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ישראל

Orrick’s Israel practice provides legal, business and strategic counseling to companies seeking to access this dynamic and exciting market.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Melanie Swan, noted futurist, predicted that “Decentralized networks will be the next huge wave in technology. The blockchain allows our smart devices to speak to each other better and faster.” Recently, The World Economic Forum estimated that 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain technology by 2027. In this fast-paced and unprecedented market, companies need a global and agile legal team. Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group provides clients with thoughtful and cutting edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand ...
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IRS Hints at Form 8938 Requirements for Reporting Crypto Assets Held at a Foreign Exchange

by Peter Connors | January.08.2020

With the emergence of digital assets, the question has arisen whether digital assets held in “wallets” in foreign exchanges need to be reported on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets. Form 8938 is the IRS counterpart for the FBAR, or Foreign Bank Report, which certain holders of foreign bank accounts
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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

Paris

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.

Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border expertise. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity. 

Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level expertise, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).

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Practice:

  • Equity Capital Markets
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China
  • Africa

Jie (Jeffrey) Sun Partner Equity Capital Markets, M&A and Private Equity

Shanghai; Beijing

Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jeffrey represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.

Jeffrey has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.

He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.

In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.

Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.

Jeffrey is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for China M&A by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients recognizes him as “an excellent business partner, above his legal counsel role”, who “gives practical advice not only based on legal proficiency, but really helpful for our business”.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.

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Practice:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Structured Finance
  • Banking & Finance

Jae-Hyon Ahn Of Counsel Renewable Energy, Energy

Tokyo

Jae-Hyon Ahn is an Of Counsel at Orrick’s Tokyo office.

He is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group which focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies. Clients include financial institutions and major international companies in connection with various complex cross-border financing matters including bank, structured and asset finance transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick’s Finance group in New York. He has also previously worked at Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.