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David’s practice focuses on M&A transactions and providing strategic advice to an array of clients and industries. His practice is built on relationships – and he is passionate about working closely with clients to gain a deep appreciation of their business culture, operations, and objectives. David prides himself on serving as a trusted advisor who delivers valued execution and results.
David regularly advises clients on complex M&A transactions, including:
He also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, securities law and compliance obligations.
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.
Our tech company clients survive and thrive by rapid invention and evolution, often faster than the law can keep up. Litigating for these companies therefore demands as much art as science. An industry that pulses with creativity and constant pressure to change needs an attorney who is part litigator and part visionary.
Karen specializes in litigation that crosses the boundaries between traditional legal practices, and therefore requires inventive and strategic approaches. These solutions, tucked in the creases between law and industry, are why leading technology and Fortune 500 companies hire Karen to resolve their most complex litigation.
Over the past 32 years, Karen has first-chaired state and federal trials, and arbitrated more than a dozen disputes. She manages intellectual property and commercial matters for companies such as Oracle, NVIDIA, Netflix, VMWare and Levi Strauss & Co.
In addition to her legal background, Karen’s relationship management skills give her clients a significant advantage. She knows how to pull together and lead the best team, from multiple disciplines within Orrick, and often involving multiple law firms. An example is as co-lead of Orrick’s Automotive Technology & Mobility group, she brings together the best creative and strategic legal minds with companies changing the future of transportation. Able to unite what were, and will be, competing firms into a single powerful unit takes a special type of leadership, one which Karen has demonstrated time and again.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Yong-Nam Jun, an Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Department. Yong-Nam focuses on the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and on transactions undertaken by such funds.
Yong-Nam has extensive experience in the fund formation process. He is actively involved in all stages of fund formation, providing advice on terms and marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors, and providing advice on internal sponsor and management company arrangements. He also represents private equity and venture funds in their investment transactions.
Among his clients are both U.S. and Asia-based private equity and venture fund sponsors and leading institutional investors (including sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, pension plans and private endowments) that invest in buyout, hedge, real estate, infrastructure and venture capital funds.
Yong-Nam has spoken or moderated at a number of industry conferences in both Korea and the United States and has presented at Harvard Business School and Seoul National University.
He also represents emerging high-technology companies and venture funds in financing transactions.
Before joining Orrick, Yong-Nam was an Of Counsel at DLA Piper in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2014, and a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011.
Mary Wallace, Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office, has been a corporate lawyer for over twenty years and is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. Mary has extensive experience in sophisticated corporate and finance transactions, including broad experience in investor-side representation in investments in private equity and mezzanine funds and mezzanine debt and equity co-investment transactions. She has represented public pension fund investors, including the Washington State Investment Board and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, and well as private investors, such as the alternative investment program of a global health services company.
Mary represents financial institutions and other entities in connection with private debt financings (secured and unsecured), co-investment transactions, private equity financings and restructurings involving privately held companies. She regularly negotiates and drafts complex legal documents to implement these transactions.
Seattle; San Francisco
Seattle; San Francisco
Jeffrey B. Coopersmith is a veteran trial lawyer with an extensive practice focusing on civil and criminal matters, internal investigations for private and public entities, and complex commercial litigation.
A former federal prosecutor, Jeff has substantial experience as lead counsel representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings in the areas of healthcare, securities, FCPA, antitrust, tax, banking, legal ethics, and others. Jeff's internal investigation work has involved representation of Board committees, companies, municipalities, and corporate officers. Jeff also teaches and writes extensively on these and other topics relating to government controversies and investigations.
The complex matters Jeff handles often involve parallel criminal, civil, and/or regulatory proceedings, which requires multi-disciplinary sophistication. Jeff leverages his background in both criminal and civil litigation to benefit our clients by providing comprehensive representation in these types of matters. For example, Jeff has served as lead counsel and on litigation teams for cases arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, the stock options backdating scandal, and the government’s focus on healthcare fraud, among many others.
