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Betsy Lee, an associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark and copyright related disputes.Previously, Betsy served as a Law Clerk at the National Center For Youth Law (Oakland). Prior to law school, she also worked as an Investigator with the New York City Department of Education and as a Legal Assistant at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York).
Liz Lee is a Managing Associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's New York office. Liz has represented multinational corporation clients in all phases of complex, multi-party litigations in both federal and state courts across the country.
Prior to practicing law, Liz was a freelance interpreter with a M.A. in Conference Interpretation in English and Korean languages and has worked with numerous international organizations, governmental agencies, and private companies.
Ms. Elizabeth Lefever, of counsel in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
She focuses on high growth technology companies and represents both public and private companies and venture capital funds in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation and private equity.Prior to joining Orrick, Elizabeth was of counsel with Clifford Chance and an associate at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison.
Mark Lehmkuhler, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.
Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly 20 years, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation.
Mark is deeply experienced in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, having advised a number of leading multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity firms and other institutional investors on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking cross-border transactions in Greater China, Japan and Southeast Asia over the past two decades.
He also has significant experience in high-yield, mezzanine and hybrid debt financings and restructurings, as well as initial public offerings, private placements and other capital markets transactions.
Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading individual in the M&A and Private Equity fields by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia:
Yalan Lei, an associate in Orrick’s Shanghai office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.
Yalan’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters.
Yalan regularly represents Chinese major state-owned and private companies in acquisitions and sales of businesses, as well as strategic investments in the region. She is also experienced in advising multinational corporations on foreign direct investments and establishments of WFOEs (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises) in China.
She has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including real estate, financial services, technology, media and entertainment, consumer/retail, life science and healthcare.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yalan was an associate in the Shanghai office of a major PRC law firm.
Federico is an international arbitration lawyer, associate in Orrick's Milan office as a member of the Firm's Corporate Group. He has particular experience in arbitration and ligation of international commercial disputes, notably license agreements, post-M&A disputes and international trade, assisting market leader corporate clients active in a series of industries
Federico has participated in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICC, Swiss Chambers and ICSID arbitration rules.
He was also recently involved in work on high-stake M&A transactions and contract negotiation.
Federico qualified as an Italian lawyer in 2013 and in 2015 he earned his Ph.D. in International Law at the University of Milan, authoring a thesis entitled “Provisional Measures in International Investment Arbitration” under the supervision of Professor Luigi Fumagalli.
He has been Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po’s Ecole de Droit and has authored publications in the field of international arbitration, both in Italy and abroad.
Prior to joining Orrick, Federico was an associate in an arbitration boutique law firm in Geneva and an associate in a leading Italian national law firm (Litigation/Arbitration Group).
Grace is a member of the Energy & Infrastructure group.
Grace counsels energy clients on a wide range of transactions in the energy industry with a particular focus on renewable energy and natural gas matters. Grace’s advises clients on mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and assets and project development matters, including power purchase agreements and other long-term offtake agreements, physical and financial swaps, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, equipment supply and warranty agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.
Mayling serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable bond financings, with a focus on the health care sector. During the course of her practice, Mayling has worked on various types of financing structures, including standard revenue bond financings, master trust indenture financings, variable rate bonds, advance refundings, multi-modal financing and private placements, involving national and regional hospital systems, single stand-alone hospitals and continuing care retirement communities.
In addition, Mayling serves as issuer’s counsel to the California Statewide Communities Development Authority for its 501(c)(3) conduit financings, and special counsel to the California State Treasurer’s Office in transactions for bonds insured through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s Cal-Mortgage Loan Insurance Program.
Giovanni Leoni, a senior associate in the Milan Office, is a member of the Tax group. Giovanni specializes in Italian and international tax law and tax litigation. He has acquired extensive expertise in general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
Giovanni's previous work experience includes associate and partner at CBM & Partners LLP in Milan. Prior to joining CBM & Partners LLP, Giovanni worked as a trainee lawyer at Berenghi, Fiorini, Strobino in Milan.
Yves is a leading Energy and Infrastructure lawyer in France and abroad. He serves as head of the Paris firm's Infrastructure practice and head of the Africa practice.
Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a notable practitioner in International projects, Energy and Africa, Yves is praised for his “very good sector experience and knowledge”, as well as his “enormous negotiating skills”. With 30 years' experience in PPP, international infrastructure projects and power industry projects, Yves regularly advises operators in both the public and private sectors, government entities and financial institutions for operations in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Recently, he has led a cross-border multidisciplinary team to advise Actis, one of the largest and most active private equity firms operating in Africa, in its purchase of a majority interest in three power assets in Cameroon from Fortune 200 global power company AES Corporation.
Yves also has substantial experience in privatizations and acquisitions in France and abroad with companies whose main assets are infrastructure facilities. He notably advised VINCI Airports in connection with the acquisition of nine airports and three partial management contracts following acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide.
Jean-Michel Leprêtre is an M&A lawyer, based in Orrick's Paris office. His practice focuses on advising French and foreign companies, commercial and investment banks, and other state-owned or private-sector firms on commercial and corporate-related transactional and litigation work.
He also handles employment law issues arising from M&A transactions.
Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading litigator in France, Jean-Michel’s wide range of expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange regulation, joint ventures, commercial contracts, directors’ liability, and the disputes arising from them.
With a multidisciplinary and high-level practice, Jean-Michel has been involved in highly publicized matters. He represents several of France’s major firms in the industrial, financial, telecommunications, transports and other services areas. He has notably an extensive knowledge of media and advertising law.
Jean-Michel has authored several published articles and regularly speaks at conferences on various topics, such as the transfer of companies, the distribution of power within the société anonyme subsequent to the passing of new economic regulations and on shareholders’ agreements.
Jean-Michel was a partner at Rambaud Martel, where he co-led the firm’s corporate, mergers & acquisitions and securities practices.
Khai LeQuang represents financial institutions, technology companies, and other public and private companies in complex, high-stakes commercial disputes at both trial and appellate levels. He has won trials in state and federal courts, and is a prominent practitioner in the area of life settlements. Clients and judges praise Khai for his trial skills, strategic thinking, and innovative and practical solutions to complex legal problems.
Most recently, Khai second-chaired a trial team that successfully defended Union Carbide Corporation, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, in an asbestos product liability action involving novel claims for fraud and civil conspiracy. Following a trial that lasted more than two months, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims against Union Carbide, continuing a string of victories for the company. Khai continues to represent Union Carbide as national trial counsel, trying cases and developing strategies for hundreds of product liability actions across the country.
Khai also recently first-chaired a two-week bench trial in an action against a school district arising out of its allocation of $417 million in bond funds. The plaintiffs, led by a taxpayer association, sought $90 million for construction of a new school. After navigating a year-long political imbroglio and defeating plaintiffs’ summary judgment motions following a defense that Judge Pressman described as “brilliantly argued,” the case proceeded to a trial that resulted in a decision in favor of the district on all claims. The case is now on appeal.