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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 ...
fintech

Wyoming, the “Equality State,” Seeks to Level the Playing Field for Digital Assets Businesses

by Jorge Pesok, Andrew Wallach and Brian Bloomer | December.04.2019

In its continued effort to establish itself as the go-to jurisdiction for digital asset businesses, Wyoming, through its Department of Audit, Division of Banking, recently published a digital asset custody regime for its newly created, special purpose depository institutions (SPDIs). SPDIs are banking institutions authorized to take custody of digital assets. If they function as

Technology Companies Group

We represent innovative companies and investors at all stages 2,700 high-growth tech companies globally 20% of $1bn U.S. unicorns – including Pinterest, Stripe and SoFi, to name a few 10 of the world’s 25 biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Baidu and Facebook 33% of the most active early-stage VCs We see it all $14.6bn raised in 2018 through our work on 850+ venture financings #3 law firm for VC financings globally – PitchBook, Q2 2019 #1 law firm in Europe for VC financings, 14 quarters in a row – PitchBook, Q2 2019 280+ M&A ...
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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions
  • Merger Review
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense

Alex Okuliar Partner Antitrust & Competition, Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

Washington, D.C.

Alex is a litigator and former senior DOJ and FTC official representing clients in high-profile deals, investigations, and disputes. He frequently works for leading global companies, including recently Microsoft, Cisco, and Schlumberger, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Global Competition Review, among others. Who's Who Legal reports that Alex is “a highly skilled competition lawyerapplauded for "his strong knowledge of and experience with the US authorities."

Drawing on his agency experience, Alex regularly appears before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations, including the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. He also advocates for client's interests on numerous competition and consumer protection issues before the agencies. In addition to his agency work, Alex has litigated large antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection class actions in federal and state courts around the United States.

From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on technology and telecommunications-related issues, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on mergers and conduct in the technology and finance sectors. He also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors. Before serving in the government, Alex spent ten years in private practice at leading international law firms.

Alex is frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Chambers USA has recognized Alex in its ranking of top DC antitrust lawyers (2018, 2019). He was recommended for antitrust litigation defense (2019) and merger control (2017-2019) in Legal 500 and was listed in Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders (2017, 2018) and Who's Who Legal: Competition (2019). He was also individually noted as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices. 

Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Stephanie Gail Lee Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

Los Angeles

Stephanie helps clients navigate the intricate and rapidly evolving world of employment litigation.

Clients feel at ease knowing that Stephanie will work tirelessly to guide them through wage-and-hour class and representative actions, as well as single-plaintiff litigation involving claims of whistleblower retaliation, fraudulent inducement and breach of contract. Companies, particularly those in employee-friendly states such as California, must contend with an ever-changing array of procedural tools and laws, and rely on Stephanie to serve as a trusted advisor. In addition to legal nuances, the high-profile matters Stephanie handles are further complicated by reputational risk. To deliver a clear path through these complexities, Stephanie works with her team to carefully and creatively balance each case’s dangers, opportunities and impact.

She has managed matters from start to finish and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies. She also helps her clients avoid litigation by counseling on wage-and-hour compliance, terminations and severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and employee handbook provisions.