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For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the healthcare industry throughout the nation. She is the lawyer to whom chief financial officers and treasurers turn when they require expertise in implementing complex financings and debt programs, and to whom investment bankers turn when developing new financial structures or facing challenging disclosure scenarios.
Robyn regularly works with both established borrowers and first-time borrowers to assist with structuring and restructuring debt programs that encompass a wide variety of debt and derivative products. In 2015, Robyn led the team that represented a private fund in connection with financing the management transfer of a multi-hospital nonprofit healthcare system to a subsidiary of the private fund, including negotiations with existing creditors. The financing involved an innovative bond structure that balanced current and future committed liquidity needs and debt burden. Robyn is also continually recognized for her excellent and sound judgment with respect to disclosure issues, including the difficult disclosure decisions caused by financial pressures from healthcare reform, affiliation activities, pension liabilities, governmental inquiries and investigations, labor disputes and qualified audit opinions.
In 2013, Robyn was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. She is one of the founding members of the Northern California Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves on its advisory board. As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Robyn has been a panelist on the Health Care Financing Panel at the annual conference in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Betty L. Louie is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group based in the Beijing office. With a particular expertise on Asia outbound investments, Betty has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments and capital markets. She has practiced for over 20 years on the continents – the US, Europe and China – on strategic and complex mergers and acquisitions.
She regularly advises Chinese corporations and financial institutions investing and operating outside of China, and also assists international companies with their FDIs in China. She also advises global private equity and venture capital funds on their investments in Chinese companies, as well as assisting international tech companies on their structuring and operations in China.
Since 2012, she has been consistently recognized and ranked in legal industry publications, such as Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Milano Finanza. Clients have praised Betty as “extremely experienced with complex legal issues, both M&A and regulatory issues”, “highly experienced in helping Chinese companies and investors carry out transactions,” “having a specialist knowledge of the Chinese market” and “offers practical and efficient solutions.”
In addition, Betty also represents a broad range of foreign investors (U.S., Middle Eastern, European) in connection with their global investments and acquisitions.
She advises companies in various industries, including energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, medical devices, real estate and advanced manufacturing.
Before relocating to China, Betty practiced in New York for more than 10 years, and also practiced in Italy for close to 10 years.
As companies around the world expand and contract, they require expert guidance on the resulting HR and compensation issues. Laura Becking has devoted her career to facilitating this process. Her guidance empowers companies, regardless of size or stage, to align their workforce and business objectives.
Her practice is unique in the market. In addition to leading Orrick’s Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice; she is also integrated into the firm’s top-tier employment practice and compensation and benefits practice, enabling her to offer comprehensive solutions for the modern workplace.
Her strategies extend beyond regulations and compliance, into the company’s overall culture and societal nuances of their local workforce. By blending these elements, her targeted plans address a wide range of issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations, discrimination, reclassification, HR data privacy compliance, employee handbooks and policies. She also helps implement employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside the U.S., and covers all aspects of securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such rollouts. Whether working with a pre-IPO start-up or an international corporation, Laura remains focused on her client’s human capital.
Laura’s distinctive approach places her in high demand for corporate transactions, in particular IPOs and acquisitions. She advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of Facebook’s and Cisco’s global acquisitions; various global transactions for GoPro, Sabre, and Snap; the pre- and post-merger integration for Digicert’s acquisition of Symantec’s Website Security Business; as well as the global acquisitions and global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients. She has also advised companies such as Pinterest, Elasticsearch, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Scale, Splunk, Twist, Viasat, Vice and VMWare on global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions.
Ayla is an associate in the Energy & Infrastructure group in Orrick's Houston office.Ayla focuses her practice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development, and general corporate matters for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
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Melanie is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Before joining Orrick, Melanie served as a law clerk and judicial assistant to the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.
Melanie received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. She graduated from Vanderbilt University.
Nicole Dolenz focuses her practice on international commercial as well as investment arbitration. Dually trained and qualified in civil and common law jurisdictions, she represents an international clientele with a particular emphasis on energy, infrastructure, and construction projects as well as foreign investments.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nicole practiced most recently seven years in the Paris office of a key international law firm, six years with another major law firm in New York, and five years in an Austrian law firm in Vienna.
Her experience extends to most major international arbitration rules, including ICC, SCC, AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and ICSID, as well as local European arbitration institutions.
Nicole also acts as an arbitrator and is a frequent speaker on international commercial and investment arbitration topics.
Clients value her quick understanding of complex technical matters and ability to concisely convey them.She is fluent in German, English, and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.
Nicholas Bagley is an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and an Associated Law Professor in Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.
