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Practice:

  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Karim J. Kentfield Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

San Francisco

A former Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit, and Ninth Circuit clerk, Karim is a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Before joining Orrick, Karim served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Karim also practiced tax law as an associate at another major international law firm.  Before law school, Karim worked as a software engineer.

Practice:

  • Public Finance

John Keohane Senior Counsel Public Finance

New York

John J. Keohane, senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Public Finance Group, which ranks first in the nation in the dollar volume of financings for which it serves as bond counsel and underwriters counsel.

John has extensive experience in the area of municipal finance. Recently he has concentrated his practice on financings for student loans and housing, but he also has considerable expertise in financings for hospitals, stadiums, industrial development projects, and educational facilities, as well as in tax receivable financings.

Prior to joining Orrick, he was a partner at Hawkins, Delafield & Wood. Prior to that he was an investment banker, an officer of a debt-issuing state agency, and a research director for various committees of the New York State Legislature.

Anne-Sophie Kerfant Partner Tax

Paris

Anne-Sophie Kerfant, a lawyer specializing in tax law and employee savings plans, is a member of the Tax group at Orrick Rambaud Martel in Paris.

She advises French and foreign industrial companies and financial institutions on financing transactions (capital markets and structured finance), mergers and acquisitions in France and abroad, as well as on restructurings.

She is also specialized in setting up employee shareholding plans for employees and high-level executives of French and foreign companies.

In addition, Anne-Sophie assists natural persons with the management and conveyance of their assets and liabilities, and follows up on their tax inspections and tax litigation.

After having started her career in the tax management department of Ford France and spending 13 years at Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Kerfant joined Orrick Rambaud Martel in 2007 and has been Office leader of the Paris office between 2014 and 2018.

372423

Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Internet of Things

Kyle Kessler Managing Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Internet of Things

Los Angeles

For Kyle Kessler, data privacy is where her passion for the law and for cutting-edge programs meets technology. With a background in marketing, public relations and communications, she translates marketing concepts into legal terms. Kyle brings more than a decade of business acumen and experience to her work, and companies turn to her for advice that blends practical business strategies with in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

As a privacy advisor, Kyle is undaunted by the complexity of state, federal and international data privacy and security requirements. She evaluates and advises clients on data collection, storage, use and transfer, as well as breach laws and regulations. Kyle advises on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from a U.S. perspective.

Kyle also advises and collaborates with her clients on general consumer protection and marketing/advertising matters. For instance, she regularly reviews marketing assets to ensure legal compliance across all channels. She also advises on unfair and deceptive trade practices, compliance issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), as well as on other state and federal laws.

Before joining Orrick, Kyle was an in-house attorney at one of the Forbes 100 Largest Private Companies, and she has experience in the retail industry working in, among other things, data protection, incident response, unfair and deceptive trade practices and consumer-protection matters.

Kyle is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles and Women in Security and Privacy (WISP).

341396

Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Lauren Kessler Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco

Lauren is an associate in the San Francisco office and a member of Orrick's General Litigation group.

Lauren represents individuals and multinational companies in a variety of matters including government investigations, white collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation.

 
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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity

Guillaume Kessler Partner M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Guillaume Kessler is an M&A and private equity lawyer in Orrick's Paris office.

Guillaume advises on corporate finance transactions, including public and private domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, take privates, private equity and venture capital, restructurings and international joint ventures. He acts for French and international clients, including public and private companies, private equity houses and investment banks across a wide range of sectors, including tech, e-commerce, media and retail.

