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Practice:

  • Fintech
  • Solar Energy
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

Heidi Wardle Associate Fintech, Solar Energy

London

Heidi advises on a broad range of corporate practice areas, including cross-border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, venture capital, renewable energy, corporate governance and restructuring.

Heidi frequently works with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of matters, including investment rounds and general corporate governance.

She also has experience working on cross-border M&A and corporate restructurings in a range of sectors, including the energy and technology sectors.
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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • China
  • Japan

L. Mark Weeks Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong

Mark Weeks is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group, splitting his time between Hong Kong and Tokyo. He practiced in New York and Tokyo for more than 25 years. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Mark served as office leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office from 2006 to 2017.

He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.

Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Dr. Stefan Weinheimer Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Düsseldorf

Dr. Stefan Weinheimer, a partner in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Stefan's practice focuses on advice in respect of M&A, Corporate and Private Equity.

Stefan has been part of Orrick since 2004. Before that he was a partner with a German and with a major London law firm.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Privacy
  • GDPR Readiness
  • Intellectual Property
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Robert Weinhold Technology Companies Group, Privacy

Düsseldorf

Robert, associate at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is member of Data Privacy and Technology Company Group in Germany. He focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy, IP/IT and mergers and acquisitions in this field.

Robert has always been fascinated by new technologies and the digitization. Following his fascination, he focused his legal studies on media law, intellectual property law and data protection law. Prior to working at Orrick he also gained experience by founding a company provided a software as a platform solution and working for a German venture capital investor. His legal advice in mergers and acquisitions or legal assessments regarding data privacy will thus reflect not only his legal expertise but also his experience and fascination for new technology. For our clients, he prepares, among other things, privacy policies or data processing agreements or is involved in conducting a due diligence or drafting a shareholders' agreement. Robert is also advising in GDPR readiness and general data privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.

He joined Orrick in 2017, after working as a scientific researcher in the field of Data Privacy.

Practice:

  • Tax
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Asset Backed Securities

Ken G. Whyburn Senior Counsel Tax, Mortgage Related Securities

San Francisco

Ken Whyburn, senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Ken focuses on federal and state taxation of mortgage-backed securities and the securitization of credit card, automobile and other asset receivables where he enjoys expertise in both tax and legal structures and financial analysis.

He also has substantial experience in the taxation of offshore insurance companies and California franchise tax matters relating to apportionment and unitary tax.

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Practice:

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

Geoff Willard Partner Corporate, Technology Companies Group

Washington, D.C.

Geoff Willard is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is a strategic advisor to technology companies and their investors, helping clients execute venture capital, growth and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and capital markets transactions.

In addition to his corporate transactional practice, Geoff advises clients on their formation and structuring, corporate governance, general licensing and commercial contracting matters, employment and equity compensation matters, and a variety of strategic issues. He also acts for venture capital, corporate and strategic investors, as well as private equity sponsors. 

Geoff's experience in the technology space spans the telecoms, satellite, software, AI/machine learning, proptech, edtech, internet, digital media, ecommerce, fintech, smart cities, government services, life sciences, cleantech and manufacturing spaces in markets throughout the U.S. and globally.

In the healthcare arena, Geoff has represented medical device, health monitoring, healthcare IT, life sciences/biotech, and healthcare and dental care technology and service providers.  

In the consumer space, Geoff has advised companies in the cosmetics, personal care products, candle and fragrance, home furnishing, and jewelry verticals, among others, as well as clients in the gym/recreation space and fast casual and high growth restaurant concept operators.

Geoff has been active in numerous organizations serving the technology community, including the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Structured Finance
  • Public Finance Tax
  • Corporate Tax

George Wolf Partner Tax, Structured Finance

San Francisco

George Wolf, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group and the Corporate Tax Group. George has handled nearly all aspects of federal and state tax planning, specializing in financial transactions, synthetic securities, structured and securitized financings, tax exempt bonds and foreign financing transactions.

