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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 ...

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.

Business & Human Rights

Business and Human Rights in the Digital Age The reputational, financial, and legal hazards once primarily associated with the mistreatment of physical laborers have moved into the digital world. The rise of artificial intelligence, big data, gig workers, facial recognition technology and 5G have given rise to a new set of human rights issues and a corresponding maze of overlapping international regulations. As one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking law firms, Orrick is uniquely positioned to help boards, executives, legal departments, and policy and product teams understand ...
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Banking & Finance

Both lenders and borrowers have turned to us for over 100 years for counsel on a wide array of loan transactions, from acquisition finance to recapitalizations, work-out financings to asset based lending facilities, municipal lending to project finance, and all manner of other lending arrangements. Our large international group of Banking & Finance lawyers works as a cohesive team across North America, Europe and Asia to deliver flawless execution on the most demanding loan transactions. Whether they’re bulge bracket investment banks, new alternative lenders, large corporate borrowers or ...
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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 ...
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Cryptocurrency and OFAC Beware of the Sanctions Risks

by Harry Clark, Jeanine P. McGuinness, Jonathan Lopez and Elizabeth Zane | January.22.2020

A recent federal criminal action shows the depth of the U.S. government’s concern about the use of cryptocurrency (or virtual currency) to violate economic sanctions laws and the lengths to which it will go to charge such violations. The U.S. government is particularly concerned that sanctioned countries and parties have used cryptocurrency to avoid sanctions designed