Institute for Energy Law’s 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference

Sponsored Event | April.21.2021 - April.23.2021

Virtual Conference

Orrick is a proud sponsor of the Institute for Energy Law’s 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference. The conference brings together leaders across the energy chain to discuss critical developments in oil, gas and energy law. The theme of this conference is the energy transition, and Orrick is proud to have its partners participating in energy transition play a significant role in the conference. On Thursday, April 22, Energy & Infrastructure partner Jonathan Ayre will co-moderate the Transactional Module. On Thursday, April 22, Banking & Finance partner B. J. Rosen will participate in a panel on “Distressed Debt Exchanges” during the Transactional Module, and Supreme Court and Appellate partner E. Joshua Rosenkranz will discuss Climate Change Litigation Around the World during the Litigation Module.

Learn more about the virtual conference and register here.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Pétrole & Gaz
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structured Finance
  • Energy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Real Estate

Jonathan Ayre Partner

Houston

Jonathan Ayre represents clients across the energy spectrum including oil and gas, renewable power, and chemical industry companies and their investors in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development, financing and restructuring transactions.

Jonathan's recent experience includes representing note purchasers in securitizations of operated and non-operated oil and gas wellbore working interests with an aggregate value exceeding $6 billion. In addition to representing the note purchasers on the initial securitization of non-operated working interests, he has closed the first transactions that included operated working interests, overriding royalty interests, portfolios of primarily BLM leases, portfolios including tribal lands, and midstream gathering systems, and the first joint 144A / 4(a)(2) offering. Jonathan also has significant experience representing companies driving the energy transition, including representing project developers in connection with engineering, procurement and construction agreements, solar module purchase agreements, transformer purchase agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.

Chambers Global has reported, "He knows the industry very well and takes a commercial approach to help resolve differences with the counterparty. He has a good bedside manner and cooperates well with others,” and ”he's very resourceful and he approaches the oil and gas and corporate sector with a true business sense." Jonathan also was recognized in 2020 by Law 360 as an Energy Rising Star.

Jonathan is an active supporter of the Houston Symphony, serving as Chairman of the Houston Symphony's Finance Committee, as a Governing Director on the Houston Symphony Society's Board of Trustees, and as chair of the 2021 Houston Symphony's Wine Dinner and Collector's Auction. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Houston Men of Distinction Annual Awards Luncheon, an organization that recognizes Houston men who have distinguished themselves through excellence in community achievement, thereby providing support in superior biomedical research, education, and patient care in the Texas Medical Center.

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Practice:

  • Finance Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Propriété intellectuelle
  • Contentieux complexes & Résolution des litiges
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

E. Joshua Rosenkranz Partner

New York

Josh Rosenkranz is head of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice.

A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and then-Judge Antonin Scalia on the D.C. Circuit, Josh has personally argued more than 200 appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the nation, including 20 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Josh has been named American Lawyer's “Litigator of the Year” twice in addition to being a finalist for 2022. In 2012, the magazine dubbed him “the Defibrillator” based on his streak of appellate wins for companies that “appeared to be at death’s door,” and in 2017 it declared, he “still deserves the moniker we once gave him.”

In 2014, The Financial Times named Josh one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in the North American legal sector for his work “demystify[ing] the technical issues” and securing a victory in the blockbuster Federal Circuit appeal, Oracle v. Google. Chambers USA has reported, “He wins accolades for his ‘brilliant analysis and judgment.’ Clients appreciate how he ‘rethinks every case from the ground up,’ and add: ‘He can take the most complicated legal or technological issue and present it in a way that seems like common sense.’” Another edition of Chambers USA added: “‘His briefs are quite simply beautiful,’” and “clients describe his courtroom presence as ‘both commanding and accessible at the same time.’ He has the ‘perfect combination of persuasiveness, intelligence, wit, and deference.’”

Josh's practice covers a wide range of subjects, including intellectual property, financial services, securities, privacy, antitrust, federal preemption, insurance law, corporate governance, criminal law, and constitutional litigation. Among his recent clients are Cisco, Credit Suisse, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Genentech, Gilead, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle, Sonos, and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Clients turn to Josh to win the highest stakes appeals, including appeals in cases that threaten the very survival of a business. For example:

  • He represented Microsoft in an international cause célèbre in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the U.S. Government’s claim that it can serve warrants for emails stored overseas.
  • He represented DISH Network in one of the most high-profile patent appeals in the country, successfully overturning an injunction that threatened the company's life.
  • He has been lead counsel in multiple cases either defending or challenging verdicts over $1 billion.
  • He represented Facebook in the high-profile battle waged by the founder's Harvard classmates, the Winklevoss twins, who laid claim to the idea for Facebook, winning a ruling from the Ninth Circuit to end the lawsuit.
  • He won a landmark victory in a Supreme Court case that rescued the estimated $60 billion U.S. market of copyrighted goods manufactured abroad.
  • He represented 36 law schools in a high-profile Supreme Court case against the Department of Defense.

Josh was the founding president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, one of the country’s foremost public interest firms. Over the course of eight years, he was the Brennan Center’s chief strategist on litigation and public policy advocacy. Before that, Josh founded the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office specializing in criminal appeals.