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Asset Recovery for Corporate Crime Victims

This experience has proved invaluable in Orrick’s representation of companies that are increasingly the victims of all types of crimes whether the perpetrator is an insider or a competitor. Companies fall victim to crimes such as: Cybercrime including hacking, phishing and malware attacks; Theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property crimes; Illegal counterfeiting of merchandise; Price-fixing in violation of antitrust laws; Embezzlement and kickback schemes; Insider trading; and ...

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 ...

Bankruptcy Litigation

We represent debtors, creditors, committees, fiduciaries and lender groups in a range of disputes—from complex litigation, asbestos and energy cases to creditors’ rights and claims, avoidance actions and confirmation and valuation issues. We develop cost-effective strategies to meet the specific needs of each case and employ a full range of options, including negotiation, mediation and litigation to achieve the best results for our clients.

Municipal Restructuring and Insolvency

In addition, reliable access to capital has been interrupted in recent years by unprecedented turmoil and change in the bond market and the near disappearance of the bond insurance industry. Rising pension and post-employment benefits costs combined with a generally flat or only slightly increasing revenue picture have been significant challenges for many communities. Credit deterioration, on the part of both municipalities and financial counterparties, has caused some transactions, particularly those involving variable rate debt and/or interest rate swaps, to unravel. In the face of these ...

Nonprofit Corporation Financing

Lawyers in our Nonprofit practice have been providing legal counsel to nontraditional issuers such as corporations that are just now establishing nonprofit status, and to organizations that may not even have the assets to qualify for a tax-exempt bond issuance under typical circumstances. We have acted as bond counsel for almost all of the tax-exempt financings for cultural institutions that have been done in New York and for numerous such financings in California. We also have extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and institution counsel for colleges, universities, ...

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 ...

Governmental Affairs

Services provided by this group include state contract procurement, intervention to create opportunities or to solve problems, the management of legislative and administrative activities - ranging from monitoring, research, and consultation - to direct and indirect lobbying to affect either enactment, amendment, or defeat of proposals. The firm has advised and appeared before, or provided services to, the Governor and his administration, every constitutional officer, the state legislature, many of its committees, and virtually all California state agencies, including the following entities: ...

Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing

Reflecting restrictions imposed by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, our more recent financings have focused on solid waste disposal and resource recovery projects. At the same time, we have continued our leadership in “small-issue” industrial development bond financings in California. We also have extensive experience under the old air and water pollution control rules, as well as financings for “two-county” utility projects and other exempt facilities. Members of this group, while serving as bond counsel for the majority of projects, have diverse experience in representing all parties to private ...

Lease Revenue and Certificates of Participation

Since 1985, Orrick served as bond, underwriter's or special counsel in nearly 1,300 lease transactions totaling more than $65 billion. Orrick was counsel to the underwriters in connection with one of the largest multiple lease financings, the $760.8 million bankruptcy recovery financing for Orange County. These lease revenue bonds or certificates of participation have been used to finance such projects and programs as: office buildings, public administration buildings, courthouses, police and fire stations, civic center complexes, museums and convention centers elementary and high ...

Higher Education and Student Loan Financing

Facilities Financings In the past eight years, Orrick has served as bond counsel or underwriters' counsel with respect to more than 525 issues aggregating nearly $35 billion on behalf of colleges and universities. These include The Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of The California State University (which have continual capital needs for their more than 30 campuses, satellite campuses and research stations), more than 30 private California institutions of higher education, and institutions located in other states. Among the private, California institutions of higher ...

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 ...

Merger Review

With attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia, the team offers clients seamless service for multi-national transactions, including private and public takeovers. Our lawyers have extensive experience managing and devising solutions for high-profile transactions in key sectors, such as airlines, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, media, leading consumer branded goods, and food and grocery. We regularly appear before competition agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and national ...