William J. Foley Senior Associate, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Financial Services Litigation
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William Foley is a Senior Associate in the New York Office and a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement practice group.His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, investment advisors and other public and privately-held companies in corporate and securities litigation, and other complex business litigation matters. In particular, he has wide-ranging experience representing clients in stock-drop class actions, shareholder derivative actions, M&A and hostile takeover disputes, and complex contractual and business tort cases before federal and state courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Mr. Foley also devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing pro bono services, primarily in civil rights and immigration matters.
He has written and contributed to articles appearing in the New York Law Journal, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Financial Law Fraud Report, Bloomberg BNA, and Westlaw Journal. He was previously an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Simon advises on the acquisition, sale, development and financing of renewable energy projects, with significant experience in onshore and offshore wind and solar matters. He has over 15 years of commercial real estate experience and is recognized by Legal 500 UK and IFLR 1000.
Simon brings extensive experience in real estate matters across a wide range of corporate and finance transactions, including advising on issues related to office moves and corporate occupiers and the acquisition and disposal of investment property.
Simonetta has experience in M&A and private equity transactions in the energy and infrastructure industries, assisting sellers and buyer investors in the acquisition or sale of shareholdings.
She has also experience in corporate governance, general corporate transactions, civil and commercial contracts and has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities assisting major Italian companies.
Simonetta assists clients in drafting and negotiating transaction documents, including share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, and shareholders' agreements.
She regularly collaborates with Bocconi University in Milan as a teaching assistant for the“Comparative Business and European Law” course led by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola for the past 5 years. Beginning in 2017, she also started leading “The EGP school of business development program” – a training program promoted by Enel Green Power which is dedicated to its Business Development professionals and offered by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the Business School of Bocconi University.
In 2017 she has worked also on the first wind sector listed bond in Italy – a complex refinancing transaction.
Maria Frangeskides, a partner in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration Practice Groups.
Maria's practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, including international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, shareholder and joint venture disputes.
Before joining the firm, Maria was head of Coudert Brothers' litigation and arbitration practice in London.
The former Corporate Secretary and head of the Corporate Legal Group at Microsoft, Carolyn Frantz advises clients on legal issues, especially in the technology industry, as part of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.
A former Rhodes Scholar, Carolyn clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David S. Tatel, before teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. She was a litigation partner at a major law firm for eight years before joining Microsoft, where she managed the company’s worldwide tax litigation until her appointment as Corporate Secretary.
As Microsoft’s Corporate Secretary, Carolyn had the opportunity to work closely with the company’s Board of Directors and senior leadership, gaining a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing technology companies in a dynamic competitive and regulatory environment. As the head of the Corporate Legal Group, Carolyn was responsible for legal issues regarding securities law and disclosures, treasury and finance, international trade, procurement, real estate, and many other issues. Building on her extensive litigation experience, which includes managing tax disputes domestically and abroad, as well as litigating multidistrict products liability and consumer cases and commercial contract disputes, including a victory for Microsoft in the first known major use of emergency arbitration, Carolyn understands the practical challenges companies face in litigation and how those intersect with Board reporting, securities disclosures, and internal accountability.
Sharon E. Frase (Shara), a former federal prosecutor, focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.Shara has experience representing individuals and corporations in cases involving potential violations of the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the False Claims Act, FIRREA, and other federal and state criminal laws. She also has experience with securities litigation and antitrust actions in a range of industries, including the construction, technology and financial services sectors.
Robin is an associate in the Real Estate Group. She enjoys partnering with clients to assist on the legal aspects of their real estate investments and help turn ideas into realities.
Her practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, equity investments and financings, joint ventures and leasing. She is skilled at drafting documents that bring complicated deal points to life.
Robin strongly believes in community engagement and is active in a local non-profit that provides shelter and services to the homeless in New York City.
David Fries is broadly viewed as one of the foremost authorities on the “business of law,” bringing to bear 30 years of experience as a public company senior executive and general counsel with P&L and cost center responsibility, a partner in two global law firms and a law firm senior executive.
He presently serves as Orrick’s Chief Profitability Officer, having previously served as Orrick’s Chief Pricing & Practice Management Officer and Orrick’s Chief Client Relationship Officer. In his current role, David helps the firm and its clients reach mutually beneficial fee arrangements, counsels partners on approaches to managing their practices more efficiently and applies data analytics to enhance firm profitability and improve client satisfaction, among other financial and operational responsibilities.
From 1998 through 2005, David served as a senior executive at NYSE-listed Prologis (formerly AMB Property Corporation) in San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, ultimately as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs, and Chairman and CEO of AMB China, Ltd. During his tenure at AMB, David was a member of AMB’s Management and Investment Committees and was responsible for overseeing AMB’s human resource, information technology, legal, environmental, engineering and risk management departments, as well as its airport facilities group, venture capital investments and other strategic business initiatives and transactions. In 2004, in addition to his other responsibilities, he led AMB’s entry into the China market, including opening AMB’s first office in China in Shanghai.
Ms. Frost has been extensively recognized for her practice. Chambers USA notes, “Clients admired [this] ‘highly responsive and fabulous strategist’ for her powers of ‘brilliant analysis.’ She has a trial background and a depth of appellate experience.” The Legal 500 has called her “One of Best Known Names in the Field.” Ms. Frost was featured in 2016 as a “Trial Pro” by Law360 and has been recognized in Euromoney’s Guide to Leading US Litigators, Guide to Leading World Litigators and Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for over a decade and is in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston. In the patent area, she was named one of Law360’s “20 Most Influential Woman in IP Law” and has been included as an IPStar and listed in IAM Patent 1000 for many years.
A former Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit clerk, Thomas Fu is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Prior to joining Orrick, Thomas served as a law clerk for Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Thomas graduated from Stanford Law School, where he worked on merits stage briefing in two cases (one as a party and one as an amicus curiae) as a member of the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Thomas also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Emmanuel Fua is a senior associate in Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Emmanuel has represented clients in high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts across the country in cases involving a wide range of issues, including securities fraud, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, products liability, environmental contamination, celebrity endorser liability, and issues arising under chapters 9 and 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. He has both trial court and appellate court experience, having been a member of multiple trial teams and having co-authored briefs in the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also represented clients in international arbitrations under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules.
Emmanuel's experience also includes non-public representations and internal investigations of clients in the finance and retail industries alleged to have violated the Bank Secrecy Act, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
From 2016-2017, Emmanuel served as a law clerk for Chief Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Businesses of every size and type turn to David Fuad in times of crisis. Regardless of the facts or legal issues, David transforms complex details into compelling narratives for judges and juries.
Whether representing global leaders like Apple or Silicon Beach startups, David specializes in delivering efficient and favorable results through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has resolved a wide range of commercial matters, from breach of contract to real estate disputes to trade secret misappropriation. David has also litigated both single-plaintiff and class action employment matters involving wage and hour, misclassification, and discrimination and harassment claims.
In addition to his busy legal practice, David devotes his energies to pro bono work. He recently helped secure a favorable judgment in a federal civil rights class action, barring indigent criminal defendants unable to pay court-imposed fines and fees from being jailed in a system that was described as a “modern-day debtors' prison.”
While attending law school, David served as an extern for two Los Angeles Superior Court judges and was a member of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review.