Chairman: Mitch Zuklie
Managing Partners: Douglas Lahnborg (Belgium), Patrick Tardivy & Frederic Lalance (France – Orrick Rambaud Martel), Oliver Duys & Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff (Germany), Patrizio Messina & Guido Testa (Italy), Vanessa Liborio (Switzerland), Simon Willis (UK)
Number of lawyers worldwide: 1,300
Orrick is focused on serving clients in the technology and innovation, energy and infrastructure, and finance sectors globally. Founded more than 150 years ago, the firm today has over 1,300 lawyers in offices across the US, Europe and Asia. The firm provides clients with innovative approaches to their most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. Financial Times singled out Orrick as the ‘Most Innovative Law Firm in North America’ from 2016-2018 and runner up in 2019, and Fortune has named the firm among the ‘100 Best Companies to Work’ for four years in a row.
Main Areas of Practice:
Technology & Innovation:
Orrick’s tech sector platform covers the full spectrum, from advising the most innovative disruptors in Europe to multinational leaders. Orrick offers a comprehensive approach to its clients’ business challenges, whether it’s helping to secure patents for new technology, defend against patent or product liability claims, or navigate privacy and cybersecurity arising from recorded data. Orrick represents more than 800 tech clients across Europe, including 8 of the 15 Forbes World’s Largest Public Tech Companies. In 2019, Orrick’s Europe team raised over US$6.2 billion through more than 320 venture financings and closed more than 103 M&A deals valued at US$12.4 billion. As the leading tech firm in London, representing over 200 UK companies, Orrick’s team includes US -qualified and dual-qualified lawyers, some of whom have practiced in Silicon Valley. Orrick’s team uses that knowledge to help clients develop privacy and cybersecurity governance programs and international data transfer solutions, as well as, in 2019, close 225 venture financings. Orrick’s Paris office is home to a dedicated ‘desk’ that advises European start-ups or large companies on business in the US and, conversely, acting for US corporates or start-ups looking at Europe. Orrick recently advised Getaround on its US$300 million acquisition of Drivy. In Germany, Orrick is part of a global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team that advises on compliance with EU, US and other international data protection laws, as well as on IP and IT law. Most recently, Orrick has counseled major computer software companies on cybersecurity and incident response plans. And in Italy, Orrick is a go-to resource to provide fintech companies with sound legal advice on regulatory concerns related to payment services and electronic money.
Energy & Infrastructure:
The team handles a wide range of projects, transactions and disputes across the power, renewables, oil and gas, climate, transportation, telecoms, construction, natural resources and social infrastructure sectors. For decades, Orrick has advised on M&A, joint ventures and other strategic combinations, project development, finance, restructuring, private equity, venture capital and funds work, tax, regulatory and litigation and arbitration matters across Europe and beyond. Orrick innovates in everything it does and regularly represents clients in first-of-a-kind and market-shaping matters, such as new corporate and industrial PPA structures, award-winning energy storage projects and complex and high-profile restructurings and disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. Orrick’s elite infrastructure lawyers specialise in concessions and public-private partnerships (PPP) covering airports, roads, rail, bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, water and waste and energy and natural resources projects. Clients include sponsors, developers, banks, ECAs and multilaterals, governments and infrastructure and private equity funds. Recent creative solutions for Orrick’s clients include the €15 billion renegotiation of renewable energy savings for France; strategic development of the largest airport in the Balkans (JSC Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade) — named IJGlobal European Airport Deal of the Year; the Stublach gas storage project, the newest UK gas storage facility (and one of the largest); the first-of-itskind securitisation of performing and non-performing renewable energy receivables in Italy; and the €2.2 billion refinancing of ‘Sud-Europe-Atlantique’ high-speed rail line, which is considered one of the most important infrastructure projects in Europe.
For over a century, Orrick has acted for leading financial institutions at the forefront of innovation — from creating new financial products to resolving high-stakes litigation and risk management matters. The team in Europe is deeply focused on the finance sector and serves as a partner to Orrick’s clients in understanding industry dynamics that shape the business and legal issues that matter to them. Orrick’s top tier banking and securitisation teams are at the centre of many transformative regulatory changes affecting the banking sector, at times guiding policy and working directly with regulators on behalf of our clients. Orrick helped draft the ‘Macron Ordinance,’ French legislation that allows foreign and alternative capital providers to make loans in France. Orrick has assisted European banks in Southern Europe in reducing non-performing and ‘unlikely to pay’ loan exposure through novel structures and collaborating with regulators on state guarantee programs. Orrick effectively created the Italian mini-bond market to grant Italy’s medium-sized business access to capital markets. Orrick’s securitisation team helps clients implement new EU securitisation rules, advising on the first synthetic securitisation to support French SMEs and midcap firms under the Juncker Plan and the first two securitisations in France compliant with the EU’s new transparency rules. In addition, Orrick’s market-leading PPP and public law practices covers high profile financings across the energy, transportation, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. Orrick is also pioneering ESGfocused finance and investments and advised on the first securitisation of renewable energy receivables in Italy and the first climate action bond financing in Europe. Its finance sector offerings are rounded out by dedicated litigation and international arbitration teams with extensive experience advising financial services clients on regulatory compliance, government investigations and proceedings, complex disputes relating to financial products and high-profile criminal cases.