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Practice:

  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Private Litigation
  • Litigation & IP
  • Restructuring

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, LL.M., EMBA Partner International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Düsseldorf

Dr. Nicholas Kessler, Partner in the Düsseldorf Office, is a member of the International Arbitration Group. Nicholas' practice focuses on national and international arbitrations and complex litigations, predominantly with regard to post-M&A and corporate law disputes, investment protection cases, product liability and particularly to construction disputes.

Nicholas has extensive experience with arbitral proceedings under the auspices of all of the major arbitral institutions and rules (e.g., ICC, DIS, SCC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, ad hoc).

Nicholas graduated from law school in 2003 (University of Munster), earned a PhD in law and an Executive Master of Business Administration (M&A) in 2005 and was allowed to the German bar in 2007. In 2008 he received a Master of Laws diploma from the University of Cambridge (UK) and was entered on the roll as Solicitor of England & Wales in 2010.

Dr. Kessler is a visiting lecturer at the University of Münster and teaches the international arbitration and mediation in the university's post graduate program on mergers and acquisitions. He frequently publishes and holds speeches on arbitration and litigation-related topics.


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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Pay Equity

Dr. André Zimmermann, LL.M. Partner Technology Companies Group, Employment Law & Litigation

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018, 2018/19 and 2019/2020, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, and has been ranked as top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".

Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".

André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.  Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André has thorough knowledge of and genuine passion for the tech industry. Most recently, he has advised leading multinational technology companies such as Pinterest, Flexera, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre and Splunk on various employment matters.

André is a core member of our global employment law practice consisting of 80 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Dr. Christoph Brenner Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Munich

Christoph has broad and longstanding experience and focus on private equity transactions (leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs as well as minority participations and expansion or growth financings) and M&A transactions, often with cross-border aspects. He regularly acts for private equity sponsors, corporate and strategic buyers, owners and management teams.

Christoph graduated from the University of Munich where he also earned his Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) in 2000. Furthermore, he earned a law degree (maîtrise en droit) from Paris University (Paris II, Panthéon-Assas). In 2002/2003 Christoph worked as foreign attorney in London.

Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, Christoph was partner at another international law firm renowned for its international private equity practice.

Christoph is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices together with Oliver Duys.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Funds
  • Restructuring

Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney) Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Düsseldorf

Dr. Oliver Duys is a member of the M&A/Private Equity Group.

He has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate portfolio deals, joint ventures and fund formation as well as restructuring. He also advises on Management Participation Programs and liability issues in this context.

Oliver Duys is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices along with Dr. Christoph Brenner. 

Oliver Duys worked for Slaughter and May and Hengeler Mueller. Following his partnership at Hölters & Elsing since 2006, Oliver Duys is a partner at Orrick since 2008.

Water and Wastewater

Since 1985, members of our Water and Wastewater Financing Group have participated in over 800 tax-exempt financings aggregating nearly $80 billion dollars. We participate in financings for a broad range of purposes such as:   Storage facilities Treatment and pre-treatment facilities Collection and distribution facilities Desalination facilities System expansion and maintenance Rate relief and debt service savings    We particularly enjoy working with clients on long term capital programs and cutting edge financing structures and the development of new credits. ...

Public Power Financing

Since 1985, members of the Public Power Group have participated in more than 575 tax-exempt financings aggregating more than $106 billion in twenty-five U.S. states and territories, plus more than 95 taxable financings aggregating more than $55 billion for Federal power agencies and rural electric cooperatives. Orrick works with a broad range of issuer clients such as state agencies, small and large cities, districts, and joint action agencies, as well as with 9 of the 20 largest public power systems. We also work with the largest electric utility in the country (the Tennessee Valley ...

Benefit Plan Investments

Employee benefit plan assets constitute the largest pool of investment capital in the United States and worldwide. The financial future of millions is governed by complex legal restrictions designed to protect their interests. Though complex, the restrictions need not prevent benefit plans from being full-fledged participants in the world's financial markets. Seasoned legal advice is essential to successfully navigating these potentially dangerous waters. We have long advised the largest manager of benefit plan assets on ERISA fiduciary issues. We serve as outside fiduciary counsel to several ...

Public Finance Renewable Energy

In conventional energy, our experience includes working with IOUs, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and several Indian tribes. We also work with these entities and a variety of public and private developers on alternative and renewable energy projects. In many cases, we bring together our power purchase agreement-based energy practice with our emerging company equity financing practice focusing on clean energy to apply public finance tax-exempt debt financing to specific projects and programs.

eDiscovery & Information Governance

If left unmanaged, eDiscovery can quickly consume a significant slice of the litigation budget. In the worst case, such costs can dictate litigation strategy. Orrick focuses on ensuring that discovery is proportional to the value of the case. Our eDiscovery lawyers advocate at meet-and-confer, negotiate discovery plans to reduce cost and scope, and when necessary, play a leading role on motion practice and appeals. We have a record of successfully litigating eDiscovery challenges, including issues related to preservation, cost shifting, proportionality and spoliation claims. Beyond ...

Municipal Restructuring and Insolvency

In addition, reliable access to capital has been interrupted in recent years by unprecedented turmoil and change in the bond market and the near disappearance of the bond insurance industry. Rising pension and post-employment benefits costs combined with a generally flat or only slightly increasing revenue picture have been significant challenges for many communities. Credit deterioration, on the part of both municipalities and financial counterparties, has caused some transactions, particularly those involving variable rate debt and/or interest rate swaps, to unravel. In the face of these ...

Nonprofit Corporation Financing

Lawyers in our Nonprofit practice have been providing legal counsel to nontraditional issuers such as corporations that are just now establishing nonprofit status, and to organizations that may not even have the assets to qualify for a tax-exempt bond issuance under typical circumstances. We have acted as bond counsel for almost all of the tax-exempt financings for cultural institutions that have been done in New York and for numerous such financings in California. We also have extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and institution counsel for colleges, universities, ...

Asset Recovery for Corporate Crime Victims

This experience has proved invaluable in Orrick’s representation of companies that are increasingly the victims of all types of crimes whether the perpetrator is an insider or a competitor. Companies fall victim to crimes such as: Cybercrime including hacking, phishing and malware attacks; Theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property crimes; Illegal counterfeiting of merchandise; Price-fixing in violation of antitrust laws; Embezzlement and kickback schemes; Insider trading; and ...