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Edward has a particular focus on commodities and the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of domestic and international projects in the energy sector.
His commodities experience ranges from the transactional and regulatory aspects of physical and cash-settled trading to more bespoke, complex and structured arrangements. These include the establishment and roll-out of trading platforms and businesses, long-term sales and supply agreements, corporate PPAs of all forms (including derivative-based synthetic / virtual contracts), trading services agreements, swaps, repurchase transactions, commodity-backed prepay (and other financing) structures and trading portfolio, company and asset acquisitions.
Edward also has a significant amount of experience in relation to thermal and renewable energy assets (the latter including wind, solar, biomass, storage and hydro technologies), as well as large mining, toll road, telecoms and other infrastructure projects.
In this regard, he has advised on numerous high-value and strategic M&A transactions, projects and project financings, and has specialist knowledge in relation to system, supply, offtake, concession, O&M, EPC and other underlying arrangements. His projects-related clients include sponsors, corporates, utilities, trading houses, equity and debt funds, and other debt-providers (primarily banks and credit support organisations).
He has advised in each of these areas, across the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and other key emerging markets, for almost 20 years, spending an extensive portion of this time acting as in-house counsel to utilities, trading houses and an international investment bank.
Edward is highly regarded by both Chambers and Legal 500.
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Eli's practice focuses on energy and infrastructure-related projects.
He leverages degrees in finance and natural resources to assist clients with project finance, project development, and mergers and acquisitions for all types of energy and infrastructure projects.
Richard Hunt, an associate in the London office, is a member of the Banking & Finance team.
Richard has experience acting for both creditors and borrowers on a wide range of cross-border finance matters. He regularly acts for companies in the renewable energy and technology sectors and has also been involved in advising on cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency issues.
Annette L. Hurst, Lead Director on Orrick’s Board of Directors and a partner in the San Francisco office, practices in the Intellectual Property Group and leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Practice.
Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. As an experienced IP risk analyst with deep expertise in the software industry, Annette has been a go-to counselor and speaker regarding the legal issues surrounding access and use of datasets in the development of machine learning algorithms. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers Global ranks her in Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument” and "a very well-known authority in copyright law, a great advocate and a great trial lawyer." Chambers reports: “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Since 2018, The Legal 500 has recognized Annette as a "Leading Lawyer" in copyright law, and she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. Annette has been repeatedly named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal.
Annette’s community and professional activities include past service as the President of the Lafayette Elementary School PTA, past membership on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco for which she was chair of the Finance and Investments Committee. She also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, as well as a past president of the Barristers Club.
Dao focuses on energy and infrastructure project finance, mergers and acquisitions, project development and general corporate matters.
Dao has participated in a variety of transactions involving traditional and renewable energy projects and public and start-up companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Dao held a year-long fellowship position as a staff attorney at TechSoup Global, a nonprofit technology organization. She also has previous experience working as an editor and contributing writer for Yahoo!, Inc.
Audrey Hwang, a lawyer in our Seattle office, is a member of the Corporate Group. She focuses her practice on technology licensing and other strategic transactions and mergers and acquisitions and related intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Audrey held various in-house positions and was in private practice for more than a decade, both as a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP and as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Sunny practices in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
Sunny's varied experience includes securing dismissal with prejudice of securities fraud claims against a Chinese company incorporated in the Cayman Islands, litigating on behalf of the plaintiff in a civil RICO action, and obtaining a favorable settlement for a corporation in a dispute with its former chairman and controlling shareholder. He began his legal career by honing his research and writing skills as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller and judicial extern to the Honorable Harry Pregerson.
Before law school, Sunny served for several years as a trade attache for the French government.
Townsend Hyatt is a partner in the Pacific Northwest office in Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the Public Finance Group and leads the Indian Tribal Finance practice.
He has worked with Indian tribes in more than a dozen states on a variety of projects, such as financings for land acquisitions; health clinics; schools; government administration buildings; cultural centers; sewer, water and other infrastructure development; parks and recreation facilities; motor vehicle and aircraft purchases; manufacturing plants; and gaming and entertainment facilities.
Max Hyatt, a Managing Associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group.
Max advises public and private companies through a wide range of strategic transactions, including cross-border M&A, internal reorganizations, and global expansions. Max's background includes working with early stage start-ups and competing in international Motorsports.
Prior to joining Orrick, Max was an associate at Baker McKenzie.