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Joseph B. Hershenson

San Francisco Office
580 California Street, Suite 1200

San Francisco, CA 94104
415.567.1610 direct
415.373.9186 fax


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

        Santa Clara Law Review, Business                 Editor

        Honors Moot Court

B.A., University of California, Davis



The State Bar of California

Italian-American Bar Association


Joseph B. Hershenson is a corporate transactional lawyer in the technology and financial services sectors with over 25 years’ experience. He has advised on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and other financing transactions.  He has extensive experience with cross-border M&A and other international transactions and has advised clients on corporate governance, executive compensation, and securities law compliance matters. He has worked with public and private companies, global and regional investment banks, executives, and investors.

His work has spanned a variety of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, consumer electronics, and life sciences as well as financial services. In addition, he has advised entertainment, retail, and hospitality companies.

Recently, Mr. Hershenson devoted a portion of his activities to the development of an investment fund for fine art.  This venture has given him extensive experience in capital raising and the formation of public-private partnerships as well as a deep understanding of legal services from a client perspective.  In connection with this fund, Mr. Hershenson has spoken extensively on alternative investments.

In the past, Mr. Hershenson has been affiliated with a number of highly regarded firms.  He was a director in the business department of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canaday Falk & Rabkin, an elite San Francisco general practice firm, where he served on the professional responsibility committee and was in charge of the associate continuing education program. He was also a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich, then a leading Silicon Vally technology firm, and a principal at Troop Meisinger Steuber & Pasich, a Los Angeles firm which is known for its business and entertainment transactional practices.  Prior to working in private practice, he was involved in the preparation of the Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects at the International Institute for Unification of Private Law in Rome, Italy.

Mr. Hershenson received his JD from Stanford Law School and his BA magna cum laude from Harvard College.  Mr. Hershenson has a working knowledge of French and Italian and a reading knowledge of German.

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