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Higher Education and Student Loan Financing

Facilities Financings In the past eight years, Orrick has served as bond counsel or underwriters' counsel with respect to more than 525 issues aggregating nearly $35 billion on behalf of colleges and universities. These include The Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of The California State University (which have continual capital needs for their more than 30 campuses, satellite campuses and research stations), more than 30 private California institutions of higher education, and institutions located in other states. Among the private, California institutions of higher ...

Hotels, Resorts & Entertainment

We offer a talented team of hospitality lawyers dedicated to serving clients on the most critical aspects of their business. Our deep experience with the legal and contractual aspects unique to the industry makes us an effective partner in negotiations for developments, acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions, rebranding, dispositions, and negotiation of hotel management agreements, shared services, amenities and franchise agreements.  Our clients include the leading international investment funds, real estate advisors, developers, public and private pension funds, REITs, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Defense Energy Projects

This adds up to significant opportunity – and some important challenges.  Most renewable energy projects in the United States are developed, built, and financed on a “project finance” model.  In contrast, the contracting functions at the DoD are largely structured around a traditional government contracting procurement approach.  Our team helps our clients bridge that gap and assists them in taking on the most challenging issues related to developing and financing DoD projects.    Our team includes members of our energy project development and finance practice and our government contracting ...

Qualified Retirement Plans & ESOPs

Our Compensation & Benefits lawyers help our clients establish and maintain their qualified plans. We draft and amend the plans for our larger clients, and prepare applications and submit plans to the IRS for determination letters.  We do more than just draft and amend clients' plan documents and submit IRS applications, however. We counsel our clients about all aspects of their qualified plan design and administration. We understand the complex relationships among lawyers, clients, plan trustees, investment advisors and record keepers. Our experience helps our clients make creative, ...

Public Policy

We are the group that CEOs and GCs call when they need to pass legislation in their 10 most important states or respond to a multistate AG investigation that could land them on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Need more proof? Just ask Financial Times, which singled us out in its 2014 North America Innovative Lawyers report for our novel "litigation avoidance strategy that helps clients solve company matters in the state legislature rather than the courtroom." Or ask DraftKings, FanDuel and Zenefits – all of which have turned to us when faced with existential threats from state AGs, ...

The End of the California Legislative Session: Which CCPA Amendments Passed?

by Heather Sussman, Emily S. Tabatabai, David Curtis, Nicholas Farnsworth and Maria Rouvalis | September.17.2019

With the January 1, 2020 effective date of the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”) rapidly approaching, all eyes have been on the California legislature’s consideration of a robust suite of amendments that would clarify ambiguities and address discrepancies underlying the prominent privacy statute. As the 2019 California legislative session came to a close last Friday, six CCPA amendments were passed and will now be delivered to the Governor, while the rest have either failed or will have to wait until next year for further consideration. The Governor has until October 13th to decide ...

Compensation & Benefits M&A

We have advised clients on all types of transactions, including traditional stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and multinational joint ventures. We work with each client to achieve maximum tax and financial results, while reducing liabilities and attaining employee retention and incentive goals. Orrick lawyers also help companies structure transactions at the early planning stages of an acquisition. Our counseling extends well beyond legal documentation as we assist clients with quantitative analyses on the different approaches to a transaction and provide practical and ...

Continuing Disclosure

This Continuing Disclosure Agreement not only obligates the issuer (or obligated person) to provide annual reports and current material event disclosures, but also exposes the issuer (or obligated person) to potential liability for securities fraud under S.E.C. Rule 10b-5 if those disclosures contain material misstatements or omit any information, whether or not required by the Continuing Disclosure Agreement, necessary to make the information contained in such disclosures not misleading in any material respect. Orrick has established procedures and practices to help issuers and other ...

Corporate Tax

Tax Department lawyers have been involved in domestic and international transactions involving purchases and acquisitions, business combinations and divestitures, corporate restructuring such as recapitalizations, multi-tier spin-offs and split-offs and hybrid entities, and innovative transactions involving the consolidated return regulations. Orrick’s Tax Department offers services to address clients’ corporate tax needs in: Asset-based Securitizations Compensation and Option Plans Consolidated Return Regulations Corporate Restructuring Cross-border Transactions ...

Debt Capital Markets

Our team has significant experience with high yield, investment grade and convertible notes offerings, including financing for leveraged acquisitions, as well as liability management transactions such as exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations. Our ongoing work with leading global companies across a wide range of industries highlights the strength of our relationships with our clients and their trust in our counsel. We also help our corporate clients with ongoing compliance with the terms of their debt securities and other indebtedness. A key feature of our practice is our ...