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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Emerging Markets
  • Africa
  • Capital Markets
  • Energy

Jinal Shah Partner M&A and Private Equity, Emerging Markets


Jinal advises private and public companies, funds and investors on high-value cross border M&A, private equity, joint ventures and strategic investments.

Jinal advises clients on a wide range of commercial agreements and often helps multinational businesses navigate the complex regulatory environments of the different jurisdictions they operate in. He also represents issuers and financial institutions on capital markets transactions (debt and equity) and provides general advice on company and commercial issues to corporate clients.

His clients span a variety of sectors, including: power, mining and natural resources, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and financial services. Jinal regularly advises on cross-border matters, particularly in emerging markets and is the principal contact for Orrick's India Practice Group.

Jinal is ranked as a leading individual in M&A by the legal directories, with Chambers UK noting his "responsive, commercial and thorough" approach to M&A, joint ventures and private equity work and Legal 500 noting that he is "very good under pressure and in putting people at ease".



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Matthew Shahabian Senior Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

With experience litigating trials and appeals, Matt Shahabian specializes in providing strategic advice to clients facing novel legal issues in must-win cases.

Matt is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.  His work covers a range of subject areas and industries, including securities law, white collar defense, constitutional law, and complex commercial litigation.

Matt also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on immigration and criminal justice matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Matt served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Corporate

Evgeniya Shakina Managing Associate International Trade & Compliance, Corporate

Washington, D.C.

Evgeniya Shakina, an associate in the Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the International Trade and Compliance Group.

As part of her practice, Evgeniya advises clients on economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC), export control regulations (EAR/ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and federal procurement regulations.

She also has experience assisting clients in unfair trade practice disputes, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, CFIUS/Exon-Florio examinations of foreign investment, and trade compliance due diligence in corporate transactions.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate

Rachel G. Shalev Managing Associate Supreme Court & Appellate

New York

Rachel is a member of Orrick's Litigation Group and Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

Rachel represents clients in high-stakes, complex litigation. She has argued appeals in the Fifth and Ninth Circuits and has been the lead drafter of briefs and dispositive motions in state courts, federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Rachel’s experience litigating and advising clients covers a wide range of substantive areas. She focuses in particular on tough questions of constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation.

Rachel maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of immigrant and women’s rights.

Prior to joining Orrick, Rachel served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the D.C. Circuit, and Judge William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit. Rachel received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated from Williams College and received master’s degrees from University College London and University of St. Andrews, both of which she attended as a Marshall Scholar.



  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Marc R. Shapiro Partner Supreme Court & Appellate, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

New York

Marc R. Shapiro is a partner in Orrick’s New York office. He is a member of the Commercial Litigation and Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Groups.

Marc represents clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels with a particular focus on class actions, multi-district litigation, and mass joinders.  Recently, Marc played a lead role in securing denial of class certification and affirmance by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an employment discrimination suit against Microsoft. He also successfully secured dismissal of several foreign defendants in a class action before a MDL Court in Louisiana involving allegedly defective drywall.  Marc currently represents the NCAA in concussion and injury-related cases throughout the country, Marathon Oil Corporation in nationwide climate change litigation,  Johnson & Johnson in asbestos-related litigation across the country, Sanei International Ltd. in an international contract and unjust enrichment dispute, DomainTools in a contract and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act dispute concerning terms of service for accessing WHOIS registrant data, and Global Linguist Solutions in a 29-plaintiff, mass joinder False Claims Act case.  In addition, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Marc is actively assisting clients in strategizing around litigation arising out of the health crisis.

Marc served as a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining Orrick, Marc worked as an appellate and post-conviction attorney for the Equal Justice Initiative. In that capacity, he engaged in trial level and appellate representation of clients in both state and federal court, including two cases that were briefed and argued before the United States Supreme Court.



  • Structured Finance
  • Funds
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Asset Backed Securities
  • Fintech

Gaelyn Sharp Of Counsel Structured Finance, Funds

Los Angeles; New York

Gaelyn Sharp is counsel with the Structured Finance Group in Orrick's New York office. She has experience in a variety of structured finance transactions and in private equity funds and hedge funds.

