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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Yalan Lei Associate M&A and Private Equity, China

Shanghai

Yalan Lei, an associate in Orrick’s Shanghai office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.

Yalan’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Yalan regularly represents Chinese major state-owned and private companies in acquisitions and sales of businesses, as well as strategic investments in the region. She is also experienced in advising multinational corporations on foreign direct investments and establishments of WFOEs (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises) in China.

She has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including real estate, financial services, technology, media and entertainment, consumer/retail, life science and healthcare.

Prior to joining Orrick, Yalan was an associate in the Shanghai office of a major PRC law firm.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Mass Torts & Product Liability
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Japan

Shinsuke Yakura Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Patents

Tokyo

Shinsuke Yakura is the Office Leader of Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. He is an expert in handling cross-border litigation, arbitration, intellectual property and compliance matters.

His practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, medical and pharmaceutical, and other commercial disputes for both domestic and foreign companies. He actively engages in cross-border litigation and arbitration, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience from various countries.

In regards to intellectual property, Shinsuke has represented numerous companies in patent infringement litigation involving a wide range of technologies related to electric devices and industrial machinery. He has also handled other IP-related issues such as trademark, copyright and right to publicity. He is a qualified patent attorney (Benrishi) in Japan.

Recently, he has been involved in business and legal issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and big data; he also acts as the Asia representative of Orrick’s Global AI Working Group.

Consistently providing strategic advice from a global perspective, he is also actively involved in bribery regulations including FCPA and UKBA, antitrust and competition law, cartel, fraud and compliance investigations.

He also advises in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and other transactional matters.

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • China

Wei (Carol) Yan Senior Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Beijing

Wei (Carol) Yan, a senior associate in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Carol’s practice focuses on patent filing and prosecution, patent-related legal advice and patent litigation across a broad range of industries, including chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor and auto mechanics. Carol has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.

Before joining Orrick, Carol worked with Lung Tin International Property Agent Ltd. and in Jones Day’s Beijing Office.

374855

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • China

Eva Ying Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong

Eva Ying, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Eva focuses her practice on representing private and public companies in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments across the Greater China region.

She advises major hedge funds and private equity funds on fund formation and investments, as well as fund compliance and regulatory matters.

In addition, she has experience in handling Hong Kong initial public offerings, global financings and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Eva worked at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

375919

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • China

William Ho Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Hong Kong

William Ho, an of counsel in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, privatizations, and strategic investments.

Will regularly represents major private equity funds in their investments across Asia, with a strong focus in the tech space. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the start-up scene in Greater China and Southeast Asia, and has built a reputation for advising early-stage start-ups on their capital raisings, financings and general corporate matters.

Will’s practice also includes advising a number of Hong Kong-listed issuers and investment banks on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including privatizations, security offerings (primary and secondary), as well as private investments into public equity (PIPE) transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will began his career at Slaughter and May before moving to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In addition to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Will is also admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia (currently non-practicing).

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Practice:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Japan

Minako Wakabayashi Partner Renewable Energy, Infrastructure

Tokyo

Minako plays a vital role in the rise of Japan’s renewable energy market.

Minako has significant experience advising international and domestic sponsors and developers on complex and innovative projects. She was called upon by the Japanese government in structuring the renewable Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan and prepared the government’s model contracts for specific contracts (power purchase contract/interconnection contract), which are a key component of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme in Japan.

Backed by her experience in her prior career as a public prosecutor in Japan, she also serves as a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Supervising Committee for Public Bidding (Tokyo-to Nyusatsu Kanshi Iinkai) which advocates public rights to the fairness and adequacy of the public bidding procedures of the government. Minako practiced at Orrick's New York office in 2004-2005.
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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Hang Xu Foreign Counsel Corporate, M&A and Private Equity

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.

Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany

Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.

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  • D: +852 2218 9168

Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • China

David Halperin Senior Partner M&A and Private Equity, China

Hong Kong

David Halperin, a senior partner in Orrick's Hong Kong office, is a member of the Corporate Group. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, banking and finance projects for investment funds and their managers, and entertainment and media clients.

David has advised a number of venture capital and direct investment clients with respect to their Asian investments.

Before joining Orrick, David served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander (U.S.N.R.) and serving from 1969-1970 as a special assistant to Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Commander of Naval Forces, Vietnam and later Chief of Naval Operations. From 1970-71, he served as personal assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger, assistant to the president for national security affairs. David worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 1974-1976 before joining the Hong Kong office of Coudert Brothers in 1976. He became a partner of Coudert in 1983 and has practiced in Hong Kong for over 40 years.

367654

Practice:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity

James Atkin Partner Oil & Gas, Energy

London; Tokyo

James is the global head of Orrick’s Oil & Gas practice and focuses his practice on helping companies with their international energy investments.

Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions.