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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. ...

Welfare Plans

We have witnessed the enactment of the preexisting condition, nondiscrimination, and the privacy rules under HIPAA, to name just a few. Additionally, employers and their plans have become subject to the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. Other laws that have applied to employer welfare plans for some time, such as the continuation coverage rules of COBRA and the rules applying to cafeteria and flex plans, have undergone dramatic changes in just the last year or two. As if this were not enough, employers ...

Swaps and Other Hedges

Derivative products have been developed in response to specific needs of issuers and bond purchasers.  Governing law or the issuer's objectives may not permit bonds to be issued in a form that would command the best price in the market.  Underwriters or other market participants, either in connection with the initial issuance of the bonds or in totally unrelated secondary market transactions, using custodial receipts, grantor trusts, swaps, puts or other devices, make a different instrument or instruments ("synthetic securities") out of the original bonds that they can market at an aggregate ...

European Capital Markets

Our team has extensive experience advising companies on initial listing, corporate governance issues, follow-on offerings, M&A transactions, structured products and corporate reorganisations, leveraging our teams in London, Paris, Italy, Germany and Moscow. We also have a team of U.S.-qualified securities lawyers in London able to provide seamless, integrated advice on the application of U.S. securities matters to the European capital markets. Our practice also benefits from close integration with our market-leading European Finance team, which advises on finance matters and complex ...

Financial Services Appeals

Through our frequent representation of banks, other financial institutions, officers, directors, outside professionals, accounting firms, and corporations in high-stakes and high-profile appeals, we live and breathe the issues that concern financial services clients. And in recognition of our expertise in these areas, we are regularly called upon to assist with complex, critical trial-court litigation affecting the financial services sector. As our clients are well aware, financial services appeals often involve high stakes, complicated facts, and elaborate legal and regulatory frameworks. ...

Strategic Counseling

eDiscovery Counseling Among other things, we help clients prepare for litigation by developing protocols to understand, manage, preserve and quickly isolate information — both in the United States and internationally. 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 developing and implementing eDiscovery proportional to the value of the case. Our eDiscovery lawyers advocate at meet-and-confers and negotiate discovery plans to reduce cost and scope.  We have a record ...

Legislative/Regulatory Participation

Our lawyers leverage their knowledge of regulatory matters affecting participants in the global financial markets when advising a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, finance companies, funds and investors, as well as leading industry associations.  Orrick has significant experience in helping clients conduct their businesses and design their financial products to comply with the broad spectrum of governmental regulations that might affect them, including securities law matters, rules governing permissible bank transactions, ERISA and tax. As a result of our extensive ...

Asset-Backed Securities

We have a leading market presence as legal advisors on CLO transactions, and we are one of the preeminent law firms advising issuers and underwriters in the securitization of credit card, charge card, auto loan, auto lease and dealer floorplan receivables. Our team handles securitizations of tax liens, PACE liens, structured settlements, lottery receivables, student loans, time shares, portfolios of aircraft and aircraft engines and a variety of other assets. With strong practices in both public finance and securitization, Orrick is one of the few firms in the U.S. with substantial ...

Private Wealth

These clients are usually private persons and we do not reveal their names. Often they own large, closely held corporations or are founders of public corporations. Our goal in working with these clients is to formulate estate plans and business arrangements that meet the client’s personal and business needs, while minimizing the tax costs (income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax) inherent in the transfer of wealth. The Department’s work with these families includes comprehensive wealth transfer planning, business succession planning, corporate recapitalizations, the creation of ...

Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

We offer a talented team of hospitality lawyers dedicated to serving clients on the most critical aspects of their business. Our deep experience with the legal and contractual aspects unique to the industry makes us an effective partner in negotiations for developments, acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions, rebranding, dispositions, and negotiation of hotel management agreements, shared services, amenities and franchise agreements.  Our clients include the leading international investment funds, real estate advisors, developers, public and private pension funds, REITs, ...

Real Estate Investment Funds

In the United States, we have developed a robust fund formation platform drawing from our market-leading Real Estate practice and experienced Fund Formation network as well as longtime relationships with fund managers and sponsors.  We offer an international team that has worked on behalf of real estate and other private equity funds targeting investments in the United States, Mexico, Peru, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Japan, China, India and Russia. Our clients include the leading international investment funds, fund sponsors, real estate advisors, developers, public ...

Public Finance Tax

Each year, our public finance tax lawyers structure many billions of dollars of tax-exempt financings and play pivotal roles in financings for governmental entities in 44 U.S. states and in several territories outside the U.S. The great diversity of Orrick’s practice (both geographically and in terms of the breadth of legal specializations we cover), together with our emphasis on sophisticated tax-driven transactions, gives Orrick unmatched strength in analyzing and opining on public finance tax matters and in crafting innovative solutions to tax-related problems. Orrick remains the national ...