property and technology portfolios in a variety of ways, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on development, production, supply, procurement, and other technology licensing arrangements. In addition, he advises clients on open source licensing and intellectual property issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including in SaaS, software, hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and data intelligence.
Ramin previously served as in-house counsel at a public SaaS and software company in the Bay Area, where he advised on technology transactions, product and regulatory issues. He also was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he focused on complex business and intellectual property related litigation.
Chris Trester is a Senior Associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity practice groups.
Chris has a broad range of practices which includes venture capital and public market financings, M&A, preparation of public company SEC reporting and disclosure, corporate governance and general corporate and business counseling for private and public companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was an associate at DLA Piper.
In addition to his legal experience, Chris was previously a Manager at PwC in their Transaction Services Group. In this role, he led clients through initial public offerings, private placements (144A), M&A and divestitures. Based on this experience, he regularly consults with his private and public clients on accounting issues they encounter during transactions.
Riccardo Troiano, head partner of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group for Italy, has been involved in many of the remarkable corporate cases in Italy over the past few years. Notably, he obtained an unprecedented historic judgement from the Supreme Constitutional Court, declaring the unconstitutionality of a provision that would block the pension revaluation for 6 million Italian citizens, with an impact of 15 billion euro on the State budget.
Riccardo is experienced in arbitration, litigation, private and commercial international law, employment law and bankruptcy.
He also has handled a broad range of international matters involving multiple jurisdictions.
Winnie Tsien is a senior tax associate specializing in tax-exempt bond financing. She has extensive experience in governmental and exempt facility bonds, including general governmental facilities, non-profit cultural, educational and health care facilities, and public utilities. She also has significant experience in rebate, short-term and long-term working capital financings and post-issuance compliance relating to private use issues.
Winnie has addressed the Bond Attorneys' Workshop for the National Association of Bond Lawyers relating to various topics, including arbitrage and rebate, refundings, working capital financings, and 501c3 financings. Winnie earned a J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Davis School of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of Law Review. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College.
Federico Urbani, an Associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Federico has a specific experience in M&A transactions – inter alia stock and other financial instruments purchases, such as investment funds’ units – as well as in other complex corporate transactions. In this field, he advised both private and public Italian and foreign companies, in relation to national and multi-jurisdictional transactions.
His activity is focused on company and corporate matters, corporate governance, capital markets (with a specific expertise in the banking and financial regulatory frameworks), as well as in drafting national and international commercial agreements.
Federico has authored several publications in the fields of corporate law, contract law and financial regulation.
Federico is currently a PhD Student at Bocconi University in Milan (Business and Social Law - Diritto dell'Impresa) and a Teaching Assistant in company law at the University of Milan-Bicocca.
Before graduating, cum laude, at Bocconi University in Milan, Federico spent a semester abroad at Freie Universität in Berlin (Oct. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and at Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne in Paris (Mar. 2014) within the Themis Exchange Program, earning the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
Before joining Orrick, Federico has been twice a summer intern in the London office of a major Italian law firm.
Riccardo Valle is a lawyer with our corporate team, focusing (in regards to transactional/litigation matters before Civil and Administrative Courts) in providing legal assistance to clients active in highly regulated markets, with specific focus on energy (including generation, infrastructures, incentives, PPA/EFET, and IPEX), environment (including waste, and EIA/IPPC), and pharmaceuticals (including AIFA regulations and wholesale distribution).
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Stephen Venuto, a partner who works out of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Steve was Facebook’s first lawyer and is widely recognized as one of the leading startup lawyers in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the Year”, recognizing his corporate work and representation of Instagram in its sale to Facebook, and quoting a prominent board member as saying that Steve “is an outstanding lawyer, but he’s also an outstanding business partner . . . someone who cares about everybody [who's] involved in a company.” The Daily Journal has named him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California (chosen regardless of specialty), and, separately, to its inaugural Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list.
Numerous standout technology companies and their founders have turned to Steve for representation including Asana, Bleacher Report, Facebook, Getaround, Instagram, Ooma (NYSE), Pinterest, ResearchGate, and Warby Parker. He also has worked with new media companies including Brit & Co., Full Picture Productions (executive producer of Project Runway), U2 and Zuckerberg Media. Steve provides general corporate legal counseling and represents companies at all stages of their life-cycle.
Alessandro Vittoria is a member of the M&A & Private Equity department at the Milan office.
Alessandro’s activity is mainly focused on M&A, private equity and venture capital. He has developed a deep experience in public and private acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures in various sectors. In venture capital, Alessandro regularly assists founders, funds and private investors in investment transactions, mainly in the tech sector.
During his career, Alessandro has also developed significant skills in corporate advisory, also related to listed companies, and in commercial and real estate contracts (including construction contracts). He has also assisted SGRs in the formation of investment funds and the regulation of relationships among partners.
Alessandro joined Orrick in 2018. Previously he had worked, since the beginning of his career, with BonelliErede, in their Milan office.
In 2006/2007 Alessandro has been visiting lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, in New York.
Amelie focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy and IP/IT. She is involved in GDPR readiness and general Data Privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.
Amelie regularly advises on various aspects of IP and IT rights. She joined Orrick in 2017 after finishing her legal training in Berlin and New York.
Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna, a partner in Orrick’s Munich office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He focuses his practice on private and public M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.
Fabian represents German and international financial institutions, corporate entities and financial investors, in particular on acquisitions and divestitures, public takeovers, joint ventures, carve-outs and portfolio transactions. He has specific industry expertise in the banking and financial services sector, in the engineering and automotive business as well as in the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Fabian practiced with another leading international law firm. In 2012/13, Fabian was seconded to Deutsche Bank, where he worked on various cross-border M&A and integration projects.
Olivier Vuillod is an M&A and Private equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.
Olivier helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their businesses from formation through exit. He has significant cross-border and U.S. transaction expertise in venture capital markets following his secondment to Orrick’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices in 2016-2017. Internally, Olivier also leveraged this experience to increase integration and collaboration between Orrick’s Paris and U.S. offices. Since returning to Paris, he acts as an effective bridge between Orrick’s French and West Coast offices, advising French and US clients on complex venture capital matters.
Olivier has represented early and late stage companies in more than $500 million of venture financings and has advised clients in over $8 billion worth of M&A transactions. He specializes in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control, and he frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.
Olivier’s company-side representations include Aledia, Biom Up, Elum, Fretlink, Payfit, Regaind, Stupeflix, TVShowTime (Toze Labs), Upowa, Xelan, Zenly. He notably recently acted as lead associate on the sale of Zenly to Snapchat, one of the major exits of 2017.
Before joining Orrick, Olivier worked in the Corporate department of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Paris.
Chuck Walker, resident in the firm's Houston office, regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies and private equity sponsors in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalizations, restructurings, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate matters.
He has handled matters for clients ranging from acquisitions in excess of a billion dollars to small early round equity investments.Prior to joining Orrick, Chuck was a member of DLA Piper's Northern California corporate practice. Chuck began his legal career as an associate in the private equity group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.