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Charter School Finance

We have assisted a wide variety of charter schools throughout the United States, developed innovative school bond financings and participated in policy and legislative activities designed to meet unique challenges and achieve a comprehensive range of purposes. We have worked with the financing and refinancing of a wide variety of charter school projects, including working capital projects such as teaching specialists, administrative staff, Internet access, after-school and summer programs, pupil transportation, kindergarten programs, extracurricular offerings, information technology, and ...
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Roller Coaster Start to the New Year for Biometrics: Rosenbach v. Six Flags and Emerging Biometric Laws

by Aravind Swaminathan, David T. Cohen and Nicholas Farnsworth | February.14.2019

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Illinois heightens the risks faced by companies collecting biometric information by holding that an individual who is the subject of a violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act—but who suffered no separate harm from the violation—is an “aggrieved party” with a cause of action under the statute. Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., No. 123186 (Ill. Jan. 25, 2019). This decision will only further embolden plaintiffs’ lawyers to bring biometric privacy suits, and the risk to companies collecting biometric information will likely ...

Corporate Governance

The group’s lawyers counsel boards, committees and management on legal requirements and best practices; respond with a seasoned team in the event of a corporate crisis; and litigate high-profile corporate governance and disclosure matters in Delaware and around the country. Because corporate governance matters often cut across traditional practices and geographies, we take a multidisciplinary cross-border approach when problems arise. Working with partners in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we can quickly put together a team consisting as necessary of securities litigators, transactional and tax ...

All Aboard! California Law Requires More Female Representation on Boards of Directors

by Lynne Hermle, David B. Smith and Michael Disotell | December.05.2018

As part of its effort to close gender-based pay gaps, California will now require companies to increase female representation on boards of directors.Currently, one in four publicly held corporations in California have no women on their boards of directors. SB 826, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law at the end of September, requires that all publicly held corporations based in California have at least one woman director by December 31, 2019. That is not the end of the requirements; by December 31, 2021, companies with five authorized directors must have a minimum of two female board ...

Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Copyright has emerged as the arena for some of the most significant disputes in the technology sector. Our team has crafted some of the most innovative – and successful – copyright arguments, protecting innovations for clients like Oracle and DISH Network. Global brands like AT&T, eBay, Salesforce and Microsoft look to our team for counseling on trademark enforcement and false advertising issues. Sports leaders from NFL Properties to the United States Golf Association rely on us to protect their brands. And we help emerging companies develop strong IP portfolios and future growth strategies. ...

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

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Corporate Lending

Orrick’s Banking & Finance team takes a creative approach to counseling many of the world’s leading corporations, investment and commercial banks, investment funds and alternative credit providers in sophisticated corporate finance transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, asset finance, leasing, receivables financing and securitization transactions.  We also advise clients on structured and asset-based financings, restructurings and securities offerings such as investment grade and high yield debt/equity offerings. Our team is focused on delivering business-pragmatic and often ...

Class Action Defense

Our clients include Fortune 500 companies in the technology, finance, energy and consumer sectors; high-growth companies; and individuals. We focus on early dismissals and low settlements, but we’re well-known for our willingness to go to trial when justified. Our record includes victories in a variety of claims, from traditional breach of warranty, product liability, employment and securities class actions to novel false labeling and massive Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases. We work with our clients’ in-house team to understand the risks and objectives for each matter, conduct ...

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 ...