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David Hernand

Paul Hastings LLP

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Partner, Corporate Department


David M. Hernand is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Hernand advises companies, board of directors, special committees, investment banks, private equity and venture capital firms, and high net-worth individuals and families in public and private merger and acquisition transactions (including cross-border and distressed M&A transactions), corporate control contests, strategic partnering arrangements, public and private capital raising transactions, and general company representation matters. He works with companies in a variety of industries ranging from consumer products to energy, and has extensive experience working with technology and new media companies. Mr. Hernand is recognized as a leading lawyer in M&A and venture capital by industry publications such as Chambers USA, Super Lawyers Magazine, and Legal 500, and as a “Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter. Much of Mr. Hernand’s practice involves working with companies at the intersection of entertainment/media and technology. His past and current entertainment/media sector clients include Collective Digital Studios, DIRECTV, DreamWorks Animation, FAWN, FilmTrack, Machinima, One Equity Partners, Paradigm, Playdom, Relativity Media, Roundup Media, Saban Capital, Screambox, Shamrock Capital, SK Telecom, Sony Entertainment, Style Haul, United Talent Agency, Wiredrive, William Morris, and WTF Studios. In the technology sector more broadly, Mr. Hernand has been involved in many of the most significant technology company M&A and investment transactions in Southern California in recent years, including transactions involving, DemandMedia, HauteLook, Homestore, IGE, Intermix (MySpace), LegalZoom, LowerMyBills, Oversee, Nestivity, Passenger, PriceGrabber, Playdom, ProvideCommerce, ReachLocal,, SeeBeyond, Swagbucks, TeleSign, The Honest Company, and The Rubicon Project.


Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Hernand was a partner at another international law firm. He also was previously a managing director of Idealab, a Pasadena, California-based technology company incubator, and was the founding CEO of, an Idealab portfolio company. Past Co-Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association Serves on the board of The Painted Turtle (charity operating a summer camp for chronically ill kids) and in LA (a division of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation) Chair of the Steering Committee for the Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1992 University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1989

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Paul Hastings LLP has a notable national presence with highly reputable M&A specialists in California, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Washington DC and Houston especially. Media, entertainment, technology and life sciences are key sectors for broadly skilled team. Moreover, it is regularly engaged as counsel to financial advisers to parties involving in M&A transactions. Clients include Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Merck & Co, General Electric, Morgan Stanley, Electrolux and Nordstrom. David Hernand is a prominent name in Los Angeles, vice chair of the firm’s global corporate department, and advised Morgan Stanley, as financial adviser to Regal Entertainment Group, on its $3.6bn sale to Cineworld Group. San Francisco's Steve Camahort led the team that represented Qatalyst Partners, as financial adviser to Microsemi in its $8.35bn sale to Microchip Technology; Camahort is a regular counsel to financial advisers and has a tremendous record in technology and life sciences transactions. In another large-cap deal, Chicago partner Thad Malik headed the team that advised GE Healthcare on its $1.05bn carve-out disposition of its value-based digital care business to Veritas Capital. New York partner Robert Leung is noted for cross-border deals, especially those involving Latin America. San Diego's Carl Sanchez heads the global M&A practice, while Los Angeles' Robert Miller and New York-based David Shine and Samuel Waxman are also highly reputed.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Paul Hastings LLP is regularly involved in technology transactions involving software, biotech and healthcare, and internet services. In New York, Samuel A. Waxman has advised Deerfield Innovations on the creation of Bluefield Innovations, a collaborative therapeutics partnership with Johns Hopkins University, with the aim to commercialize certain therapeutics research. Additionally, the team advised Phosplatin Therapeutics on a collaboration agreement with Pfizer and Merck for the evaluation of an oncology molecule in combination with an antibody. Other key partners include Los Angeles-based David M. Hernand, and Steven L. Camahort and Dana C. F. Kromm, both of whom are based in the San Francisco office. In Palo Alto, Tiffany Lee and Matthew D. Berger left the practice group in December 2018 and joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

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