Dominic heads the firm's English law Banking and Finance Practice in London, with a particular focus on project and leveraged acquisition financings. Dominic has advised senior and mezzanine lenders, multilateral institutions, alternative credit providers, sponsors and borrowers on a wide range of domestic UK and cross-border international energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on Africa. Dominic also advises on other real-asset and corporate acquisition financings, and has significant experience of structuring sharia-compliant financing solutions.
Advising an international financial guarantor providing credit support for various projects in Gabon
Advised ENEO (previously SONEL) in respect of the project financing for its electricity concession in Cameroon
Advised Jefferies in respect of the project financing made available by senior lenders in connection with the leveraged acquisition of Equinox’s UK solar portfolio by United Photovoltaics Group Limited
Advised Bioenergy Infrastructure Holdings as issuer in respect of its senior note purchase facilities arranged by EIG Partners for the purchase and project financing of various UK bioenergy projects
Advised Borealis AG and Nova Chemicals Corporation in the negotiation of definitive agreements with Total S.A. to form a projects JV in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast
Advised Verod Capital Growth Fund II LP and Verod Capital Growth II A LP in respect of their capital call facilities provided by Investec Bank, and their subsequent investments in Nigeria
Advised Canal+ in relation to its debt and equity investment in iRoko Partners Ltd (Nigeria)
Advised Calvert Foundation in respect of credit facilities made available to the Medical Credit Fund for healthcare projects in sub-Saharan Africa
Advised Azito Energie, Globeleq and IPS in respect of "Phase 3" of the Azito project in Cote d'Ivoire
Advised Marathon Petroleum Corp in respect of its acquisition of BP’s Texas City, Texas refinery
Advised Wafra Partners as lender in respect of sharia-compliant structures for funding various energy and related maritime assets
Advised RoundShield as lender in respect of its direct lending for and equity investment in multiple real-asset transactions across Europe
Advised EDF in respect of its joint investment with ENI in the Subbotina-Pry Kerch hydrocarbon exploration and development projects in relation to the Black Sea's Shallow Shelf in the Ukraine
Advised CIMB in respect of acquisition facilities made available to Petronas Energy Trading Limited to finance its acquisition of a minority shareholding in Baglan power station in Wales
Advised on a number of landmark real estate projects in London that have been financed (directly or indirectly) on a sharia-compliant basis
Dominic has participated in recent panel discussions at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk conferences in Cape Town (March 2017) and Lagos (November 2017) in relation to direct lending opportunities and renewables financing in sub-Saharan Africa
Bob O’Connell devotes his practice to providing comprehensive trademark and copyright strategic advice, prosecution and enforcement for clients across many industries. He helps clients prevent and solve problems involving all aspects of domestic and international trademark law, as well as advertising and competition law and related disciplines.
His expertise includes registration and protection of copyrights; clearance and selection of pharmaceutical names; and negotiating and drafting a variety of licensing and technology transfer agreements and other IP-intensive transactions.
Businesses ranging from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations turn to Mr. O’Connell for help developing and implementing cost-effective domestic and global branding and trademark protection plans. They hail from the financial services, food & beverage, alcohol, retail and pharmaceutical industries, among others.
Bob's significant transactional experience includes a trademark and merchandise license agreement for a large resort casino in Las Vegas and naming rights and sponsorship agreement for a major league sports stadium and a prominent performing arts center.
He also has extensive commercial litigation and dispute resolution experience in both intellectual property and other matters in state and federal courts, in inter partes and appellate matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board, and in UDRP arbitration proceedings. Noteworthy reported cases include Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning LLC, 96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (TTAB September 17, 2010) affirmed, 668 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2012).
