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  • Technology Companies Group
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Alex Sobolev Associate Technology Companies Group, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising


Alex Sobolev is an associate in the Technology Companies Group in London. He advises technology led companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on the intellectual property and commercial aspects of technology transactions, as well as general IP and data privacy strategy and compliance.

Alex's work centres on e-commerce and software, and covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised companies at all stages of the corporate lifecycle, from software development and product launch, through technology licensing, sale and purchase, to mergers and acquisitions of IP and tech-heavy businesses. He has assisted organisations with the implementation of their brand strategy, advising on infringement claims and risk management, as well as product compliance, liability and recalls.

Alex is also engaged in assisting clients with the design, development and implementation of global data protection and compliance policies, as well the management of risk and security associated with data retention, processing and transfer.



  • Intellectual Property

Maria Sokova Associate Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley

Maria Sokova is an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley Office.

Maria's practice focuses on copyright, patent,  trademark, and complex litigation. In addition to her IP practice, Maria also handles pro bono matters including those involving intellectual property rights.

Maria graduated Order of the Coif from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she also served as Co-President of the Women & Law Association, and of the Biotechnology Law Group. While in Law School, Maria also participated in a clinic with the Northern California Innocence Project on litigation matters in Wrongful Conviction Cases.

  • D: +49 211 3678 7138


  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity

Vanessa Sousa Höhl Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Mrs. Vanessa Sousa Höhl is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Corporate and Private Equity Group.

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions transactions and general corporate counseling. She joined Orrick in 2017.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Kayla Z. X. Southworth Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

Kayla Southworth is a Managing Associate in the New York office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Kayla advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. She also advises fund sponsors and institutional investors in private investment funds.

She was trained as a litigator and antitrust lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk before transitioning into corporate practice at Orrick. She excels at quickly developing in-depth knowledge about various industries, markets, and companies, and she enjoys providing essential legal and business advice to clients in a wide range of industries (including financial services, technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer products). As part of her prior antitrust work, she regularly analyzed potential synergies, evaluated relevant product and geographic markets, and identified potential divestiture scenarios to obtain regulatory approval of proposed transactions.

  • D: +39 02 4541 3800


  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Japan

Anna Spano Special Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Antitrust & Competition


Anna Spanò, a lawyer in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate, Energy and Antitrust Groups. Anna has extensive experience in merger and acquisition and corporate transactions, including joint ventures, acquisition agreements and general commercial contracts.

Since the beginning of the liberalization of the market in Italy, she has also focused on the energy sector, with special emphasis on renewable energy.

Anna has been advising several foreign and domestic clients in multiple transactions in the renewable energy field (notably, wind and photovoltaic projects), including: site developments, EPC contracts and other supply related agreements, and provides assistance to sponsors in project finance projects. She works in close cooperation with the Orrick’s European Alternative Energy Practice who works mainly in the renewable energy project financing market.

Before joining the firm, Anna was a member of Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.

Anna received the J.D. at the University La Sapienza in Rome and admitted to practice in Italy since 1993.



  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy

David Spielberg Partner Energy & Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

David has more than 30 years experience in project development and financing.

David’s practice includes a broad range of project finance and energy transactions for both renewable energy and conventional power projects and covers all stages of project development, construction and financing, as well as project acquisition and disposition. He has particular expertise in the negotiation of power purchase agreements, construction and supply contracts, and other agreements for project development and construction and in the construction and long-term financing of projects.

David has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Project Finance Law. He has been named one of the leading lawyers in Projects and Energy by Chambers USA Guide and has been selected as one of the outstanding project finance lawyers in the United States by Who’s Who International. He has also received many “Deal of the Year” awards from Project Finance International.



  • Public Finance

Stephen Spitz Partner Public Finance

San Francisco

Stephen Spitz, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department. He serves as leader of the Department’s Water and Wastewater Financing Team.

Steve serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel in a variety of municipal enterprise revenue bond issuances, including financing for water, wastewater, solid waste and airport facilities. His practice is, in addition, focused on single family and multifamily affordable housing financings. Steve also has expertise in higher education financings, interest rate swaps and swap based products in the municipal market. He often assumes a leading role in bond and disclosure work for new and complex clients.



  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Internal Investigations
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

James E. Stanley Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, FCPA & Anti–Corruption


Jim Stanley is a senior associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.

He has significant experience in FCPA, anti-money laundering, and cross-border internal investigation matters.  Jim has also represented clients in civil matters at trial and arbitration proceedings. Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and clerked for Judge Bobby E. Shepherd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.



  • Tax
  • Public Finance

John Stanley Partner Tax, Public Finance

San Francisco

John F. Stanley focuses his practice on the tax aspects of municipal finance and on tax controversy matters. He also has experience advising on tax issues related to closely held corporations, including gift and estate tax matters.

In his municipal finance practice, John has served as bond counsel, special tax counsel and underwriter’s counsel for a variety of transactions, including particularly governmental, airport, and public power financings. John has represented issuers and borrowers before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with audits, private letter rulings, and requests pursuant to the voluntary closing agreement program (VCAP). 

John has worked with issuers to establish post-issuance compliance programs tailored to their specific financings, and also has significant experience with tax-exempt commercial paper programs for both governmental and exempt facilities. 



  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Stathopoulos Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

San Francisco

Alex Stathopoulos, a senior associate in the San Francisco employment group, defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, and provides creative and practical counseling on a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

In 2018, Alex was named California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Section Liaison to the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Labor and Employment Section, and is an editorial board member of the CLA Labor & Employment Section Law Review.  She was also recently appointed as an Alternate Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the nationwide group.

Alex defends employers in class and collective actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, expense reimbursement, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  She also routinely defends employers in high-stakes single plaintiff cases involving leaves and accommodations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and trade secrets.

Her counseling practice focuses on providing advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and procedures, and offering creative and practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.



  • Italy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Enrico Stefanelli Associate Italy, Real Estate


Enrico Stefanelli is a Real Estate Lawyer member of the Finance Group in the Milan Office.

Enrico assists primary operators and investment funds on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets and portfolios, development and redevelopment projects, financing, joint ventures and leasing.

He has represented investors, real estate funds, corporations, financial institutions and asset management companies, both domestic and international, in transactions involving commercial, residential, and industrial assets.

He has also gained experience in the field of corporate matters, including extraordinary transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and on-going assistance to corporate clients.

Prior to joining Orrick, Enrico was an associate in a real estate boutique law firm in Milan.



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Ylan Steiner Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Ylan is recognised as a leading advisor across private equity investing, specialising in venture and growth capital financings and related exits, including portfolio/ secondary disposals.

Following an earlier career as a computer software programmer, Ylan has a passion for the technology industry and advises financial investors and growth companies in a number of other sectors including:

  • Technology, including FinTech and Media
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy and infrastructure