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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.
Simon focuses on M&A and commercial contracts in the energy sector, with considerable experience in both generation and transmission assets. He is particularly well known for renewable energy work, having advised numerous clients on acquisitions, disposals, complex shareholder arrangements and project agreements in the context of renewables investments and financings.
Simon represents client in connection with acquisitions, disposals, joint venture arrangements and project agreements in energy and infrastructure investments and financings.
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 energy, 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 energy, 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 Professional Development Committee and as the firm's Recruiting Liaison to The University of Texas School of Law.
Mark Beeley acts as advocate and counsel in international arbitrations (both commercial and investor-state) and in litigation in the English and DIFC courts. He has particularly deep experience in energy disputes, but also regularly acts in construction, technology, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.
Mark has acted in arbitrations under the ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, LMAA, DIAC, AAA and other arbitration rules in disputes seated around the globe concerning multiple governing laws and is recognised in the leading directories for arbitration and natural resources disputes. In addition, he sits as arbitrator (including both as chairman and sole arbitrator). He previously practiced in Dubai as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and maintains a practice as advocate (and solicitor) in both the English and DIFC Courts (along with supervising cross-border litigation in multiple jurisdictions). Mark has been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers.
He has a particular interest in energy sector disputes, including those in the upstream and LNG areas (he was described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out” and is recognised in Who's Who Legal for Energy), but has dealt with matters across the industry, running the gamut from seismic acquisition agreements through to IP disputes involving refined products, carbon trading agreements and the construction of renewable projects. He currently leads the AIPN Model Form Revision sub-committee focusing on the dispute resolution aspects of the model form JOA.
Beyond energy, Mark has acted in the infrastructure/construction, technology, insurance, crypto-currency, fintech, pharmaceutical, telecoms, insurance and finance sectors (amongst others) and also advises extensively on white-collar/fraud matters, including money laundering, bribery, sanction and export control issues.
Originally called to the English Bar and now practicing as a solicitor-advocate, Mark frequently publishes and speaks on arbitration and energy matters, including on questions of sovereign immunity, res judicata, arbitration procedure, the award of interest and other questions on damages. He features in two categories of Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration and Energy 2020.
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.
Amélie focuses on energy and infrastructure projects across Africa and Europe.
Amélie is an Energy & Infrastructure lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Her work includes advising on projects across Europe and Africa, with experience in energy projects and corporate transactions.
Before joining Orrick, Amélie was an associate in the M&A departments of an English law firm in Paris and Casablanca.