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Mortgage-Related Securities

Since the onset of the financial crisis, we have taken a leadership role advising on innovative transactions that are set to become templates for the future of the industry, including our representation of Redwood Trust in all of its pioneering public offerings of private-label MBS.

We serve as counsel in public and private RMBS and resecuritization transactions. Our experience includes:

  • single-family residential mortgage loans
  • commercial mortgage loans
  • multifamily mortgage loans
  • home equity loans
  • revolving lines of credit
  • revolving manufactured housing contracts

First Department Affirms Partial Dismissal of RMBS Repurchase Claims

by Aaron M. Rubin and Kyle S. Howard | January.10.2017

  On December 29, 2016, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, in a 4‑1 decision, affirmed a 2015 New York Supreme Court order dismissing certain claims in an RMBS action brought by Trustee U.S. Bank National Association, solely in its capacity as Trustee of the J.P. Morgan Alternative Loan Trust 2007-A2 (the "Trustee")

Municipal Restructuring and Insolvency

In addition, reliable access to capital has been interrupted in recent years by unprecedented turmoil and change in the bond market and the near disappearance of the bond insurance industry. Rising pension and post-employment benefits costs combined with a generally flat or only slightly increasing revenue picture have been significant challenges for many communities. Credit deterioration, on the part of both municipalities and financial counterparties, has caused some transactions, particularly those involving variable rate debt and/or interest rate swaps, to unravel. In the face of these ...

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 ...

Merger Review

With attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia, the team offers clients seamless service for multi-national transactions, including private and public takeovers. Our lawyers have extensive experience managing and devising solutions for high-profile transactions in key sectors, such as airlines, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, media, leading consumer branded goods, and food and grocery. We regularly appear before competition agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and national ...

Jim Tierney Discusses the Importance of Cooperating with Multijurisdictional Merger Investigations


Orrick Antitrust & Competition partner Jim Tierney moderated a panel on “International Mergers: Working Across Multiple Jurisdictions” at the 2nd edition of the Global Antitrust Economics Conference, jointly organized by Concurrences Review and the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The conference, held October 7, 2016, was divided in five panels discussing different aspects of antitrust law and economics. In this short video from the conference, Jim discusses how economic globalization has resulted in an increasing number of mergers ...

Maritime Finance

We are able to deal with any maritime related transaction, from the most complex structured and leasing transaction, to the more straightforward sale and purchase transaction and charterparty negotiation. We handle domestic and international ship finance transactions, and we represent a cross section of banks, arrangers, investors, owners, charterers, insurers, chartering and ship brokers, ship managers and agents, shipowners and operators. Global Scope We are particularly well-known for our expertise in international and cross-border leasing and structured finance; we actively advise on ...

M&A and Private Equity

Our global M&A and Private Equity team helps our clients answer these questions in the context of a wide range of strategic combinations and investments. Our clients include the most exciting high-growth companies and the largest global players, as well as funds and financial advisors. We bring particularly deep knowledge of the global Technology and Energy & Infrastructure sectors. We’ve worked on the largest private company sales in the tech market. And we have a growing buy-side M&A practice. To support our clients’ global growth, we have an experienced team working from the United States, ...

Master Limited Partnerships

MLPs, also known as publicly traded partnerships, are commonly used by energy companies and investment funds for the tax efficiencies, access to capital markets and strong yield-based returns they offer. They require a certain percentage of gross income to come from qualifying sources, including income derived from the exploration, production, development or transportation of any mineral or natural resource. While MLPs have seen sizable growth in recent years, their formation and management structure poses several organizational tax issues and complex governance, accounting and regulatory ...

A Not-So-Brilliant Disguise: New Rules Will Increase Tax on Disguised Sales to Leveraged Partnerships

by Barbara de Marigny and David Ronn | January.31.2017

Barbara de Marigny and David Ronn of Orrick’s Master Limited Partnership (MLP) team authored an article for Oil & Gas Financial Journal on new IRS regulations designed to curtail the use of debt to reduce tax on the contribution of assets to partnerships followed by a distribution of cash.

Mass Torts & Product Liability

We never stop working for the right result – from compliance counseling that nips potential problems in the bud to aggressive motion practices that resolve cases before they make headlines to full-blown victories in court. That’s why global leaders in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive and manufacturing sectors turn to us for their bet-the-company cases. National Counsel, Winning Trial Team When it comes to complex, multidistrict litigations, bench strength matters. We successfully defend companies in mass torts involving thousands of plaintiffs nationwide, in some of ...