ArentFox Schiff Adds New Corporate & Securities Partner Jennifer DePalma in San Francisco

ArentFox Schiff announced today the expansion of its Corporate & Securities practice with the addition of Partner Jennifer DePalma in the firm’s San Francisco office. Jen will primarily counsel technology companies on securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters, as well as handle alternative investments for clients in the private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital space.

For more than 20 years, Jen has counseled private and public companies (often as primary outside counsel), as well as venture capital and private equity investors, on securities matters, general corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity financings, public equity offerings, and intellectual property transactions. Jen also has significant experience in company- and investor-side representations in complex capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and PIPEs in the United States and Asia.

Additionally, Jen’s robust practice includes representing publicly traded and privately held companies in leveraged buyout transactions, significant recapitalizations, corporate partnering arrangements, the formation of joint ventures and other strategic alliances.

Jen also boasts impressive industry experience outside the law, formerly as general counsel and head of operations for an emerging company in the financial technology industry. She has also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“Jen gives our Corporate & Securities practice additional depth representing operating companies raising capital and engaging in mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity funds investing both domestically and in Asia. Additionally, her expertise in handling venture capital and emerging company transactions, and her first-hand industry experience with fintech, blockchain, biotech, and healthcare will be particularly beneficial to our clients in the Northern California market.”

-Steven A. Cohen
Partner and Corporate & Securities Practice Co-leader

Jen's Experience

While Jen primarily handles financings, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters for technology companies and investors, her recent work and notable recognitions include:

  • Business advisor to innovative companies, investors and financial institutions, many with operations in Silicon Valley
  • Structured investments for hedge fund and private equity investors in private and small-cap public companies 
  • Negotiated investments into Chinese companies by U.S. private equity firms
  • Named to Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars” in the area of mergers and acquisitions in Northern California
  • Recognized by the Legal 500 United States in the industry areas of healthcare and life sciences
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