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Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with comprehensive, excellent legal advice combined with a deep understanding of the economics of the deal and actual business needs. Her long-standing transaction experience and deep market insights are huge assets, in particular in high-end cross-border transactions.
Christine’s work is focused on Banking and Finance. She advises on complex national and international financings in private equity transactions and in particular on acquisition financings and refinancings. Christine has also advised on a considerable number of financial restructurings.
Her clients mainly include large private equity firms as well as their portfolio companies from various industries.
IFLR1000 recognizes Christine as a “notable practitioner” in their 2019 edition for her banking & finance work.
Christine studied law in Heidelberg, Passau and Mannheim and obtained her Master‘s Degree (LL.M.) at the University of Waikato/New Zealand.
Before joining Orrick in 2018, she had been a partner at another international law firm.
Charles Kaplan is a highly specialized arbitration lawyer based in Orrick’s Paris office. He has conducted arbitrations on EPC Contracts, oil production sharing agreements, gas pricing disputes, tax stabilization agreements, international joint ventures, as well as aircraft development programs, in France and elsewhere.
Highly regarded in the international arbitration market, Charles is consistently recognized as a key practitioner particularly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. According to Chambers & Partners, clients describe him as an “extremely bright” expert on cross-border matters and praise his “commercial insight and dedication.” Ranked among Chambers France’s top International Arbitration lawyers, Charles is said to be “a very good lawyer whose experience in international arbitration is superb.”
In particular, Charles advises French and international energy majors, and industrials. He has extensive experience of arbitration under ICC, ICSID, French Arbitration Association, LCIA and Milan Chamber rules. He regularly sits as arbitrator.
He originally qualified as an English barrister and then as a French avocat. In addition to investment disputes, he has handled civil as well as common law disputes in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Before he joined Orrick, he was co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Global Arbitration practice and led the Paris Arbitration group.
Marianna Karapetyan is an Associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Employment Law Practice Group.
Marianna advises national and international companies on all issues of individual and collective employment law.
The main focus of her practice comprises employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as employment and labor law issues such as personnel leasing, co-determination of employees and service agreements of managing directors and board members. She also advises national and international companies on day-to-day employment law matters.
Marianna joined Orrick in 2019.
Konstantin Kasyan is a special legal consultant qualified to practice law in both Russia and New York. Konstantin focuses on cross-border disputes and has expertise in handling litigation and arbitration involving parties from the United States, Europe, Russia/CIS and Asia.
Yoichi represents multinational developers and financial institutions in international power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yoichi served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was also an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York.
Rene Kathawala serves as Orrick's firmwide pro bono counsel, responsible for managing and initiating the firm's pro bono activities, including all administrative and legal aspects.
Rene works with other pro bono counsel and legal services nonprofits to increase the quantity and quality of pro bono representation that is being provided to indigent clients in each of the cities worldwide where Orrick has a presence. In addition, he supervises and directly works on cases in such diverse areas as immigration law, family and matrimonial law, housing law, public benefits law, employment law counseling, impact litigation and nonprofit advice and counseling. Rene has worked on many substantial matters in the federal and state systems over his career that are reported as precedent. He also works with firm attorneys to strengthen the firm's innovative Impact Finance and Social Enterprise team that he founded and that provides representation in diverse transactional areas to nonprofit, for profit and hybrid organizations dedicated to providing basic services to poor persons around the world in areas including microfinance, water, education, energy, housing and health.
Based on his long-standing commitment to access to justice issues, Rene has been appointed to serve as a member of the New York City Bar Association Right to Counsel TaskForce and the New York City Bar Association Family Court Judicial Appointment & Assignment Process Work Group. In recognition of his expertise in family law, United States District Judge Bloom appointed Rene as a special master in a federal court family law matter in 2014 in the Eastern District of New York in case number 07-cv-02565-ARR-LB, styled Garmhausen et al v. United States Department of Justice et al.
Kei Kato is a managing associate and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kei focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, employment, compliance and other commercial disputes, including litigation and international arbitration, for both domestic and non-Japanese companies.
Prior to joining Orrick’s Tokyo office, Kei was an associate at Nishimura and Asahi.
He will be attending Columbia University from 2019 to 2020.
Gohshun Kawamura is an associate in Orrick’s Tokyo office and a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
He focuses on cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, advising foreign and domestic energy investors, project developers, and financial institutions.
Prior to joining Orrick Tokyo Office, he was an assistant judge at the Tokyo District Court and the Matsuyama District Court.
Joanna Kay specialises in international oil and gas transactions, including upstream operations, project development, mergers and acquisitions and gas and LNG trading and storage arrangements.
Joanna advises clients on a wide range of upstream and midstream oil and gas agreements including concessions, AMIs, farm-ins and SPAs, royalties, operating and unitisation agreements, service and drilling contracts as well as transportation and sales agreements.
Joanna has worked in house as well as in private practice, including at Tullow Oil plc where she focused on upstream development projects and frontier exploration opportunities in Africa, Europe and the North Atlantic region. Joanna is also a committee member of the UK Energy Lawyers Group.
Anthony has a wealth of experience in complex cross-border finance matters and is well regarded in the market.He acts for sponsors and their portfolio companies, credit funds, banks, direct and alternative lenders and other financial institutions on financing matters generally but with a particular focus on acquisition, leveraged and private equity finance.
Kevin is a managing associate in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He advises technology companies in various sectors and has significant experience with venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, debt financings and general corporate representation.
Kevin is passionate about technology and serves on the board of the “Orrick Labs” committee and is a member of Orrick’s associate technology committee.
Kevin has recently represented companies being sold in the following transactions: Wavefront to VMware; Nervana to Intel; Frame to Nutanix; AppFormix to Juniper Networks; Eat24 to GrubHub; Outward to Williams Sonoma; PernixData to Nutanix; Arkin Net to VMware; FoodyDirect to Goldbelly; BitRock to VMware.
Kevin advises high-technology businesses and venture capital investors on corporate governance, securities offerings, liquidity transactions and related matters.