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Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France and Europe.
Emmanuel represents numerous French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual cases.
Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases arising from works council and health and safety committee information consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’ reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in 2016, Emmanuel was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits Department. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Alan Benjamin is a bank lending and gaming industry lawyer based in Orrick's Los Angeles office. He counsels clients nationwide on complex financial transactions and restructurings, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, project financings, leveraged buy-outs, dividend recapitalizations and insolvency matters.
In the 2019 California Banking & Finance category of Chambers USA, clients describe Alan as "dean of the West Coast finance practice," adding that "he is able to help navigate several open items to a successful conclusion with both parties being very satisfied." Alan has particular experience in lending to the gaming industry. In fact, Chambers USA notes that "his extensive financing practice includes particular expertise in lending transactions involving Native American tribes."
In addition to his practice responsibilities, Alan has held numerous firmwide positions, including recently as a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and as practice group leader of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. He is currently a member of Orrick's Management Committee and also currently co-chairs Orrick’s Finance and Audit Committee.
He is licensed to practice in both New York and California.
Orange County; Taipei
Orange County; Taipei
For nearly three decades, Robert Benson has dedicated himself to helping clients resolve their most challenging legal disputes. Whether litigating multi-patent matters, competitor disputes, or licensing obligations, Robert blends his commitment to serving others with his legal acumen, creativity, integrity, and collaborative leadership to attain the best possible results for his clients.
Robert has handled a wide range of commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, represented both patent owners and petitioners in PTAB proceedings, obtained injunctive relief, and argued before the Federal Circuit. He has handled both offensive and defensive patent licensing and litigation, and has implement strategies that incorporate inter partes review and reexamination proceedings. His matters have involved technologies including semiconductors, graphics processing, mobile devices, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and countless other products and consumer electronics.
In addition to his domestic practice, Robert also leads Orrick’s Taipei office. In Chambers Global 2018, Robert is the only attorney ranked in the U.S. for Intellectual Property – Foreign Expert for Taiwan. Global corporations headquartered in Asia trust him to navigate the unique issues, claims, and defenses that arise in multinational litigation and cross-border disputes. Please click here to read his bio in Simplified Chinese.
Robert’s commitment to service extends beyond his professional clients. Over the past 20 years, Robert has established programs in Asia, Africa, and North and South America that care for hundreds of at-risk children and enable them to attend universities and launch their careers. He is the founder of Arms of Love International, a charitable organization that operates family-based homes for abandoned or abused children, and Love Forward, a charitable organization that provides a higher education for students who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse. In his recently published book, Love Forward, Robert shares the life stories of some of the young women and men who grew up in the Arms of Love homes, together with his personal story, to encourage and inspire others in their own endeavors. In recognition of his service, Orrick awarded Robert its Community Responsibility Award in 2017.
Sabrina Benyammi is an associate in the Silicon Valley Office, and a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Amaury Berbille is a corporate lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.
Amaury’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including M&A, public tender offers, joint ventures and private equity transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Amaury worked at the law firms Volt Associés in Paris and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Paris and London.
A French native speaker, Amaury is fully proficient in English.
Maria Bergenhem advises companies on corporate matters from early stages through exit. She particularly enjoys seeing founders’ hard work pay off.
As a general corporate associate, Maria splits her time working for clients across various industries, with particular focus on financial services, pharmaceutical and software. She provides advice on tech company investments and corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity investments, and capital markets offerings. Maria's experience has involved seeing each of these transactions from both the company and the investor perspectives. This experience allows her to more effectively counsel her current investor-side and company-side clients.
Recently, Maria helped advise Swedish venture capital firm Kinnevik on their lead investment in TravelPerk's $44 million Series C funding round. TravelPerk is a Barcelona-based company that provides an innovative European SaaS travel booking platform.
Maria is also active in Orrick's innovative Impact Finance group, working for interesting clients who have a mission of doing good.
Maria was a summer associate in Orrick's New York office in 2015.
Olivier Bernard, partner in Orrick’s Paris office, is a member of the Banking & Finance group.
Olivier advises French and international financial institutions, insurers, funds and other alternative capital providers, as well as borrowers, on structured finance, debt capital markets and securitization transactions, in relation to a variety of assets, including real estate, transportation fleets and infrastructure.
He has been involved on a number of groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional transactions, privately or publicly placed.
Before joining Orrick in 2016 as a partner, Olivier was counsel in the finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Carsten Bernauer has many years of experience in advising companies in the sectors of private equity and venture capital as well as in advising listed companies.A special focus is on the comprehensive support of start-up technology companies and their investors. In this context, he accompanies his clients through all stages of growth with the aim of providing fast and efficient support in the implementation of their growth plans and investment strategies.
William D. Berry, a compensation and benefits senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has a broad practice in the area of employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation and welfare benefits.
William also has substantial experience with the employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses (including bankruptcy transactions), the restructuring of defined benefit pension plans, the defense of ERISA class action litigation, and public pension plan matters.
His clients include a wide range of large and medium-sized corporations, as well as individual and public clients. He also provides tax and retirement planning advice to many of Orrick's corporate clients.
William has been a frequent lecturer on employee benefits and related individual tax and fiduciary topics for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association; California Continuing Education of the Bar; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the Practicing Law Institute; the Western Pension & Benefits Conference; various Bay Area Estate Planning Councils; and other organizations.
William became a senior counsel in 2013 after having been an Orrick partner since 1999. Before joining Orrick, William was a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.
Michele Bertani is a special counsel in Orrick’s Milan office.
As a lawyer, he has extensive experience in intellectual property and competition matters, especially in the fields of copyright, media and information technology legal problems, trademarks, patents, advertising and antitrust law.
Michele is a full professor of intellectual property law at the Law Faculty of the University of Foggia. He also teaches commercial law and competition law at the same Faculty, Competition Law at the IULM University in Milan.
Geoffroy Berthon is an Energy and Infrastructure lawyer 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.
Andrew helps both issuers and underwriters navigate complex municipal infrastructure financing transactions through creative solutions and dedicated client service. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Andrew’s practice focuses on public finance, which includes serving as bond counsel or disclosure counsel to cities, counties and other local governments, state agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) nonprofit healthcare organizations, and special districts in connection with infrastructure financings and related projects. Andrew also has extensive experience representing national and regional investment banks in the underwriting of municipal bonds.
Andrew has represented clients in a wide range of public finance transactions, including tax-exempt and taxable, fixed and variable rate, and long- and short-term debt, general obligation and revenue bonds, direct purchases/private placements, credit and liquidity enhancement, and commercial paper financings. Andrew has experience with projects relating to transportation, water systems, public education, higher education, hospitals, and ports.
Over the course of his career, Andrew has prepared, negotiated and reviewed hundreds of complex agreements relating to municipal financing transactions, including trust indentures, loan agreements, and bond purchase contracts. Andrew also regularly advises clients with respect to bond election matters and compliance with federal securities laws, including continuing disclosure requirements under SEC Rule 15c2-12.