Christopher T. Hines | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Christopher T. Hines

Associate, Silicon Valley


Christopher T. Hines is an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group, and is resident in the Silicon Valley office. Christopher advises technology companies in all manner of their business affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other private equity financings, securities compliance and disclosure obligations, international business activities, and commercial and technology transactions. He has represented companies at all stages of development (from start-up to M&A exit or IPO) and is an expert in domestic and cross border transactions.

Further, Christopher has an active interest in matters relating to corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, philanthropy and charitable giving, as well as the representation of all forms of corporate and individual ventures in the renewable energy, cleantech, and other social enterprise fields.

Prior to joining White & Case, Christopher practiced as an M&A associate in the New York, London and San Francisco offices of other leading law firms.

Christopher previously served as Associate Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University, where he taught such courses as Comparative Law, Contracts, Corporate Finance, International Business Transactions, and Securities Regulation.

Bars and Courts

  • California State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar


  • JD, Columbia University
  • BA, History, Yale University


  • English
  • Japanese


UFJ Holdings in its $42 billion acquisition by Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group in a stock-for-stock merger that created the largest bank in the world in terms of assets at closing.

GCA Holdings, Japan's largest independent M&A advisory firm, in its $780 million acquisition of Savvian, a Bay Area-based investment bank.

The Carlyle Group in its $80 million acquisition of Rhythm Corporation, a former division of Nissan Corporation, by means of an auction process.

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in its 50-50 joint venture arrangement with Plansee Holding AG by means of a holding company incorporated in Luxembourg.

Royal Dutch/Shell Corporation in its ongoing compliance obligations with securities regulators in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.


  • The Corporate Gatekeeper in Ethical Perspective, 78 Missouri Law Review 77 (2013)
  • Returning to First Principles of Privilege Law: Focusing on the Facts in Internal Corporate Investigations, 60 Kansas Law Review 33 (2011)
  • Delaware Court Decisions Denying Indemnification Rights Underscore Need for Carefully Drawn Indemnification Provisions, 4 Business Visions 1 (2009) (with Hillel T. Cohn)
  • Doing Deals in Japan: An Analysis of Recent Trends and Developments for the U.S. Practitioner, 2006 Columbia Business Law Review 355 (2006) (with Tatsuya Tanigawa and Andrew P. Hughes)