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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 ...

New Economic Stimulus Bonds for Indian Tribes


On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is the single largest piece of economic stimulus legislation in U.S. history, and it contains a number of groundbreaking provisions that benefit Indian country.

Inter Partes Review (IPR)

The Orrick IP team has helped clients navigate more than 100 IPRs in the last five years, either on a stand-alone basis or as part of a broader litigation strategy. Our team of 20+ IP practitioners far exceed win rate averages by combining deep technical know-how, skilled drafting and case management efficiency. Orrick has successfully invalidated claims in 81% of our petitioner-side IPRs that went to a decision. On the patent owner side, the firm has successfully preserved claims in 68% of such IPRs that went to a decision.


For decades we have been the firm of choice for prominent industry participants because of the innovative ways in which we design legal structures, draft project documents and manage complicated transactions. With lawyers across four continents, we have significant experience in every sector of the industry, including toll roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, rail, water facilities, stadiums, mass transit and other infrastructure projects. Our practice was rated Band 1 for U.S. projects by Chambers Global 2017. We were named a Project Finance Group of the Year by Law360 in 2016 for the ...

FERC Abandons Tax Allowance in MLP Pipeline Rate Setting and Signals Changes Due to Tax Act Rate Drop

by Lisa Tonery, Barbara de Marigny, Joel F. Zipp, Erik Swenson, Adam Wenner and David Ronn | March.20.2018

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued a series of orders and notices to address changing the treatment of income tax costs in rate setting for oil and natural gas companies and public utilities.

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 ...

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 ...
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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 ...

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Cements Importance of Compliance Programs

by Lily Becker and Michael C. Wood | December.13.2017

The Department’s revised FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy—which will be incorporated into the United States Attorneys’ Manual—builds on and makes permanent the Department’s 2016 FCPA Pilot Program. While much of the commentary on the revised policy has focused on the potential benefits of voluntary self-disclosure and cooperation after an issue arises, the policy also provides updated guidance to all companies on the hallmarks of an effective compliance and ethics program - an important and practical takeaway for compliance officers, in-house counsel, boards and executives.DOJ’s Revised FCPA ...