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  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance

Marco Mancino Partner Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Marco Mancino, Partner in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Marco has extensive experience in M&A transactions, commercial contracts, general corporate and corporate governance.

He has a strong expertise in assisting international and domestic clients, both corporations and financial institutions, in structuring and executing M&A transactions.

Marco regularly assists clients in expanding their business in Italy and abroad. In this context, Marco developed a specific expertise in drafting joint venture, distribution, agency, franchising and commercial lease agreements, as well as in structuring clients’ corporate governance.

Marco developed an extensive experience in assisting hotel management companies in real estate deals as well as in the ordinary course of business.

Marco has also a specific expertise in the implementation of the Legislative Decree no. 231/01 relating to the criminal liability of legal entities; in this context he advises top international and domestic corporations and financial institutions.

Marco is a regular lecturer of the Master in Law organized by Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

Prior to joining Orrick in 2006, Marco was a member of Taurini & Hazan law firm in Milan and, previously, of the corporate legal office of Siemens S.p.A.



  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate

Jon Mandel Associate Public Policy, Real Estate

New York

Jon draws upon his substantial legislative, regulatory and communications experience to counsel clients at the intersection of law and politics. He is an associate with Orrick’s Public Policy Group and sits in our New York office.

Jon has testified before a state senate committee, provided representation through an attorney general investigation, drafted legislation, lobbied lawmakers in seven states across the country, and spearheaded multiple legislative campaigns from start to finish. Current and past clients include professional sports leagues, daily fantasy sports and sports betting operators, satellite internet and television providers, energy generators and innovative companies in the sharing economy space. 

Jon brings his background in politics to his role as an advocate and advisor for Orrick clients. Early in his career, he worked for one of the largest public relations agencies in the world. Growing passionate about serving his hometown, Jon managed the campaign of D.C. Council’s current Chair Pro Tempore (Vice Chair) and served in his office as a staffer for three years, including as a legislative aide, constituent services coordinator, and communications director. In addition, Jon has over five years of experience in both local and national political campaigns, including in 2012, when he took a leave of absence from the D.C. Council to serve as a field organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign in Ohio.

Jon previously worked in Orrick’s Real Estate Practice Group, where he assisted investors, real estate advisors and developers on all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint venture formation and leasing. He was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Robbie Manhas Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

Washington, D.C.

A former Federal Circuit clerk, Robbie Manhas is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate group.  His practice focuses on high-stakes appeals, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law.  He has been the primary drafter of dozens of appellate briefs, and has presented oral argument in the Federal Circuit and the Sixth Circuit.

Robbie is a lawyer because he is passionate about legal analysis, writing, and advocacy—understanding how to properly frame and creatively answer challenging questions of law, and then communicate that understanding to others in a credible and efficient way.

Robbie's work includes wins in the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts, and spans a variety of industries and products, such as semiconductors and electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and sporting goods.  His work has also involved a number of U.S. agencies, including the Patent and Trademark Office, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture.

Prior to joining Orrick, Robbie was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was a member of its Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Government and Regulatory Litigation groups.  Before that, Robbie was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard G. Taranto of the Federal Circuit.



  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Pay Equity
  • Class Action Defense

Kathryn G. Mantoan Of Counsel Employment Law & Litigation, Pay Equity

San Francisco; Portland

Kathryn (Katie) Grzenczyk Mantoan is Of Counsel in Orrick's Employment Law & Litigation group, working across the San Francisco and Portland offices.  She focuses on high-stakes employment litigation, compliance counseling, and litigation avoidance measures.  Her practice has a particular emphasis on complex class actions and developing areas of the law including pay equity, and she co-chairs Orrick's Pay Equity Task Force.

Katie received California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award in 2016 and was named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for seven consecutive years.  She regularly writes and publishes on pay equity developments and has presented on the topic to three separate state bar associations.

Katie started her career at Orrick in 2004 and returned in 2015. From 2011 to 2014, she was an associate at a litigation boutique in San Francisco where she handled employment and constitutional law matters.



