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Pro Bono Appeals

Pro bono is part of our DNA. The founding president of the Brennan Center for Justice began our group, and many of our lawyers devoted their careers to public service before joining us. The result is a practice in which we encourage our lawyers to devote themselves to the causes that matter to them, supported by the resources that a large law firm can provide. Those causes take numerous forms. We work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to represent deserving veterans who have been deprived of the benefits they earned. We have teamed up with the New York Office of the Appellate ...

Pension Obligation Bond Financing

History That financing and a number of copy-cats that rapidly followed were tax-exempt and primarily driven by then legal arbitrage possibilities. Many of these transactions were structured as lease financings or as installment sales of annuities. Tax-exempt pension obligation bonds largely came to an end with the introduction of tax legislation that became part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. However, we have continued to work on pension bonds that are tax-exempt because of special transition rules or special (non-arbitrage) situations. A new taxable version of pension obligation bonds ...

Revenue Bond Financing

Our Revenue Bond Financing Group focuses on enterprise revenue bonds, that is, bonds payable from the revenues of an enterprise conducted by the public entity that issues the bonds. Some of the these issues overlap practice areas and, when advantageous, we bring in expertise from other Orrick practice groups, including the Public Power Finance Group, the Water and Wastewater Finance Group, the Transportation Finance Group, the Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing Group, and the Health Care Finance Group. These issues might be handled by attorneys in several ...

Tobacco Securitizations

In part, this is because Orrick is one of the few firms with the combination of resources required for such financings – public finance, securitization, tax and bankruptcy.  From the first transaction for the city of New York in November 1999 through some of the most recent, we have been counsel on more than 65 tobacco securitizations (including three pools) aggregating more than $30 billion. We are thoroughly familiar with, and have crafted disclosure and rendered required opinions about, the Master Settlement Agreement, the Model Statute, the Consent Decree and other related documents, ...

Internet of Things

An ever increasing range of objects, from cars and drones, to smart meters and thermostats, to wearables and medical implants, now connect to the Internet for remote sensing and control, as well as other enhanced capabilities. This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it is poised to become a major component of the world economy over the next decade, with forecasts estimating a market in the trillions of dollars. This huge growth of Internet connected devices creates a host of legal challenges and opportunities. Orrick has a cross-practice and international team to focus on the IoT issues ...
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Alternative Investors

Our global network offers experience in key industries that our clients invest in. We are particularly recognized for our experience in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Real Estate sectors. Private Investment Fund Formation Our private investment funds practice advises on all stages of fund formation, from negotiating terms and developing marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors, and providing advice on internal sponsor and management company arrangements. Finance Our global finance team represents ...
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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

We represent sponsors and underwriters of REITs in structuring, financing and operating private and public REITs.  We have particular expertise advising funds in formation in the emerging area of REO-to-Rental and are assisting with the formation of public and private REITs as ownership platforms in this area.  Most recently, we advised Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. in its initial public offering (“IPO”), making it the first publicly traded REIT focused on the single-family rental market. We have helped clients consolidate existing partnerships and properties into REITs, including compliance ...

Cross-Border Employment Law Issues

Our lawyers provide strategic and results-oriented advice on all aspects of employment disputes and contentious matters before agencies, tribunals and in the courts, with special expertise on discrimination matters, wage-and-hour issues, cross-border trade secret protection and wrongful termination actions. Working with Orrick’s Global Corporate Solutions team, we also provide advice on data privacy and protection issues, employee benefits matters and global equity compensation programs. We have innovative single point of contact representations which allow companies with operations ...
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Compensation & Benefits

We have those lawyers. We are unique. With over 15 experts in London, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Wheeling, we work with clients on both domestic and global compensation & benefits matters. It’s all about you. As one client told Chambers USA: "They have good foresight – not just reacting in a transactional sense, but also looking at the trends and the bigger picture and being proactive in working with you to avoid a problem before it happens. The attorneys are incredibly responsive to our needs and are always able to assist when asked." Supporting Your Strategy We ...
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The Cares Act Summary

by Patricia E. Anglin, William Berry and Yvonne Nyborg | March.27.2020

Employee Benefit Provisions in The Cares Act To confront the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CORNAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES ACT) on March 27, 2020. It expands access to retirement funds and suspends required minimum distributions from retirement plans and IRAs in 2020. Further, the CARES Act loosens a few rules applicable to health plans so that employees can access treatment and testing for COVID-19 without worrying about deductibles and cost sharing. There are also provisions that defer employer payroll taxes, provide an employee retention tax credit for ...

Solar Energy

Our lawyers worked on the world’s first commercial solar projects over 30 years ago, and today our solar team is present throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa, representing prominent industry participants on utility-scale, C&I and residential project development, finance, and M&A transactions. Our solar team members not only understand the legal aspects of solar transactions, but we are intimately familiar with the key commercial issues that drive our clients’ businesses and success. For that reason, the most successful solar industry participants consistently select us for ...
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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

In a fast-paced and unprecedented market, companies need a global and agile legal team. Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group delivers thoughtful and cutting-edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand regulatory scrutiny. Our pioneering Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice represents enterprise-level companies, startups and financial institutions alike across a wide range of industries. This includes advising on: Blockchain networks, Exchanges, Fundraising, including SAFTs and SAFEs, Compliance, including ...
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FinCEN Sends Message to the Virtual Currency Industry: The Travel Rule Applies to You, Too

by Matthew Moses and Christine Hanley | May.26.2020

FinCEN Director Ken Blanco addressed this year’s Consensus Blockchain Conference on May 13, 2020. In a set of prepared remarks, Blanco recognized the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for anti-money laundering compliance personnel, particularly in addressing virtual currency transactions. To meet those challenges and combat the increased risk of criminal exploitation of

Distressed Real Estate Transactions

Our team excels in devising innovative structures and negotiating complex transactions that set new standards for the real estate market. We have handled some of the most complex distressed debt acquisitions and loan workouts. We assisted Walton Street Capital acquire a Seattle office portfolio through cutting edge distressed debt transactions, including simultaneous mezzanine debt foreclosure and sale and restructuring of securitized and structured debt, and recently advised on the refinancing of the portfolio. We have particular strength in the hospitality, office and residential ...

Second Circuit Affirms Sabine: New Focus on Horizontal Privity Requirement May Affect Oil and Gas Gathering Agreement Terms

by Jonathan Ayre, Robert Loeb, Douglas S. Mintz and Darrell Thomas | September.06.2018

The Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. chapter 11 bankruptcy has been closely watched by many for guidance on how to structure midstream gathering agreements between upstream producers and midstream gatherers (who gather, transport and process oil and gas after it has been extracted from the land).