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Kazuo Isshiki is an Of Counsel and member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in the Tokyo office.
Kazuo focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He also advises clients on general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kazuo was an associate in the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Mark Weeks is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group, splitting his time between Hong Kong and Tokyo. He practiced in New York and Tokyo for more than 25 years. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Mark served as office leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office from 2006 to 2017.
He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.
Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.
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Dan is a founding member of Orrick's Santa Monica Office and a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group where he advises disruptive technology companies at all stages of their life cycles.
Dan has a general business and corporate law practice, representing both emerging and public companies in a variety of matters, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day general corporate matters, structured liquidity programs, public offerings, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance and corporate governance.
Dan began his legal career in Silicon Valley and works with a significant number of clients in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School.
Dan’s current and former representations include:
Dan also has represented numerous venture capital and private equity investors including Founders Fund, Kapor Capital, Storm Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Wicklow Capital and many others.
Representative matters include:
VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCINGS
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
PUBLIC OFFERINGS & PIPEs
PUBLIC COMPANY REPORTING AND SEC COMPLIANCE
Ben handles high-stakes litigation at all levels of state and federal courts across the country as a member of Orrick's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.
Ben's work spans a wide range of subject areas, including constitutional, financial services, and administrative law. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Ben previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to the Honorable Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ben graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he participated in the school's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic among other activities. Before law school, Ben was a high school English teacher in Philadelphia and worked for an education policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
Ayla is an associate in the Energy & Infrastructure group in Orrick's Houston office.Ayla focuses her practice on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development, and general corporate matters for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
John focuses on energy projects, carbon finance and trading, and infrastructure law, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and distributed generation both conventional and unconventional.
John's experience began with UK wind projects and has moved into a broad spectrum of global renewable energy projects, including onshore/offshore wind, biomass, large hydro, run-of-river hydro, energy-from-waste and PV (ground and rooftop). John acts for developers, banks, equity providers, employers and contractors in this field. He has advised on projects around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and across the European Union.
Chambers UK ranks John as a leading individual in the Energy and Natural Resources field and Legal 500 UK positions him as “a highly regarded figure in the renewables space.” Clients describe John as a “strong negotiator” who can “easily defuse contentious situations.”
Peter earned his reputation as one of the country’s most prominent trademark lawyers by safeguarding international and domestic brands. For more than 30 years, he has devised practical legal strategies which align with each client’s business objective. In addition to trademark, Peter has litigated trade dress, false advertising, copyright, product disparagement, anti-counterfeiting and trade secret matters on behalf of startups and Fortune 50 companies.
As a veteran first chair litigator, Peter is undaunted by complex facts, precarious circumstances, or cases without legal precedent. No matter the parties or scenario, he uses his experience, creativity and persistence to safely guide clients towards a resolution. He has handled cases before state and federal courts throughout the U.S., inter partes matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as challenges before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.
In addition to his legal experience, Peter’s success derives from his ability to connect with juries. While growing up, he and his family lived throughout Europe and the United States, working jobs ranging from automotive factory worker to caring for the elderly. This breadth of experience enables Peter to relate to people from every background. Peter has handled trademark matters for former Vice President Al Gore, former actress Elizabeth Taylor and charity Kars 4 Kids.
Peter is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association where he serves on the Association's Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, the American Council on Germany, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Brian Blood is a managing associate in the New York office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group.
His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
Brian was a summer associate in the firm’s New York office in 2014.
Marianna Meriani is a managing associate of Orrick (Rome) and a member of the Antitrust & Competition group.
Marianna assists clients in connection with European and Italian competition law issues in proceedings before the European Commission and the Italian Competition Authority, as well as in ensuing litigation before the European Courts and the Italian administrative and civil courts. Marianna also assists clients in the assessment of the compatibility of various types of agreements (e.g., technology transfer, R&D, distribution agreements) with European and Italian competition rules.
Before joining Orrick, Marianna worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she developed a specific expertise in antitrust and administrative law issues (June 2014 – September 2018). Marianna worked as a trainee lawyer at the Attorney General’s Office in Rome, where she mainly focused on administrative law issues.
Ylan is recognised as a leading advisor across private equity investing, specialising in venture and growth capital financings and related exits, including portfolio/ secondary disposals.
Following an earlier career as a computer software programmer, Ylan has a passion for the technology industry and advises financial investors and growth companies in a number of other sectors including:
A Senior Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group, Chris's practice focuses on high-stakes appeals and cutting-edge legal issues.
Chris has a deep passion for intellectual property law, and he specializes in complex copyright and trademark issues arising at the intersection of business and technology. He has represented major tech developers, biomedical manufacturers, and content creators on a wide range of critically important issues. In particular, Chris has litigated cutting-edge issues of personal jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, and damages; the trademark law’s trade dress, functionality, dilution, and nominative fair use doctrines; and the daunting copyright questions that confront technology providers and platforms in the digital age. Chris also has a wealth of experience counseling Fintech clients on novel issues confronting that industry. And he has represented clients in appeals involving trade secrets, class action litigation, bankruptcy, telecommunications, constitutional law, and more. He has authored merits briefs and cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as dozens of briefs in federal and state courts of appeals. And he has represented clients in trial courts, crafting dispositive motions, witness declarations, evidentiary objections, and jury instructions.
Chris also maintains an active pro bono practice. He won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a client seeking immigration relief, and currently represents clients on issues ranging from copyright’s willfulness doctrine, to freedom of information laws, to New York state’s parole system. Chris is also an active member of the bar, sitting on the Federal Bar Council’s Public Service Committee.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Carol B. Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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.