  • Structured Finance
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Fintech

Dora Mao Senior Counsel Structured Finance, Corporate

San Francisco

Dora Mao, senior counsel in the San Francisco office, has extensive experience in complex capital markets transactions, including securitizing personal loans, small business loans, PACE (property assessed clean energy) assessments, commercial mortgage loans, franchisee loans, home equity loans, reverse mortgages, utility receivables, equipment leases, trade receivables, insurance premiums, consumer debt and agency and non-agency residential mortgage loans. Her clients include issuers, underwriters, borrowers and lenders in structured finance transactions.

In addition, she advises financial services clients regularly in connection with Dodd-Frank Act compliance, Regulation AB and other securities law and regulatory compliance matters, warehouse facilities, purchase and sale agreements and template development, servicing rights and repurchase facilities.  She has also advised nonprofits in connection with financing affordable housing and economic development.

In 2012, she was seconded part-time to a finance company client, where she assisted in drafting and implementing compliance policies and procedures and related training materials.

Dora is also experienced in a broad range of securities and commercial transactions, including private and public offerings of equity and debt, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial loan origination. She has represented both issuers and investors in a wide variety of equity and debt issuances.    

Dora was Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office of the firm from 2000 through 2003 and serves on the firm’s Opinion Committee and Professional Development Committee.   She served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Northern California from 2004 through 2012 and the Board of Trustees of San Francisco University High School from 2007 through 2014.



  • Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • International Trade & Compliance

Xiaowan Mao Associate Energy, Project Finance

San Francisco

Xiaowan’s practice focuses on project development, acquisition and financing in the renewable energy sector.

Xiaowan has both Chinese language and culture backgrounds, having received her legal education in China and the United States. She is interested in legal issues related to cross-border trade (especially regarding solar industry tariffs) and transactions, renewable energy, data privacy and general corporate practice. During law school, Xiaowan held multiple legal intern positions in US and China, including at a globalsemicionductor company, a global insurance company’s Chinese subsidiary, a China-based law firm, and a global law firm. Prior to joining Orrick, Xiaowan worked at another national law firm where she focused on renewable energy project development and M&A.



  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

Lillian J. Mao Senior Associate Patents, Trade Secrets Litigation

Silicon Valley

Lillian Mao's practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation involving complex technologies. She has helped clients obtain favorable results at all stages of litigation, including a clean sweep jury verdict for MobileIron in the company's first patent trial.

Lillian has worked on matters for companies including  Oracle, Sandisk, MiTAC, Toshiba, and NVIDIA, covering technologies such as flash memory, GPS, LEDs, image and video compression, and enterprise mobility management. She has practiced in California state court, in multiple federal district courts, before the International Trade Commission, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.



  • Tax
  • Tax Advocacy

Rudy Marouani Managing Associate Tax, Tax Advocacy


Rudy Marouani is a Tax lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

His practice focuses on domestic and international transactional taxation for French and foreign multinational corporate groups and private equity funds. He advises on French and international development, mergers and acquisitions, refinancings and restructurings. He also assists on tax inspections and litigations.

In addition, He assists natural persons with the management and conveyance of their assets and liabilities.

Before becoming an associate at Orrick Rudy was an intern in the tax department, he also interned at Baker & McKenzie as well as Orrick and in the tax department of Allianz.



  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Banking & Finance

Caterina Angela Marra Associate Asset Backed Securities, Banking & Finance


Caterina is a member of the Banking & Finance team of the Rome office.

She deals with structured finance transactions, mainly focusing on securitisation in respect of a variety of asset classes and structures. She assists international and Italian investment banks, funds arrangers, originators, and servicers.

Before joining Orrick, she worked in banking & finance departments of international and Italian law firms where she gained an extensive experience in finance and corporate matters, mainly dealing with structured finance, securitisation (in transactions involving consumer loans, healthcare receivables, RMBS, NPL, UTP), project finance (with a focus on renewable energy), corporate law (mainly assisting in commercial agreements, complex non-standard agreements and corporate governance processes).



