Alison Hanstead

Partner at White & Case LLP
Ranked in United States: New York
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White & Case is in pole position to take on bet-the-company disputes with complex patent, antitrust, breach of contract and licensing componentry. The broad horizons of its top trial lawyers are immeasurably helpful in this regard. A-lister Dimitrios Drivas, for example, brings to bear profound life sciences industry and technical knowledge along with a well-rounded contentious, counselling and transactional toolkit. Alison Hanstead – who also possesses heightened pharmaceutical powers – has a rare faculty for matters in which patent and competition issues intersect; so too does Raj Gandesha who has litigated a diverse array of IP, antitrust and commercial suits with equal dexterity throughout his career. Scott Weingaertner’s versatility allows him to switch between major biosimilar and high-technology conflicts without batting an eyelid. Sophistication is also a hallmark of White & Case’s transactional practice. Adam Chernichaw – who was pivotal in launching the firm’s global technology transactions offering – is at the leading edge of business in the fintech space; Arlene Arin Hahn hails from a litigation background and has finely honed presentation skills that serve her well at the negotiating table; and global thinker Erin Hanson sees things through clients’ eyes.

Alison Hanstead's Profile

Alison Hanstead is a partner in the IP practice group of White & Case’s New York office.

Ms Hanstead represents clients in complex patent and antitrust litigations and commercial disputes, in both federal and state courts.

She has significant experience with Hatch-Waxman-related litigation, and advises clients on the IP and regulatory aspects of transactional matters in the pharmaceutical industry. Clients also benefit from her experience conducting due diligence investigations and drafting licence agreements.

Significant experience includes the following:

  • Defending Pfizer and Hospira against allegations of patent infringement and claims for lost profit damages in connection with Pfizer’s and Hospira’s manufacture and sale of its NivestymTM biosimilar;
  • Representation of Novo Nordisk in Hatch-Waxman litigations against Teva, Amneal and Sun Pharmaceutical for infringement of patents covering Novo Nordisk’s drug Vagifem. Obtained a favourable settlement for our clients;
  • Counsel to Boehringer Ingelheim in In re Aggrenox Antitrust Litigation MDL (D Conn) concerning antitrust challenge to a patent settlement agreement;
  • Counsel to Pfizer in a series of patent infringement cases against multiple defendants concerning patents that cover DETROL LA, a long-acting version of Pfizer’s market-leading drug for overactive bladder. Won claim construction hearing on all disputed terms and the cases then settled on favourable terms for Pfizer; and
  • Counsel to Pfizer in its five-year patent infringement case against Teva and IVAX concerning patent that covers DETROL. After a five-day bench trial, the District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion rejecting all defendants’ challenges to the validity of Pfizer’s patent.
Firm Profile

White & Case is a global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today. The firm’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. White & Case guides clients through difficult issues, bringing its insight and judgment to each situation. The firm’s innovative approaches create original solutions to clients’ most complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional deals and disputes.

The firm’s main areas of practice are outlined below.

Antitrust

Clients throughout the world seek the advice of White & Case antitrust lawyers. They count on the firm’s extensive experience in litigation against governmental authorities or private parties, counselling on delicate questions and com­prehensive worldwide coverage of merger control regimes.

Banking

Since White & Case’s founding, banking has been at the core of the firm’s practice. Today, the firm represents major banks worldwide, including many of the largest. The firm provides guidance related to acquisition finance, commercial lend­ing, project finance, bankruptcy and debt restructurings, and regulatory advice.

Capital markets

White & Case has a formidable reputation in the field of international securities and finance. Clients benefit from the firm’s capabilities in equity and debt offerings, sovereign issues, high-yield debt, securitisations, derivatives, invest­ment funds and regulatory and broker-dealer matters.

Commercial litigation

Clients entrust White & Case with their ‘must-win’ mat­ters – disputes in which huge sums, invaluable patents and brands, and even out-and-out company survival are at stake. The firm has won major trials and appeals for clients in an array of industries, including financial services, pharma­ceuticals, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and consumer products.

Financial restructuring and insolvency

White & Case is a recognised leader in complex cross-border insolvencies and workouts. The firm represents global clients in all aspects of restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters, including both transactional and litiga­tion matters.

Intellectual property

White & Case was one of the first full-service firms to develop an IP practice. Its lawyers protect and defend clients’ innovations, creative works and brands around the world, offering advice related to patents, copy­right and designs, IP audits and due diligence, licensing and merchandising, sourcing and technology, and privacy and data protection.

International arbitration

White & Case is the only leading global law firm with large and long-established arbitration teams in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore and Stockholm, along with significant strength in other key cities, including Frankfurt, Moscow, Miami, Seoul, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Mergers and acquisitions

White & Case is among the world’s leading law firms in mergers and acquisitions. The firm advises corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms across a vari­ety of industries, in all manner of complex cross-border and domestic M&A transactions. Its M&A lawyers are leading practitioners in all major jurisdictions around the world.

Private equity

White & Case’s financial sponsor practice has a truly global reach, with market-leading service offerings in New York, London and Hong Kong, as well as fully integrated, full-service private equity practices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. White & Case represents numerous preeminent large-cap and mid-market sponsors, as well as their portfolio compa­nies, in their domestic and cross-border transactions.

Real estate

White & Case is highly regarded for its skill in helping clients complete complex real estate financings and its in-depth experience with legal matters relating to real estate in­vestment funds. The group handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, portfolio sales and securitisation, financings and sales/leasebacks.

Tax

White & Case’s tax lawyers and advisers are strategi­cally located in financial centres and government capitals worldwide to provide timely, effective advice on evolving tax law and policies. The practice has provided clients with innovative, practical approaches to minimise tax liabilities on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to financ­ings and investment fund transactions.

Trade

White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. The firm has an interdisciplinary, full-service global trade practice that is one of the world’s largest and most active in trade remedies and in the law of the World Trade Organisation.

White collar

White & Case helps clients deal with government investi­gations and enforcement matters. In addition to years of front-line prosecutorial experience, the firm has substantial experience defending clients through all phases of investiga­tions, as well as criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients include large corporations, as well as individuals prominent in business and political affairs.

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