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Jonelle advises clients on a broad range of cross-border transactions and domestic matters. She provides advice to companies across a variety of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail on general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jonelle spent time as a Technology, Media and Telecoms Associate for an international law firm and also gained experience working for a boutique intellectual property firm.
Jonelle has previously undertaken a virtual secondment at an international oil and gas company where she assisted with general commercial contracts and queries.
Natasha Ahmed is an associate in our Technology Companies Group in London. Before moving into private practice, Natasha spent 5 years in the in-house legal team of a global brand management company.Natasha advises clients on cross-border transactions and domestic matters, providing general commercial, intellectual property, IT and data privacy advice across a broad range of sectors including technology, telecommunications, energy, and retail.
D. Isabel Ajuria is a lawyer in the San Francisco office and a member of
the Corporate Group, whose focus is primarily on representing high
growth technology companies in general formation, venture capital and
private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
During her time at NYU School of Law, Isabel was a legal intern for Gucci, and a Managing Editor of the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He advises clients on a wide range of securities law matters and regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in both domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions.
Stephen's experience includes public offerings and private placements of common and preferred equity and investment grade, high yield and convertible debt securities, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. He also advises clients on various compliance, corporate governance, stock exchange listing and other general corporate matters, while working closely with Orrick’s M&A and Restructuring teams on securities related issues.
He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the information technology, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen routinely works on high profile transactions that have been recognized for their complexity and execution. IFLR1000 recognized Stephen as a notable Practitioner in 2019 and 2020. Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.”
Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.
As Europe's premier tech business advisors, Shawn and his team have overseen several hundred venture financings, private equity buyouts and M&A transactions over the course of the last decade. Leading venture capital and growth funds, private equity, and high-growth tech companies rely upon his unsurpassed industry knowledge as much as his relentless commitment to their business.
In addition to sheer volume of deals, Shawn's incomparable market insight stems from his leadership roles at Orrick, the only global firm focused on technology, and his experience working throughout the UK & Europe, North America and Asia. Shawn leads Orrick's London Corporate practice, its Global Emerging Markets practice and co-leads the Global Fintech team. These complement his practice serving public and private companies in UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations. He is also a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.
Drawing from his particular expertise with technology and IP rich businesses, Shawn also advises technology companies from incubation through M&A exits, initial public offerings and other growth opportunities. His participation in the private equity and venture capital sector spans his entire career-with time spent in private practice, in-house and advising investors as well as investor-backed businesses-and affords him a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry and client needs and expectations.
Among the leading investment funds he has represented are ABN Amro Digital Impact Fund, Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, FTV Capital, Golden Gate Capital, Greenspring Associates, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, Piper Private Equity, Piton Capital, Russia Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Summit Partners, Vostok New Ventures and Vostok Emerging Finance.
New York; Boston; Silicon Valley
New York; Boston; Silicon Valley
Christopher Austin is global co-head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice as well as global co-chair of Orrick's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law compliance.
Chris counsels public and high-growth technology companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience advising both companies and investment banks on capital markets matters, including leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies.
With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. Chambers USA ranks him Band 1 for Fintech in the USA and reports: "clients call [...] upon his wealth of experience in public offerings, SAFT issues and token sales. Sources cite his "commercial" and "thorough" approach as a key asset, while also praising his ability to "get things done." Recent experience includes working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation and compensation and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Notable Fintech companies he works with include Betterment, SoFi, Personal Capital, Debtsy, Credit IQ and Galaxy Digital.
Vincent Babin is a venture capital lawyer and a member of the Technology Companies Group in Orrick's Paris office.Vincent advises venture capital funds, and helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their businesses from constitution to exit. Through the development of startups, Vincent assists management teams to set up employees’ incentive plans, think through the governance of the company, and provide strategic and practical advice to the founders.
Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.
Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions. He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.
Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable, Upworthy (until sold) and Warby Parker, among others.
In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.
Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.
San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
San Francisco; Santa Monica; Silicon Valley
John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.
John focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech and life sciences companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and technology licensing.
The Recorder named John the “2019 Innovator of the Year” for his work as the chief lawyer on the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-approved exchange designed to change the paradigm of traditional stock markets by rewarding entrepreneurs and investors committed to long-term business strategies. Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.” He is ranked Band 2 by Chambers USA California, for Venture Capital and Chambers USA Nationwide, ranked him Band 3 for Startups & Emerging Companies.
John is a Board member and co-founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors, as well as an advisor and co-founder of Clerky.com, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. John also served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino, California and a council member from 1993-1997, where he helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies.
David Benhamou, a managing associate in Orrick's Santa Monica office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
David represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, ongoing corporate matters, and venture capital financings.
David began his legal career as a corporate associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. During his time at NYU School of Law, David worked with a number of startups.
Sabrina Benyammi is an associate in Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
She advises companies throughout their lifecycle, including in formation and general corporate matters, venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to advising companies, Sabrina represents leading venture firms in connection with their investments in private companies.