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Brendan LaFountain, a Managing Associate in the Sacramento office, is a member of the Public Finance Department. Brendan has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel and issuer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings.
Brendan's practice is focused primarily on transactions for municipal issuers, including the State of California and the California Department of Water Resources. Brendan's experience includes advising on a variety of governmental financing structures, including general obligation bonds, revenue and lease revenue bonds, certificates of participation and land-secured bonds. Brendan also focuses on tax-exempt healthcare finance for 501(c)(3) organizations, including both stand-alone hospitals and hospital systems, and serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings. Brendan has worked on many of the structures available in public finance, including fixed and variable rate bonds, tax-exempt and taxable bonds, publicly offered and privately placed bonds, master trust indentures, insurance, letters of credit, conversions, reofferings and commercial paper programs.
Silicon Valley; Portland
Silicon Valley; Portland
Peter Lamb, a partner working across our Bay Area and Pacific Northwest offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Peter advises private equity sponsors, technology investors, and well established private and public technology and life sciences companies.
Peter advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on M&A and minority and majority investments. He also advises a range of mid- to late-stage private technology companies, including Aptean, Duetto Research, ESS, ProCare, Qualifacts, Sagent Lending Solutions, Stripe, Trax Retail and Zimperium. Peter regularly works with Warburg Pincus on a wide range of technology, healthcare IT and life sciences platform investments and portfolio company transactions.
Peter has also advised on the IPOs and follow-ons of numerous companies, including Cortexyme, Twist Bioscience, Elevate Financial, AVG Technologies, Pandora Media, Chegg, Portola Pharmaceuticals and ZS Pharma. His experience includes a wide range of public and private company M&A, growth equity and public market financings for tech, life sciences and private equity clients, as well as numerous cross-border buy- and sell-side M&A representations, including the $1.3 billion sale of AVG Technologies to Avast Software, and a dozen roll-up acquisitions for TA Associates and Vista Equity-backed Aptean.
Franco Lambiase is an English qualified solicitor based in our Milan office.
Franco is an English qualified lawyer who advises on a broad range of finance and capital markets transactions including securitisation, Eurobonds and EMTN, derivatives and general lending.
He concluded his legal studies in London, earning a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2014 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2015.
Franco is bilingual (Italian and English).
James Larkin, Of Counsel in the firm's New York office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Jamie concentrates on a broad range of federal income tax matters, including tax issues related to cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, collateralizations, reorganizations, cross-border financings and transfer pricing.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jamie was an associate at White & Case LLP.
Thomas Laryea is a recognized international law and policy expert in sovereign debt restructuring and Africa-related finance and investment. While he has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global.
Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries.
His practice bridges legal and strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolution aspects of international finance and investment.
Nicholas Laveris, resident in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Restructuring Group.
Nicholas A. Laveris is Of Counsel in Orrick's Restructuring Group. Nick advises investment banks, commercial banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of domestic and international par and distressed assets, including bilateral loans, syndicated loans, loan participations and derivative structured products.
Nick also represents clients in the purchase and sale of claims in bankruptcy, including administrative claims and trade claims. In addition, Nick represents clients in the purchase and sale of securities and other equity instruments arising out of restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. Nick has extensive experience in working on transactions under the LSTA and LMA regimes, as well as negotiating bespoke documentation. Nick's work involves transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. Nick is an active member of the Loan Syndications and Trade Association and the Loan Market Association.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.
Barbara provides tax advice in connection with tax-exempt financing transactions for cities, counties, states, school districts, charter schools, housing authorities, higher education authorities, state agencies and other tax-exempt organizations.
She also has significant experience representing nonprofit organizations. Formerly an attorney with the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, Barbara has represented clients before the IRS in a variety of matters involving tax-exempt bonds, including audits and private letter ruling requests. She has participated in all facets of the tax analysis associated with the issuance of governmental purpose bonds, certain tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified residential rental bonds and qualified small issue bonds.
Barbara has served on the Steering Committee and has chaired the Working Capital panel and the Bond Direct Purchase - Advanced Tax Topics panel for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, the oldest and largest annual gathering of bond lawyers.
Kathleen A. Leak, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm's Public Finance Department. She has considerable experience in public finance with special knowledge in health care and transportation financing.
Before coming to Orrick, Kathleen was an associate at Chapman and Cutler from 1985 to 1988.
Ms. Elizabeth Lefever, of counsel in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
She focuses on high growth technology companies and represents both public and private companies and venture capital funds in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and private equity.Prior to joining Orrick, Elizabeth was of counsel with Clifford Chance and an associate at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison.
Mayling Leong is a senior associate in the Sacramento office and a member of the firm's nationally recognized Public Finance Department. Mayling has broad experience serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter's counsel and corporation's counsel in financings for 501(c)(3) borrowers, with a focus on the health care sector.
In addition, Mayling serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority and the California Public Finance Authority for 501(c)(3) conduit financings, and as special counsel to the California State Treasurer’s Office in transactions for bonds insured through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s Cal-Mortgage Loan Insurance Program.
Giovanni Leoni, a senior associate in the Milan Office, is a member of the Tax group. Giovanni specializes in Italian and international tax law and tax litigation. He has acquired extensive expertise in general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
Giovanni's previous work experience includes associate and partner at CBM & Partners LLP in Milan. Prior to joining CBM & Partners LLP, Giovanni worked as a trainee lawyer at Berenghi, Fiorini, Strobino in Milan.
Yves is a leading Energy and Infrastructure lawyer in France and abroad. He serves as head of the Paris firm's Infrastructure practice and head of the Africa practice.
Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a notable practitioner in International projects, Energy and Africa, Yves is praised for his “very good sector experience and knowledge”, as well as his “enormous negotiating skills”. With 30 years' experience in PPP, international infrastructure projects and power industry projects, Yves regularly advises operators in both the public and private sectors, government entities and financial institutions for operations in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Recently, he has led a cross-border multidisciplinary team to advise Actis, one of the largest and most active private equity firms operating in Africa, in its purchase of a majority interest in three power assets in Cameroon from Fortune 200 global power company AES Corporation.
Yves also has substantial experience in privatizations and acquisitions in France and abroad with companies whose main assets are infrastructure facilities. He notably advised VINCI Airports in connection with the acquisition of nine airports and three partial management contracts following acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide.
Yves is a lawyer with the Paris Appeal Court and a member of the New York Bar. He was appointed as French Foreign Trade Advisor in 1996.