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Nonprofit Organizations

Our involvement with sophisticated charitable organizations incorporated in California includes serving as general counsel to a complex family of entities that operates affordable housing facilities, assisting the Board of Directors of an organization with over $200 million in annual revenues in navigating the safe harbors on reasonable compensation, and forming organizations to assist hospitals and universities in off-balance sheet financings.  In addition, we have advised a considerable number of other corporate private foundations and individual private foundations with respect to ...

Orrick Lawyer Co-Authors Article Addressing Unique Confirmation Issues in Nonprofit Cases

by Evan C. Hollander | November.16.2016

  Orrick’s Evan Hollander co-authored an article for The Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2016 Edition) addressing unique confirmation issues faced by nonprofit debtors in Chapter 11. The article addresses the applicability of the absolute priority rule, distinctive feasibility issues, and appropriate comparators when considering the best interests test in a nonprofit case. The

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Soon after the passage of AB 811 in California in 2008, we began working with clients and other interested market participants on a variety of legal and structural issues associated with PACE and on possible financing structures. Since then, we have counseled numerous issuers, program administrators, lenders and others in California and several other states.

Public Finance Credit Enhancement/Direct Purchase

Our Public Finance Credit Enhancement/Direct Purchase Group combines the expertise of our commercial finance practice with our public finance bond counsel practice (generally ranked first in the country) to offer a credit enhancer or direct purchaser expert advice on creditors’ rights in general and on public entities’ rights in particular. Public vs. Private Borrowers: Rights and Restrictions Public entities are governed by different laws and have very different rights and obligations than private borrowers.  For example, unlike private borrowers, public entities have few implied powers. ...

Public Finance Renewable Energy

In conventional energy, our experience includes working with IOUs, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and several Indian tribes. We also work with these entities and a variety of public and private developers on alternative and renewable energy projects. In many cases, we bring together our power purchase agreement-based energy practice with our emerging company equity financing practice focusing on clean energy to apply public finance tax-exempt debt financing to specific projects and programs.

Executive Compensation

This comprehensive service includes participant reports and tax notices, capitalization tables, Blue Sky compliance, Rule 701 or Reg. D compliance, equity grant guidelines, and Section 12(g) compliance. We routinely assist our public company clients with corporate governance, reasonable compensation, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, proxy disclosure and M&A issues, 1933/1934 Act compliance, Section 16 compliance, insider trading and 10b5-1 plans, Section 162(m) deduction limits, stock option repricings, global stock plans, and accounting issues. With the recent enactment of Section 409A of the ...

Legislative/Regulatory Participation

Our lawyers leverage their knowledge of regulatory matters affecting participants in the global financial markets when advising a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, finance companies, funds and investors, as well as leading industry associations.  Orrick has significant experience in helping clients conduct their businesses and design their financial products to comply with the broad spectrum of governmental regulations that might affect them, including securities law matters, rules governing permissible bank transactions, ERISA and tax. As a result of our extensive ...

Financial Problems of Municipalities

Our European Restructuring team distinguishes Orrick from many other firms with whom we compete because of our on-the-ground resources and bankruptcy experience in London, Paris, Germany and Italy. Our lawyers have advised on restructuring matters in the U.S., Europe, the United Kingdom, China, Japan and Korea for global companies. Our firm offers an unusually broad perspective because we helped shape the practices and documentation involving bankruptcy regulations around the globe. For example, members of our team: Represent firms in formal and informal corporate restructuring ...

Orrick’s Marc Levinson Compares Chapter 9 to Chapter 11 for the Federal Judicial Center Website

January.06.2017

 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 ...

General Obligation Bonds

Since 1985, our attorneys have worked on more than 3,700 general obligation issues totaling more than $280 billion. Our clients have been cities, counties, states, school districts, community college districts, and other special districts and public works departments (among others) in California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Guam. Representative projects funded by these general obligation bonds include: school facilities parks and recreation district improvements water ...

Health Care Finance

Scope We regularly act as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters counsel and direct purchaser’s counsel for health care finance transactions around the country. We have been specializing in health care finance since the early 1980s. Our practice encompasses financings for nonprofit 501(c)(3) health care systems, hospitals, clinics (including federally qualified health centers), retirement facilities, skilled nursing facilities, proton therapy centers and blood banks, as well as public health care providers. We are long-standing members of the finance teams for many of the most active ...

Orrick Grows Market Leading Public Finance Practice

March.11.2019

Leading healthcare finance lawyer Robyn Helmlinger has joined Orrick's Public Finance Group as a partner, based in San Francisco. For two decades, Robyn has been advising issuers, borrowers and underwriters involved in issuing municipal bonds, with a focus in the U.S. healthcare industry.

Asset Recovery for Corporate Crime Victims

This experience has proved invaluable in Orrick’s representation of companies that are increasingly the victims of all types of crimes whether the perpetrator is an insider or a competitor. Companies fall victim to crimes such as: Cybercrime including hacking, phishing and malware attacks; Theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property crimes; Illegal counterfeiting of merchandise; Price-fixing in violation of antitrust laws; Embezzlement and kickback schemes; Insider trading; and ...

Asset-Backed Securities

We have a leading market presence as legal advisors on CLO transactions, and we are one of the preeminent law firms advising issuers and underwriters in the securitization of credit card, charge card, auto loan, auto lease and dealer floorplan receivables. Our team handles securitizations of tax liens, PACE liens, structured settlements, lottery receivables, student loans, time shares, portfolios of aircraft and aircraft engines and a variety of other assets. With strong practices in both public finance and securitization, Orrick is one of the few firms in the U.S. with substantial ...

Nonprofit Corporation Financing

Lawyers in our Nonprofit practice have been providing legal counsel to nontraditional issuers such as corporations that are just now establishing nonprofit status, and to organizations that may not even have the assets to qualify for a tax-exempt bond issuance under typical circumstances. We have acted as bond counsel for almost all of the tax-exempt financings for cultural institutions that have been done in New York and for numerous such financings in California. We also have extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and institution counsel for colleges, universities, ...