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Supreme Court & Appellate

We have won awards and recognition from publications such as the Financial Times, which recognized Orrick among North America’s top ten most innovative law firms in 2014. That same year, we took FT's #1 spot in a ranking of “innovation in litigation” for our work in Oracle v. Google. Our work for Kleiner Perkins, Oracle, and DISH Network was recognized when The American Lawyer named Orrick the 2016 “Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year” and a finalist for “Litigation Department of the Year.” Our successes on behalf of Oracle and DISH Network were also highlighted in our ...

Structured Finance

Over the past three years, our Structured Finance team has counseled clients on nearly 500 financings worldwide, with an aggregate value of over $252 billion. We act as counsel for numerous major issuers and underwriters in the structured finance market, and we have a leading presence in CMBS, RMBS and CLO transactions; marketplace lending, credit cards, auto loan/lease and dealer floorplan transactions; and tender option bonds. We pioneered the innovative mini-bond structure in Italy and are also pioneering the securitization of a wide range of esoterics, including tax liens, Property ...

ARRC Releases Consultations on Fallback Contract Language for Bilateral Business Loans and Securitizations for Public Feedback

by Howard S. Altarescu | December.10.2018

  The Alternative Reference Rates Committee ("ARRC") released consultations on U.S. dollar ("USD") LIBOR fallback contract language for bilateral business loans and securitizations for public feedback. These consultations outline draft language for new contracts that reference LIBOR so as to ensure these contracts will continue to be

School Finance

Our School Financing Group played a significant role in developing financing substitutes, including lease certificates of participation (COP) financing, asset transfer lease/leasebacks, Mello-Roos financing, and Education Code 39308.5 financing (using pre-Proposition 13 tax overrides for new school facilities). Innovative School Financing Solutions When Proposition 46, adopted in June 1986, restored school districts’ authority to use general obligation bonds, Orrick responded by drafting and implementing legislation and conducting seminars outlining the new procedures by which school ...

Strategic Counseling

eDiscovery Counseling Among other things, we help clients prepare for litigation by developing protocols to understand, manage, preserve and quickly isolate information — both in the United States and internationally. If left unmanaged, eDiscovery can quickly consume a significant slice of the litigation budget. In the worst case, such costs can dictate litigation strategy. Orrick focuses on developing and implementing eDiscovery proportional to the value of the case. Our eDiscovery lawyers advocate at meet-and-confers and negotiate discovery plans to reduce cost and scope.  We have a record ...

Senior Living Finance

We handle a range of transactions, everything from: tax-exempt or taxable; fixed or variable rate; new money; refunding or working capital; credit enhanced or self-liquidity; rated or unrated; public offering or private placement; and everything in between. Our team addresses critical issues and collaborates with the entire working group to provide successful results for each Senior Living provider.  Scope We regularly act as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and direct purchaser’s counsel for Senior Living finance transactions around the country. Our practice ...

Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits

We are a leader in defending securities litigation, with a team that includes seasoned trial lawyers, two former U.S. Attorneys, and former senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). We bring integrated solutions to the most complex and challenging situations your company may face–from class actions to derivative litigation and M&A litigation. We regularly assist audit committees in conducting internal investigations, and defending investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC, the DOJ and state attorneys general. We act for ...

Short-Term Financing

Since 1985, we have served as bond or other counsel on more than 3,000 issues totaling in excess of $200 billion. These issues have ranged from $600,000 for the City of Corning (CA) sewer revenue bond anticipation notes to $10.0 billion for the State of California 2010 revenue anticipation notes. Orrick generally ranks number one in the country in the volume of short-term financings it handles as bond counsel. In addition to representing states, cities, counties, school districts, community college districts, transit and other special districts, we have also served as bond counsel on and ...

Swaps and Other Hedges

Derivative products have been developed in response to specific needs of issuers and bond purchasers.  Governing law or the issuer's objectives may not permit bonds to be issued in a form that would command the best price in the market.  Underwriters or other market participants, either in connection with the initial issuance of the bonds or in totally unrelated secondary market transactions, using custodial receipts, grantor trusts, swaps, puts or other devices, make a different instrument or instruments ("synthetic securities") out of the original bonds that they can market at an aggregate ...

Share Scheme Services

We offer a full service to businesses wishing to either create an equity incentive plan or to build on existing arrangements, and we advise both purely UK based clients and also businesses with cross-border needs. The UK is currently a relatively costly personal tax environment, and such incentive plans can not only carry significant commercial advantages in motivating key personnel, but can also offer very valuable tax savings. Enterprise Management Incentives The most popular UK share option scheme for emerging companies with UK–based employees is the tax favoured Enterprise Management ...

State Attorneys General Practice

As their states’ chief law enforcement officers AGs are enforcing state laws in wide-ranging areas including consumer protection, data privacy, antitrust, and environmental law, and they influence important state policies and laws affecting the high-technology, energy, and healthcare sectors. As their states’ chief legal advisors, AGs also challenge federal laws, regulations, and policies in order to defend their states’ right to govern themselves against federal overreach. In an arena where many state AG practices have lawyers with little or no actual AG office experience, only Orrick’s ...

State Legislative and Regulatory Practice

States, not Congress, are enacting and enforcing the policies that affect if and how companies can legally operate their businesses in a particular state. State-level issues are especially challenging for businesses. Instead of one set of laws and regulations to consider at the federal level, there are potentially 50 different sets of regulations and legislation at the state level—passed by regulatory bodies and legislatures with their own unique procedures and timelines.  The stakes could not be higher: as one New York Times commenter noted, “a tweet-length change to a law could spell the ...

Deutsche Bank Settles Two BlackRock RMBS Suits

by Darren S. Teshima and Jennifer C. Lee | December.10.2018

  Deutsche Bank settled with BlackRock and other RMBS investors in New York federal (BlackRock Balanced Capital Portfolio (Fi) v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, S.D.N.Y., No. 1:14-cv-09367) and California state (BlackRock Balanced Capital Portfolio (Fi) v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Orange County Superior Court, No. 2016-00843062) suits that argued Deutsche Bank failed to