In the 2020 edition of World Trademark Review 1000, a listing of the world’s top trademark practitioners based on peer and client surveys, Bob received top-tier rankings for trademark prosecution and strategy. Previously, WTR 1000 reported that Mr. O’Connell “wins effusive praise for his “thoughtful and practical approach.” “Simply stated, he is among the most cost-effective, business-oriented lawyers in any specialty.” “He is of incredible value – he matches anybody on expertise and exceeds most, if not all, on responsiveness and efficiency.” In prior years, WTR 1000 reviewers have said: “He never fails to address domestic and global branding issues quickly and comprehensively, causing one client to profess: ‘He is the only lawyer that I would use for trademark work in the Boston area.’” Bob has been characterized as a “distinguished” and “highly respected practitioner” with “a great reputation” in multinational mandates, who is “a trusted adviser in helping to build value in…brands” and “commands respect” particularly in the strategy and commercial field.” He has been listed in WTR 1000 each year since its inaugural edition in 2011.
Noteworthy past and present client engagements include:
Clients and their success are Kate’s focus. As Director, Tech and Investment, Kate works with emerging and high-growth technology companies at each stage of the company’s lifecycle, from making impactful, targeted introductions to strategic investors to advising on key hires to identifying core attorneys with the precise subject matter expertise.
Kate brings a macro perspective when strategizing with founders, CEOs, general counsels and other executives on a company’s immediate, medium and long-term needs, drawing on her market knowledge and experience as both an in-house and firm attorney. It is important to Kate that clients have the right connections and resources in place at the right time. She focuses on identifying and facilitating such connections by leveraging Orrick’s extensive, global network so clients can focus on running a successful business.
Kate began her career as an in-house lawyer for a private, high-growth tech company, supporting the business through its IPO. During her years there, she juggled scale and rapid growth with budget constraints, KPIs and legal risks, developing her practical, collaborative, business savvy approach. She then joined Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, where she counseled fast paced technology companies cutting across all sectors from HealthTech and Life Sciences to Robotics and FinTech.
Kate relies on her experience as a mediator not only to craft creative solutions to challenging issues, but also to build alliances. Her background in fundraising and political organizing for high impact local and global non-profits has instilled in her an ease for asking the tough questions and partnering with a variety of influencers.
Michelle O'Meara, a senior associate in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.
Michelle has handled a diverse array of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her experience covers, among other areas, general commercial disputes, intellectual property claims, employment matters, and products liability actions. Michelle has handled cases from start to finish and has significant experience managing complex discovery.
Yumiko Ohta, partner in the Orrick's Tokyo office, is a member of the Employment Law Group. Yumiko focuses mainly on employment law advice as well as various corporate transactions including compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, litigation and general corporate transactions.Yumiko also has knowledge related to international trade such as customs rules and export controls.
Before joining Orrick, Yumiko was an associate at Tanabe & Partners and advised clients in corporate transactions and employment law as well as represented clients in civil and family cases. She has experience serving as an outside auditor for Japanese corporations. Prior to practicing law, she worked at Mitsubishi Corporation for seven years. While there, she was involved in LNG projects and other global business.
Paolo R. Olavario is an associate in Orrick's New York Office and practices in the Structured Finance group.
Paolo represents issuers, underwriters, loan sellers and loan purchasers in public and private securitizations, with a particular focus on commercial mortgage-backed securities. He has worked on conduit programs and single asset / single borrower transactions. He also has experience representing underwriters in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities offerings and asset-backed securities offerings, including auto loans.
Olexiy focuses on providing legal advice to financial institutions and corporate clients regarding banking and finance, business restructuring and insolvency as well as capital markets matters.
Key aspects of his work are financings and restructurings of any kind as well as advising clients on issuance of shares, bonds and further instruments on capital markets. Apart from that, Olexiy was involved in a substantial number of disputes, dealing with matters of banking supervision law, capital market compliance, finance and insolvency law. Furthermore, Olexiy has specific know-how and experience in transactions and legal proceedings connected to CIS-states, in particular the Ukraine and Russia.
