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  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate

Charles Adams Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Corporate

Geneva

Charles Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global Co-Head of Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group based in Geneva.

Charles' experience spans four decades at the highest levels of international dispute resolution, in more than 300 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and chairman or party-arbitrator in arbitral fora all over the world.

Charles also has 10 years’ membership on the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group

D. Isabel Ajuria Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.

During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate

Patricia E. Anglin Of Counsel Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

Patricia is Of Counsel in our San Francisco office, and is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation and taxation of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefits, deferred compensation and health and welfare benefits. Patricia also regularly advises benefit plan committees on their fiduciary duties.

Patricia is a trusted resource for her clients and leads complex negotiations to provide innovative solutions with regard to benefits design, administration and compliance. Patricia provides substantive expertise in the defense of benefits litigation matters, has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses and is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA.

Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management, CEOs, boards of directors, retirement and health plan committees and key leadership of Fortune 500 companies on complex questions and issues regarding the operation of their domestic and international employee benefit plans and compliance with federal and state law.

Before joining the firm, Patricia acted as Senior Manager of National Employee Benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and formerly served as Senior Counsel-Benefits and Executive Compensation at AirTouch Communications, Inc. (now Vodafone).

Patricia also acted as Legislation Counsel on the Joint Committee on Taxation within the United States Congress working extensively on the Clinton health care proposal and other benefits legislation. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).
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Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Restructuring

Stephen Ashley Partner Capital Markets, Technology Companies Group

New York

Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He advises clients on a wide range of securities law matters and regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions.

Stephen's experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on various compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters, while working closely with Orrick’s M&A and Restructuring teams on securities related issues.

He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the information technology, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.

Stephen routinely works on high profile transactions that have been recognized for their complexity and execution. IFLR1000 recognized Stephen as a notable Practitioner in 2019 and 2020. Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.”

Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.

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Practice:

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

Shawn Atkinson Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

London

As Europe's premier tech business advisors, Shawn and his team have overseen several hundred venture financings, private equity buyouts and M&A transactions over the course of the last decade. Leading venture capital and growth funds, private equity, and high-growth tech companies rely upon his unsurpassed industry knowledge as much as his relentless commitment to their business.

In addition to sheer volume of deals, Shawn's incomparable market insight stems from his leadership roles at Orrick, the only global firm focused on technology, and his experience working throughout the UK & Europe, North America and Asia. Shawn leads Orrick's London Corporate practice, its Global Emerging Markets practice and co-leads the Global Fintech team. These complement his practice serving public and private companies in UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations. He is also a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.

Drawing from his particular expertise with technology and IP rich businesses, Shawn also advises technology companies from incubation through M&A exits, initial public offerings and other growth opportunities. His participation in the private equity and venture capital sector spans his entire career-with time spent in private practice, in-house and advising investors as well as investor-backed businesses-and affords him a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry and client needs and expectations.

Among the leading investment funds he has represented are ABN Amro Digital Impact Fund, Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, FTV Capital, Golden Gate Capital, Greenspring Associates, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, Piper Private Equity, Piton Capital, Russia Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Summit Partners, Vostok New Ventures and Vostok Emerging Finance.

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Practice:

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

Christopher Austin Partner Capital Markets, Technology Companies Group

New York; Boston; Silicon Valley

Christopher Austin is global co-head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice as well as global co-chair of Orrick's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law compliance.

Chris counsels public and high-growth technology companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience advising both companies and investment banks on capital markets matters, including leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies.

With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. Chambers USA ranks him Band 1 for Fintech in the USA and reports: "clients call [...] upon his wealth of experience in public offerings, SAFT issues and token sales. Sources cite his "commercial" and "thorough" approach as a key asset, while also praising his ability to "get things done." Recent experience includes working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance.  He leads a multi-disciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation and compensation and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Notable Fintech companies he works with include Betterment, SoFi, Personal Capital, Debtsy, Credit IQ and Galaxy Digital.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax

Margaux Azoulay Associate Tax, Corporate Tax

Paris

Margaux Azoulay is a Tax lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

She assists French and foreign companies on business-related taxation aspects as well as the tax aspects of their mergers and acquisitions or restructurings.

Margaux's expertise further extends to real estate taxation, where she advises companies owning real estate assets (property companies, developers, insurance companies) and investors (funds and credit institutions). She notably has expertise in the fields of the SIIC regime and real estate investment funds. She also has experience advising on the tax aspects of Public-Private Partnership contracts (PPP).

In addition to her practice, Margaux advises on wealth management, and notably on the management and conveyance of assets and liabilities of natural persons and families. She also assists them on their tax inspections and disputes.

Prior to joining Orrick, Margaux was an associate at August & Debouzy.

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Vincent Babin Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

Paris

Vincent Babin is a venture capital lawyer and a member of the Technology Companies Group in Orrick's Paris office.

Vincent advises venture capital  funds, and helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their businesses from constitution to exit. Through the development of startups, Vincent assists management teams to set up employees’ incentive plans, think through the governance of the company, and provide strategic and practical advice to the founders.
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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate

Samir R. Bakhru Managing Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

New York

Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.

Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions.  He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.  

Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable, Upworthy (until sold) and Warby Parker, among others.

In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.

Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.

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Practice:

  • Tax
  • Public Finance

Andrea Ball Senior Associate Tax, Public Finance

New York; Washington, D.C.

Andrea Ball, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Andrea focuses her practice on the taxation of municipal finance, and she also has experience counseling a variety of nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.

In her municipal finance practice, Andrea has worked extensively with governmental issuers such as the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority and the County of Nassau, New York, as bond counsel, advising on private use issues, arbitrage and rebate rules, and the sizing of working capital borrowings. In addition, Andrea has worked on numerous financings for cultural institutions, universities, and hospitals as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as well as on multi-family housing and other private activity bond transactions.

In her nonprofit practice, Andrea formed and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charitable and educational organizations, as well as trade associations and social welfare groups. She also assists public charity and private foundation clients in navigating state and federal laws on corporate governance, charitable solicitation and tax matters.

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Practice:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Compensation & Benefits M&A
  • Latin America

Juliano Banuelos Partner Compensation & Benefits, Corporate

San Francisco

Juliano Banuelos chairs Orrick’s Compensation & Benefits Group and focuses on advising public companies and mature private companies on executive compensation and related fiduciary duty and governance matters.

Mr. Banuelos’ representative clients include Ancestry.com, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (the University of Phoenix), Cisco Systems, Inc., Gap, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Kimpton Hotels, Levi Strauss, Oracle Corporation, Varex Imaging Corporation, Varian Medical Systems and Williams-Sonoma. Juliano is also a leader in providing compensation advice in mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as special M&A tax counsel to in-house tax and HR departments.

In addition to being a recognized practitioner on IRC Section 409A, Juliano provides advice on the full range of compensation and benefits issues that arise ranging from designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar arrangements to providing advice with respect to the design and legal compliance of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and welfare plans.

Mr. Banuelos also advises companies on all aspects of the securities laws relating to such arrangements.

Clients interviewed for Chambers and Partners describe Mr. Banuelos as "incredibly bright and very creative," and "extremely knowledgeable, and extremely helpful, as he provides practical solutions."