Erin Hanson

Partner, New York

Biography

Overview

Erin Hanson is a partner in the Firm's Technology Transactions Practice within the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Global Intellectual Property Group. She is also a member of the Firm's Global Technology Industry Core Group.

Erin offers clients legal and commercial advice across the spectrum of standalone intellectual property and technology transactions as well as on the intellectual property and technology aspects of M&A, private equity and other corporate transactions. Her work includes representing large corporations, including major technology companies, and financial institutions in matters ranging from technology development, licensing and distribution, to strategic outsourcing, joint ventures and co-development. Erin has also gained valuable experience working on secondment at a global technology company.

Erin's clients benefit from her strong international experience, having practiced in both Australia and the United States.

Prior to joining White & Case, Erin was a Senior Associate at one of the Australian offices of another Multinational Law Firm headquartered in Hong Kong.

Erin was recently named "Up & Coming" Lawyer for Technology & Outsourcing in New York by Chambers USA, 2021. Erin is also listed as a "Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions by The Deal (2020), ILFR (2020) and Euromoney (2021). She is listed as a "Recognized Individual" by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2020) and is a recipient of a "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award" by The M&A Advisor (2019).

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Queensland, Australia
Education
LLB
University of Queensland
BA
University of Queensland
Languages
English

Experience

Falcon Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: FCAC), a SPAC, in its US$3.9 billion business combination with Sharecare, Inc., a digital health company based in Georgia.

dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV (NYSE: DMYQ), a SPAC, in its US$2.8 billion acquisition of Planet Labs Inc., a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth.

ION Acquisition Corp 1 Ltd. (NYSE: IACA), a SPAC, in its US$2.6 billion business combination with Taboola.com Ltd., an Israeli private company and a global leader in powering recommendations for the open web.

WhatsApp in connection with the WhatsApp commercial/product integration piece of Facebook's US$5.7 billion investment into Jio Platforms Ltd.

Facebook in connection with various intellectual property, product, content, and technology transactions.

Facebook in connection with its new Portal devices and service.

Harvest Partners in an investment in MRI Software, a leading provider of real estate management software solutions globally.

Avon Rubber p.l.c., a UK-listed innovative technology group, specializing in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) and respiratory protection systems, on its strategic acquisition of 3M’s ballistic-protection business in the United States.

Schneider Electric in connection with the formation of a joint venture with Huck Capital and certain individuals that will comprise the management team of the newly launched joint venture, which will deliver energy-as-a-service projects in the North America market up to 10MW in size.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) in two joint ventures with Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company. The joint ventures provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa and Brazil, and will continue to provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed Internet services.

Intel Corporation in connection with a series of acquisitions, divestures and other projects in sectors such as autonomous vehicles and Internet of Things.

Iconix Brand Group in the US$345 million sale of its entertainment division to DHX Media, which includes an 80 percent controlling interest in the Peanuts branded business and 100 percent of the Strawberry Shortcake business.

Awards and Recognition

Named "Up & Coming" Lawyer for Technology & Outsourcing in New York, Chambers USA, 2021

"Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions, Euromoney, 2021

Recognized Individual, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000, 2020

"Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions, The Deal, 2020

"Rising Star" for Mergers & Acquisitions, IFLR, 2020

Recipient of a "Emerging Leaders Award" for Mergers & Acquisitions, The M&A Advisor, 2019