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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.
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.
Jamie Kamen is an associate in the New York office and a member of the Corporate Group.
Jamie's practice focuses on advising companies on formation and equity financings, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.
Jamie was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.
Elena Kamenir, an Associate in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition practice group.
Elena helps clients on competition matters before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and State Attorneys' General. Elena's practice also includes counseling on competition issues.
During law school, Elena worked as an intern for FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen and at the Bureau of Competition. Elena also worked as a research assistant for two former FTC commissioners and at the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI). At GAI, Elena assisted in preparing articles and presentations to foreign competition enforcers on proposed amendments and draft guidelines. Prior to law school, Elena worked at an advertising agency.
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.
Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with comprehensive, excellent legal advice combined with a deep understanding of the economics of the deal and actual business needs. Her long-standing transaction experience and deep market insights are huge assets, in particular in high-end cross-border transactions.
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 refinancings. 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.
IFLR1000 recognizes Christine as a “notable practitioner” in their 2019 edition for her banking & finance work.
Christine studied law in Heidelberg, Passau and Mannheim and obtained her Master‘s Degree (LL.M.) at the University of Waikato/New Zealand.
Before joining Orrick in 2018, she had been a partner at another international law firm.
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.
Yoichi represents multinational developers and financial institutions in international power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yoichi served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was also an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York.
Rene Kathawala serves as Orrick's firmwide pro bono counsel, responsible for managing and initiating the firm's pro bono activities, including all administrative and legal aspects.
Rene works with other pro bono counsel and legal services nonprofits to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono representation that is being provided to indigent clients in each of the cities worldwide where Orrick has a presence. In addition, he supervises and directly works on cases in such diverse areas as immigration law, family and matrimonial law, housing law, public benefits law, employment law counseling, impact litigation and nonprofit advice and counseling. Rene has worked on many substantial matters in the federal and state systems over his career that are reported as precedent. He also works with firm attorneys to strengthen the firm's innovative Impact Finance and Social Enterprise team that he founded and that provides representation in diverse transactional areas to nonprofit, for profit and hybrid organizations dedicated to providing basic services to poor persons around the world in areas including microfinance, water, education, energy, housing and health.
Based on his long-standing commitment to access to justice issues, Rene has been appointed to serve as a member of the New York City Bar Association Right to Counsel TaskForce and the New York City Bar Association Family Court Judicial Appointment & Assignment Process Work Group. In recognition of his expertise in family law, United States District Judge Bloom appointed Rene as a special master in a federal court family law matter in 2014 in the Eastern District of New York in case number 07-cv-02565-ARR-LB, styled Garmhausen et al v. United States Department of Justice et al.
Kei Kato is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kei focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, employment, compliance and other commercial disputes, including litigation and international arbitration, for both domestic and non-Japanese companies.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Kei was an associate at Nishimura and Asahi.
He will be attending Columbia University from 2019 to 2020.
Gohshun Kawamura is an associate in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
He focuses on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, advising foreign and domestic energy investors, project developers, and financial institutions.
Prior to joining Orrick Tokyo Office, he was an assistant judge at the Tokyo District Court and the Matsuyama District Court.
Joanna Kay specialises in international oil and gas transactions, including upstream operations, project development, mergers and acquisitions and gas and LNG trading and storage arrangements.
Joanna advises clients on a wide range of upstream and midstream oil and gas agreements including concessions, AMIs, farm-ins and SPAs, royalties, operating and unitisation agreements, service and drilling contracts as well as transportation and sales agreements.
Joanna has worked in house as well as in private practice, including at Tullow Oil plc where she focused on upstream development projects and frontier exploration opportunities in Africa, Europe and the North Atlantic region. Joanna is also a committee member of the UK Energy Lawyers Group.