Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that David Hernand, a prominent lawyer for technology, media and entertainment companies, has joined the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice in Los Angeles as a partner. He joins from Cooley LLP.

“Technological disruptions and regulatory pressures are driving significant change in the business models and financing structures of the media and entertainment industry,” said Carl Sanchez, chair the Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. “David’s addition allows us to fill a demand in this burgeoning area where clients will increasingly need advisors who are well versed in both the innovative culture of the sector and sophisticated transactional work,” he added.

“Paul Hastings is committed to maintaining our strong presence across our West Coast footprint and David’s arrival advances our efforts to help clients in the high-tech media sector,” said Elizabeth Noe, chair of the Corporate practice. “David’s practice will be a great complement to our DC-based Telecommunications, Media and Technology transactional and regulatory practice,” she added.

Mr. Hernand advises companies, board of directors, special committees, investment banks, private equity funds, and venture capital firms on public and private M&A deals (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. His clients have included Collective Digital Studios, DIRECTV, DreamWorks Animation, Machinima, March Capital, Mattel, Nordstrom, Paradigm, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Relativity Media, Saban Capital, SK Telecom, United Talent Agency, Upfront Ventures and William Morris.


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