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Transportation Finance

Orrick's Transportation Finance Group lawyers are based in California, Seattle and New York and are fully experienced in financing all types of transportation facilities owned by state and local government entities. Multi-purpose financings involving transportation issues have been successfully completed for a wide variety of issuers, such as:

  • California Transportation Commission
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Port of Oakland
  • Port of San Diego

Real Estate Finance

Our team has a distinct capital markets focus with deep experience in secured and unsecured credit facilities, mezzanine, construction, and term loans, syndicated loan facilities, commercial mortgage loan origination, as well as investments in CMBS, RMBS and other structured real estate debt products.  We have also advised on A/B tiered structures, leasehold financings, preferred equity structures, participations and syndicated facilities, credit tenant loans, bridge, and permanent financings, acquisition and disposition of loans (collateralized or unsecured) as well as restructurings, ...

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 ...

Renewable Energy

Our Renewable Energy team is a global market leader. We’ve been working on renewables projects for almost 40 years, and today our team works across more than 25 Orrick offices on four continents, representing prominent industry participants in virtually every sector of the industry, including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, hydro, landfill gas and storage. Our team members not only understand the legal aspects of renewable energy transactions, but we are intimately familiar with the key commercial issues that drive our clients’ businesses and success. For this reason, the most successful ...

Revenue Bond Financing

Our Revenue Bond Financing Group focuses on enterprise revenue bonds, that is, bonds payable from the revenues of an enterprise conducted by the public entity that issues the bonds. Some of the these issues overlap practice areas and, when advantageous, we bring in expertise from other Orrick practice groups, including the Public Power Finance Group, the Water and Wastewater Finance Group, the Transportation Finance Group, the Industrial Development, Pollution Control and Solid Waste Financing Group, and the Health Care Finance Group. These issues might be handled by attorneys in several ...

School Finance

Our School Financing Group played a significant role in developing financing substitutes, including lease certificates of participation (COP) financing, asset transfer lease/leasebacks, Mello-Roos financing, and Education Code 39308.5 financing (using pre-Proposition 13 tax overrides for new school facilities). Innovative School Financing Solutions When Proposition 46, adopted in June 1986, restored school districts’ authority to use general obligation bonds, Orrick responded by drafting and implementing legislation and conducting seminars outlining the new procedures by which school ...

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

Our tax team includes nationally prominent lawyers in the U.S. who are former chairs of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Our firm's tax practice is noted in many professional guides, such as Chambers USA 2016 and International Tax Review's World Tax 2016. Our public finance tax lawyers are the largest collection of professionals in the U.S., superintending financings in 44 states. Our tax litigation lawyers are recognized for their exceptional track record, including landmark victories in movie industry participations cases and in ...

Swaps and Other Hedges

Derivative products have been developed in response to specific needs of issuers and bond purchasers.  Governing law or the issuer's objectives may not permit bonds to be issued in a form that would command the best price in the market.  Underwriters or other market participants, either in connection with the initial issuance of the bonds or in totally unrelated secondary market transactions, using custodial receipts, grantor trusts, swaps, puts or other devices, make a different instrument or instruments ("synthetic securities") out of the original bonds that they can market at an aggregate ...

3D Printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, makes objects by joining materials layer by layer based on a digital 3D model. Many different types of 3D printing technology exist, including material extrusion, stereolithography, and selective laser sintering. The 3D printing market is growing rapidly, as is the development and refinement of new 3D printing technologies. Our Team Our lawyers Vann Pearce and Chris Higgins possess deep insight into the 3D printing industry’s intersection with intellectual property. Vann and Chris have been featured speakers at 3D printing conferences in the U.S. and ...

European Capital Markets

Our team has extensive experience advising companies on initial listing, corporate governance issues, follow-on offerings, M&A transactions, structured products and corporate reorganisations, leveraging our teams in London, Paris, Italy, Germany and Moscow. We also have a team of U.S.-qualified securities lawyers in London able to provide seamless, integrated advice on the application of U.S. securities matters to the European capital markets. Our practice also benefits from close integration with our market-leading European Finance team, which advises on finance matters and complex ...