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Practice:

  • M&A e private equity
  • Antitrust e concorrenza
  • Governance aziendale
  • Risoluzione contenziosi e vertenze complesse

Alessandro De Nicola Partner M&A e private equity, Antitrust e concorrenza

Milano

Alessandro De Nicola è membro del Board mondiale di Orrick, Senior Partner delle sedi italiane di Milano e di Roma della firm, ed è stato Group Leader del dipartimento europeo di Corporate.

L’avv. De Nicola ha una vasta esperienza in diritto commerciale e societario, M&A, diritto della concorrenza e corporate governance. Ha prestato la propria consulenza in complesse operazioni nazionali e transnazionali di acquisizione e ristrutturazioni societarie per i più importanti player del mercato e guida numerosi progetti di corporate governance, con particolare focus nel campo del D.Lgs. 231.

Ha patrocinato dinnanzi all'autorità AGCOM (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato), alla Consob (Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa) e dinanzi a corti civili ed amministrative.

Prima di unirsi a Orrick, l’avv. De Nicola ricopriva la carica di Responsabile del Legal Department italiano dello Studio Legale Tributario (associato ad Ernst & Young). Si è laureato presso l’Università Cattolica di Milano nel 1985; presso l’università di Cambridge ha ottenuto un LL.M nel 1989 e un Ph.D in Corporate Law and Economics nel 2007.

Dal 2000 è professore a contratto del corso avanzato di diritto commerciale e dal 2011 del corso di comparative business and European law presso l’Università Bocconi di Milano. E' inoltre stato coordinatore scientifico del Master in diritto commerciale e societario organizzato dalla Business School de Il Sole 24 Ore.

L’avv. De Nicola è stato editorialista de Il Sole 24 Ore dal 2000 al 2011. Dal 2011 è editorialista de L'Espresso, il settimanale di informazione con la più alta distribuzione in Italia, e del quotidiano La Repubblica. Dal 2017 scrive regolarmente per La Stampa e Il Foglio.

E' stato e attualmente è consigliere di amministrazione nonché presidente o componente di numerosi Organismi di Vigilanza di alcune tra le più importanti società e istituzioni finanziarie italiane ed internazionali.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust e concorrenza

Marianna Meriani Managing Associate Antitrust e concorrenza

Roma

Marianna Meriani è managing associate della sede di Roma di Orrick e membro dell’Antitrust & Competition group.


Marianna offre assistenza e consulenza alle imprese in tema di diritto europeo e italiano della concorrenza, con particolare riguardo a procedimenti innanzi alla Commissione europea e all’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) e ai conseguenti contenziosi innanzi alle corti europee e nazionali. Marianna ha maturato una certa esperienza in diversi aspetti del diritto antitrust, tra cui abuso di posizione dominante, intese anticoncorrenziali e cartelli, controllo preventivo delle operazioni di concentrazione, accordi di licenza e di distribuzione.

In precedenza, Marianna ha lavorato come associate presso lo studio legale Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, dove ha maturato una specifica expertise in materia di diritto antitrust e di diritto amministrativo (giugno 2014 – settembre 2018), con particolare riferimento al diritto delle concessioni e degli appalti. Marianna ha svolto la pratica forense presso l’Avvocatura Generale dello Stato, dove si è prevalentemente occupata di diritto amministrativo (luglio 2012 – maggio 2014).


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Practice:

  • Antitrust e concorrenza

Pietro Merlino Partner Antitrust e concorrenza

Roma

Pietro Merlino è partner responsabile del dipartimento italiano di Antitrust & Competition di Orrick, con base a Roma.


Pietro vanta un’esperienza ventennale nell'area del diritto della concorrenza, sia UE che nazionale, nel corso della quale ha assistito e rappresentato clienti italiani e internazionali attivi nei più diversi settori industriali (dall’energia ai media, dal farmaceutico alla chimica e all’automotive, dai beni di largo consumo ai trasporti) su ogni aspetto del diritto antitrust, tra cui abuso di posizione dominante, intese anticoncorrenziali e cartelli, controllo preventivo delle operazioni di concentrazione, accordi di licenza e di distribuzione, nonché su più generali questioni di diritto dell’Unione europea.

