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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Nicole E. Huang Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Nicole Huang is a Managing Associate in the San Francisco office and a member of the firm's M&A and Private Equity Group.

Nicole represents public and private companies in various domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions on both the buy side and sell side, and in strategic investments. Nicole focuses particularly in the technology and software industry, where she is also experienced in advising clients on venture financings and capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole was an attorney in the corporate group of DLA Piper LLP (U.S.)



  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group

Bill Hughes Partner Corporate, Capital Markets

San Francisco; Silicon Valley

Bill Hughes leads Orrick’s Capital Markets practice. He focuses on securities offerings, counseling public and late-stage private companies and securities law compliance.

Bill counsels public and late-stage private companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, investment grade debt offerings and convertible debt offerings. Bill also regularly advises companies on disclosure and reporting obligations under U.S. federal securities laws, corporate governance issues and stock exchange listing obligations.


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

Audrey Hwang Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate


Audrey Hwang, a lawyer in our Seattle office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She focuses her practice on technology licensing and other strategic transactions and mergers and acquisitions and related intellectual property issues.

Prior to joining Orrick, Audrey held various in-house positions and was in private practice for more than a decade, both as a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Life Sciences

Blake Ilstrup Partner Technology Companies Group, Life Sciences


Blake Ilstrup is the founding member and leader of the Technology Companies Group practice in the Pacific Northwest. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their investors.

Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, entrepreneurial, and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.

Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, fintech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and retail. He has counseled fast-growing companies on hundreds of venture capital financings and M&A transactions, numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.

Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including AppSheet (acquired by Google; Nasdaq: GOOGL), Arris Composites, Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Coatue Management, DimensionalMechanics, fatfoogoo (acquired by Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), OncoSenX, PATH, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Varian Medical (NYSE: VAR), and Zipwhip.

Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Jesse Infeld Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

Jesse Infeld, a managing associate in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jesse represents public and private companies across industries in a wide range of transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and private investment fund formation and portfolio transactions.

Jesse also advises technology startups, founders and venture capital firms in a variety of matters, including company formation, corporate governance and securities law, angel investments and venture capital financings.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Public Finance
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Renewable Energy
  • Litigation & IP

Francesca Isgro Partner M&A and Private Equity, Public Finance


Francesca Isgrò, a Partner in the Rome office, is the responsible for the Administrative Law of the Italian Department and member of the Banking & Finance Group. Francesca has extensive experience in administrative law, with a special focus on public entities, public contract work, tenders, supplies and services, assistance and consulting in the event of litigation.

Throughout her career, Francesca has focused on administrative and public law. Parallel to her advisory work, she has been involved in litigation before both the administrative law and civil courts.

Her particular strengths are in general state-owned business and public agencies, utilities (gas, energy, waste, water and transport), public tenders and infrastructure, energy infrastructure projects, administrative, urban planning and environmental law, public sector real estate transactions.

She has also led development of the energy regulatory capability, supporting the transactional energy practice, particularly in renewable energy.

Francesca has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in "public procurements," organized by IPSOA and in several seminars in administrative law and urban planning at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She also has lectured as teacher in several Master’s programs in the renewable energy field.



  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate
  • Japan

Kazuo Isshiki Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Antitrust & Competition


Kazuo Isshiki is an Of Counsel and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.

Kazuo focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kazuo was an associate in the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Life Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Scott M. Iyama Partner Technology Companies Group, Life Sciences

Silicon Valley; San Francisco

Scott Iyama is an advisor to leading technology and life science companies.  Scott provides tactical guidance throughout the life cycle of high growth companies and has led clients through hundreds of financings and numerous mergers, acquisitions, and partnering transactions.

Scott is an experienced corporate lawyer who leverages his technical experience as a member of research teams at Genentech (Virology R&D) and the NASA Ames Research Center (Advanced Displays Lab) to provide a unique business and legal perspective to companies commercializing disruptive solutions in technology and healthcare. In recognition for such work, The Recorder named Scott one of its “Lawyers on the Fast Track” (one of 50 California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s leaders).

