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Financial Services Litigation

Named in 2016 by The American Lawyer as one of the nation’s top litigation departments, and the winner of numerous litigation practice group awards, our litigators on both the East and West coasts and in offices worldwide have established a winning record across a variety of forums for our financial institution clients. We have particular strength in securities and other claims related to complex financial products; the full range of employment disputes, including novel Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower issues and high-profile discrimination claims; Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money ...

Jonathan Lopez Weighs in on State of Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Regulations for Banks


Jonathan Lopez, a litigation partner in Orrick’s Washington, D.C. office who previously served as inaugural Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering & Bank Integrity Unit, spoke with The Wall Street Journal [subscription required] on The Clearing House’s recent call to scrap burdensome regulations requiring banks to flag suspicious transactions. Reflecting on the numerous institutions responsible for the oversight of anti-money laundering compliance, Jonathan describes the current U.S. enforcement regime as “a bit scattered”. He goes on to say that “The anti-money ...

Financial Problems of Municipalities

Our European Restructuring team distinguishes Orrick from many other firms with whom we compete because of our on-the-ground resources and bankruptcy experience in London, Paris, Germany and Italy. Our lawyers have advised on restructuring matters in the U.S., Europe, the United Kingdom, China, Japan and Korea for global companies. Our firm offers an unusually broad perspective because we helped shape the practices and documentation involving bankruptcy regulations around the globe. For example, members of our team: Represent firms in formal and informal corporate restructuring ...

Orrick’s Marc Levinson Compares Chapter 9 to Chapter 11 for the Federal Judicial Center Website


 Orrick Restructuring Senior Counsel Marc Levinson is one of the chapter 9 experts assisting in the preparation of a chapter 9 manual for bankruptcy judges and court clerks that has been posted on the website of the Federal Judicial Center, an arm of the United States Courts which educates federal judges.  Among other things, the manual will discuss the differences between chapter 9 and chapter 11 bankruptcies. The below video comparing chapter 9 v. chapter 11 was prepared at the FJC’s request that Marc draw upon his experience representing the cities of Stockton and Vallejo, California, in ...


Investors Investors in private investment funds have relied on our team for more than two decades, since we helped the New York State Common Retirement Fund in making its groundbreaking "alternative" investment. We represented the Washington State Investment Board in its nine-figure investment in Insight Venture Partners VIII LP, a venture capital fund, and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund’s investment in Union Square Venture Opportunities Fund, a venture capital fund that has invested in such companies as Twitter and Zynga. We also helped the Washington State Investment Board with ...

Orrick Adds Private Equity Fund Lawyer in Los Angeles


​Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continues to build its mid-size real estate fund formation practice with the recent addition of Yong-Nam Jun, an experienced private equity fund lawyer based in Los Angeles.  Formerly a counsel with DLA Piper and a partner with Kirkland and Ellis, Yong has more than 13 years of experience in the sector advising on all stages of fund formation, from terms and marketing strategy, negotiating with placement agents, drafting fund and sponsor documents, negotiating with investors to internal sponsor and management company arrangements.   “Yong’s addition is a ...

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 | 06.25.14

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. Please click above for the full article released by IFLR.

Financial Services Appeals

Through our frequent representation of banks, other financial institutions, officers, directors, outside professionals, accounting firms, and corporations in high-stakes and high-profile appeals, we live and breathe the issues that concern financial services clients. And in recognition of our expertise in these areas, we are regularly called upon to assist with complex, critical trial-court litigation affecting the financial services sector. As our clients are well aware, financial services appeals often involve high stakes, complicated facts, and elaborate legal and regulatory frameworks. ...

Orrick on National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List For 5th Time


Orrick has been named to the National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List for the fifth time, recognizing our firm for major appellate wins in 2016 and the “explosive growth” of our appellate practice. The list, which honors 20 law firms for stellar appellate results, noted that Orrick’s appellate docket includes six cases worth at least $1 billion. The NLJ feature on our Supreme Court and Appellate practice highlights several of the firm’s significant wins during the past year, including securing a U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals win for Microsoft in a closely-watched privacy clash with ...

FCPA & Anti-Corruption

We are a market leader in FCPA and anti-corruption representation. We counsel our clients in the detection and prevention of FCPA violations and achieve positive results in the face of anti-corruption enforcement by governments and multi-lateral development banks. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of FCPA and anti-corruption investigation, enforcement, trial, compliance and monitoring. Unique Qualifications We bring unique experience to both government enforcement and compliance matters. Our team draws strength from every side of the table: as defense lawyers, ...

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

by Justin Giovannettone, Lily Becker and Pamela Davis | 03.18.17

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about their program. Although some reported these questions provided limited, if any, new information, we see it differently. The guidance offers companies an unusually detailed roadmap for building or assessing their compliance program when it is explored in conjunction with past guidance.This is the first in a series of posts where we will explore key topics for companies of ...

False Claims Act

As states continue to enact their own false claims statutes – approximately 30 states now have statutes modeled after the federal FCA – state attorneys general are also aggressively pursuing potential FCA violations and coordinating their efforts to extract treble damages and civil penalties from defendants. The FCA also deputizes whistleblowers to bring fraud claims (called qui tam actions) on behalf of the United States. Why It Matters The most recent statistics published by DOJ confirm that the number of FCA suits and the size of monetary recoveries under the FCA continue to be ...

Ruling Will Have a Broad Impact on False Claims Act Cases

by Thomas McConville and Warrington Parker | 11.10.16

Orrick litigators Tom McConville and Warrington Parker co-authored an article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the “implied false certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act. The article analyzes the broader implications of the decision in the context of contractual non-compliance and government knowledge.


Our focus on the fintech sector is a natural product of Orrick’s strengths in technology and finance. We advise more than 1600 high-growth clients globally and have been recognized as Technology Firm of the Year by Law360 for 2014 and 2015. Our finance and transactional capabilities are well documented.  In the past year alone, we have assisted clients in raising $6.6 billion in venture and private equity backed financing and executed $45 billion in M&A transactions globally. Our finance team is known for developing first-of-a-kind structures and is among the most active securitization firms. ...

OCC Provides Additional Details to Evaluate Charter Applications From fintech Companies

by Alexander Radisich | 03.21.17

  On March 15, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a "Draft Licensing Manual Supplement for Evaluating Charter Applications from Financial Technology Companies," which provides additional details on the evaluation of national bank charter applications from financial technology ("fintech") companies that engage in the business of banking. The supplement explains how