Recently, Guillaume advised:

  • Arjowiggins: sale of Arjowiggins Healthcare (Sterimed) to Meeschaert Private Equity;
  • Alpha Private Equity: sale of MK Direct Group (Françoise Saget / Linvosges) to Eurazeo PME
  • Neo Investment Partners: partnership with La Maison Plisson and Experimental Group;
  • Valco Group (Argos Soditic): build-up acquisition of D2FC from TCR Capital;
  • Kelkoo.com: acquisition of Leguide.com from Lagardère Active
  • ITV: acquisition of Tetra Media Studio
  • Doctissimo: acquisition of Animalbox

Most recently, Guillaume advised Groupe Bertrand on the restructuring and acquisition of Groupe Flo.
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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Private Litigation
  • Litigation & IP
  • Restructuring

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, LL.M., EMBA Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, Partner in the Düsseldorf Office, is a member of the International Arbitration Group. Nicholas' practice focuses on national and international arbitrations and complex litigations, predominantly with regard to post-M&A and corporate law disputes, investment protection cases, product liability and particularly to construction disputes.

Nicholas has extensive experience with arbitral proceedings under the auspices of all of the major arbitral institutions and rules (e.g., ICC, DIS, SCC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, ad hoc).

Nicholas graduated from law school in 2003 (University of Munster), earned a PhD in law and an Executive Master of Business Administration (M&A) in 2005 and was allowed to the German bar in 2007. In 2008 he received a Master of Laws diploma from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was entered on the roll as Solicitor of England & Wales in 2010.

Dr. Kessler is a visiting lecturer at the University of Münster and teaches the international arbitration and mediation in the university's post graduate program on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently publishes and holds speeches on arbitration and litigation-related topics.


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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Thomas Kidera Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Tom Kidera is a partner in Orrick's New York office and a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.  He represents auditing firms, financial institutions, and the Firm's infrastructure clients in complex commercial litigations, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement proceedings.

Tom represents auditing firms and accountants in regulatory proceedings commenced by the SEC and the PCAOB as well as civil litigations.  He has experience managing and conducting large scale internal investigations, liaising with regulators, remediating problems, and managing risk and liability in delicate circumstances. 

Tom also has substantial experience in RMBS-related matters representing securitization sponsors and mortgage loan servicers in an array of litigations from securities fraud and loan repurchase disputes to ERISA and consumer class actions, also consulting and advising on the interpretation of securitization documents and events of default.  

In addition, Tom advises the Firm's energy and infrastructure clients on litigation matters, previously having served as a member of the Orrick team representing Hemlock Semiconductor (a leading producer of solar-grade polycrystalline silicon) in commercial proceedings throughout the U.S. and around the globe.

Tom maintains an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers and U.S. veterans seeking discharge status upgrades.  Tom is also active in firm recruiting and retention efforts, serving on the hiring and summer program committees in New York, as well as the Professional Development Committee.  He was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2009.

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Practice:

  • Public Finance

Gerald Kim Senior Associate Public Finance

Los Angeles

Gerald Kim, an attorney in Orrick’s Public Finance group, represents issuer and underwriter clients on a wide range of tax-exempt and taxable financings.

Gerald serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on transactions involving various financing structures, including general obligation bonds, general fund lease revenue bonds and certificates of participation, land secured financing structures, tax and revenue anticipation notes and revenue bonds.

Prior to joining Orrick, Gerald held a year-long public interest fellowship position with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Gerald also has experience working as a deputy city attorney in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, where he advised on public finance and other municipal matters.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Trials

Andrew J. Kim Senior Associate Intellectual Property, IP Counseling & Due Diligence

Los Angeles; San Francisco

Andrew Joonmin Kim advises technology companies ranging from start-ups to global market leaders in bet-the-company intellectual property trials and regulatory and criminal matters of utmost sensitivity.  

Andrew represents technology companies in high-stakes intellectual property litigation and criminal investigations.  Andrew also counsels clients regarding software licensing, competitive intelligence strategies, and risk management.

Andrew has substantial experience in all phases of litigation, including trial.  Clients rely on Andrew to take the lead on fact discovery, expert reports and discovery, damages analyses, motions in limine, and witness testimonies.  He has first-chaired depositions, managed document review teams, and briefed and prepared for pretrial hearings.

