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Bradford Breen, senior counsel in the New York Corporate Group, regularly advises clients on technology transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and other strategic partnership arrangements, with an emphasis on the intellectual property aspects of such transactions.
Brad also advises professional services and financial services entities and technology companies regarding U.S. and international trademark and branding matters. He also has considerable experience in business method, electronic, semiconductor and computer patent counseling.
Christoph has broad and longstanding experience and focus on private equity transactions (leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs as well as minority participations and expansion or growth financings) and M&A transactions, often with cross-border aspects. He regularly acts for private equity sponsors, corporate and strategic buyers, owners and management teams.
Christoph graduated from the University of Munich where he also earned his Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) in 2000. Furthermore, he earned a law degree (maîtrise en droit) from Paris University (Paris II, Panthéon-Assas). In 2002/2003 Christoph worked as foreign attorney in London.
Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, Christoph was partner at another international law firm renowned for its international private equity practice.
Christoph is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices together with Oliver Duys.
Laura Cappiello, a special counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate group.
Laura has extensive experience in M&A, corporate and business law, Bank of Italy regulatory framework, and corporate criminal law. Her practice focuses on national and multinational companies operating in various sectors including energy, gas, automotive and public utilities, asset management companies, advising on the formation and authorization procedures of asset management companies and investment firms before the competent Italian authorities.
Before joining the firm, Laura was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.
Charles Cardall, a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Chair of the Tax Department and is a member of the Public Finance Department. Chas primarily focuses his practice on municipal finance tax and nonprofit corporation tax matters.
He also has legal expertise relating to both charter schools and the federal income tax classification of governmental and quasi-governmental entities. He has consulted on thousands of tax-exempt, build America and tax credit bond issues and has developed deep expertise in almost every tax aspect of municipal finance. Private activity bonds for multifamily housing, solid waste, charter schools and independent schools are areas of particular focus in his practice, as are higher education, short-term and long-term working capital and the various forms of pooled financings. Chas also has advised numerous clients experiencing financial distress or bankruptcy in tax matters relating to their municipal bonds. Representative active clients include the State of California, the University of California, the Bay Area Toll Authority, and Charter School Capital.
As a legal and policy advocate, Chas represents both government and non-government clients in federal tax rulemaking matters and in IRS proceedings, including the various types of tax-exempt bond audits, voluntary compliance (VCAP) requests and requests for private letter rulings. He has successfully closed IRS examinations relating to solid waste, water and wastewater, working capital, healthcare, pooled, multifamily housing, and industrial development bond financings. He has obtained multiple private letter rulings and technical advice memoranda and has been integrally involved in numerous regulation and legislative projects. He has found that a close working relationship with IRS and Treasury Department personnel often is critical to obtaining good results for clients.
Sean Carfi is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Corporate Group.
Sean's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
He was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2017.
Riccardo Caselle, an Italian qualified lawyer, is a managing associate in Orrick's Milan office and a member of the firm's Corporate Group.
Riccardo's practice mainly focuses on white-collar criminal defense and criminal liability of corporations as well as on regulatory enforcement and internal investigations.
Riccardo also has broad experience in general corporate and corporate governance matters.
He assists some of the most important Italian companies, also listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs and is currently a member of several Vigilance Bodies of Italian companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Riccardo was an associate at Dinoia Federico Pelanda Simbari Uslenghi, where he gained extensive experience in white-collar criminal defense.
Aoife specialises in a range of corporate transactions, including venture capital, M&A and tax, for a range of clients including technology companies and investment firms.
Aoife has a keen interest and knowledge in the technology sphere having represented Cloudpipes Ltd. on its recent acquisition by Quickbase UK Ltd. and Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of SmartCredit Ltd.
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Christina Catzoela is a senior associate in the Technology Companies Group. She focuses her practice on advising emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.
In the four years prior to joining Orrick, Christina acted as Senior Corporate Counsel to Zillow Group, Inc. While at Zillow Group, Inc., Christina focused her practice on technology transactions, public reporting and compliance.
She started her practice as a corporate associate in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuvue, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.
Anson Chan, a managing associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Anson focuses her practice on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation and structuring of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and hybrid funds, as well as in their investments, acquisitions, divestments and restructurings across the Greater China region. She regularly handles matters covering funds establishment and license applications.
She is also experienced in handling mergers and acquisitions involving Hong Kong listed companies, initial public offerings, as well as other compliance and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Anson worked at Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.
Sara focuses primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sara Chehrehsa is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Richard Chirls, a New York tax partner, focuses his practice on the tax aspects of public finance transactions. He has served as the head of Orrick’s nationally recognized Public Finance Tax Group.
With over 30 years of experience, Richard is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities, having broad experience with tax exempt financings and related transactions involving governmental and not-for-profit entities. His expertise and stature in the public finance community was recognized by the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ highest award for his career of distinguished service in public finance.
Richard focuses on new products, including the development of new and creative financing techniques for governments, non-profits and investment bankers. He regularly works on transactions throughout the country. However, in his home office in New York City, he leads the relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, serving as counsel on well over 100 transactions over a period of more than 20 years and has headed the tax work in connection with every financing of a cultural facility relating to museums and performing arts in New York City over this same period. Richard has worked on the tax aspects of several of the largest and most complex public private partnership (P3) transactions in recent years. He frequently acts as special tax counsel to issuers and underwriters of municipal finance issues.
Joe Choi brings together corporate finance and workout experience with a special focus on cross-border transactions.
Joe represents banks, finance companies, credit funds and other financial institutions in the full spectrum of corporate finance transactions, from senior, mezzanine and junior secured facilities, syndicated lending, leveraged financings, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, refinancings, debtor-in-possession financings, to venture capital transactions and cross-border transactions. He also actively represents companies in debt and equity financings.
As an extension of his extensive finance experience, Joe advises debtors and creditors in distressed debt transactions (including distressed debt trading and distressed acquisitions), intercreditor matters, UCC Article 9 sales, workouts and out-of-court restructurings.