George is also a long-time member of the Public Finance Tax Group, specializing in public power and health care, and is the leading national authority on municipal derivative products. He is principal tax advisor to several major municipal electric utilities and nonprofit healthcare organizations. He also has extensive experience in working with leading banks in creating new financial products, including secondary market synthetic instruments, contingent payment debt instruments, financing strategies for energy, as well as defending the taxation of financial transactions before taxing authorities.

George also has substantial experience defending the tax integrity of financing arrangements in particular as well as tax litigation in general.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Hang Xu Foreign Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.

Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany

Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits

Michael Y. Yang Partner Compensation & Benefits

Santa Monica

Michael Yang is a partner in Orrick's Compensation and Benefits Group. He is based in the firm's Santa Monica office.

Michael's practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and international public and private high technology companies, as well as executives, management teams and founders with compensation and employee benefits issues in the context of M&A transactions, spin-offs, venture capital financings and IPOs.

Michael also advises on day-to-day tax, employment, accounting and securities law issues in connection with the design, administration and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, severance arrangements, change in control carve-out plans, stock option plans and employee stock purchase plans with a particular focus on Code Sections 409A, 280G and 162(m). In addition, he advises on nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.

Prior to practicing law, Michael was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.


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Practice:

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

Sook Young Yeu Partner M&A and Private Equity, Funds

Hong Kong

Sook Young Yeu is the Office Leader of Orrick’s Hong Kong office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Sook focuses her practice on corporate and securities matters in connection with the establishment of private investment funds and ongoing representation of investment funds, fund managers, fund sponsors and fund investors. This includes private equity and venture capital investment, along with related mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and public and private securities offerings throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

During the last 30 years, Sook has advised Asian institutional investors investing in U.S., European and Asian private funds, as well as Asian private equity and venture capital funds sponsored by U.S., European and Asian financial institutions, and Asian hedge funds managed by independent fund managers. Her extensive experience covers virtually every type of fund, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate investment funds, hedge funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, funds-of-funds, co-investment funds and restructuring funds.

Sook has served as the administrative partner in charge of Orrick’s Hong Kong office since 2005. Before joining Orrick, she was a partner of Coudert Brothers and the partner in charge of its Hong Kong office responsible for the firm’s Asian Investment Management Practice.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • China

Eva Ying Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong

Eva Ying, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Eva focuses her practice on representing private and public companies in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments across the Greater China region.

She advises major hedge funds and private equity funds on fund formation and investments, as well as fund compliance and regulatory matters.

In addition, she has experience in handling Hong Kong initial public offerings, global financings and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Eva worked at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Intellectual Property
  • M&A and Private Equity

Daniel Yost Partner Technology Companies Group, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Silicon Valley

Daniel Yost is co-chair of the Technology Transactions practice at Orrick and a prior co-chair of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is recognized for negotiating complex commercial and technology transactions and intellectual property counseling.

Highly regarded for his expertise, Chambers USA noted that, “His work is solution-driven and his positive personality helps both sides of a negotiation work towards the outcome.” Legal 500 describes his practice as “exceptional” and recommends the practice for its “high client service ethic and great commercial awareness." Chambers USA ranks him band 3 in 2019 for IT & Outsourcing: Transactions.

Daniel has counseled clients on commercial law, copyright, licensing, marketing, patent, privacy, strategic alliances, trademark and trade secrets matters.

Daniel has represented companies in various industries, including biotechnology, consumer electronics, energy, entertainment, hardware, Internet, media, semiconductor, services, software, telecommunications and wireless.  His energy clients include clients in the solar, ethanol, biomass, geothermal and water purification sectors. 

Daniel has acted as key legal counsel in:

  • Manufacturing, distribution and sale arrangements for makers of software, chips, security devices and solar technologies, among others.
  • Technology transactions with universities, governments and non-profit entities.
  • Privacy, copyright and online pitfalls applicable to Internet companies.
  • Domestic and international collaborations for developers of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, semiconductors and software, among others.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and asset divestitures in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, health databases, semiconductors medical software, entertainment, Internet browsers and e-commerce.
  • Open source policy development and compliance.
  • IT and business process services agreements.
  • Venture capital investments in technology-based enterprises.

Daniel is a thought leader on technology transactions issues and programs that focus on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property.