Scott has represented a majority of such companies from inception, with many of the companies founded by leading entrepreneurs and scientists from Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UCLA. He also works with non-profit entities, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area.  Scott’s practice has included representation of numerous high growth companies, including:


  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Nervana Systems
  • Planet Labs
  • ResearchGate

Life Science/Healthcare

  • Cortexyme
  • CyberHeart
  • EpiBone
  • GRO Bioscience
  • Virta Health

Stemming from his experience and deep knowledge in the life sciences and technology industries, Scott is a frequently sought after advisor, speaker and author on technology companies. He routinely volunteers his time with entrepreneur groups and frequently lectures at forums such as the National Cancer Institute, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford Technology Venture Program, the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Life Sciences Association.



  • Corporate
  • Corporate Tax
  • Public Finance Tax
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Financial & Structured Products
  • Finance
  • Tax
  • Structured Finance
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • International Tax
  • France
  • Derivatives
  • Charter School Finance
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Banking & Finance
  • Fintech

Stephen Jackson Partner Corporate, Corporate Tax


Stephen Jackson, partner in Orrick's Paris office, is a member of the Tax group. Steve's practice covers a wide range of U.S. federal income tax matters arising in connection with various domestic and international transactions, as well as financial products and tax planning for financial institutions.

His primary focus is on U.S. taxation of securitizations and re-securitizations, including collateralized debt and loan obligations, mortgage-backed securitizations, structured investment vehicles and other structured finance and financial markets transactions.

For over a decade, Steve has served as tax counsel to issuers and underwriters in numerous registered, agency and privately-placed RMBS transactions (primary issuances and re-securitizations), involving performing loans and non-performing loans, as well as other mortgage-related asset classes, such as servicing advances and tax liens, and in securitizations involving other asset classes such as credit card and auto loan/lease receivables. Steve also provides tax advice in connection with whole loan purchase transactions, including leveraged and nonleveraged acquisitions, joint ventures involving mortgage assets and repo and warehouse financings for various asset classes. Steve also advises financial institutions on tax issues in connection with their role as servicer, trustee or securities administrator under various securitization programs, as well as with respect to FATCA.

Steve writes and lectures on finance and international related tax topics and also participates actively in the tax committee and other initiatives of the Structured Finance Industry Group and other industry and bar-related organizations.



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

James P. Jaconski Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

New York

James Jaconski is a Corporate associate in the New York office.

His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.


  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate
  • Africa
  • Russia
  • Emerging Markets

Foucaud Jaulin Of Counsel Energy, Infrastructure


Foucaud focuses on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, Europe and the CIS.

His work includes advising governments and state-owned entities, financial institutions, oil and gas companies and sponsors on medium and large-scale investments, with expertise in project finance, public-private partnerships, energy projects, industrial projects and corporate transactions. Foucaud acquired extensive knowledge of business practices and legal strategies in both developed and emerging countries.

Before joining Orrick, Foucaud was an associate in the French and Russian projects departments of a French law firm.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Latin America
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Fintech
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Giji John Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Giji’s practice focuses on the development and finance of domestic and international energy projects.

He has extensive experience representing project sponsors through development (including through the negotiation and drafting of power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, management services agreements and site services agreements), acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. His representation has included transactions involving LNG facilities, methanol facilities, petrochemical refineries, carbon capture and sequestration facilities, natural gas processing and storage facilities, natural gas and CO2 pipelines, wind energy, solar energy, natural gas-fired peaking and combined-cycle power plants, thermal and battery energy storage, transportation, aviation and ports.

His prior experiences include a two year secondment to International Finance Corporation’s Office of General Counsel where he worked on multi-currency corporate financings, project financings and equity investments in infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Giji is currently ranked as a Projects Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, and has been recognized for excellence by numerous leading industry and legal publications, including being named one of 34 "Groundbreaking lawyers" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.