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Private Wealth

These clients are usually private persons and we do not reveal their names. Often they own large, closely held corporations or are founders of public corporations. Our goal in working with these clients is to formulate estate plans and business arrangements that meet the client’s personal and business needs, while minimizing the tax costs (income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax) inherent in the transfer of wealth. The Department’s work with these families includes comprehensive wealth transfer planning, business succession planning, corporate recapitalizations, the creation of ...

Private Litigation

We have extensive experience with every type of antitrust claim, including claims involving price fixing, predatory pricing and buying, bundling and loyalty programs, tying, exclusive dealing, monopolization, product distribution, counterclaims in infringement actions, mergers and acquisitions. We routinely handle the most challenging antitrust claims and procedurally complicated antitrust litigation, at times managing scores of cases involving many parties spanning multiple jurisdictions. Our lawyers have a strong record in both the trial and appellate courts. In fact, companies often turn ...

Governmental Affairs

Services provided by this group include state contract procurement, intervention to create opportunities or to solve problems, the management of legislative and administrative activities - ranging from monitoring, research, and consultation - to direct and indirect lobbying to affect either enactment, amendment, or defeat of proposals. The firm has advised and appeared before, or provided services to, the Governor and his administration, every constitutional officer, the state legislature, many of its committees, and virtually all California state agencies, including the following entities: ...

Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing

Reflecting restrictions imposed by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, our more recent financings have focused on solid waste disposal and resource recovery projects. At the same time, we have continued our leadership in “small-issue” industrial development bond financings in California. We also have extensive experience under the old air and water pollution control rules, as well as financings for “two-county” utility projects and other exempt facilities. Members of this group, while serving as bond counsel for the majority of projects, have diverse experience in representing all parties to private ...

Lease Revenue and Certificates of Participation

Since 1985, Orrick served as bond, underwriter's or special counsel in nearly 1,300 lease transactions totaling more than $65 billion. Orrick was counsel to the underwriters in connection with one of the largest multiple lease financings, the $760.8 million bankruptcy recovery financing for Orange County. These lease revenue bonds or certificates of participation have been used to finance such projects and programs as: office buildings, public administration buildings, courthouses, police and fire stations, civic center complexes, museums and convention centers elementary and high ...

U.S. Supreme Court

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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, ...

Real Estate Investment Funds

In the United States, we have developed a robust fund formation platform drawing from our market-leading Real Estate practice and experienced Fund Formation network as well as longtime relationships with fund managers and sponsors.  We offer an international team that has worked on behalf of real estate and other private equity funds targeting investments in the United States, Mexico, Peru, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Japan, China, India and Russia. Our clients include the leading international investment funds, fund sponsors, real estate advisors, developers, public ...

Bankruptcy Litigation

We represent debtors, creditors, committees, fiduciaries and lender groups in a range of disputes—from complex litigation, asbestos and energy cases to creditors’ rights and claims, avoidance actions and confirmation and valuation issues. We develop cost-effective strategies to meet the specific needs of each case and employ a full range of options, including negotiation, mediation and litigation to achieve the best results for our clients.

Municipal Restructuring and Insolvency

In addition, reliable access to capital has been interrupted in recent years by unprecedented turmoil and change in the bond market and the near disappearance of the bond insurance industry. Rising pension and post-employment benefits costs combined with a generally flat or only slightly increasing revenue picture have been significant challenges for many communities. Credit deterioration, on the part of both municipalities and financial counterparties, has caused some transactions, particularly those involving variable rate debt and/or interest rate swaps, to unravel. In the face of these ...

Corporate Lending

Orrick’s Banking & Finance team takes a creative approach to counseling many of the world’s leading corporations, investment and commercial banks, investment funds and alternative credit providers in sophisticated corporate finance transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, asset finance, leasing, receivables financing and securitization transactions.  We also advise clients on structured and asset-based financings, restructurings and securities offerings such as investment grade and high yield debt/equity offerings. Our team is focused on delivering business-pragmatic and often ...