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Public Power Financing

Since 1985, members of the Public Power Group have participated in more than 575 tax-exempt financings aggregating more than $106 billion in twenty-five U.S. states and territories, plus more than 95 taxable financings aggregating more than $55 billion for Federal power agencies and rural electric cooperatives. Orrick works with a broad range of issuer clients such as state agencies, small and large cities, districts, and joint action agencies, as well as with 9 of the 20 largest public power systems. We also work with the largest electric utility in the country (the Tennessee Valley ...

Qualified Retirement Plans & ESOPs

Our Compensation & Benefits lawyers help our clients establish and maintain their qualified plans. We draft and amend the plans for our larger clients, and prepare applications and submit plans to the IRS for determination letters.  We do more than just draft and amend clients' plan documents and submit IRS applications, however. We counsel our clients about all aspects of their qualified plan design and administration. We understand the complex relationships among lawyers, clients, plan trustees, investment advisors and record keepers. Our experience helps our clients make creative, ...

Compensation & Benefits M&A

We have advised clients on all types of transactions, including traditional stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and multinational joint ventures. We work with each client to achieve maximum tax and financial results, while reducing liabilities and attaining employee retention and incentive goals. Orrick lawyers also help companies structure transactions at the early planning stages of an acquisition. Our counseling extends well beyond legal documentation as we assist clients with quantitative analyses on the different approaches to a transaction and provide practical and ...

Continuing Disclosure

This Continuing Disclosure Agreement not only obligates the issuer (or obligated person) to provide annual reports and current material event disclosures, but also exposes the issuer (or obligated person) to potential liability for securities fraud under S.E.C. Rule 10b-5 if those disclosures contain material misstatements or omit any information, whether or not required by the Continuing Disclosure Agreement, necessary to make the information contained in such disclosures not misleading in any material respect. Orrick has established procedures and practices to help issuers and other ...

Corporate Tax

Tax Department lawyers have been involved in domestic and international transactions involving purchases and acquisitions, business combinations and divestitures, corporate restructuring such as recapitalizations, multi-tier spin-offs and split-offs and hybrid entities, and innovative transactions involving the consolidated return regulations. Orrick’s Tax Department offers services to address clients’ corporate tax needs in: Asset-based Securitizations Compensation and Option Plans Consolidated Return Regulations Corporate Restructuring Cross-border Transactions ...

Antitrust Counseling & Compliance

We have guided a diverse range of businesses, organizations and trade associations through the complexities of antitrust compliance, and helped them manage antitrust risk and avoid antitrust liability. We do so by understanding the business strategies of our clients and becoming strategic partners with them and our colleagues in related fields, such as intellectual property, regulatory matters, and mergers and acquisitions. We have extensive expertise in, and routinely provide guidance concerning, state antitrust, unfair practices and unfair competition law issues. Our antitrust and ...

Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments

We are a global leader in distressed claims transactions, leveraging the breadth and depth of the firm’s resources throughout the world and have firsthand knowledge of the business, regulatory and legal landscapes in every major international jurisdiction. Our attorneys are well-versed in LSTA, LMA and ISDA standard trade documentation, and are equally skilled in crafting bespoke documents tailored to suit the individual needs of our clients and their investments. Our team works closely with our restructuring group in developing loan to own and other debt-trading strategies. Bankruptcy claims ...

Benefit Plan Investments

Employee benefit plan assets constitute the largest pool of investment capital in the United States and worldwide. The financial future of millions is governed by complex legal restrictions designed to protect their interests. Though complex, the restrictions need not prevent benefit plans from being full-fledged participants in the world's financial markets. Seasoned legal advice is essential to successfully navigating these potentially dangerous waters. We have long advised the largest manager of benefit plan assets on ERISA fiduciary issues. We serve as outside fiduciary counsel to several ...

Appellate Litigation

Our lawyers have briefed, and argued on appeal, cases that are considered to be among the constellation of leading antitrust precedents, including a number of the U.S. Supreme Court’s key decisions. Not only do we routinely represent clients from the beginning of litigation through all levels of appeal, we also frequently are retained in significant matters for the first time on appeal.

Assessment and Special Tax Bonds and Land Secured Financing

Our Special Tax and Assessment Financing Group focuses on infrastructure financing techniques that primarily use land-secured revenues (i.e. assessments or special taxes levied on benefited property) to pay for public improvements. The principal financing techniques used in infrastructure finance are: Special Assessment Bonds Mello-Roos/Community Facilities District (CFD) Special Tax Bonds Joint Powers Authority Financings Integrated Financing Districts Charter City Proceedings Marks-Roos Pooled Financings  Attorneys in Orrick’s Special Tax and Assessment Financing ...

Financial & Structured Products

We advise clients on the structure and bankruptcy implications of proposed transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, collateralized debt obligations, trade receivables, project and structured financings, mortgage loans and other transactional work. We have participated in a larger number of derivative product transactions than any other firm and are uniquely positioned to assist clients with swap workouts, repurchase agreements and other derivative products in or out of bankruptcy proceedings. Since 1990, we have served as principal counsel in more than 450 secondary market ...

Reforms Needed to Revive Italian Project Finance

by Raul Ricozzi and Francesca Isgro | June.25.2014

The recent placement of project bonds to finance Belgium’s A11 motorway made Italian lawyers wonder when it will be possible to structure a similar transaction under Italy's national project bond laws. The asset class was introduced in Italy two years ago, with the aim of financing infrastructures and public interest services through bond markets rather relying solely on bank lending.

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Mass Torts & Product Liability

We never stop working for the right result – from compliance counseling that nips potential problems in the bud to aggressive motion practices that resolve cases before they make headlines to full-blown victories in court. That’s why global leaders in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive and manufacturing sectors turn to us for their bet-the-company cases. National Counsel, Winning Trial Team When it comes to complex, multidistrict litigations, bench strength matters. We successfully defend companies in mass torts involving thousands of plaintiffs nationwide, in some of ...