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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe posted global revenues of $846m in 2011 with 20 partners in London contributing $34.5m, almost five per cent down on the previous year. The firm has 25 offices globally dividing its practice across the five broad areas of corporate, energy/infrastructure, finance, intellectual property and litigation.
The firm endured a tough start to 2013 with a number of defections across different jurisdictions. In Germany, independent firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek hired a team of nine lawyers in February to strengthen its Düsseldorf and Frankfurt real estate teams.
Orrick partners Michael Alberts and Peter Zimmerman along with of counsel Peter Vocke all join Heuking as equity partners in Düsseldorf, accompanied by four associates. In Frankfurt, partner Christoph Wetzler moved along with one associate.
In January 2013 the firm lost Hong Kong corporate partner William Woo to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Woo is the seventh corporate partner to leave Orrick’s Greater China team since the middle of 2012. Beijing-based partners Allen Shyu and Thomas Man left for Troutman Sanders and Morrison Foerster, while Hong Kong partners Phoebus Chu, Mark Lee and David Cho also left to pursue other opportunities. Most recently, in November 2012 the firm’s senior partner for China, Christopher Stephens, left to join the Asian Development Bank as general counsel.
Founded in San Francisco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2013.