Andrew is actively involved in pro bono matters.  He recently first-chaired a federal trial to verdict in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 police brutality matter, and represents an indigent high school student in connection with several pending state and federal legal proceedings.

While in law school, he served as an intern for the Organized Crime and Narcotics units of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Prior to law school, he worked at Marsh Korea, Inc., in Seoul, South Korea.

Prior to joining Orrick, Andrew was associated with a major international law firm in New York.

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Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Competition

Antony Kim Partner Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Washington, D.C.

Antony (Tony) Kim is a partner in Orrick's internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, which pursues "an aggressive yet practical approach" to data protection and innovation that "meets the needs of both in-house counsel and tech-savvy business clients."

When faced with a cyber crisis, companies call on Tony to help navigate critical legal, risk and reputational landmines. Tony has helped clients respond to hundreds of cyberattacks and data breaches. He has directed forensic investigations, cross-border notifications, and regulatory and private enforcement matters, in connection with incidents involving personal data of employees and customers, including PCI/payment card data, as well as proprietary data and corporate trade secrets, on behalf of private and public companies as well as governmental entities. 

Tony has also defended over fifty clients in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and State Attorneys General.  These matters have involved (i) cyberattacks and data breach incidents, (ii) privacy implications of innovative data use-cases, and (iii) consumer protection issues relating to online and offline sales & marketing and advertising practices -- particularly in the retail e-commerce and fintech/consumer finance industries.  Tony draws insights from his regulatory practice to inform his counseling work, where he regularly advises Legal, InfoSec/IT, Product/Marketing, and C-Suite/Board stakeholders on a host of governance, compliance, and risk mitigation strategies.

The National Law Journal named Tony to its 2014 list of D.C. Rising Stars, a 40-under-40 group of "game changing" private, government and public interest attorneys. Based on surveys of senior in-house counsel, Tony was awarded the Client Choice Award by the International Law Office (ILO)/Lexology in 2015, and was named an Acritas Star Lawyer in 2016 and 2017.  He is recognized in multiple legal directories, including Chambers-U.S.A., The Legal 500-USA, Benchmark Litigation, Super Lawyers-D.C. Rising Stars, and The Cybersecurity Docket -- which has named Tony to its "Incident Response 30" list of the top IR professionals in the U.S.  In 2016, Law360 named Orrick's Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice "Practice Group of the Year" in the data privacy category.  In 2019, Chambers USA ranked Orrick's practice in Band 1, and named Orrick the Privacy/Data Security Law Firm of the Year.

Tony serves on the firm's Executive Management Committee.

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Practice:

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

Daniel S. Kim Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Santa Monica; Los Angeles; Orange County

Dan is a founding member of Orrick's Santa Monica Office and a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group where he advises disruptive technology companies at all stages of their life cycles.

Dan has a general business and corporate law practice, representing both emerging and public companies in a variety of matters, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day general corporate matters, structured liquidity programs, public offerings, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance and corporate governance.

Dan began his legal career in Silicon Valley and works with a significant number of clients in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.  Dan is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School. 

Dan’s current and former representations include:

  • Asana
  • Beyond Meat
  • Ceradyne
  • Compellent Technologies
  • GitHub
  • Outward
  • Pinterest
  • Planet Labs
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals
  • ZestFinance

 Dan also has represented numerous venture capital and private equity investors including Founders Fund, Kapor Capital, Storm Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Wicklow Capital and many others.  

