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Julia Schmitz is associate in the Düsseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
She advises national and international clients on M&A/Private Equity transactions, intragroup cross-border restructuring measures and general corporate law. She joined Orrick in 2015.
Abby Colella is an Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Group.
Prior to joining Orrick, Abby served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2017 – 2018). Abby graduated from Harvard Law School, where she participated in the school's Cyberlaw Clinic and was a research assistant in various fields, including privacy, national security and comparative constitutional law.
Washington, D.C.; New York
Washington, D.C.; New York
Richard J. Morvillo, a partner in our New York and Washington, D.C., offices, is a nationally recognized expert in SEC enforcement and other white-collar matters.
Over the past 40 years, Rich has been involved in more than 250 SEC investigations, including some of the highest profile cases the SEC has handled. He also has extensive experience in FCPA cases, securities related white-collar criminal matters and private securities litigation. A former branch chief with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, Rich represents corporations, corporate executives, brokerage firms, investment advisers, accounting firms, auditors, law firms, hedge funds and individual investors in connection with SEC, PCAOB, NYSE, FINRA, congressional, state attorney general and grand jury investigations; SEC litigation; and complex securities cases.
Though Rich has been involved in far too many cases to name, he had a significant role in various important matters, including: several CDO and RMBS investigations of investment banks and collateral managers; SEC and criminal investigations of Enron; investigations and litigation concerning possible insider trading involving the securities of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Liberty Media, Capital One, Prestige Brands; investigations and litigation concerning trading by NYSE specialists; investigations of alleged FCPA violations by various financial institutions; investigations and litigation concerning merger activities of Wachovia Corporation and National City Corporation; investigations concerning transactions by MGIC, Royal Dutch Shell, HSBC, Lernout & Hauspie, Aetna, Denso Corporation, AG Edwards, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse; investigations concerning the financial statements and/or audits of Orange County, Citi, Navistar, Autonomy, Bally’s, CarMax, SteinMart, and Allegheny Health Systems; investigations into marketing and other activities of registered investment advisors (including Smith Barney Asset Management, Family Endowment Partners, UBS Asset Management, F Squared and Harbinger) and ETF sponsors (including Pro Shares and, Wisdom Tree Investments); internal investigations at a Fortune 10 retailer, Aon Corporation, E*Trade, Nash Finch Corporation and TD Ameritrade; investigations and litigation related to alleged pricing violations by NASDAQ traders; investigations of auditing firms and audit partners from KPMG, E&Y, D&T, Friedman, and PWC International and Congressional investigations concerning, among others, Goldman Sachs and Riggs National Corporation.
Rich has litigated to a successful judgment a number of SEC enforcement cases and defended numerous class actions and shareholder derivative suits in federal courts throughout the country. Rich has also conducted many internal investigations for corporations, and advised members of numerous special committees of boards of directors as to their rights and obligations regarding the handling and evaluation of corporate transactions, internal investigations and shareholder litigation.
He was named by Best Lawyers in America as the “2013 Lawyer of the Year – Securities Litigation,” and Chambers USA has recognized Rich as “one of the deans of the securities enforcement bar.” Rich is also listed as a leading litigator in numerous other peer-review publications, including Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 United States, Ethisphere: Attorneys Who Matter, Washington DC Super Lawyers, The Legal Times, which named him one of Washington’s “Top 10 Securities Lawyers,” Washingtonian Magazine and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and serves as the co-chair of two PLI annual programs: “Internal Investigations” and “Auditor Liability.” He has served on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown University School of Law, teaching a course in “Professional Responsibility in Corporate and Securities Practice.”
Ryan Wooten's practice focuses on resolving business disputes and conducting investigations for clients in the financial services and energy industries.
Ryan has represented and counseled large financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and class action litigation. In addition to his work in the financial services industry, Ryan has represented hydrocarbon producers, explorers, transporters and refiners in the defense of tort and breach of contract actions.
Ryan has prevailed on several motions for summary judgment related to contract disputes. In other cases, Ryan has efficiently negotiated with opposing counsel to reach early, favorable settlements.
Through his volunteer work with Missouri City Municipal Court, Ryan has tried more than 10 Class C misdemeanor cases to a jury verdict. During law school, Ryan also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and for Judge Vanessa Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who has jurisdiction over criminal matters.
Marshall Brozost is a Real Estate lawyer in Orrick’s New York office and serves as head of the New York Real Estate Group.
He focuses on complex real estate transactions on behalf of institutional and private equity investors. In addition, his practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate investment, from purchases and sales, formation of joint ventures and real estate funds to mortgage and mezzanine financing, REIT structuring, workouts and leasing. His clients include State Street Global Advisors, Phoenix Realty Group, Arel Capital and The Praedium Group, as well as other real estate private equity funds, investment advisers, domestic and foreign institutional investors, lenders and developers. He also advises on CMBS and merger and acquisition transactions.
Marshall is recognized for his real estate and finance work in Legal 500 and described by clients as “exceptional” in the field.
