Isaac Chao

Isaac E. Chao

Senior Associate

Isaac E. Chao is a Senior Associate in Arnold & Porter's San Francisco office and a member of its Corporate & Finance group. His practice focuses on corporate, M&A, and technology transfer transactions. He has advised on numerous M&A/private equity and venture capital financing deals, as well as on securities offerings under the Securities Act of 1933 (and applicable state blue sky laws) and public companies on their reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. He also regularly counsels clients on technology and IP transfer transactions, including the purchase of software assets from distressed start-up companies and negotiating software as a service (i.e. SaaS) and licensing agreements. Isaac has particular expertise in the PropTech sector, and has regularly advised landlords and property managers on their real estate technology needs.

Through Isaac's pro bono practice, he has helped obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for a persecuted youth from El Salvador and successfully represented a client before an administrative hearing before the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, enabling the client, a resident of NYC for over 50 years, to stay in her home on the Upper East side of Manhattan.

While earning his JD at Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Mary Daly Scholar and member of the Dean's List, Isaac served as an intern with the civil division of the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Chambers of the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. of the Southern District of New York.

Prior to law school, Isaac worked in engineering and technology on the east coast with a focus on fiber optic technology and enterprise hardware and software. His senior research project with the Rutgers School of Engineering, Honors Engineering Program, is titled "Polymer-based Hollow Waveguides for the Delivery Of Terahertz Radiation."


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  • JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2012, Dean's List, Mary Daly Scholar
  • BS, Ceramic Engineering, Rutgers University, 2006, Honors Engineering Program
  • California
  • New York

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