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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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FCPA & Anti-Corruption

We are a market leader in FCPA and anti-corruption representation. We counsel our clients in the detection and prevention of FCPA violations and achieve positive results in the face of anti-corruption enforcement by governments and multi-lateral development banks. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of FCPA and anti-corruption investigation, enforcement, trial, compliance and monitoring. Unique Qualifications We bring unique experience to both government enforcement and compliance matters. Our team draws strength from every side of the table: as defense lawyers, ...
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COVID-19 Creates Increased Risk of Financial Crimes and AML Exposure; FATF and FinCEN Provide Guidance

by Jeanine P. McGuinness, Matthew Moses, Daniel Nathan, Amy Walsh and Daniel Streim | May.27.2020

Earlier this month, senior officials of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), issued a paper identifying challenges, good practices, and policy responses to new threats and vulnerabilities to the global financial system arising from the COVID-19 crisis.

Impact Finance and Investment

Our clients include financial institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.  Our Strengths To help clients focus on impact finance and investment, we draw on our deep experience in structured finance and fund formation, to the formation and governance of for-profit social enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and hybrid entities. We also advise companies that are looking to grow with funding from impact finance investors. We have been named the #1 most innovative law firm by Financial Times from 2016-2018 and runner-up in 2019, in part for our ...
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Pay Equity

Pay equity is at the forefront of regulatory, political, shareholder, employee, and public concern. 2016 brought an unprecedented wave of new and proposed pay equity legislation and other initiatives at the federal and state level, seeking to address the pay gap. This is also a trend internationally. These initiatives will make it easier for employees and government agencies to bring pay claims against employers and may expose employers to public scrutiny as well as increased litigation risks and costs. While it remains to be seen how the Trump administration will pursue these issues at the ...
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California District Court Kicks Out U.S. Women’s National Team’s Equal Pay Claims

by Jill Rosenberg, Jessica R. L. James and Alex Mitchell | May.21.2020

A California district court dealt a blow to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s (WNT) equal pay case on May 1, granting partial summary judgment to the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in the headline-grabbing case filed last year. The decision dismisses the team’s compensation discrimination claims under both the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII but mostly leaves intact the WNT’s remaining discriminatory working conditions claims. We previously blogged about the case here.

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).

Senior Living Finance

We handle a range of transactions, everything from: tax-exempt or taxable; fixed or variable rate; new money; refunding or working capital; credit enhanced or self-liquidity; rated or unrated; public offering or private placement; and everything in between. Our team addresses critical issues and collaborates with the entire working group to provide successful results for each Senior Living provider.  Scope We regularly act as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and direct purchaser’s counsel for Senior Living finance transactions around the country. Our practice ...

Fintech

Our focus on the fintech sector is a natural product of Orrick’s strengths in technology and finance. We advise more than 2,700 high-growth clients globally and have been recognized as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for the 3rd year in a row by Financial Times in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Our finance and transactional capabilities are well documented. In 2019, we have assisted clients in raising nearly $19 billion in venture-backed financings and executed $42 billion in M&A transactions globally. Our finance team is known for developing first-of-a-kind structures and is among the ...
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COVID-19 Creates Increased Risk of Financial Crimes and AML Exposure; FATF and FinCEN Provide Guidance

by Jeanine P. McGuinness, Matthew Moses, Daniel Nathan, Amy Walsh and Daniel Streim | May.27.2020

Earlier this month, senior officials of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), issued a paper identifying challenges, good practices, and policy responses to new threats and vulnerabilities to the global financial system arising from the COVID-19 crisis.

Infrastructure

For decades we have been the firm of choice for prominent industry participants because of the innovative ways in which we design legal structures, draft project documents and manage complicated transactions. With lawyers across four continents, we have significant experience in every sector of the industry, including toll roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, rail, water facilities, stadiums, mass transit and other infrastructure projects. Our practice was rated Band 1 for U.S. PPP and renewable and alternative energy projects by Chambers Global 2019. Law360 named us Project Finance ...
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Financial Services Litigation

Named one of the nation’s top litigation departments in 2016 by The American Lawyer, and the winner of numerous litigation practice group awards, our litigators on both the East and West coasts and in offices worldwide have established a winning record across a variety of forums for our financial institution clients. We have particular strength in securities and other claims related to complex financial products; the full range of employment disputes, including novel Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower issues and high-profile discrimination claims; Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money ...
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Employment Law & Litigation

We’ve secured important precedents in the wage and hour arena. And we bring deep subject area knowledge in areas most important to employers throughout the world. Leading companies turn to us for help avoiding the courtroom in the first place. We partner with our in-house teams to conduct investigations and audits, draft employment policies, and tailor executive compensation agreements that attract top C-suite talent. And we do it on a global basis. In selecting us as Employment Group of the Year in 2018, Law360 highlighted our high-profile wins for Microsoft and Twitter and our position as ...

The CDC Provides Guidance: Antibody Testing Cannot Be Used as a Return to Work Passport

by Mike Delikat, Mark Thompson and Anna Matsuo | May.26.2020

On May 26, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) released its anxiously awaited Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing (the “Guidelines”). As set forth in further detail below, the Guidelines make clear that COVID-19 antibody testing should not be used to make decisions about returning employees to the workplace. While the Guidelines

Wind Energy

We have one of the largest and most experienced Wind Energy practices of any law firm in the world. As such, we represent the world’s largest and most well-established wind energy sponsors, developers and investors. We also act for new-entrant and medium-size clients, in each case consistently providing value–driven advice.  Our team has been named Project Finance Group of the Year by Law360 four times, most recently in 2016, and our Renewables and Alternative Energy practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA  and Chambers Global, and Tier 1 by Legal500 in 2018. Our group is described ...
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