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Troubled Transactions

This increase corresponds directly to the increase in the variety and complexity of the types of bonds issued, as well as the financing structures used and the sources of repayment and security for the bonds. Other contributing factors include the increasing complexity of tax and other laws pursuant to which bonds are issued, the requirements for disclosure of information, the duties of issuers, trustees, underwriters and other participants after, as well as before, issuance of the bonds, and the greatly increased enforcement attention to the municipal bond sector from the IRS and the SEC. As ...

Orrick Ranked a Top 10 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Firm by The Deal

November.12.2016

  The Deal’s latest Q3 2016 bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring league tables again rank Orrick as a top bankruptcy and restructuring law firm. In the Out-of-Court Restructuring League Tables, Orrick earned a #6 ranking for creditor’s counsel in out-of-court restructurings. Additionally, the firm ranked #7 by billings in The Deal’s Bankruptcy League Tables for

Welfare Plans

We have witnessed the enactment of the preexisting condition, nondiscrimination, and the privacy rules under HIPAA, to name just a few. Additionally, employers and their plans have become subject to the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. Other laws that have applied to employer welfare plans for some time, such as the continuation coverage rules of COBRA and the rules applying to cafeteria and flex plans, have undergone dramatic changes in just the last year or two. As if this were not enough, employers ...

Short-Term Financing

Since 1985, we have served as bond or other counsel on more than 3,000 issues totaling in excess of $200 billion. These issues have ranged from $600,000 for the City of Corning (CA) sewer revenue bond anticipation notes to $10.0 billion for the State of California 2010 revenue anticipation notes. Orrick generally ranks number one in the country in the volume of short-term financings it handles as bond counsel. In addition to representing states, cities, counties, school districts, community college districts, transit and other special districts, we have also served as bond counsel on and ...

Tax Advocacy

The Tax Advocacy Group has successfully represented taxpayers in various fora, including the U.S. Tax Court, various trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Internal Revenue Service, and state tax authorities. The group litigates on behalf of clients in state and federal courts, and advocates for taxpayers seeking determinations from the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities. These proceedings have involved nearly all types of U.S. federal, state and local taxes, as well as foreign income tax and VAT. Our clients include domestic and foreign corporations, public ...

Unfair Import Proceedings & Trade Agreements

These cases have involved myriad administrative proceedings before federal agencies, NAFTA panel appeals, World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceedings, judicial proceedings, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitrations and international settlement agreements.

As a closely related matter, we have pursued major arbitrations at the WTO and provided counsel on the negotiation of leading international trade agreements.

Financial Services Appeals

Through our frequent representation of banks, other financial institutions, officers, directors, outside professionals, accounting firms, and corporations in high-stakes and high-profile appeals, we live and breathe the issues that concern financial services clients. And in recognition of our expertise in these areas, we are regularly called upon to assist with complex, critical trial-court litigation affecting the financial services sector. As our clients are well aware, financial services appeals often involve high stakes, complicated facts, and elaborate legal and regulatory frameworks. ...

Pro Bono Appeals

Pro bono is part of our DNA. The founding president of the Brennan Center for Justice began our group, and many of our lawyers devoted their careers to public service before joining us. The result is a practice in which we encourage our lawyers to devote themselves to the causes that matter to them, supported by the resources that a large law firm can provide. Those causes take numerous forms. We work with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to represent deserving veterans who have been deprived of the benefits they earned. We have teamed up with the New York Office of the Appellate ...

Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

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Data Privacy

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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 Power Financing

Since 1985, members of the Public Power Group have participated in more than 575 tax-exempt financings aggregating more than $106 billion in twenty-five U.S. states and territories, plus more than 95 taxable financings aggregating more than $55 billion for Federal power agencies and rural electric cooperatives. Orrick works with a broad range of issuer clients such as state agencies, small and large cities, districts, and joint action agencies, as well as with 9 of the 20 largest public power systems. We also work with the largest electric utility in the country (the Tennessee Valley ...