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White & Case added important assets in New York in 2021, bringing on board two highly respected former Quinn Emanuel partners, Peter Armenio and Colleen Tracy James. Their arrival beefed up an already outstanding life sciences – and all-round – patent litigation practice, headlined by Dimitrios Drivas and staffed with a host of other savvy trial lawyers, including Alison Hanstead and Raj Gandesha. Drivas has provided devoted support to innovative companies of all kinds as they take on their toughest challenges and face their most pressing threats, and has performed at the highest level for decades. Hanstead has a deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, which she has cultivated through engagement in extensive Hatch-Waxman litigation and deal work. Gandesha demonstrates impressive range, too, and takes on diverse IP, antitrust and commercial cases while also advising on data issues. White & Case is a go-to for deals, as well as disputes, with its global technology transactions offering captained superbly by Arlene Arin Hahn. A dynamo for her clients, Hahn is also a diversity and inclusion champion within her firm and beyond its walls. She also has professional experience in Asia, as does Erin Hanson, a vital cog in the outfit’s technology transactions, M&A and IP groups.
Arlene Arin Hahn is the Global Head of the technology transactions practice, within White & Case’s global M&A group and global IP group. She is a transactional attorney who advises on IP and technology matters ranging from standalone technology transactions to the IP aspects of M&A and other corporate transactions.
Ms Hahn has advised on hundreds of consummated transactions, ranging from formative license agreements and joint development agreements to initial start-up investments and from whole business securitisations to some of the largest M&A deals in their respective industries. She represents strategic and financial clients in a broad range of industries, including software, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, financial services, power, media, semiconductors, fashion and sports.
Ms Hahn has extensive experience with standalone IP matters, including patent and technology licensing, technology transfers, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joint development agreements, software licensing, outsourcing, content licensing, trademark coexistence, merchandising and brand licensing, and settlement of IP disputes and litigations. Prior to focusing on transactional work, Ms Hahn was an IP litigator and advised on a variety of matters, including patent infringement, trademark and copyright infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation.
Ms Hahn has appeared as a repeat featured guest on BloombergTV. She has lectured on the IP aspects of commercial transactions at various seminars and conferences and is an advisory board member of NYU School of Law’s Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and a member of MIT’s Executive Council. Ms Hahn is also co-contributing editor and co-author of the inaugural edition of “Technology M&A” (2018-2022), published by LexGTDT.
Ms Hahn is deeply committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and belonging, both professionally and personally. She is a member of the firm's Global Women's Initiative Committee and a member of the firm's Global Technology Industry Core Group. She previously acted as chair of the firm's Global Diversity Committee, and co-chair of the New York Women's Initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.