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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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Health Care Finance

Scope We regularly act as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters counsel and direct purchaser’s counsel for health care finance transactions around the country. We have been specializing in health care finance since the early 1980s. Our practice encompasses financings for nonprofit 501(c)(3) health care systems, hospitals, clinics (including federally qualified health centers), retirement facilities, skilled nursing facilities, proton therapy centers and blood banks, as well as public health care providers. We are long-standing members of the finance teams for many of the most active ...

Orrick Grows Market Leading Public Finance Practice

March.11.2019

Leading healthcare finance lawyer Robyn Helmlinger has joined Orrick's Public Finance Group as a partner, based in San Francisco. For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the U.S. healthcare industry.

3D Printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, makes objects by joining materials layer by layer based on a digital 3D model. Many different types of 3D printing technology exist, including material extrusion, stereolithography, and selective laser sintering. The 3D printing market is growing rapidly, as is the development and refinement of new 3D printing technologies. Our Team Our lawyers Vann Pearce and Chris Higgins possess deep insight into the 3D printing industry’s intersection with intellectual property. Vann and Chris have been featured speakers at 3D printing conferences in the U.S. and ...

Transportation Finance

Orrick's Transportation Finance Group lawyers are based in California, Seattle and New York and are fully experienced in financing all types of transportation facilities owned by state and local government entities. Multi-purpose financings involving transportation issues have been successfully completed for a wide variety of issuers, such as:

  • California Transportation Commission
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Port of Oakland
  • Port of San Diego

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 ...

Corporate Tax

Tax Department lawyers have been involved in domestic and international transactions involving purchases and acquisitions, business combinations and divestitures, corporate restructuring such as recapitalizations, multi-tier spin-offs and split-offs and hybrid entities, and innovative transactions involving the consolidated return regulations. Orrick’s Tax Department offers services to address clients’ corporate tax needs in: Asset-based Securitizations Compensation and Option Plans Consolidated Return Regulations Corporate Restructuring Cross-border Transactions ...

Mortgage-Related Securities

Since the onset of the financial crisis, we have taken a leadership role advising on innovative transactions that are set to become templates for the future of the industry, including our representation of Redwood Trust in all of its pioneering public offerings of private-label MBS.

We serve as counsel in public and private RMBS and resecuritization transactions. Our experience includes:

  • single-family residential mortgage loans
  • commercial mortgage loans
  • multifamily mortgage loans
  • home equity loans
  • revolving lines of credit
  • revolving manufactured housing contracts

REMICs, Mortgage Loan Modifications and COVID-19

by Stephen Jackson, Janet Barbiere, William Cullen, Bola Oloko and James Larkin | June.30.2020

This memorandum discusses certain tax considerations in connection with forbearances, waivers and other modifications with respect to a mortgage loan that is held by a REMIC or about to be contributed to a REMIC, in light of the fact that certain borrowers may be unable to make current or future payments on their mortgage loans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.