Marshall previously was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
Wheeling, W.V. (GOC)
Connor Stewart is a member of the Orrick Analytics group. The group specializes in using technology and project management discipline to assist firm attorneys with litigation and transactional tasks, particularly tasks that involve large volumes of data and documents.
Connor works with litigation attorneys and third party vendors to manage the review and production of documents relevant to investigations and litigation. This work includes using early case assessment technology to analyze, categorize and cull data. He also manages teams of specialists performing document review, redaction, analysis, production and drafting privilege logs. Connor assists the litigation team to prepare for trial, including drafting deposition summaries, factual memoranda and exhibit charts. He also works with practice office attorneys on transactional tasks, including contract review and due diligence.
Prior to joining Orrick, Connor practiced estate planning and administration in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, Connor serves on the Board of Directors of Allegiant Human Services, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Jim Stanley is a senior associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.
He has significant experience in FCPA, anti-money laundering, and cross-border internal investigation matters. Jim has also represented clients in civil matters at trial and arbitration proceedings. Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and clerked for Judge Bobby E. Shepherd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Dr. Stefan Renner, a Partner in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Stefan's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and venture capital, as well as corporate restructuring.
He also regularly advises on general civil and commercial law matters including litigation. In addition, Stefan is experienced in real estate transactions.
Before joining Orrick in 2009, Stefan worked as an associate with Bird & Bird LLP in Frankfurt and was an associate in the Frankfurt office of Hölters & Elsing.
Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.
Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany
Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.
Patrick Hubert, a Paris-based partner in the Antitrust & Competition group, brings decades of legal experience and innovation in both private practice and government, with experience ranging from acting as chief of staff to the French Minister of Justice, to being general counsel and chief investigator with the French competition authority, and from acting as a judge with the Conseil d’Etat (French Supreme Administrative Court) to even publishing a paper as a cell biologist (when very young).
This breadth of experience has allowed him to become a leading authority in the field of antitrust, but his background helps him borrow ideas from anywhere – finding imaginative solutions for the legal and business challenges his clients face.
Patrick has long been a trailblazer in his field. For example, years before private compliance programs became commonplace, Patrick persuaded his clients to dedicate resources to compliance policies, thus being one of the first to encourage proactive rather than strictly reactive actions. In France, he was one of the first to launch antitrust recovery claims and to work on a private standalone claim, without any precedent from the regulator. Acting on the plaintiff side, he obtained the highest fine ever imposed on a dominant company, a record that has remained unchallenged so far.
He is currently handling private claims totaling more than 5 billion euro, advising global tech companies and other multinationals in French and EU competition matters, including merger control filings, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, state aid and compliance work, as well as private damages actions before the French courts. In addition, he serves as vice chairman of the competition commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and chairs its merger control working party.
Monica Svetoslavov is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Litigation practice group.
Monica's practice includes representing multinational corporations in litigation involving commercial, antitrust, cybersecurity, and intellectual property issues.
Prior to and during law school, Monica worked as a consultant on economic issues in mergers and antitrust litigation. She also worked as a senior research analyst on macroeconomic forecasting at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected figure in French M&A and corporate law, advising on both complex transactions and sensitive disputes and regulatory matters.
He is called on by boards and management teams to advise on mergers, divestitures, corporate acquisitions and restructurings as well as litigations and arbitrations. He is the founding partner of the premier French boutique Rambaud Martel, which combined with Orrick’s global platform in 2006.
Jean-Pierre has recently had a hand in the most significant cross-border deals in the French market. His work includes advising the board of Alstom on the $17 billion sale of its power units to General Electric, counseling L’Oréal on buying back 8% of its own capital from Nestlé, associated with the sale of assets, advising Peugeot’s family on the restructuring of Peugeot SA’s capital which involved China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and the French state, the board of Club Méditerranée in the context of competing take-over bids from China’s Fosun Group and Italia’s Bonomi’s Group, the board of Areva in the financial restructuring of the company.
Chambers & Partners recognized Jean-Pierre as an “Individual Star” in Corporate/M&A, noting that he is a “seasoned and highly-respected M&A practitioner whose experience covers a wide range of transactional activities.
Jean-Pierre has also developed very substantial litigation and arbitration experience, being ranked Band 1 by Chambers in Dispute Resolution. Most notably, among his successes, the very high-profile Bernard Tapie Case where he has been assisting Consortium de Réalisation, the French government entity tasked with liquidating the assets of Crédit Lyonnais for the French State. Jean-Pierre won rulings from the Paris Court of Appeal in 2015 that withdrew initial arbitral awards that had required CDR to pay €404 million to Tapie’s liquidators and companies and sentenced them to repay CDR the full amount plus interests and costs. He has just succeeded in obtaining visible Court decisions which have released from any criminal liability charged persons with tax fraud.
Jean-Pierre also serves as an arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC and AFA arbitration proceedings.
He speaks and publishes regularly.
Jean-Pierre is the founder and a member of the board of the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders - ICM, a state-approved foundation which is on its way to becoming the leading international research center in Europe in the Neurosciences.