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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Lara Donnedieu de Vabres is an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office.

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, venture capital and private equity, notably on cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara worked on corporate and tax matters as a legal intern at Orrick’s Paris office, Jeantet's Paris office and Arsène Taxand's Paris Office.

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Practice:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate

Janice Dow Associate Technology Transactions, Technology Companies Group

Los Angeles; Santa Monica

Janice Dow is an associate in the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.

Janice focuses on technology transactions, including drafting and negotiating commercial and intellectual property agreements. Janice has also provided general corporate counseling and closed venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.

Janice is also CIPP/US certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Before joining Orrick, Janice worked in the field of market research.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Francesca Drake Managing Associate Energy, Corporate

London

Francesca Drake is an associate in the Corporate group and has advised on a range of cross border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, acquisition financings, fundraisings and equity capital market transactions.

Francesca has acted for international and domestic private investors and listed funds in the renewable energy sector, as well as clients in the technology and financial services sectors.

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Practice:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Power Financing
  • Renewable Energy
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Banking & Finance

Kyle Drefke Partner Energy, Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Kyle is a member of Orrick’s Board of Directors and the office leader in Washington, D.C. He focuses on advising energy clients in financing, project development, and corporate transactions.

Kyle has represented clients in domestic and international financings, including syndicated credit facilities, private placements, and registered securities offerings. He has extensive experience in the development and structuring of long-term power purchase agreements with respect to thermal (nuclear, coal and natural gas) and renewable generation facilities. He has also represented clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), auctions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and other general corporate matters.

Kyle has represented clients in various matters relating to the development, construction, ownership and operation of electric generation facilities in the United States, South America and Europe. His practice also includes the representation of clients seeking and obtaining substantial financing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Funds
  • Restructuring

Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney) Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Düsseldorf

Dr. Oliver Duys is a member of the M&A/Private Equity Group.

He has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate portfolio deals, joint ventures and fund formation as well as restructuring. He also advises on Management Participation Programs and liability issues in this context.

Oliver Duys is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices along with Dr. Christoph Brenner. 

Oliver Duys worked for Slaughter and May and Hengeler Mueller. Following his partnership at Hölters & Elsing since 2006, Oliver Duys is a partner at Orrick since 2008.

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance

Alice Edwards Senior Associate Corporate, Capital Markets

London

Alice Edwards is a senior associate in our London office and a member of the corporate group. Alice advises clients on cross border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.

Alice frequently advises on cross-border M&A and has done so in a range of sectors, including in the mining and natural resources, technology, media and financial services sectors. She has also acted for issuers, underwriters and management teams on initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings, on both AIM and the Main Market and has significant experience working with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on investment deals.

Alice regularly works with clients on a broad range of ongoing corporate governance and restructuring issues including group reorganisations.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

Olivier Edwards Senior Counsel Technology Companies Group, Corporate

Paris

Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office, member of the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.

Olivier has been and is continuously recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.

With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Astanor, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.

With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.

Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.

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Practice:

  • Funds
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Edward Eisert Senior Counsel Funds, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Edward G. Eisert, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. He focuses his practice on investment management, financial products and regulatory compliance.

He represents U.S. and non-U.S. domiciled financial institutions in a wide array of matters spanning his practice specialties. Ed’s experience includes the structuring and re-structuring of private investment funds and other financial products; the formation and operations of investment advisers and broker-dealers; cross-border broker-dealer, investment adviser and bank regulatory issues; and advice regarding applications of blockchain technology and the regulation of digital assets.

Before joining Orrick, Ed was the General Corporate Counsel of Fiduciary Trust Company International, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments, and also served as the initial AML Compliance Officer of Fiduciary Trust.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Private Wealth
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Raymond Ellis Senior Counsel Tax, Private Wealth

San Francisco

Ray Ellis, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. One of California’s leading authorities on estate planning and leader of Orrick’s Private Wealth Group, Ray has concentrated in the areas of trusts, estate and gift tax and generation-skipping tax planning for 30 years.

He often represents families owning substantial interests in closely held and publicly traded corporations, advising on matters ranging from family partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations to private foundations, charitable trusts, and arrangements for the transfer of wealth to succeeding generations.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate

Siegfried Elsing, Prof. Dr. LL.M. (Yale) Partner M&A and Private Equity, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Siegfried H. Elsing, based in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a globally recognized international arbitration lawyer with more than 30 years experience acting as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman. He represents private investors, international companies, sovereign states and state agencies on a national and international level.

Siegfried has acted in more than 250 arbitrations, including ad hoc proceedings as well as arbitral proceedings under the rules of leading arbitral institutions such as DIS, HCCI, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, SCC, VIAC and others. From 2011 to September 2017, he served on the Panel of Conciliators for the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Siegfried's experience extends in particular to complex disputes involving M&A and corporate transactions, investment protection, energy law, infrastructure disputes, financing arrangements, insurances, joint ventures, distributorship agreements and IP disputes. He also advises on transactional matters, financing, licensing, construction, joint ventures and M&A transactions.

He is dual qualified, admitted in both Germany and New York, and is fluent in German, English and French. He has appeared as a legal expert witness in the German, U.S. and UK courts (on German law matters) and before other foreign law-making institutions.

Market commentary in Chambers Global 2017 states "the outstanding" Siegfried Elsing "is a leading German arbitrator who receives many international appointments" and he is lauded for his "excellent diplomatic abilities" in Chambers Europe 2016.

Siegfried's experience as arbitrator gives him the perspective of the decision-makers, which he can apply when acting as counsel. He takes a pragmatic approach.

Siegfried co-founded German law firm Hölters & Elsing in 1989 and oversaw the firm's merger with Orrick in 2008.

In 2013 Siegfried was selected to serve as Honorary Consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

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Practice:

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

Julianne English Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Capital Markets

New York

Julianne, a Managing Associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.

Julianne advises public and private technology, energy and life sciences companies and private investment funds and their portfolio companies in a broad range of strategic transactions, including debt and equity investments, acquisitions and dispositions and other complex transactions. Julianne also counsels domestic and international issuers in public offerings of equity securities and SEC compliance matters.
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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Andrew Erskine Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Santa Monica; Los Angeles

Andrew is a partner in the Technology Companies Group at Orrick, advising high-growth companies, their founders, and the investors that support them.

Andrew works closely with founders, directors and venture capitalists in L.A., Silicon Valley and other U.S. tech hubs on the formation, operations, fundraising and successful exits of technology and other venture-backed companies. Leveraging a unique professional background and skill set as well as the premiere, full suite of services of our global law firm to devise strategic and creative solutions for his clients, Andrew shares their vision for change, and helps them build the vessel that delivers that vision to the world.

Prior to joining Orrick, Andrew served as a legislative adviser to Congress, a lobbyist for the University of Illinois, and a tax fellow for Deloitte advising companies on Sarbanes-Oxley tax compliance and building internal control systems.