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Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has over 18 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters including IP litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US federal courts.
In addition to specializing in complex IP litigation relating to patent infringement, ITC 337 investigations, trade secrets misappropriation and unfair competition, Ethan has extensive experience advising clients on IP administrative disputes and reexamination, IP strategies, IP due diligence, and IP aspects of strategic transactions, including licensing or transfer, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations. His clients cover a wide range of industries, including medical devices, hardwares, softwares, internet, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, AI, automobile, chemical, materials, energy, etc. His recent clients include Baidu, Tencent, SMIC, JD.com, Bianlifeng, Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering, Yaham Optoelectronics, CreateLED Electronics, Coolpad, vivo, Shenzhen Howshow Technology, Huayi Mechanical and Electrical, Shenzhen INFiLED Electronics, Applied Materials, Synopsys, Carbon, Inc., etc.
Over the years, Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the U.S. Ethan and his litigation teams won a number of high-profile ITC investigations involving Chinese companies and earned clients’ long-term trust. In one investigation (337-TA-623), his clients are four subsidiaries of a large state-owned company in China, who were sued for patent infringement. The Commission reversed the late Chief Administrative Law Judge’s unfavorable decision and found that Ethan’s clients were not infringing and did not violate Section 337. In another investigation (337-TA-655), he represented the complainant and its subsidiaries in China suing a group of Chinese respondents for trade secret misappropriation. The ITC issued a 10-year exclusion order against these respondents. This landmark decision represents a new development of trade secret law and ITC jurisdiction in the U.S., and was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Since then, Ethan has won case after case on behalf of his clients, keeping his undefeated record to this day. He is also committed to resolving disputes in the most cost-effective and timely way. “Ethan always tries to resolve matters for clients at the lowest cost possible,” said a client who won a case as he recommended Ethan to his peers.
For instance, in 2017, Ethan successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays, Inc. in an ITC 337 investigation (337-TA-1035) involving alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal e-writers and components. Orrick secured a complete victory for the client by forcing the complainant to unconditionally withdraw after four months of active litigation. The case was named “Deal of the Year 2017 – Disputes and Investigations” by China Business Law Journal.
In another case, Ethan successfully defended Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co., CreateLED Electronics Co., Yaham Optoelectronics Co. and other Chinese respondents against Ultravision Technologies in an ITC Section 337 investigation (337-TA-1114) filed on 27 March 2018 involving alleged infringement of patents relating to certain modular LED display panels and components. The complainant was forced to withdraw the complaint unconditionally during the expert discovery period in November 2018, which led to a final termination by the ITC on 21 February 2019.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ethan served as Director of IP, Asia of a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, where he was in charge of the company’s daily IP matters in China and throughout Asia. Before that, he was a partner and member of the Board at McAndrews, Held & Malloy in Chicago, Illinois. Ethan was the first non-US born lawyer of that firm.
In the past 18 years, Ethan has been committed to building bridges and facilitating understanding between China and the US on IP protection and exchange. In addition to being a frequent speaker at various seminars and conferences in China and the US, Ethan regularly publishes articles and has been interviewed by numerous media. He served as a committee member of the Asian Legal Committee of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) for many years.
Ethan is also actively involved in the “One Belt One Road” and “Going Out” initiatives led by the PRC government and non-profit organizations. He participated in Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce’s “Going Overseas Service Portal” project in 2019, and acts as a special advisor to Wisdom IP - Overseas Intellectual Property Alliance (WIPA), Nanjing, Jiangsu.
Christina Maccio is a first-chair trial lawyer and leading litigator for the energy sector.
Christina brings a proven record at trial, on appeal, and in U.S. and international arbitration venues on behalf of energy companies, including publicly traded energy companies, independent oil companies, state-owned oil companies, oilfield services firms and oilfield suppliers.
She also has guided important commercial litigation in the financial, technology and other sectors in matters involving business torts, foreign sovereign immunity, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants and trade secret protection. Fluent in Spanish, Christina has extensive experience representing companies in Europe and Latin America.
Christina has earned her reputation as a premier first-chair trial lawyer by winning high-stakes cases, such as when she secured a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a case involving a complex, energy-related contract dispute, for which she was named Texas Lawyer Litigator of the Week.
Following law school, Christina clerked for two years for U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston.
Christina is also passionate about pro bono service and contributing to her community. She is a member of the Board of Governors of The Center for Pursuit, which for more than six decades has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Houston area to live meaningful, dignified lives filled with opportunity.
