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  • Technology Companies Group

Rena Kakon Associate Technology Companies Group


Réna is a member of Orrick’s Tech Companies Group.

She advises entrepreneurs and venture capital funds on equity financings, growth transactions and exits. Through the life of start-ups, Réna 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.

Réna is passionate about the transportation/mobility sector, cleantech and social impact businesses. She gained experience in these fields through her studies and work in California, France and Africa. She worked as Global Legal Counsel and Post-Merger Integration Manager of Fenix International (of ENGIE), a company developing inclusive energy and financial services for customers in frontier markets (Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Benin Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique). In California, she clerked with administrative law judges at the California Public Utilities Commission and worked as a Policy Advisor on energy and climate policies for the international law firm Dentons.

Réna is taking leads on AfricaTech across the firm, and she is a member of the Automotive Tech & Mobility group.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation

Louisa Kallhoff Managing Associate Technology Companies Group, Employment Law & Litigation


Louisa Kallhoff is an experienced Managing Associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of Orrick's German Employment Law Practice.

Louisa advises national and international companies on all issues of individual and collective employment law.

The main focus of her practice comprises employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as employment and labor law issues such as personnel leasing, co-determination of employees and service agreements of managing directors and board members. She also advises national and international companies on day-to-day employment law matters.

Louisa joined Orrick in 2016.

Jillian Victoria Kaltner Associate

Silicon Valley

Jillian Kaltner is a member of the Employment Litigation team in the Silicon Valley office. Jillian's practice includes discrimination and wage and hour cases. 

Before joining Orrick, Jillian clerked at the San Francisco Superior Court, where she honed her skills and passion for civil litigation. 

Jillian graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif from UC Hastings College of the Law.  During law school, Jillian won multiple awards for both brief writing and oral advocacy with the school's nationally-ranked Moot Court program.  Jillian also served as the Executive Editor of the Hastings Women's Law Journal.  



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate Governance

Jamie Kamen Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

New York

Jamie Kamen is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Corporate Group.

Jamie's practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, advising companies on formation and equity financings, and corporate governance matters. 

Jamie was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.



  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Merger Review
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property

Elena Kamenir Managing Associate Antitrust & Competition, Merger Review

Washington, D.C.

Elena Kamenir, an Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group. Her practice focuses on merger clearance, civil litigation, and antitrust counseling.

Elena regularly represents companies on antitrust issues before antitrust enforcers, helping clients obtain merger clearance and advocating on behalf of their interests. Elena's counseling experience includes advising on antitrust compliance, competitor collaborations, and regulatory developments. Representative industries include technology and media, energy, transportation, and healthcare. 



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Funds
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Larry Kane Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Larry Kane, a San Francisco corporate partner, represents newly formed and high growth technology companies and venture and private equity investors.  

Larry's typical representations range from  formation and early stage corporate counseling, angel and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships to angel and venture fund formations and lending and other commercial transactions.   Larry's practice focus on a range of technology companies focused on education technology and education services, software and SAAS based businesses, consumer products to semiconductor businesses.  



  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)

Ted T Kang Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Orange County

Ted Kang is an Associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. He is an experienced software engineer whose practice focuses on patent law, privacy, and cybersecurity. 

Ted's practice focuses on patent litigation, especially in the fields of electronics, circuits, computer and network systems, software, and telecommunications. 

Before becoming an attorney, Ted was a software engineer at several technology companies in the Bay Area.  Ted has significant experience building complex systems across a wide range of system architectures and technical stacks, allowing him to quickly learn new technologies.  With his expertise in software systems, Ted's practice also focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters.



  • Banking & Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Restructuring

Christine Kaniak, LL.M. (Waikato) Partner Banking & Finance, M&A and Private Equity


Christine is dedicated to help her clients in achieving the financings that best meet their business needs and provide flexibility for future developments. Christine provides her clients with comprehensive legal advice combined with a deep understanding of the economics of the deal and actual needs. Clients benefit from her long-standing transaction experience and deep market insights.

Christine’s work is focused on Banking and Finance. She advises on complex national and international financings in private equity transactions and in particular on acquisition financings and re-financings. Christine has also advised on a considerable number of financial restructurings.

Her clients mainly include large private equity firms as well as their portfolio companies from various industries.

Christine is being recognized for her banking & finance work by national and international publications such as leading German business daily Handelsblatt or IFLR1000.

Christine studied law in Heidelberg, Passau and Mannheim and obtained her Master‘s Degree (LL.M.) at the University of Waikato/New Zealand.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Charles Kaplan Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Energy


Charles Kaplan is a highly specialized arbitration lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. He has conducted arbitrations on EPC Contracts, oil production sharing agreements, gas pricing disputes, tax stabilization agreements, international joint ventures, as well as aircraft development programs, in France and elsewhere.

Highly regarded in the international arbitration market, Charles is consistently recognized as a key practitioner particularly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as an “extremely bright” expert on cross-border matters and praise his “commercial insight and dedication.” Ranked among Chambers France’s top International Arbitration lawyers, Charles is said to be “a very good lawyer whose experience in international arbitration is superb.”

In particular, Charles advises French and international energy majors, and industrials. He has extensive experience of arbitration under ICC, ICSID, French Arbitration Association, LCIA and Milan Chamber rules. He regularly sits as arbitrator.

He originally qualified as an English barrister and then as a French avocat. In addition to investment disputes, he has handled civil as well as common law disputes in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Before he joined Orrick, he was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Global Arbitration practice and led the Paris Arbitration group.



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Marianna Karapetyan Associate Employment Law & Litigation


Marianna Karapetyan is an Associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Employment Law Practice Group.

Marianna advises national and international companies on all issues of individual and collective employment law.

The main focus of her practice comprises employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as employment and labor law issues such as personnel leasing, co-determination of employees and service agreements of managing directors and board members. She also advises national and international companies on day-to-day employment law matters.

Marianna joined Orrick in 2019.

Milana Karayanidi Special Legal Consultant

Washington, D.C.

Milana is a member of Orrick International Trade and Compliance Group.

Milana works on matters involving application of the U.S. economic sanctions, screening of foreign investments by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and procurement regulations. Milana also reviews international trade and compliance provisions (sanctions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other) in documents consummating equity purchase transactions.

Milana’s background includes doctoral research on private international law, work at a global intergovernmental organization promoting cross-border judicial and governmental cooperation, and advising companies in the oil and gas industry on taxation and general corporate issues.



  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property

Bela Karmel Associate Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising, Intellectual Property

San Francisco

Bela Karmel is an Intellectual Property associate in the San Francisco office working on trademark prosecution matters. 

Bela is currently working on trademark clearance and prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as trademark enforcement and domain name disputes according to the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). 

Previously, she has worked on EU-wide copyright legislation as a Legal and Policy Officer at the European Commission, and has contributed to opinions before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Bela has also worked in an international law firm in Paris, France on trademark prosecution and litigation, as well as copyright and unfair competition matters. In addition, Bela holds two information privacy professional certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): CIPP/US (United States - private sector), and CIPP/E (Europe). 

Bela has written articles on intellectual property issues for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the European Intellectual Property Review, and the Sciences Po Paris Law Review.