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Practice:

  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Banking & Finance

Caterina Angela Marra Associate Asset Backed Securities, Banking & Finance

Rome

Caterina is a member of the Banking & Finance team of the Rome office.

She deals with structured finance transactions, mainly focusing on securitisation in respect of a variety of asset classes and structures. She assists international and Italian investment banks, funds arrangers, originators, and servicers.

Before joining Orrick, she worked in banking & finance departments of international and Italian law firms where she gained an extensive experience in finance and corporate matters, mainly dealing with structured finance, securitisation (in translations involving consumer loans, healthcare receivables, RMBS, NPL, UTP), project finance (with a focus on renewable energy), corporate law (mainly assisting in commercial agreements, complex non-standard agreements and corporate governance processes).

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Practice:

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

Alexis Marraud des Grottes Partner M&A and Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets

Paris

Alexis Marraud des Grottes is an M&A and Capital Markets lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office. His practice covers both transactional and litigation advice on mergers and acquisitions, securities and stock exchange regulations and corporate law.

Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA in Mergers & Acquisitions, Alexis is a key counsel to French and international listed and non-listed companies, financing and investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, managers and families.

He was involved on some of the most publicized deals in France recently. His works includes, for instance, advising Naturex in connection with a €1.5 billion takeover bid by Givaudan, the board of directors of Zodiac for its combination with Safran for €8.5 billion, Euro Disney regarding the tender offer of The Walt Disney Company, L’Oréal on a €6 billion share buyback from Swiss-based Nestlé and a €3 billion sale to Nestlé of its stake in Galderma, Metrovacesa sale of its €1.5 billion stake in Gecina and Club Méditerranée on the tender offer by Chinese conglomerate Fosun.  

Alexis is also recognized for his expertise on the aspects of private equity, joint ventures, equity capital markets and restructuring, as well as on specific issues related to governance and shareholder disputes.

He advises in particular on cross-border and complex transactions, securities issues, strategic negotiations and sensitive litigations. He additionally deals with issues related to token and crypto-currency and crypto-assets issues, including structuring and setting up issuing entities and related services.

Alexis is a leading player, recognized for its publications, conferences and trainings on securities, corporate and takeover laws. He regularly lectures seminars at the business school EM Lyon and Paris Dauphine University. He has been a member of several working groups on Paris place, including the working group on public offers of the Legal High Committee for Financial Markets of Paris. He is a member of the Association of Lawyers in Securities Law.

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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Jean-Pierre Martel Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising on both complex transactions and sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.

He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions and restructurings as well as litigations and arbitrations. He is the founding partner of the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.

Jean-Pierre has recently had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state, the board of Club Méditerranée in the context of competing take-over bids from China’s Fosun Group and Italia’s Bonomi’s Group, the board of Areva in the financial restructuring of the company.  

Chambers & Partners recognized Jean-Pierre as an “Individual Star” in Corporate/M&A, noting that he is a “seasoned and highly-respected M&A practitioner whose experience covers a wide range of transactional activities.

Jean-Pierre has also developed very substantial litigation and arbitration experience, being ranked Band 1 by Chambers in Dispute Resolution. Most notably, among his successes, the very high-profile Bernard Tapie Case where he has been assisting Consortium de Réalisation, the French government entity tasked with liquidating the assets of Crédit Lyonnais for the French State. Jean-Pierre won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has just succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions which have released from any criminal liability charged persons with tax fraud.

Jean-Pierre also serves as an arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC and AFA arbitration proceedings.

He speaks and publishes regularly.

Jean-Pierre is the founder and a member of the board of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders - ICM, a state-approved foundation which is on its way to becoming the leading international research center in Europe in the Neurosciences.

Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Mortgage Related Securities
  • Structured Finance

Dennis Martin Consultant Real Estate, Mortgage Related Securities

San Francisco; Los Angeles

Dennis Martin is a lawyer with our Real Estate Group. He formerly served as Chair of the global Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Orrick’s global Finance Business Unit, which includes its Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Public Finance, Restructuring and Structured Finance practice groups.

 Mr. Martin has significant cross-border experience, as he was based in Tokyo for seven years, starting in January 1997. Mr. Martin focuses his practice on a variety of real estate and structured finance-related transactions, representing multiple types of clients, including opportunity funds, investment banks, financial institutions, developers, high net-worth individuals, insurance companies, pension funds, pension fund advisors, fund managers, loan servicers and charitable organizations.