 Representative matters include:

VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCINGS

  • Represented Pinterest in its $150 million Series H Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a developer of therapeutics for acute and chronic cardiovascular, and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in its $60 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $96 million Series D-2 Preferred Stock financing of a leading cloud provider of tax compliance automation for businesses of all sizes
  • Represented a strategic investor in the $73.5 million Series E Preferred Stock financing of a fuel-cell manufacturer
  • Represented the lead investor in a $52 million Series D Preferred Stock financing of a renewable oil and bioproducts company
  • Represented a specialty pharmaceutical company in its $45 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a provider of mobile marketing solutions in its $22 million Series E Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a women’s healthcare company in its $15 million Series C Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a data analytics company in its $15 million Series A-1 and Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented a provider of biological software in its $15 million Series E Preferred stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $15 million Series C Preferred Stock financing of an advertising technology company
  • Represented a provider of converged cloud storage and application optimization products in its $12 million Series B Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $6.5 million Series C Preferred Stock financing of a manufacturer of devices designed to optimize rapid perfusion and clot removal in the treatment of patients suffering from ischemic stroke
  • Represented a provider of imaging solutions for the home furnishings industry in its $6.5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing
  • Represented the lead investor in the $5 million Series B Preferred Stock financing of a SaaS wellness company
  • Represented the lead investor in the $5 million Series A Preferred Stock financing of a producer of advanced cell separation tools and accessories to support regenerative medicine workflows
  • Represented dozens of other technology companies, venture capital firms, strategic investors, and angel investors in various preferred stock financings, convertible note financings and other private company capital-raising transactions.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

  • Represented Planet Labs in its acquisition of Terra Bella Technologies from Google
  • Represented Yes in its sale to Twitter
  • Represented a publicly-traded, commercial-stage biotechnology company in its acquisition of a biopharmaceutical company for $45 million in cash and stock, and future earn-outs of up to $195 million
  • Represented Ceradyne in its sale to 3M Company for $860 million in an all-cash tender offer
  • Represented Compellent Technologies in its sale to Dell for $940 million
  • Represented a managed services provider in its carve-out acquisition of the managed IT services division of a full-lifecycle spatial systems integrator
  • Represented a leading designer of mobile device accessories in its acquisition of an emerging mobile device accessories company
  • Represented a premier supplier of advanced technology products for the ruggedized electronics military market in its sale to a publicly traded, global manufacturer of aircraft products
  • Represented and successfully defended Qualstar Corporation against a hostile tender offer and defeated an activist shareholder in a proxy contest
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a nationally branded dental laboratory and in its three follow-on acquisitions of leading dental laboratories
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of a platform chiropractic software company and in its follow-on acquisition of a leading chiropractic software company
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity firm in its strategic acquisition of a provider of contact center solutions and managed services
  • Represented a private equity firm in its acquisition of an independent provider of innovative communications solutions
  • Represented Cortex Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by merger of Pier Pharmaceuticals
  • Represented a venture capital firm in its acquisition of the assets of a biopharmaceutical company in an assignment for the benefit of creditors proceeding, and in its subsequent sale of such assets to a clinical-stage, publicly traded biopharmaceutical company
  • Represented a publicly traded leader in high performance computing in its acquisition of a Japanese sales and service organization
  • Represented various other companies and institutional investors in buy-side and sell-side engagements, involving both public and private company targets and acquirers

PUBLIC OFFERINGS & PIPEs

  • Represented Beyond Meat in its initial public offering
  • Represented Silvair in its initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (a case of first impression)
  • Represented First Foundation Inc. in its initial public offering
  • Represented underwriter Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the $98.7 million follow-on offering of InterMune
  • Represented Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its contemplated initial public offering
  • Represented Pacific Mercantile Bancorp in three secondary offerings of common stock
  • Represented Pacific Mercantile Bancorp in its $11.2 million and $26.3 million PIPE offerings
  • Represented various other issuers in follow-on offerings and PIPE offerings including XenoPort, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, and Anesiva

 PUBLIC COMPANY REPORTING AND SEC COMPLIANCE

  • Prepared SEC filings and advised on various securities law and corporate governance matters for dozens of publicly traded companies including Anesiva, Avigen, Ceradyne, CKE Restaurants, Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, EMCORE Corporation, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, Power Integrations, Qualstar Corporation, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and XenoPort