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Katherine’s practice focuses primarily on executive compensation and employee benefits issues for technology companies.
She advises clients on the tax and securities issues related to equity-based compensation, including stock options, restricted stock, employee stock purchase plans and deferred compensation arrangements for both private and public companies as well as in the context of initial public offerings and acquisitions.
Timo is passionate about contributing his deep practical know-how and broad market experience to combine legal excellence and economic understanding for solutions that work best for his clients.
Timo heads our Capital Markets and Banking & Finance (incl. Regulatory) practice in Germany and has been advising clients on respective law matters for more than 15 years.
He inter alia advises in the fields of regulatory & asset management (incl. AIFs) and restructuring, corporate law and derivative/carbon trading and is member in a creditors committee.
Timo helps his clients, among them banks, corporates, listed companies, and asset managers in capital markets and finance transactions, M&A, squeeze outs, IPOs/ICOs as well as with regard to compliance. He also has special market experience regarding (renewable) energy, banking (stock exchange), insurance, and fund structuring as well as technology.
Nicole Huang is an 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 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.).
Kane Huang, a senior associate in Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Kane advises U.S. and Japanese companies on cross-border M&A, joint venture, technology licensing, energy and real estate related transactions, as well as compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.
In addition to transactions between U.S. and Japanese companies, Kane works on a variety of multijurisdictional transactions involving entities and assets in Asia and Europe.
Kane worked at Orrick's Silicon Valley office from 2010 to 2012, where he focused on technology sector M&A.
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Silicon Valley
Bill Hughes is co-head of 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.
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.
Blake Ilstrup, a Partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their founders, advisors and 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 high-growth 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, Arris Composites, Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Coatue Management, Dimensional Mechanics, fatfoogoo (sold to 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), Storm Ventures, TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX), Varian Medical, 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.
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.
Francesca Isgrò, a Partner in the Rome office, is the responsible for the Administrative Law and member of the Banking & Finance Group. Francesca has extensive experience in administrative law, with a special focus on public contract work, tenders, supplies and services, and 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.
Kazuo Isshiki is a senior associate 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.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Scott Iyama is an advisor to leading technology and life science companies, and is the partner in charge of Orrick's Silicon Valley Office. 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:
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.
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.