Anaëlle Mach is an associate in Orrick’s Geneva office specialising in international dispute resolution advising clients in international arbitration proceedings and providing advice on Swiss substantive law with significant experience in contract law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Anaëlle practiced for a Swiss firm based in Geneva building a broad practice across civil, employment, public and criminal law.
Anaëlle also worked as a Law clerk at the Appellate Chamber of the Court of Justice in Geneva focusing on Swiss criminal law and procedure.
Jacobus "Jack" Machalow is a Partner in the Real Estate Group.
He has significant experience structuring development deals, negotiating joint ventures for both capital partners and developers and operators, organizing private real estate investment funds and negotiating and closing acquisitions, dispositions and equity and debt financing transactions. He also regularly represents pension fund advisors, private investors, private equity funds, fund managers and developers in mergers and fund investments.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jack was an Associate in the real estate group of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in Chicago.
John MacKerron, a lawyer in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. The focus of his practice is in securitization transactions and derivative financial products, with an emphasis on acting as counsel to the sponsors of, and other participants in, various municipal bonds repackaging programs. A partner in the firm for 20 years, John served in various capacities on the firm's leadership team during that time, including two terms as a member of the Executive Committee.
Jenna Magan is the co-chair of Orrick's Public Finance Department and is a partner in the Sacramento office. She has completed several hundred public finance transactions, providing her with a broad expertise in a number of public finance practice areas.
Jenna has worked on virtually all structures available in public finance, including fixed and variable, tax-exempt and taxable, insured (including FHA mortgage insurance), letter of credit (including FHLB wraps) and liquidity supported bonds, conversions, restructurings and reofferings, senior/subordinate, capital appreciation and convertible capital appreciation bonds, securitizations, project finance, direct purchases, bank-qualified transactions and 144A offerings.
Lisa Magged, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. Lisa has represented some of the biggest players in the energy industry, with a practice focus on project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the conventional power and renewable energy sectors.
Lisa’s practice focuses on energy project finance, mergers and acquisitions, project development and general corporate matters. Lisa has represented project developers and sponsors, investors, and lenders in a variety of transactions for conventional and renewable energy projects, including numerous debt and merger and acquisition transactions.
Lisa serves on the board of the San Francisco chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).
Hayat Makhloufi is associate in the Düsseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
She advises national and international clients on M&A/Privat Equity transactions, intragroup crossborder restructuring measures and general corporate law.
Prior to joining Orrick, Hayat Makhloufi worked in another international law firm where she advised German companies on international investments and transactions and foreign investors on business activities in Germany, Europe and in particular in the Middle East.
Anne Malik is Of Counsel in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. With a focus on mass torts and product liability, Anne's practice involves defending companies in a variety of industries against complex tort suits. She also works with Orrick's Public Policy group advising clients on strategies for solving key state legislative issues.
Anne represents clients in product liability cases with high potential damages, multiple jurisdictions and plaintiffs, and significant risk to critical product lines. She also assists clients with risk analyses involving product liability exposure related to expansions in distribution areas, cross-border sales, and new product lines.
Anne is a member of teams representing product liability clients that include a Fortune 500 chemical company, a European pharmaceutical distributor, and a key defendant in asbestos litigation across the country. She is experienced in matters involving a wide variety of issues, including medical monitoring, stream of commerce liability (including across international borders), premises liability, and successor liability.
Anne also works with Orrick's Public Policy group assisting clients with developing strategies to solve high-stakes issues in state legislatures, and with state Attorneys General. Anne works with teams representing clients that include the country's biggest telecommunications company and an industry-leading satellite TV company.
In addition, Anne takes an active role in pro bono matters. She assisted a family with obtaining compensation for the fraudulent sale of their home.
Shaun Malone is an associate in our London office and a member of the corporate group. Shaun has a broad range of corporate experience and advises clients on cross-border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, venture capital, renewable energy, corporate governance and restructuring.
Shaun frequently acts on cross-border M&A and has done so in a range of sectors, including in the technology, renewable energy, media and hospitality sectors.
He has experience working with high growth technology companies and venture capital firms on investment deals as well as with fast growing technology startups on investment rounds.
Steven Malvey, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Steve has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions as well as tax controversies, with over 30 years of experience.
He conducts a broad federal tax practice in large corporate transactions and reorganizations, corporate finance and partnership, including pre-acquisition tax structuring. He also has substantial experience in executive compensation tax planning, exempt organizations and federal tax controversies, and has written on related tax topics.