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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 ...
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Intellectual Property

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 ...
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California Sets the Standard With a New IoT Law

by Kyle Kessler | November.15.2018

This past September Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327, which is the first state law designed to regulate the security features of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The bill sets minimum security requirements for connected device manufacturers, and provides for enforcement by the California Attorney General. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2020, provided that the state legislature passes Assembly Bill 1906, which is identical to Senate Bill 327.

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 ...
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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 ...
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Inter Partes Review (IPR)

In the last five years, we’ve handled more than 155 IPRs, 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 82% of our petitioner-side IPRs that went to a decision. On the patent owner side, the firm has successfully preserved claims in 72% of such IPRs that went to a decision.
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

HMRC’s New Approach to Cryptoassets – Tax First, Define Later

by Peter Connors, Jonathan Rosen and Bridget Winters | September.25.2019

The UK tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has taken a further step towards tackling perceived tax avoidance in transactions involving cryptoassets. Specifically, according to press reports, exchanges such as eToro, Coinbase and CEX.IO have received letters from HMRC requesting customer and transaction data. The move follows HMRC’s most recent policy paper, “Cryptoassets for