Arlene Arin Hahn

Partner, New York


“Arlene Hahn ‘performs flawlessly for clients’”.
Legal 500, Technology: Transactions, 2017


Arlene is a partner in the Technology Transactions Practice, within the Firm's Global M&A Group and global Intellectual Property Group. She is a transactional attorney who represents clients in a variety of intellectual property and technology matters with a focus on the IP aspects of private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions. Arlene has advised on hundreds of consummated transactions, ranging from initial start-up investments to whole business securitizations 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.

Arlene regularly oversees significant IP and commercial due diligence investigations in the context of analyzing complex commercial or technical aspects of corporate transactions. Arlene also has extensive experience with standalone IP matters, including patent and technology licensing, technology transfer, 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, Arlene litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, trademark and copyright infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation.

From January 2006 to April 2007, Arlene lived in Osaka, Japan where she was seconded to work as in-house counsel to Panasonic in its IP Rights Operations Company.

Arlene is a member of the Firm's Global Technology Industry Core Group and the Global Diversity Committee. She is also Co-Chair of the NY Summer Associate Program, which was ranked the #1 Summer Program in the nation in a survey conducted by The American Lawyer. She has lectured on the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions at the ATLAS Information Group seminar for corporate counsel, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel of Israel, and at the 2018 Canadian Private Equity Summit. She was a featured panelist at the Women in Law & Leadership Summit in New York. Arlene joined White & Case in 2015 from the New York office of another international law firm.

Arlene has been recognized by numerous publications, including Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000, Legal 500, and Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide. She is an Advisory Board Member to NYU School of Law's Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship and a Member of MIT's Executive Council. She was also a Member of inaugural "Accelerated Women's Leadership Institute" at Harvard Law School Executive Education and author of an op-ed published by The Deal titled "How To Get More Women To Stay In Biglaw M&A", The Deal, Dealmaker Quarterly, 2018. Arlene was also Co-Contributing Editor and Co-Author of the U.S. chapter of the inaugural edition of "Technology M&A" (2018), published by Getting the Deal Through.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
New York University School of Law
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Some representative matters include:

Calpine Corporation in its US$17 billion sale to Energy Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm, and a consortium of investors including Access Industries and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

Intel Corporation in a series of acquisitions of technology companies innovating in sectors such as autonomous driving and Internet of Things (IoT).

Mr. Leslie Alexander and his affiliated entity in the sale of the Houston Rockets NBA team and its interest in the Toyota Center to Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta and his affiliated entity, Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. The sale price, which marked the largest sale price of any NBA franchise, was reported by many news and sports outlets to have a purchase price in excess of US$2.2 billion.

Panasonic Corporation in its US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussman Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of high-tech refrigerated display cases and food distribution systems.

Zimmer Biomet, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare and medical devices, in its US$1 billion acquisition of LDR Holding Corporation (LDR), including LDR's proprietary patented technology for treatment of spine disorders like MOBI-C, the only FDA-approved artificial cervical disc for two-level cervical disc replacement.

CVC Capital Partners in its US$1.425 billion acquisition of beauty and personal care products company PDC Brands from Yellow Wood Partners.

Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ("DSBJ") in its US$292.5 million acquisition of the printed circuit board business from Flex Ltd.

Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, in its majority investment in ICR, LLC, a leading strategic communications and advisory company.

NeuroDerm Ltd., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing drug-device combinations for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, in its US$1.1 billion sale to Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.

Harvest Partners in its acquisition of Material Handling Services; TDG Group Holdings Company; EyeCare Services Partners Holdings LLC; VetCor Group Holdings Corp.; DCA Investment Holding LLC, and PRO Unlimited; and sale of Document Technologies Holdings, LLC.

Certares,L.P. in multiple investments, including in: Guardian Alarm, Guardian Medical Monitoring, and AmaWaterways.

Quad-C Management, Inc. and its portfolio companies in a number of deals that include: (i) the acquisitions of AIT Worldwide; (ii) the auction sale of Vaco Investor Holdings LLC; and (iii) the investment in Pharm-Olam International, Ltd.

Triton Partners in the acquisition of WernerCo, a Switzerland-based fully integrated international manufacturer and distributor of ladders, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment.

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., a leader in the manufacture and sale of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry, in its US$683 million acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor Limited.

HgCapital, a European-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of a majority interest in Sovos Compliance, a leading provider of regulatory tax compliance software.

Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly owned distribution utility, in (i) its US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) and its related $1.2 billion partnership with GIC, a transaction which was named "Canada: M&A Deal of the Year" by AmLaw; (ii) its sale of ten hydroelectric facilities to Energy Ottawa; (iii) its US$4.3 billion acquisition of UNS Energy Corporation (NYSE:UNS); and (iv) its US$1.5 billion acquisition of CH Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: CHG), a transaction which was named "Energy Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "The Value of Nothing – How to Reinforce Due Diligence and Valuation of Intangible Assets," The 20th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit, Toronto, ON, November 2018

Awards and Recognition

Recognized for TMT and Technology in the United States, Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide, 2018

Recognized Individual for Technology Transactions, Legal 500 USA

Recognized Individual, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000

"Recommended" Lawyer for Technology: Outsourcing in the US Award Brief, Legal 500 US

Recognized Individual, Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2018 Sourcing & Technology Transactions

"Rising Star" for Intellectual Property, New York Super Lawyers