Pierce Haesung Han - M&A and Corporate Transactions - Nixon Peabody LLP

Pierce Haesung Han

Pierce Han is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Securities, M&A, and Corporate Transactions group, where he works with clients on a broad range of matters including federal securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, and international commercial transactions.

What do you focus on?

Capital Markets and Securities

I regularly advise publicly traded companies on compliance with federal securities laws and stock exchange rules, SEC reporting and disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. I also advise on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and SPAC (special purpose acquisition corporation) transactions.

Mergers & Acquisitions

I represent public and private clients across a broad range of industries in business acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and strategic investments.

General Business and Corporate Matters

I serve as outside general counsel on various corporate matters including commercial agreements and licensing and distribution arrangements.

What do you see on the horizon?

Driven by a robust IPO market and SPAC reverse merger activity, deal making reached record highs in 2021, a pace that is expected to continue into 2022.


  • “2022 SEC Hot Topics,” Nixon Peabody CLE program, March 2022
  • Key Findings from 2017 Survey of M&A Indemnification Deal Terms,” INSIGHTS, December 2017
  • “International Franchising 2016: Legal and Business Considerations,” LexNoir Foundation, November 2016 (co-author and co-editor)
  • “Franchising in Asia 2015: Legal and Business Considerations,” LexNoir Foundation, July 2015 (co-author and co-editor)


The Washington Post | February 07, 2022

This column of noteworthy regional hires and promotions mentions Corporate partner Pierce Han and Project Finance & Public Finance partner Joel Swearingen, both of the Washington, DC office, for their recent promotions to partner.

Rising stars: Nixon Peabody, Duane Morris add to partner ranks

The Deal | February 01, 2022

This article on notable legal moves and hires in the M&A space features Rochester partner Isaac Figueras and Washington, DC partner Pierce Han, both of the Corporate group, for their promotions to partner, noting their legal practices and some of their recent prominent deals

Washington-area appointments and promotions for Feb. 22

The Washington Post | February 21, 2021

This column of notable promotions and appointments mentions Washington, D.C. Corporate counsel Pierce Han for his recent promotion to counsel.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | February 17, 2021

This roundup of notable legal industry news and people moves includes Nixon Peabody’s promotion of 12 attorneys to counsel.

Nixon Peabody promotes Pierce Han to counsel

Mergers & Acquisitions | February 16, 2021

Washington, DC, Corporate counsel Pierce Han is featured in this short article for his promotion to counsel, noting his legal work and his community involvement outside the office.

Tegna recruits sports podcaster-Locked On

The Deal | January 27, 2021

This article on Tegna’s expansion into the fast-growing podcast market through its acquisition of Locked On Podcast Network mentions Washington, D.C. partners John Partigan and Sean Clancy and Rochester partner Brian Kopp, all of the Corporate group, for representing Tegna. The deal team also included Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman; and Washington, D.C. associate Pierce Han and Boston associate Bohao Zhou, both in the Corporate group.


Pierce Haesung Han


Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8139

Fax: 202-585-8080

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Case Western Reserve University, B.A.

New York

District of Columbia

  • Selected as a 2022 Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
  • Named to the 2022 list of “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Securities Regulation in Washington, DC
  • Selected as a 2019 Fellow for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Leadership Advancement Program
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC)—Vice President of Membership, 2016–2017
  • APABA-DC—Assistant Vice President of Membership, 2015–2016
  • Asian American Pacific Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF, an affiliate of APABA-DC)—Secretary, 2013–2014; Board of Directors, 2013–2015
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