Mr. Martin has experience drafting documentation for and negotiating:

  • Secured and unsecured multi-party revolving credit facilities
  • Development, construction, permanent and mezzanine financings
  • Bond financings
  • Mortgage loan acquisitions and dispositions
  • The workout of troubled real estate loans
  • Loan participations and syndications
  • CMBS and RMBS securitizations
  • Servicing and asset management contracts
  • Real property and hotel acquisition and disposition contracts
  • Partnership, limited liability company and shareholder agreements
  • Property management contracts
  • Office and industrial and ground leases
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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • 3D Printing
  • Internet of Things

Richard F. Martinelli Partner Intellectual Property, Patents

New York

Rich Martinelli develops comprehensive IP strategies which resolve immediate legal needs and safeguard long-term business objectives. He handles all aspects of intellectual property, particularly patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling.

He has litigated patents at trial, before the ITC, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich has counseled clients and rendered opinions on patent validity, infringement and freedom to use. He is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rich also helps companies address the novel litigation and transactional IP issues that arise when developing and working with AI and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.

Rich’s patent work has involved a wide range of technologies including image processing, 3d graphics, audio / video compression, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, network technologies, digital rights management and encryption.

353898

Practice:

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Infrastructure

Mike Maruca Associate Energy, Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.

Mike is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.

Mike primarily assists with renewable energy corporate transactions.

Prior to Orrick, Mike helped develop a forest carbon offset project in Alaska, interned at the cleantech trade association Advanced Energy Economy in their wholesale electricity markets group where he focused on FERC issues related to energy storage, and worked at a small hydropower developer in East Africa. Mike served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

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Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Kenneth Marx Senior Associate Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets

New York

Kenneth Marx, a senior associate in Orrick’s New York office, focuses his practice on corporate and securities law matters, with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions.

Ken represents issuers and underwriters on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities and liability management transactions, such as exchange offers, tender offers, and consent solicitations. He also guides businesses through all stages of organization and development by advising on ’34 Act and indenture reporting compliance, corporate governance and related regulatory matters, venture capital financings, and corporate and securities law matters arising in connection with merger and acquisition transactions. Ken has served as counsel to companies in a variety of industries, including information technologies and services, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, fintech, infrastructure, advertising, telecommunications, clean technology, financial services, and consumer products.

Before his law career, Ken managed his own company, consulting for technology startups, financial services firms, and advertising agencies on web-based initiatives.

379890

Practice:

  • Tax
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewable Energy
  • Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity

Michael J. Masri Partner Tax, Energy

New York

Mike is a transactional lawyer whose principal areas of practice are tax, energy and infrastructure.

He regularly advises his clients on energy tax credits, government incentive programs, project developments and financings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and all forms of leasing transactions. Mike represents investors and developers in tax equity financings across the renewable energy sector. He also assists clients in a broad range of federal income tax matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A, restructurings, financings, private equity and securities offerings.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Nicoletta Massucci Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Milan

Nicoletta Massucci, an associate at in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Nicoletta focuses on administrative and civil law, especially in respect of family, debt recovery and commercial litigation.

She also carries out activities and consulting for national and international non-profit organizations.

Nicoletta qualified as a lawyer in 1978. Prior to joining Orrick, she worked at Studio Legale Tributario in Milan, a law firm associated with Ernst & Young International.

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Practice:

  • Derivatives
  • Structured Finance
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure

Nikiforos Mathews Partner Derivatives, Structured Finance

New York

Mr. Mathews, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, serves as Global Co-Head of the Derivatives group. He is also a member of the Structured Finance, Banking and Finance, and Energy and Infrastructure groups.

His practice focuses on representing financial institutions, governmental and regulated entities, hedge funds and corporate end-users in structuring and negotiating a broad range of fixed income, foreign exchange, commodity, energy and credit derivative products. Among other things, he has successfully negotiated numerous domestic and cross-border hedging transactions relating to leveraged loans and infrastructure transactions. In addition, Mr. Mathews has significant experience in foreign exchange and fixed income prime brokerage issues, as well as various structured products. He also regularly advises clients on derivatives regulation, including rules relating to the central clearing, exchange trading, reporting, recordkeeping and other requirements of the Dodd-Frank legislation, as well as the negotiation of related documentation.

Mr. Mathews is lead editor of Orrick’s publication, Derivatives in Review, which periodically highlights important legal, regulatory and other newsworthy developments in the area of derivatives. He has also published articles in several journals, including on rating agency hedge criteria in connection with structured finance transactions.

Before joining Orrick, Mr. Mathews was vice president and assistant general counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and director and counsel at UBS AG. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the United States Court of International Trade.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Mathews held a commission as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he was qualified to practice as a Judge Advocate. A veteran of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, he served as an Operational and Administrative Law attorney in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.