Nick was an attorney with the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and served as lead counsel in many more. Among many other matters, Nick successfully defended the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act before the D.C. Circuit (National Association of Manufacturers v. Taylor), served on the litigation team charged with defending the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act from a First Amendment challenge (Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. United States), appeared before the Second Circuit in an important case involving the status of digital downloads under the copyright statutes (United States v. ASCAP), and represented the government in two significant False Claims Act suits in the Fifth Circuit (United States ex rel. Longhi v. Lithium Power Technologies, Inc.; United States v. Caremark).
Nick served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. Before getting a law degree at New York University Law School, he joined Teach for America and taught eighth-grade English at a public school in the South Bronx.
Nicholas teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law. His work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. His article, “Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State,” which he coauthored with Richard Revesz, was selected as the best article in the field in 2006 by the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He won the law school’s teaching award in 2012.
Alberto Coletti is an associate in the M&A and Private Equity team, based in the Rome office.
Graduate LL.B./M.Sc. at Bocconi University in Milan, selected for the Themis Legal Network Excellence Program for outstanding law students.
He has assisted a wide number of corporate clients involved in venture capital and debt restructuring operations, and has therefore specialized in corporate transactions focusing on international business law, competition law and private equity, and developed a broad expertise in negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements, investment & purchase agreements and shareholders' agreements.
In virtue of his study experience abroad in Paris and London, he speaks fluently both English and French, a key quality that allows him to provide legal advice on a broad set of corporate topics to high-profile international clients and industrial groups.Text
William Foley is a Senior Associate in the New York Office and a member of the Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement practice group.His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, investment advisors and other public and privately-held companies in corporate and securities litigation, and other complex business litigation matters. In particular, he has wide-ranging experience representing clients in stock-drop class actions, shareholder derivative actions, M&A and hostile takeover disputes, and complex contractual and business tort cases before federal and state courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Mr. Foley also devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing pro bono services, primarily in civil rights and immigration matters.
He has written and contributed to articles appearing in the New York Law Journal, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Financial Law Fraud Report, Bloomberg BNA, and Westlaw Journal. He was previously an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Daniele Consolo is an Italian qualified lawyer and an associate in Orrick's Milan office. He is a member of the Banking & Finance Group. His practice focuses on regulatory banking and finance, financial services and asset management.
Since 2006 he has provided legal advices and assistance to investment banks and financial intermediaries in relation to bank and investment services and collective investment funds. He has advised and supported clients on the management of their regulatory and compliance framework, including key operational aspects related to legal process.
Before joining Orrick, Daniele gained significant expertise in banking and financial services and compliance matters. He worked in Citibank Plc, Milan office, in the Legal and Compliance division for two years. He then moved to Atrigna & Partners law firm in Milan and, during his collaboration, was seconded at the Milan branches of Morgan Stanley Bank International (in 2008) and The Royal Bank of Scotland (in 2010) to support the General Counsel.
Laurent Olléon, Partner in the Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.
Laurent advises companies and private individuals on the tax aspects.
Laurent intervenes alongside his clients with legal and financial issues, both in terms of advice and litigation situations perspective.
Laurent deals with numerous issues in various fields: the tax consolidation system and, more generally, intra-group relations, the handling of bilateral tax treaties, the taxation of financial transactions, property taxation and local taxation, etc.
His recognized expertise in abuse of rights enables corporate tax directors, financial investors and individuals to better secure their investment choices and structuring their transactions. In addition, his intimate knowledge of tax litigation is a major asset for clients.
Laurent has advised many ministries and public institutions on legislative and regulatory developments and their implementation, which gives him an extensive practical vision of both public and private law. His past experience has allowed him to manage and draft legislative bills, which makes him an expert on administrative and parliamentary machinery.
joining Orrick, Laurent was a judge of the Conseil d’État and assessor at the Court’s
ninth Chamber of the litigation section of the Conseil d’État, worked as deputy
Chief of staff of Marylise Lebranchu, the French Minister for the Civil
Service, State Reform and Decentralisation and Chief of staff of Anne-Marie
Escoffier, Deputy Minister of Decentralisation.
Neil has more than four decades of experience representing energy clients in complex equity and debt financings, project acquisitions and divestitures, and other significant corporate transactions. He has represented major project developers, equity investors and lenders in the independent energy industry, in the United States and internationally.
In recent years Neil has worked extensively on the development and financing of renewable energy projects involving wind, solar, biomass and fuel cells, and on alternative fuels projects in the ethanol industry. He has also worked extensively on the development and financing of conventional power generation facilities.
His corporate and financing experience has included representation of clients in syndicated bank financings, financings by multilateral and bilateral agencies, Rule 144A debt offerings, sale-leaseback financings, construction loans, formation of joint ventures and partnerships, equity investments, and the purchase and sale of equity interests in projects.
Internationally, Neil has represented sponsors of power projects and electric distribution companies in a number of countries including Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Honduras, Bangladesh, Nepal, Colombia, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and the People’s Republic of China.