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Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is an experienced lawyer advising technology and Web companies as well as venture and growth capital investors on corporate transactions for more than 10 years.
Based in Orrick’s Paris office, Benjamin has strong ties with the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London offices.
Passionate about entrepreneurship and shaping the success of early ventures, Benjamin leads Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in France. He advises companies and investors at various stages from incubation and equity financings to external growth transactions and exits (M&A, IPO), all with deep French-U.S. cross-border expertise. Representative clients include Alan, Algolia, Botify, Comet, Fretlink, LaFourchette, Klaxoon, Neolane, Payfit, Teads.tv, Tempow, Side, Sqreen, Stupeflix, Zenly, as well as Atomico, Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cathay Capital, Creandum, Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital (Orange Publicis Venture), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Raise Capital and XAnge Private Equity.
Orrick’s Technology Companies Group is frequently praised for its high-level expertise, locally and as regards to cross-border operations (“Orrick, the law firm “builder” of Tech Companies”, Capital Finance – Groupe Les Echos, May 4, 2015).
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).
Jie (Jeffrey) Sun, a partner in Orrick’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Jeffrey represents Chinese and international clients from multiple industries, including technology, renewable energy, life sciences, financial services and consumer/retail, in a broad range of M&A, capital markets and corporate matters.
Jeffrey has extensive experience representing both Chinese enterprises in fund raising and investing abroad and foreign investors investing in China.
He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the U.S. and Hong Kong public securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs) and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings for PRC-based companies.
In addition, he is experienced in handling complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, strategic alliances, joint ventures and regulatory compliance matters for numerous foreign investors and Chinese companies. He also counsels global private equity funds on their investment activity throughout Greater China and across Asia.
Some clients he has represented include Bright Food, JD.com, Trina Solar, China Sunergy, Perfect World, ReneSola, Tudou, Pactera Technologies and some international investment banks and private equity funds.
Jeffrey is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for China M&A by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Clients recognizes him as “an excellent business partner, above his legal counsel role”, who “gives practical advice not only based on legal proficiency, but really helpful for our business”.
Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Sun worked with a major international law firm, and he was a former partner in a local law firm based in Shanghai.
Jae-Hyon Ahn is an Of Counsel at Orrick’s Tokyo office.
He is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure group which focuses on international energy and infrastructure projects representing key stakeholders including, sponsors, lenders and export credit agencies. Clients include financial institutions and major international companies in connection with various complex cross-border financing matters including bank, structured and asset finance transactions.
Prior to joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho, Jae-Hyon was a member of Orrick’s Finance group in New York. He has also previously worked at Allen & Overy Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo Horitsu Jimusho.
Yoichi represents multinational developers and financial institutions in international power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Orrick, Yoichi served as a general counsel for Tomen Power Corporation. He was also an associate general counsel at Tomen America Inc. in New York.
David Halperin, a 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 40 years.
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.
Joe Scheu, an associate in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
Joe advises corporations, private equity firms and financial institutions on a broad range of corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures and privatizations.
He also has experience advising on debt capital markets, structured finance and general corporate and commercial matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Joe worked at another international law firm in Hong Kong and also spent six months on secondment to the Equity Derivatives Group (Legal) at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong.
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.