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Drones and Other Unmanned Vehicles

Over the last several years, drones and other unmanned vehicles have evolved from niche industries to main stream commerce regularly featured in the headlines. Drones are the favorite new gadget for many. However, drones and other unmanned vehicles, such as driverless cars, face significant complicated legal issues, ranging from public policy, product liability and mergers and acquisitions, to intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy.  Orrick lawyers advise many companies in the drone and unmanned vehicle industries—both large and small—throughout the world. In addition to ...

Direct Lending

From our offices in New York, London, Paris and San Francisco, we advise clients on highly sophisticated and innovative transactions and provide commercial, value-oriented lending solutions for acquisitions, recapitalizations, refinancings, working capital lines and other borrower needs.

Our teams have experience across a wide array of debt products, including senior secured and second lien loans, unitranche loans, mezzanine and subordinated loans, asset-based loans and other specialty financings.

Direct Lending

Data Privacy

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Defense Energy Projects

This adds up to significant opportunity – and some important challenges.  Most renewable energy projects in the United States are developed, built, and financed on a “project finance” model.  In contrast, the contracting functions at the DoD are largely structured around a traditional government contracting procurement approach.  Our team helps our clients bridge that gap and assists them in taking on the most challenging issues related to developing and financing DoD projects.    Our team includes members of our energy project development and finance practice and our government contracting ...

Debt Capital Markets

Our team has significant experience with high yield, investment grade and convertible notes offerings, including financing for leveraged acquisitions, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. Our ongoing work with leading global companies across a wide range of industries highlights the strength of our relationships with our clients and their trust in our counsel. We also help our corporate clients with ongoing compliance with the terms of their debt securities and other indebtedness. A key feature of our practice is our ...

Derivatives

We regularly draft and negotiate master agreements, standard and bespoke credit support agreements, complex transaction confirmations and ancillary documentation in connection with derivatives transactions.  In addition, we represent clients in the negotiation of clearing arrangements for swaps and futures. We represent financial institutions, corporations, municipalities and other market participants in connection with all their derivatives needs.  In addition to advising on contemplated transactions, we review existing derivatives contracts and relationships and advise on the restructuring ...

Smart Contracts That Violate the Commodity Exchange Act: What Parties Are Liable?

by Nikiforos Mathews and Jonas Robison | February.28.2019

 In recent years, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has devoted significant resources to addressing how the requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and the regulations thereunder apply to transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.[1] The CFTC has not adopted any rules specific to virtual currencies, but rather has made clear that derivatives contracts based on a virtual currency are subject generally to the same CFTC regulations that apply to other types of derivatives contracts that have traditionally been within the CFTC’s jurisdiction.[2] ...

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 ...

Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Our abilities to help clients evaluate strategies and options are backed by solid skills in the courtroom. Our Employment lawyers have extensive experience with high-profile cases, including significant civil actions, private class actions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pattern-and-practice investigations. The Orrick experience adds real value to clients trying to resolve difficult high-exposure claims. Our lawyers achieve positive outcomes for our clients at all stages of a matter – whether through success at a motion to dismiss, class certification, trial, appeal or ...