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Daniela Andreatta, special counsel in the Milan office, has an extensive M&A and corporate background and a broad experience in bankruptcy-related matters.
Daniela practice covers cross-border corporate transactions and the so called “special situations”, which include investments in distressed assets (non-performing loans, debt and/or equity in listed/unlisted distressed companies), buy-outs from insolvency proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation. In recent years, she has assisted banks, Italian and foreign investors and debtors in complex deals of corporate restructurings relating to the financial indebtedness and concordato proceedings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Daniela was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm Associated with Ernst & Young International.
Patricia is Of Counsel in our San
Francisco office, and is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation
and taxation of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefits, deferred
compensation and health and welfare benefits. Patricia also regularly advises
benefit plan committees on their fiduciary duties.
Patricia is a trusted resource for her clients and leads complex negotiations to provide innovative solutions with regard to benefits design, administration and compliance. Patricia provides substantive expertise in the defense of benefits litigation matters, has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses and is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA.
Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management, CEOs, boards of directors, retirement and health plan committees and key leadership of Fortune 500 companies on complex questions and issues regarding the operation of their domestic and international employee benefit plans and compliance with federal and state law.
Before joining the firm, Patricia acted as Senior Manager of National Employee Benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and formerly served as Senior Counsel-Benefits and Executive Compensation at AirTouch Communications, Inc. (now Vodafone).Patricia also acted as Legislation Counsel on the Joint Committee on Taxation within the United States Congress working extensively on the Clinton health care proposal and other benefits legislation. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).
John Ansbro is a seasoned litigator based in New York specializing in complex commercial litigation representing large, sophisticated clients in their most important matters in state and federal courts across the country. He has secured over $1 billion in damages when acting as plaintiffs’ counsel, and he has secured dismissals at the pleading stage and summary judgment dismissals when defending his clients.
A front line advocate, John has deep experience in all aspects of litigation in the trial courts, on appeals, and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of matters that include a host of different contract disputes, issues arising from the 2008 Financial Crisis involving residential home mortgage backed securities (RMBS), bankruptcy litigation, insurance recovery, consumer class actions, and commercial real estate foreclosure. John has also served as an arbitrator on an ICC International Court of Arbitration panel in a cross-border contract dispute.
John currently is lead counsel to Hemlock Semiconductor Operations LLC (majority owned by Dow Corning Corporation and Corning, Inc.) in seven actions pending in Michigan and New York courts seeking $3 billion in damages where Hemlock asserts breaches of long-term supply agreements against defendants located in Japan, Germany, China and Taiwan. In a case of first impression in Michigan, John won the dismissal of an attempt by a Japanese conglomerate to avoid $1.4 billion in purchase obligations on the theory that alleged illegal acts by the Chinese Government constituted an “act of government” under the parties’ force majeure provision. The Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed that dismissal. In another of these actions, John recently obtained summary judgment against a German company along with a damages award of $793 million. John regularly travels to Japan to coordinate strategy with the team of Japanese attorneys defending Hemlock in the Tokyo District Court against alleged breaches of the antitrust laws of Japan.
Since 2011 John has been a senior member of the Orrick team that represents Credit Suisse Securities USA in actions brought by monoline insurers seeking to deny coverage under financial guarantees they issued covering a number RMBS. He also defends Credit Suisse in several actions brought by RMBS investors alleging breaches of representations and warranties. As lead counsel, John obtained a dismissal—from the bench, after lengthy argument—of a $46 million fraud action in which the issuer of a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) claimed it was fraudulently induced to guarantee a credit default swap referencing $396 million of CDO certificates underwritten by Credit Suisse. John demonstrated to the court that based upon public information and other facts known to the issuer, it was on sufficient notice of the alleged fraud well before the expiration of the statute of limitations. John argued and won a unanimous appellate affirmance of that dismissal.
John is also a senior member of Orrick’s team representing one of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers. This engagement covers all of the company’s RMBS related legal issues, including allegations by various certificate holders and RMBS trustees of faulty loan servicing under the trust agreements. None of these allegations have been successful.
Beyond these examples, John’s depth of experience includes handling matters in a wide variety of industries, as shown by the examples below of his engagements.
Prior to joining Orrick, John was a Litigation Associate at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine LLP.
Rosario Apuzzo is an Associate in Orrick's Rome Office, and a member of the global Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on international matters involving multiple jurisdictions for both Italian and non-Italian clients and also includes counseling relating to international contract law.
Rosario is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully litigated several trials, domestic and international arbitrations, among other, in commercial litigation and renewable energies.
He regularly represents Italian and international clients with significant presence in Europe and United States, including numerous start-up companies, banks and financial services companies.
Rosario also has broad experience handling domestic litigation, alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy proceedings, enforcement of civil decisions, employment law and commercial law.
