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Tobacco Securitizations

In part, this is because Orrick is one of the few firms with the combination of resources required for such financings – public finance, securitization, tax and bankruptcy.  From the first transaction for the city of New York in November 1999 through some of the most recent, we have been counsel on more than 65 tobacco securitizations (including three pools) aggregating more than $30 billion. We are thoroughly familiar with, and have crafted disclosure and rendered required opinions about, the Master Settlement Agreement, the Model Statute, the Consent Decree and other related documents, ...

Internal Investigations

We routinely represent companies, boards of directors, special committees and individuals in wide-ranging types of investigations. In so doing, we develop a customized approach to each matter and bring deep knowledge in all facets of internal investigation practices, criminal and regulatory enforcement, securities laws, and fiduciary duty and corporate governance obligations. We lead some of the most complex and high-profile internal investigations for clients from diverse industries, including technology, retail, consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, health ...
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Drones and Other Unmanned Vehicles

Over the last several years, drones and other unmanned vehicles have evolved from niche industries to main stream commerce regularly featured in the headlines. Drones are the favorite new gadget for many. However, drones and other unmanned vehicles, such as driverless cars, face significant complicated legal issues, ranging from public policy, product liability and mergers and acquisitions, to intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy.  Orrick lawyers advise many companies in the drone and unmanned vehicle industries—both large and small—throughout the world. In addition to ...
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Internet of Things

An ever increasing range of objects, from cars and drones, to smart meters and thermostats, to wearables and medical implants, now connect to the Internet for remote sensing and control, as well as other enhanced capabilities. This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it is poised to become a major component of the world economy over the next decade, with forecasts estimating a market in the trillions of dollars. This huge growth of Internet connected devices creates a host of legal challenges and opportunities. Orrick has a cross-practice and international team to focus on the IoT issues ...
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False Claims Act

As states continue to enact their own false claims statutes – approximately 30 states now have statutes modeled after the federal FCA – state attorneys general are also aggressively pursuing potential FCA violations and coordinating their efforts to extract treble damages and civil penalties from defendants. The FCA also deputizes whistleblowers to bring fraud claims (called qui tam actions) on behalf of the United States. Why It Matters The most recent statistics published by DOJ confirm that the number of FCA suits and the size of monetary recoveries under the FCA continue to be ...
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Derivatives

We regularly draft and negotiate master agreements, standard and bespoke credit support agreements, complex transaction confirmations and ancillary documentation in connection with derivatives transactions.  In addition, we represent clients in the negotiation of clearing arrangements for swaps and futures. We represent financial institutions, corporations, municipalities and other market participants in connection with all their derivatives needs.  In addition to advising on contemplated transactions, we review existing derivatives contracts and relationships and advise on the restructuring ...
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IP Counseling & Due Diligence

We also represent companies in a wide variety of technology transactions, including agreements to develop, license, test, market, distribute, co-brand, protect, and acquire or divest technology and related intellectual property rights. Our lawyers have significant experience representing licensors, licensees, developers, investors, sellers and purchasers of new and existing technology, vendors and buyers of content, and both large and emerging technology companies. Representing a wide variety of clients in a variety of industries enables us to understand all aspects of technology and ...
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Global Investigations

From compliance to crisis, Orrick's Global Investigations Practice works to protect clients' businesses, reputations and brands. With commercially relevant advice, we help address key issues in ways that can minimize the economic harms that may arise from investigation scenarios. We are active on the ground in every major market in Asia, Europe and the U.S.—our teams are prepared to quickly and effectively respond to emerging issues no matter where or when they arise. We provide a multidisciplinary approach that allows us to address all types of corporate or regulatory investigations, ...
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Business & Human Rights

Business and Human Rights in the Digital Age The reputational, financial, and legal hazards once primarily associated with the mistreatment of physical laborers have moved into the digital world. The rise of artificial intelligence, big data, gig workers, facial recognition technology and 5G have given rise to a new set of human rights issues and a corresponding maze of overlapping international regulations. As one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking law firms, Orrick is uniquely positioned to help boards, executives, legal departments, and policy and product teams understand ...
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Alternative Investors

Our global network offers experience in key industries that our clients invest in. We are particularly recognized for our experience in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Real Estate sectors. Private Investment Fund Formation Our private investment funds practice advises on all stages of fund formation, from negotiating terms and developing marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors, and providing advice on internal sponsor and management company arrangements. Finance Our global finance team represents ...
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Profiles in Innovation

Innovation is occurring at lightning speed. As counsel to some of the most innovative companies in the world, Orrick is fortunate to have a front row seat. And we want to share with you some of the exciting thought leaders, disruptors, and visionaries who are changing the way we work and live.  We hope you enjoy the Profiles in Innovation series and find their insights helpful.  Twist Bioscience’s Co-Founder Navigates Company from Start-up to Public Company Emily Leproust discusses her inspiration and journey building a public company in the fast-growing synthetic DNA market—with ...
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Funds

With our global footprint, Orrick is able to assist fund clients across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa and can offer important expertise in our three strategic areas off focus: finance, technology and energy/infrastructure across our platform. Investors Investors in private investment funds have relied on our team for more than two decades. Over the years, we have advised the New York Common Retirement Fund in their groundbreaking “alternative investment” as well as the creation of novel funds of funds to enable the CRF to build a much larger program, we have represented the ...
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