Gaelyn has represented a wide range of financial institutions including fund sponsors, issuers, underwriters, placement agents, investment advisers and investors in connection with a wide range of financing transactions including collateralized loan, bond and debt obligations; synthetic collateralized debt obligations; trade receivables; various derivative instruments and structured finance products; and private equity funds and hedge funds.



  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Compensation & Benefits M&A
  • Share Scheme Services

Ian Shaw Partner Compensation & Benefits, Compensation & Benefits M&A


Ian heads Orrick's employee share schemes and incentives practice in London. He advises both public and private companies on the design, implementation and operation of the full range of share-based incentive plans, in particular tax-favoured arrangements.

Ian also advises on the share schemes aspects of IPOs and a broad range of international M&A transactions. He has considerable experience in relation to employee benefit trusts and of advising senior executives on the impact on their awards of changing employer.


  • FCPA & Anti–Corruption
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Caitlin Sheard Managing Associate FCPA & Anti–Corruption, Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

Washington, D.C.

Caitlin Sheard is a Managing Associate in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.

Caitlin represents companies and individuals in a broad range of white collar matters, with a particular focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption compliance. She regularly works with companies to develop and enhance their corporate compliance programs. She has experience developing policies and procedures, enhancing training programs, and advising on best practices related to third party management and internal controls. She also has experience navigating FCPA monitorships, having represented a multinational company under the review of an independent compliance monitor.

Caitlin’s practice also involves conducting internal investigations, representing clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and performing anti-corruption due diligence.  She has represented companies around the world in the medical device, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and technology industries.

Prior to attending law school, Caitlin was a Fulbright scholar in France.



  • Africa
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy

Gil Shefer Managing Associate Africa, Renewable Energy

San Francisco

Gil is a member of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure team.

He advises developers and sponsors operating in the energy sector on a wide variety of matters, including tax equity financings, energy storage acquisitions, power purchase and sale agreements, and EPC and supply agreements. Prior to joining Orrick, Gil worked as an economic consultant for the World Bank in their Kigali, Rwanda, office.



  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Charles Sheldon Associate Corporate, M&A and Private Equity


Charlie has a broad range of corporate experience and advises clients on cross-border and domestic transactions in the areas of M&A, private equity, venture capital, renewable energy, corporate governance and restructuring.

Charlie frequently acts in the energy, technology and media sectors and is experienced in working with a range of clients, from large corporates, institutional investors and fast growing technology startups on a variety of matters including acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, corporate restructurings, investments and corporate governance.



  • Banking & Finance
  • Direct Lending
  • Project Finance

Matthew Shellenhamer Managing Associate Banking & Finance, Direct Lending

New York

Matthew is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking and Finance Group.  His practice focuses on complex commercial finance transactions.

Matthew assists major financial institutions, public and privately owned companies and direct and alternative lenders in effectively assessing legal risks in complex secured and unsecured commercial finance transactions. He advises on a wide variety of finance transactions, including corporate financings, acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations and project financings. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew was an associate in the Project Finance group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.



  • Patents
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • Intellectual Property

Li Shen Managing Associate Patents, U.S. International Trade Commission

Silicon Valley

Li is a litigator focusing on patent litigation in U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as patent office proceedings and Federal Circuit appeals. Her practice encompasses a wide range of technology, including biosciences, medical devices, wearable technology, computer and cell phone technologies, and pharmaceutics. 

Li has experience working on various aspects of litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her experience includes motion practice, invalidity and infringement analyses, complex discovery management, depositions, working with expert and fact witnesses, as well as pre-trial and trial preparation. She has litigated patent cases in the domains of biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceutics, communications, e-commerce, computers, and wearable technology, among others. She has also litigated trade secret, FRAND licensing, and unfair competition cases, and provided counseling on patent matters. Li has a bachelor degree in chemistry and is always enthusiastic about learning and understanding new technologies. Prior to joining Orrick, Li practiced in the patent litigation group at a global law firm in Los Angeles. 

Li also devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She is admitted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and is passionate about protecting veterans' rights to obtain necessary medical treatment for service-related injuries. 

Li is a native speaker of Chinese and is able to translate.