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.
Michael Arena is an Associate based in Orrick's Sacramento office and a member of the Public Finance Group with experience advising both public and private entities in domestic and international capital markets transactions.
Michael has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer's counsel on tax-exempt and taxable financings. Since joining Orrick in 2017, Michael has worked in both the transportation and healthcare sectors, and participated in fixed and variable rate financings, advanced refundings, and numerous post-issuance modifications to the terms and structure of outstanding debt obligations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Michael advised issuers and underwriters on registered and Rule 144A / Reg. S equity and debt securities offerings, including: initial public offerings, private placements, listed trades, block trades, issuances of American depositary shares, senior and subordinated notes, medium-term notes, rights, warrants, high-yield bonds, and sovereign bonds. As issuer’s and regulatory counsel, Michael represented major financial institutions, including U.S., European and Indian banks, on capital issuances and cross-border compliance matters. As disclosure counsel, Michael has also advised registered U.S. companies on their financial reporting obligations and ongoing filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jen Argyle is an employment law career associate in our New York office.
Jen Argyle joined the firm in 2017. She concentrates in employment disputes, executive counseling, and has represented management in labor arbitrations. Jen enables her executive clients to avoid litigation surrounding employment negotiations and contract issues. She counsels corporate clients on litigation avoidance, conducts internal investigations discretely and efficiently, and drafts internal policies and procedures, further insulating companies and business owners from costly court proceedings.
Jen also represents clients before both federal and state courts, arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal government agency proceedings. She has responded to claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment and she has also addressed wage-hour, misclassification, and disability/medical leave issues. Before joining the firm, Jen was an associate at a regional law firm where she represented management in all aspects of single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff employment litigation.
Kevin is an Associated Law Professor affiliated with the Supreme Court and Appellate group. His practice involves high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the country.
Kevin has experience in a wide range of subject areas, including class actions, securities, bankruptcy, and patents. He has co-authored numerous appellate briefs, including briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages, on subjects including consumer protection, Indian law, criminal forfeiture, federal court jurisdiction, and foreign sovereign immunity. Kevin has also engaged in strategic planning and motions practice at the trial stage in both federal and state courts.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kevin clerked for Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has a Ph.D. in history from NYU, where he specialized in the history of the federal courts in the early national period.
Matt Ashby has served as local and national trial counsel for some of the largest U.S. companies in the government contracting, chemical, construction, maritime and automotive industries for over a decade. Matt's prior professional experience, as a Certified Public Accountant in California and as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, enables him to wield a unique and sophisticated legal practice on behalf of his clients.
Prior to his legal career, Matt served as a senior auditor for a Fortune 500 multinational corporation, where he supervised compliance and financial audits, internal controls, and M&A due diligence. His training in federal contracting and accounting have enabled him to add unique value to his legal service. As a result, Matt has been called upon to bring a fresh perspective to his clients' defense strategies, both locally and nationally.
In addition to serving his clients, Matt enjoys opportunities to collaborate with and educate other lawyers.
Matt has participated as a lecturer and faculty member at national complex litigation and product liability conferences and has been interviewed by leading legal publications for his views on trends in these practice areas. He has written articles for DRI and Law360 on cross-border discovery and trial practice, as well as authored a chapter on damages for a regional legal treatise published by The Recorder. Matt has also prepared a comprehensive DRI practice guide on the defense of litigation involving international parties.
Prior to Orrick, Matt most recently practiced as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Polsinelli LLP (an Am Law 100 firm).
Nathelie is an of counsel with our Public Finance practice in Texas.
Nathelie regularly serves as bond and disclosure counsel for state agencies, universities, cities, school districts and other political subdivisions in tax-exempt bond transactions. Nathelie also represents investment banking firms as underwriter's counsel.
Stephen Ashley is a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm's Capital Markets practice. He regularly represents both issuers and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and cross-border securities 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.
Legal500 reported in 2016 that clients say Stephen “is very responsive, does thorough research and speaks in plain English.” He has advised companies from a wide range of industries, including the IT, software, finance, consumer products, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Stephen is a member of Orrick's opinion committee.
Kevin Askew, a senior associate in Orrick’s Los Angeles office, is a securities litigator. He represents companies, officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and other complex business litigation matters. Kevin also has substantial experience representing financial institutions, issuers and individuals in connection with SEC investigations and enforcement actions.
Kevin has litigated matters in state and federal courts around the country, in arbitration, in administrative proceedings, and on appeal.
Kevin has also devoted a significant portion of his time to pro bono matters. Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project awarded Kevin its 2016 Pro Bono Award in recognition of his representation of an asylum seeker in a long-running matter.
Kevin has published articles on securities-related topics in the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal, Bloomberg BNA, and other publications.