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Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.
Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions. He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.
Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable, Upworthy (until sold) and Warby Parker, among others.
In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.
Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.
New York; Washington, D.C.
New York; Washington, D.C.
Andrea Ball, a senior associate in the New York office, is a member of the Tax Group. Andrea focuses her practice on the taxation of municipal finance, and she also has experience counseling a variety of nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance.
In her municipal finance practice, Andrea has worked extensively with governmental issuers such as the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority and the County of Nassau, New York, as bond counsel, advising on private use issues, arbitrage and rebate rules, and the sizing of working capital borrowings. In addition, Andrea has worked on numerous financings for cultural institutions, universities, and hospitals as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as well as on multi-family housing and other private activity bond transactions.
In her nonprofit practice, Andrea formed and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charitable and educational organizations, as well as trade associations and social welfare groups. She also assists public charity and private foundation clients in navigating state and federal laws on corporate governance, charitable solicitation and tax matters.
Marina Balzano is a partner in Orrick’s Italian Banking & Finance team.
She has acquired extensive expertise in assisting major Italian and international banking groups in all types of structured finance transactions such as acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate finance, project finance, public finance and infrastructure financing.
She has also gained solid experience in the issuance of bonds and mini bonds, as well as in the field of debt restructuring both in the out-of-court and pre-bankruptcy phases.
Lacey Bangle helps companies and individuals navigate a range of civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and a variety of complex civil litigation.
Lacey’s corporate investigation experience includes insider trading, False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations. She has also represented clients in a range of government enforcement action, including those brought by the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators.
Lacey has broad complex litigation experience, frequently handling claims of fraud, securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract, among others.
Lacey’s pro bono work has included briefing and arguing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, first-chair representation of clients at administrative hearings, advising non-profit clients on compliance matters, and assisting a woman serving a life sentence in gaining parole after 34 years in prison.
While in law school, Lacey participated in the East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing practice. While at EBCLC, Lacey successfully represented clients in administrative hearings and successfully wrote and argued dispositive motions in unlawful detainer proceedings. She joined Orrick in 2012.
Juliano Banuelos chairs Orrick’s Compensation & Benefits Group and focuses on advising public companies and mature private companies on executive compensation and related fiduciary duty and governance matters.
Mr. Banuelos’ representative clients include Ancestry.com, Apollo Education Group, Inc. (the University of Phoenix), Cisco Systems, Inc., Gap, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Kimpton Hotels, Levi Strauss, Oracle Corporation, Varex Imaging Corporation, Varian Medical Systems and Williams-Sonoma. Juliano is also a leader in providing compensation advice in mergers and acquisitions and regularly serves as special M&A tax counsel to in-house tax and HR departments.
In addition to being a recognized practitioner on IRC Section 409A, Juliano provides advice on the full range of compensation and benefits issues that arise ranging from designing and implementing equity-based, employment, separation, deferred compensation, change in control and similar arrangements to providing advice with respect to the design and legal compliance of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and welfare plans.
Mr. Banuelos also advises companies on all aspects of the securities laws relating to such arrangements.
Clients interviewed for Chambers and Partners describe Mr. Banuelos as "incredibly bright and very creative," and "extremely knowledgeable, and extremely helpful, as he provides practical solutions."
Natalia Barbera is an Italian qualified lawyer and a senior associate of the corporate team of the Italian office in Milan. She focuses her practice in regulated sectors including banking, asset management, investment services and insurance.
She provides legal assistance to regulated entities on several regulatory requirements including: structuring investment funds and other investment schemes, organization requirements, anti-money laundering, governance structures, internal controls, authorization processes, offering new services and products also through digital support, investigation and penalties proceedings.She was seconded to the legal and compliance department of Morgan Stanley, Milan office (from March 2014 to November 2016) and to the legal and corporate affair department of Intesa Sanpaolo Vita, Milan office (from October 2017 to November 2018).
Janet Barbiere is a partner in the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office.
She represents issuers, underwriters, originators, loan sellers and investors in commercial mortgage loan securitizations, real estate syndications, origination and servicing programs, the acquisition and sale of interests in mortgage loans, mortgage securities, subordinated debt and mezzanine debt, as well as transactions in the secondary mortgage market.
She has also advised banks in analyzing and structuring CMBS transactions, and in the workout, restructuring and sale of performing and non-performing commercial mortgage loans. She serves on various SFIG and CREFC Committees.
Prior to joining Orrick, Janet was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
Suzette Barnes is a senior associate in Orrick’s San Francisco office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.
Her practice focuses on the representation of major financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in securities and complex commercial actions, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations.
Additionally, Suzette devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to veterans seeking VA benefits, homeless individuals seeking the resolution of open warrants, and low income individuals seeking criminal record remedies (including expungements).
Prior to joining Orrick, Suzette was a litigation fellow in the Office of General Counsel for The Regents of the University of California, where she litigated commercial, probate and mandamus actions.
Steven Barnett, of counsel in Orrick’s New York City office, is a member of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Group.
Steve concentrates his practice on representing institutional investors with respect to U.S.-based and international alternative investments (including funds focused on buy-out and mezzanine investment opportunities).
In addition, Steve has a broad range of experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions involving privately held entities, securities offerings, private debt financings, and information technology consulting services.
Paola Barometro, Of Counsel in the Milan office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. She has extensive experience in M&A transactions, commercial contracts, general corporate and corporate governance.
Paola has specific experience in criminal liability of legal entities and assists some of the most important Italian companies, some of which are listed in Italy or abroad, in drawing up compliance programs to prevent companies from potential sanctions.
In recent years, she has advised several domestic and multinational companies (in industrial and financial sectors) both in day-to-day corporate consultancy and special projects.
Kristen Bartlett, a senior associate in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation, and Compliance Group. Kristen's practice focuses on securities litigation and white collar criminal defense.
She represents companies and individuals in regulatory investigations, including DOJ, SEC and FINRA matters, and in internal investigations. Kristen's practice also focuses on civil actions brought under federal and state securities laws.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kristen was an Orrick fellow at the Stanford University Youth and Education Law Project. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and worked for two years at the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Complex Civil Litigation Center.
Before law school, she taught English and Spanish at the high school level.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Mary is a member of the Orrick Analytics Group. She is an experienced corporate lawyer focused on transactional matters and strategic counsel to leading life sciences and technology companies. She handles corporate issues typically overseen by in-house counsel, with an ardent awareness of in-house counsel’s need to receive exceptional work in an expeditious manner. She provides tactical guidance on managing the complete life cycle of corporate, life sciences, and technology agreements.
Stemming from her experience and knowledge in the life sciences and technology industries, Mary has drafted and negotiated complex, industry-specific agreements such as the following: clinical trial agreements, investigator initiated study agreements, material transfer agreements, collaborative research agreements, sponsored research agreements, master service agreements and work orders, facility use agreements, nondisclosure agreements, product development agreements, joint-development agreements, and software license and technology agreements.
Mary counsels in-house business teams directly by effectively
working with various departments and levels within the clients’ corporate
structures to manage work for cross-functional teams on legal issues and
provides guidance and practical solutions on various transactions. In addition, she creates and successfully implements contract review and negotiation policies / playbooks for clients.