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Alexis Marraud des Grottes Partner M&A and Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets


Alexis Marraud des Grottes is an M&A and Capital Markets lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. His practice covers both transactional and litigation advice on mergers and acquisitions, securities and stock exchange regulations and corporate law.

Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA in Mergers & Acquisitions, Alexis is a key counsel to French and international listed and non-listed companies, financing and investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, managers and families.

He was involved on some of the most publicized deals in France recently. His works includes, for instance, advising Naturex in connection with a €1.5 billion takeover bid by Givaudan, the board of directors of Zodiac for its combination with Safran for €8.5 billion, Euro Disney regarding the tender offer of The Walt Disney Company, L’Oréal on a €6 billion share buyback from Swiss-based Nestlé and a €3 billion sale to Nestlé of its stake in Galderma, Metrovacesa sale of its €1.5 billion stake in Gecina and Club Méditerranée on the tender offer by Chinese conglomerate Fosun.  

Alexis is also recognized for his expertise on the aspects of private equity, joint ventures, equity capital markets and restructuring, as well as on specific issues related to governance and shareholder disputes.

He advises in particular on cross-border and complex transactions, securities issues, strategic negotiations and sensitive litigations. He additionally deals with issues related to token and crypto-currency and crypto-assets issues, including structuring and setting up issuing entities and related services.

Alexis is a leading player, recognized for its publications, conferences and trainings on securities, corporate and takeover laws. He regularly lectures seminars at the business school EM Lyon and Paris Dauphine University. He has been a member of several working groups on Paris place, including the working group on public offers of the Legal High Committee for Financial Markets of Paris. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers in Securities Law.



  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Jean-Pierre Martel Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, M&A and Private Equity


Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising on both complex transactions and sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.

He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions and restructurings as well as litigations and arbitrations. He is the founding partner of the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.

Jean-Pierre has recently had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state, the board of Club Méditerranée in the context of competing take-over bids from China’s Fosun Group and Italia’s Bonomi’s Group, the board of Areva in the financial restructuring of the company.  

Chambers & Partners recognized Jean-Pierre as an “Individual Star” in Corporate/M&A, noting that he is a “seasoned and highly-respected M&A practitioner whose experience covers a wide range of transactional activities.

Jean-Pierre has also developed very substantial litigation and arbitration experience, being ranked Band 1 by Chambers in Dispute Resolution. Most notably, among his successes, the very high-profile Bernard Tapie Case where he has been assisting Consortium de Réalisation, the French government entity tasked with liquidating the assets of Crédit Lyonnais for the French State. Jean-Pierre won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has just succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions which have released from any criminal liability charged persons with tax fraud.

Jean-Pierre also serves as an arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC and AFA arbitration proceedings.

He speaks and publishes regularly.

Jean-Pierre is the founder and a member of the board of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders - ICM, a state-approved foundation which is on its way to becoming the leading international research center in Europe in the Neurosciences.


  • Real Estate
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Structured Finance

Dennis Martin Consultant Real Estate, Mortgage Related Securities

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Dennis Martin is a lawyer with our Real Estate Group. He formerly served as Chair of the global Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Orrick’s global Finance Business Unit, which includes its Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Public Finance, Restructuring and Structured Finance practice groups.

 Mr. Martin has significant cross-border experience, as he was based in Tokyo for seven years, starting in January 1997. Mr. Martin focuses his practice on a variety of real estate and structured finance-related transactions, representing multiple types of clients, including opportunity funds, investment banks, financial institutions, developers, high net-worth individuals, insurance companies, pension funds, pension fund advisors, fund managers, loan servicers and charitable organizations.

Mr. Martin has experience drafting documentation for and negotiating:

  • Secured and unsecured multi-party revolving credit facilities
  • Development, construction, permanent and mezzanine financings
  • Bond financings
  • Mortgage loan acquisitions and dispositions
  • The workout of troubled real estate loans
  • Loan participations and syndications
  • CMBS and RMBS securitizations
  • Servicing and asset management contracts
  • Real property and hotel acquisition and disposition contracts
  • Partnership, limited liability company and shareholder agreements
  • Property management contracts
  • Office and industrial and ground leases