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Charles C. 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).
Helen’s practice focuses on project development and financing in the renewable energy sector.
During her time at Berkeley Law, Helen worked as a summer legal intern in the Administrative Law Judge Division of the California Public Utilities Commission, as a senior business analyst with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and as a legal trainee at Positive Planet UK.
Prior to law school, she led programs with state and local governments and ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs to advance the adoption of clean technologies, including battery storage, virtual power plants, commercial and industrial lighting and advanced building control systems.
Walter counsels private and public companies in their roles as sponsors, investors, lenders, and borrowers in energy and infrastructure projects.
His experience includes drafting and negotiating documentation specific to project finance, tax equity finance, bond offerings, and general corporate matters.
Matt focuses on project development and finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry.
Matt's practice is centered on project development and mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) in the energy industry, with a particular focus on electric power and midstream projects. He regularly advises clients on the development, construction, operation, purchase and disposition of conventional power, renewable and midstream projects. His experience includes each stage, from early development, construction, offtake agreements, through commercial operation, financing, repowering and disposition. Matt also regularly represents clients in the development, structuring and construction of large natural gas pipeline, renewable and gas-fired power projects energy projects in Mexico.
Matt’s experience encompasses all manner of revenue and construction contracts; equipment supply and warranty agreements, long-term parts and services agreements; operating and maintenance agreements; electric interconnection and transmission agreements; fuel supply and transportation agreements; and ownership, joint venture and equity participation agreements.
James is the global head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice and focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments.
Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.
Jonathan Ayre represents oil and gas and chemical industry companies and their investors in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development, financing and restructuring transactions. His practice includes the formation of private equity-backed entities investing in the oil and gas and chemicals industries.
Jonathan’s recent experience includes representing the noteholders in two securitizations of oil and gas wellbore assets of Raisa Energy, an Encap portfolio company, and Diversified Gas & Oil, an AIM listed public company. The transactions were named by Texas Lawbook as Top 10 Most Important Deals in Texas for 2019. He also represented Wells Fargo as administrative agent in connection with the Legacy Reserves prepetition $575 million first-lien RBL facility, $350 million DIP financing and $500 million committed exit facility, which ended in a full cash repayment for Wells Fargo and all lenders under the prepetition first-lien RBL and DIP facilities.
Jonathan serves as a member of Orrick's Finance and Audit Committee and its Professional Development Committee, and as the firm's Recruiting Liaison to The University of Texas School of Law.
Based in London, international dispute resolution partner Mark Beeley primarily focuses on disputes arising out of the energy sector (he is described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out”). In addition, he has significant experience with construction, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.
He has sat as an arbitrator (including as chair) in multiple cases, but primarily practices as counsel and advocate whether in arbitrations or in litigations before the English and Dubai International Financial Center courts. In addition, he supervises proceedings in other jurisdictions, as well as co-ordinating cross-border dispute resolution solutions and leading compliance investigations.
Recognised and ranked by Chambers and Partners (since 2012) and Legal 500 (since 2009) for his international arbitration practice, Mark has also been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers.
Heather’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, securities offerings, energy tax credits, project developments and financings, including within the renewable energy sector, and other federal income tax matters.
Geoffroy Berthon is an Energy and Infrastructure Partner in Orrick's Paris office with a focus on public law and public contracts (notably concessions and PPP) as well as regulatory matters.
Geoffroy Berthon has an extensive experience in several key public infrastructure projects, railroad work infrastructures and hydroelectric concessions as well as renewable energies and marine sectors. He also works on regulatory and litigation matters notably in the energy sector.
He advises sponsors as well as lenders and he has been working with several public entities and governments, in France and Africa.
Recognized by the Legal 500 guide in public law and project finance, Geoffroy Berthon is quoted as a "one to watch" lawyer.
Before joining Orrick, Geoffroy Berthon worked as an associate with the firm Allen & Overy, in the Public and Environmental law department.
He is a lecturer in public contracts at Sciences Po.
James is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
James represents developers, electric utilities, lenders and investors in project financings, infrastructure projects, private placements, securities offerings and asset transfers. In the energy sector, his work focuses on the development, financing and construction of renewable generation facilities.
Victoria focuses on advising project developers, sponsors, issuers, lenders and governmental authorities in a wide range of financing, project development and infrastructure transactions.
Victoria has represented clients in connection with the development, project financing, procurement, acquisition and sale of a wide-range of domestic energy and infrastructure projects, including project development, debt and equity financings for renewable and conventional energy projects; large infrastructure projects using public-private partnerships; and securities offerings.
Walt is a seasoned trial lawyer and the leader of Orrick's White Collar Criminal Defense practice. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and crisis management.
He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative litigation and proceedings. Over the past 25 years, Walt has been on the front lines of many of the most significant government investigations, prosecutions and litigation. He has extensive experience in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust offenses, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, trade secret misappropriation and government fraud. Walt also is engaged routinely by public and private companies, and by audit and special committees of boards of directors, to conduct internal investigations.