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Michelle is a General Litigation associate in Orrick's San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on litigation and counseling matters related to intellectual property, trade secrets, cybersecurity, and data privacy.
Michelle has particular experience with patent infringement matters in both offensive and defensive postures, including advising on pre-suit negotiation of licenses. She has also worked with companies to guide them through compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other prominent privacy regulations.
Michelle graduated with honors from Notre Dame Law School. During that time, she interned at the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California. She also worked in-house to help a multi-million dollar company establish industry-wide protocols for protecting corporate intellectual property. Michelle holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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.
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.
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.
Nick is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Group.
Nick represents leading institutional real estate investors in a wide array of real estate transactions. He has significant experience in advising on, negotiating and closing acquisitions and dispositions of a wide array of real estate assets, commercial leases, secured financing transactions and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick worked as a bankruptcy and finance associate in Chicago.
Nicole Lloret focuses on white collar criminal defense and litigation relating to internal and government investigations.
Nicole also has experience defending individuals charged with cybercrimes, as well as advising clients on technology related matters, including software licensing agreements and developing data privacy policies. Nicole as has experience in defending clients charged under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Nicole graduated New York Law School where she was a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing disadvantaged individuals charged with misdemeanors and low-level felonies. Nicole also participated as a mentor in the Street Law program, which sought to teach New York City public school students about the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution, and traveled to New Orleans to represent disadvantaged individuals with the Orleans Public Defender’s office as part of an internship program with Lawyers Across Borders.
Nicholas Laveris, resident in Orrick’s New York office, is a member of the Restructuring Group.
Nicholas A. Laveris is Of Counsel in Orrick's Restructuring Group. Nick advises investment banks, commercial banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds and other financial institutions on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of domestic and international par and distressed assets, including bilateral loans, syndicated loans, loan participations and derivative structured products.
Nick also represents clients in the purchase and sale of claims in bankruptcy, including administrative claims and trade claims. In addition, Nick represents clients in the purchase and sale of securities and other equity instruments arising out of restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings. Nick has extensive experience in working on transactions under the LSTA and LMA regimes, as well as negotiating bespoke documentation. Nick's work involves transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. Nick is an active member of the Loan Syndications and Trade Association and the Loan Market Association.
Prior to joining Orrick, Nick was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP.
Jesse Albani, a senior associate in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Public Finance Department.
Jesse has experience on a broad spectrum of tax-exempt and taxable financings, including advising issuers, developers and lenders on financings for multifamily housing developments, solid waste disposal facilities and general governmental obligations.
Colleen Hespeler in an Associate in Orrick’s internationally recognized Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice group. Her practice focuses on the intersection of privacy, security and data management.
Colleen partners with clients to navigate through the patchwork of global laws impacting privacy and cybersecurity. She also helps clients reduce the risk of privacy and security incidents.
Colleen has experience with assisting financial institutions with their compliance obligations under the SEC's privacy regulations, as well as the privacy regulations of other federal and state regulators. During law school, Colleen worked as an intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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.
Abby Colella is a managing associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group. Her practice focuses on high-stakes appeals, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property and emerging technologies.
Abby has co-authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and federal and state trial courts. She is passionate about communicating complex technological issues to judges of all backgrounds, and her work spans a wide range of topics and industries—from cutting-edge patent eligibility issues to data privacy disputes to monetary remedies in trademark cases.
Abby also maintains an active pro bono practice representing incarcerated individuals in cases under § 1983.
Prior to joining Orrick, Abby served as a law clerk to the Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Walter counsels private and public companies in their roles as sponsors, investors, lenders, and borrowers in energy and infrastructure projects.
His experience includes drafting and negotiating documentation specific to project finance, tax equity finance, bond offerings, and general corporate matters.