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International Tax

Orrick’s international tax group comprises attorneys that specialise in international tax matters based in the United States and Europe, including a global network of local tax specialists to service our clients’ tax needs wherever they choose to do business. Each of these specialists has experience in coordinating tax advice from a wide network of local tax counsel that enables Orrick to provide clients with a seamless global tax service. The Differentiators Sector Focus Technology We are a leading law firm in giving tax advice in respect of technology and ...

International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

We have appeared for clients before all major arbitral institutions and acted under all leading sets of rules, as well as in significant national court proceedings relating to those arbitrations. In addition, members of our group routinely sit as arbitrators, giving us the perspective of the decision-maker to use when we act as counsel. Global Arbitration Review ranks our practice in the top 30 in the world in 2017 and Chambers Global 2016 ranks three of our litigators for International Arbitration. Recent significant examples of our cross-border representations include the following: Natural ...

International Trade
& Compliance

Major companies such as General Electric, Intel and Marathon Oil commonly rely on us to help them overcome the most challenging barriers to cross-border business. We’ve counseled global financial institutions on how to comply with U.S. and EU economic sanctions against Russia. We’ve obtained national security clearance in one of the few CFIUS cases that has gone to the President for approval. We’ve resolved compliance and government affairs challenges related to trade in security-sensitive electronics products. We’ve advanced the interests of some of the largest industrial businesses in ...

IP Counseling & Due Diligence

We also represent companies in a wide variety of technology transactions, including agreements to develop, license, test, market, distribute, co-brand, protect, and acquire or divest technology and related intellectual property rights. Our lawyers have significant experience representing licensors, licensees, developers, investors, sellers and purchasers of new and existing technology, vendors and buyers of content, and both large and emerging technology companies. Representing a wide variety of clients in a variety of industries enables us to understand all aspects of technology and ...

Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing

Reflecting restrictions imposed by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, our more recent financings have focused on solid waste disposal and resource recovery projects. At the same time, we have continued our leadership in “small-issue” industrial development bond financings in California. We also have extensive experience under the old air and water pollution control rules, as well as financings for “two-county” utility projects and other exempt facilities. Members of this group, while serving as bond counsel for the majority of projects, have diverse experience in representing all parties to private ...

Indian Tribal Finance

We represent Indian tribal governments and enterprises, Alaska native villages and native corporations and major financial institutions (including investment and commercial banking firms and credit enhancement providers), as well as others doing business in Indian country. Over the last 20 years, Orrick lawyers have served as counsel in dozens of successful tribal financings (both taxable and tax-exempt) for a wide range of projects. Orrick is also the nation's leading bond counsel firm, ranked number one for more than a decade. Our lawyers are known for innovation in the field, having served ...

Impact Finance

Focused on social change, impact finance aligns social, environmental and financial considerations with investment and business strategy. Our clients include financial institutions, family offices and high-net-worth individuals, municipalities and other government entities, entrepreneurs and innovative nonprofits – all who share this goal.   Our work is wide ranging. We have created innovative structures to provide microfinance institutions (“MFIs”) with funds. We work with organizations such as Echoing Green to support social enterprises engaged in systems-changing work. We advise on the ...

Insurance Recovery

According to Chambers USA, clients describe us as "top-notch lawyers who provide great customer service and are practical. They understand our business concerns and can help us balance the pros and cons of various paths." We represent the interests of policyholders exclusively, working tirelessly to secure recoveries for our clients. We litigate coverage claims when necessary, but focus on developing innovative, non-litigation solutions for our clients’ complex coverage disputes. To proactively avoid disputes, we provide risk management counseling and insurance advice to our clients on all of ...

Law360 Recognizes Orrick’s Darren Teshima as a Rising Star

July.17.2017

Congratulations to Orrick’s Darren Teshima on being named a Law360 Rising Star. This annual list honors attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age. Darren is one of only five insurance coverage lawyers recognized by Law360.  He has advised clients seeking insurance coverage in some of the largest data breaches in history, including Premera Blue Cross, stemming from the largest medical data breach of 2015, and Sony Pictures, following the November 2014 cyberattack. Darren’s recent accomplishments also include a noteworthy win for Braden Partners in a D&O coverage ...

Intellectual Property

We’ve won cases involving all types of intellectual property and related claims, including patents (particularly competitor disputes), copyright, trademark, unfair competition, internet security and trade secrets. Based on these results, The American Lawyer named us one of the top IP firms in the country in its "Litigation Department of the Year" contest in 2016, and Law360 called us one of four "MVP" IP firms in 2015 based on our results over the past five years. We handle some of the biggest competitor versus competitor disputes. We’ve efficiently shut down multidefendant cases brought by ...
Super IP

From Northern California to the Entire IP Landscape: Orrick’s New Blog

by Monte Cooper and George L. Kanabe | August.14.2017

We’re excited to announce the recent transition of Orrick’s former NorCal IP blog into its new iteration – IP Landscape (Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Strategy)!  Our new blog is more comprehensive in scope and will focus on a variety of intellectual property issues and events, both national and international, that are likely to affect the bottom line for many technology-driven enterprises. Through our blog, you’ll find information and updates to help drive business strategies.We hope this new blog will be an entertaining and useful resource for those interested in the latest case law, happenings ...

Internal Investigations

We routinely represent companies, boards of directors, special committees and individuals in wide-ranging types of investigations. In so doing, we develop a customized approach to each matter and bring deep knowledge in all facets of internal investigation practices, criminal and regulatory enforcement, securities laws, and fiduciary duty and corporate governance obligations. We lead some of the most complex and high-profile internal investigations for clients from diverse industries, including technology, retail, consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, health ...

From Greyball to Snowball: Uber’s Latest Travails, and How Multiple Investigations of Misconduct May Imperil the Attorney-Client Privilege

by Spencer Bruck, James Grohsgal and Michael Tu | May.17.2017

It emerged on May 5 that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Uber’s use of software called “Greyball” that concealed the ride-sharing company’s operations from regulators in cities and countries that did not permit Uber’s services.  Since then, the Portland City Council has voted to subpoena documents concerning the program, and lawmakers in Philadelphia and Austin have said they are cooperating with DOJ investigation. Uber allegedly deployed Greyball not only in the United States (including in Boston, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas), but also in Australia, Paris, China, and ...

Internet of Things

An ever increasing range of objects, from cars and drones, to smart meters and thermostats, to wearables and medical implants, now connect to the Internet for remote sensing and control, as well as other enhanced capabilities. This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and it is poised to become a major component of the world economy over the next decade, with forecasts estimating a market in the trillions of dollars. This huge growth of Internet connected devices creates a host of legal challenges and opportunities. Orrick has a cross-practice and international team to focus on the IoT issues ...