Jeff believes his job is to help clients solve difficult legal problems in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. As a testament to this commitment, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of Washington’s leading litigators by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers, among others. Chambers USA ranks Jeff in Band 1 for his white-collar crime and government investigations work and notes he is “an outstanding criminal defense lawyer who is among the top ranks in Seattle.”
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.
Andrew Miller, a corporate associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Andrew represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, formation, ongoing corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, initial public offerings and venture capital financings.
Prior to joining Orrick, Andrew was a legal intern at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on building companies in the communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology markets.
Andrew also has previous business experience working for and consulting startups such as Thumbtack, Jebbit and Enservio; investors, including G51 Capital and PV Ventures; and Barclays Investment Bank. Andrew was the first outside investor in Jebbit, a company that provides interactive content management solutions for marketers, which was recognized as one of the most promising companies in the world by CNBC.
Andrew received his JD/MBA from Boston College in 2015. He is also a 2011 graduate of Boston College’s Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences where he double majored in Economics and Philosophy and was a 2009 Boston College Venture Competition Finalist. He is an avid runner, world traveler and Denver Broncos fan.
Alessandro Vittoria is a member of the international Technology Companies Group and is based in the Milan office.
Alessandro’s activity is mainly focused on M&A, private equity and venture capital. He has developed a deep experience in public and private acquisitions, minority investments and joint ventures in various sectors. In venture capital, Alessandro regularly assists founders, funds and private investors in investment transactions, mainly in the tech sector.
During his career, Alessandro has also developed significant skills in corporate advisory, also related to listed companies, and in commercial and real estate contracts (including construction contracts). He has also assisted SGRs in the formation of investment funds and the regulation of relationships among partners.
Alessandro joined Orrick in 2018. Previously he had worked, since the beginning of his career, with BonelliErede, in their Milan office.
In 2006/2007 Alessandro has been visiting lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, in New York.
Donald Daybell, a senior attorney in Orrick's Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Daybell's practice is focused on high-stakes patent litigation, with an emphasis on trials in the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
Mr. Daybell is lead or backup counsel on over 60 Inter Partes Reviews before the PTO, and has spoken frequently about the America Invents Act and the PTO trial procedures enacted by this ground-breaking legislation.
Mr. Daybell also has substantial experience in all aspects of patent litigation. He has managed the day-to-day activities of complex patent cases, has taken and defended numerous depositions, has presented witnesses at trial, and has argued matters before various tribunals, including district courts and the International Trade Commission.
Mr. Daybell has experience in litigating and prosecuting patents in various technical fields, including semiconductors, computer software and hardware, databases, financial services, e-commerce, business methods and medical devices. His experience further includes preparing requests for ex parte re-examination and prosecuting re-examination requests with the PTO. His experience also includes providing counseling and opinions regarding issued patents, and conducting due diligence reviews of intellectual property.
Dan manages a leading practice in project development, acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He currently leads Orrick's Energy and Infrastructure Sector (one of the firm's three focus areas, along with technology and finance), and also serves on Orrick’s Board of Directors.
His key clients include major strategic and financial sponsors who have been involved in many of the largest and highest profile PPP and project development transactions over the past 20 years. Dan advises clients on Public-Private Partnerships, large-scale, complex project financings, and acquisitions and divestitures of projects and project portfolios, leading a team that has the depth and breadth to deliver excellence in every phase of a project, including development, construction, financing and operations, as well as providing leading M&A, restructuring and tax advice. His key clients include major strategic and financial sponsors who have been involved in many of the largest and highest profile PPP and project financings over the past 25 years.
Dan has long been recognized as a leading practitioner in publications such as Chambers USA (every year since 2005), The Legal 500 and others. Clients described him in Chambers as the “best in the business" and added that "he has an encyclopedic memory about all the deals in the market and a negotiating style that solves problems rather than creating them.”
Dan advises on projects spanning the infrastructure sector, including toll roads, rail, airports, ports, thermal and renewable energy generation, transmission infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, and water and waste facilities.
Alexander advises on a broad range of corporate practice areas, with a primary focus on venture capital, growth equity and private equity transactions in the technology sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Alexander trained and qualified with a specialist corporate and technology law firm and he also has notable experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.