Patrocina abitualmente dinanzi alle corti dell’UE e a quelle civili e amministrative italiane, nonché alla Commissione europea e all’Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato (AGCM).

Nel corso della propria attività professionale, Pietro ha sviluppato una forte, specifica expertise nel settore farmaceutico (dove è stato coinvolto in alcuni dei più importanti casi antitrust dell’ultimo decennio) così come in quelli dell’energia e dei trasporti, nonché in tema di rapporti tra diritto antitrust e diritti di proprietà intellettuale.

Pietro è riconosciuto come uno dei migliori professionisti italiani nell’area EU, Regulatory and Competition Law da Chambers, The Legal 500 e Global Competition Review, nonché nel settore Healthcare and Life Sciences da The Legal 500 e dalle principali directory legali italiane. Pietro è autore di numerose pubblicazioni in tema di diritto della concorrenza, tiene lezioni presso diverse università italiane – da ultimo presso la Facoltà di Giurisprudenza dell’Università degli Studi Roma Tre nell’ambito dell’European Competition Law Course – partecipa regolarmente, in qualità di relatore, a conferenze e seminari in Italia e all’estero.

Prima di entrare a far parte di Orrick, Pietro ha svolto la propria attività professionale presso le sedi di Bruxelles e di Roma di un primario studio legale internazionale per quasi due decenni.

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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:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Cyber
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Yoshihiro Takatori Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Tokyo

Yoshi Takatori is head partner of Orrick's Global Japan practice and Tokyo's Litigation Group. His practice focuses on cross-border dispute resolution including multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration on intellectual property, product liability, anti-trust, FCPA and UKBA and compliance investigation and disputes involving labor laws. Yoshi has been recognized by numerous international publications such as being ranked Band 1 as a Dispute Resolution lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific and recognized as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property for Asia Pacific Legal 500. He has also been recognized by the Financial Times as a Top 10 Legal Innovators for Asia-Pacific in 2019.

Yoshi has an active practice advising and counseling multi-national Japanese companies and the Japanese Government, on proactive cybersecurity program development and strategy. He also advises on cybersecurity issues in the context of adversarial proceedings and dispute resolution. He is an Editor and Co-author of “Cyber Security Strategy for Litigation and Compliance,” which is the first book in the Japanese legal marketplace discussing multi-stakeholder risk management strategies relating to external cyber-attacks and insider cyber trade secret theft. He is regularly consulted by leading media outlets, including TV and newspapers, and quoted, in major business publications on cybersecurity issues and insights.

Yoshi's previous experience includes:

  • representing several Japanese companies in the Cresvale Securities (Princeton Bonds) incident, which victimized over 150 Japanese companies, and played a central role in the trial and settlement procedures in Japan and New York;

  • successfully representing clients in a number of IP-related dispute resolutions involving trademark, counterfeit and patent issues in U.S., Asian and EU jurisdictions. In recent years he has gained attention for victories in compensation for damages of trademark infringement in foreign countries through application of foreign law and Japanese law through the Act on General Rules for Application of Laws; and

  • numerous achievements in cross-border enforcement, trial and international arbitration such as obtaining a temporary restraining order in Japanese court based on the certified decision in California that includes JPY280 billion in punitive damages.

In addition, Yoshi is listed as a recommended arbitrator for the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) and listed on SIAC's Panel of Arbitrators and KCAB’s Panel of Arbitrators and as a Specialist Mediator at Singapore International Mediation Center (SIMC). He is a qualified FCIArb and serves key positions in the international arbitration field such as being the executive director for the Japan Association of Arbitrators, and co-convener of the Japan Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb.).

Prior to joining Orrick, he was chair of the litigation department at the Tokyo office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is an expert in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.