Before he joined Orrick, Olexiy worked for well-known international law firms in Frankfurt and Munich, where he gained substantial experience in banking supervision and regulatory law, banking and finance, restructurings as well as in general litigation and compliance matters. Olexiy studied at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf and focused his studies on commercial, corporate and tax law.
Charlotte has advised on various aspects of employment law, including capability and conduct procedures, termination and settlement agreements.
Charlotte also defends employers in the employment tribunal involving allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and equal pay.
Laurent Olléon, Partner in the Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Laurent advises companies and private individuals on the tax aspects.
Laurent intervenes alongside his clients with legal and financial issues, both in terms of advice and litigation situations perspective.
Laurent deals with numerous issues in various fields: the tax consolidation system and, more generally, intra-group relations, the handling of bilateral tax treaties, the taxation of financial transactions, property taxation and local taxation, etc.
His recognized expertise in abuse of rights enables corporate tax directors, financial investors and individuals to better secure their investment choices and structuring their transactions. In addition, his intimate knowledge of tax litigation is a major asset for clients.
Laurent has advised many ministries and public institutions on legislative and regulatory developments and their implementation, which gives him an extensive practical vision of both public and private law. His past experience has allowed him to manage and draft legislative bills, which makes him an expert on administrative and parliamentary machinery.
joining Orrick, Laurent was a judge of the Conseil d’État and assessor at the Court’s
ninth Chamber of the litigation section of the Conseil d’État, worked as deputy
Chief of staff of Marylise Lebranchu, the French Minister for the Civil
Service, State Reform and Decentralisation and Chief of staff of Anne-Marie
Escoffier, Deputy Minister of Decentralisation.
Bola Oloko is a structured finance lawyer based in Orrick’s New York
office, focused on the financing, acquisition and disposition, and
securitization of financial assets. He has a particular emphasis on
commercial mortgage loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities
Bola has extensive experience representing leading financial services firms and other institutions, acting as counsel to issuers, underwriters, and other capital markets participants in a wide range of transactions.
Bola’s experience also includes advising clients in multi-lender CRE transactions (including pari-passu and A/B loan arrangements), secondary loan trading transactions (LSTA and non-LSTA), ISDA derivatives transactions, and securitization litigation and disputes, including loan repurchase claims and derivatives-related disputes.
Prior to joining Orrick, Bola was of counsel at Winston & Strawn, where his practice was focused on real estate capital markets and structured finance/securitization.
Yumiko advises on data privacy, IP and IT related matters as well as on unfair and deceptive trade practices law.
For Yumiko the law is where her passion for innovation meets technology and research. With a background in scientific research she has experienced the importance of legally protecting data and ideas. Yumiko understands the creation process and companies turn to her for advice at the intersection of data privacy, intellectual property and technology.
As a privacy advisor, Yumiko partners with clients globally to navigate complex data protection issues. She advises clients on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data processing and transfer agreements. She councels clients to tackle challenging privacy questions by giving practical advice to craft data guidelines and policies including privacy policies and incident response plans.
As an intellectual property and technology advisor, Yumiko advises companies on their license agreements, and company contracts, and issues in relation to unfair anddeceptive trade practices. She also advises on due diligence assessments.
With a German/Japanese background, Yumiko has a focus on working with Japanese clients. She is trilingual in German, Japanese and English. She studied at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yumiko worked as a scientific researcher at Bonn University and as an associate in the field of IP/IT and data privacy with another international law firm.
Olamide Olusesi is an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick’s Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters.
Olamide works on matters involving copyright, patent, and trademark litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and federal district courts. He also has experience with post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Olamide’s practice involves a diverse range of technologies including medical devices, electronics, and communications software, such as voice over IP software.
Olamide graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as an Associate of The George Washington University Law Review and Vice President of Finance of the Student Bar Association. He also interned at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Prior to law school, Olamide attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. While at UNC, he worked as a research assistant in a biological physics laboratory and served as Student Counsel in the Student Attorney General’s Office for the University Honor System.