David M. Hernand is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Paul Hastings, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Vice Chair of the firm's global Corporate Department.
Mr. Hernand is a leading lawyer in M&A and investments across many industries, but with particular emphasis in in media, entertainment and technology. His practice includes advising 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 has been recognized as one of the top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, 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, and one of the best lawyers in the entertainment industry by Variety.
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 Adaptive Studios, China Media Capital, Club Penguin, Collective Digital Studios, dick clark productions, DigiTour Media, DIRECTV, DreamWorks Animation, Eldridge Industries, FilmTrack, GameMine, GF Capital, Idealab, Machinima, Playdom, Saban Capital, Screambox, Shamrock Capital, Shaquile O'Neal, SK Telecom, Sony Entertainment, Snapchat, Style Haul, The Raine Group, United Talent Agency, Universal Music Group, Viacom, Wiredrive, William Morris and The Young Turks.
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 AutoAnything, Business.com, Collective Digital Studio, DemandMedia, HauteLook, Homestore, IGE, Intermix (MySpace), LegalZoom, LowerMyBills, Oversee, PriceGrabber, Playdom, ProvideCommerce, ReachLocal, Rent.com, SeeBeyond, Swagbucks, TeleSign, The Honest Company, and The Rubicon Project.
Mr. Hernand’s M&A-related experience includes:
Mr. Hernand’s capital raising-related experience includes:
Viacom to Expand Presence Across Next-Generation Distribution Platforms with Proposed Acquisition of Pluto TV
January 23, 2019
Paul Hastings Launches PH Ignite, Its New Online Resource for the Emerging Growth Company Space
August 06, 2018
ACLU Reaches Historic Pact on Homelessness with City of Laguna Beach
June 06, 2018
Saban Properties to Sell Power Rangers and Other Entertainment Assets to Hasbro, Inc.
May 01, 2018
Paul Hastings Expands Entertainment and Media Practice with Addition of Five Preeminent Entertainment Partners and Opening of Office in Century City
March 20, 2018
Total Produce to Acquire Substantial Stake in Dole Food Company
February 01, 2018
Morgan Stanley Serves as Financial Advisor to Regal Entertainment on $3.6 Billion Sale to Cineworld
December 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paddy Power Betfair Acquires Daily Fantasy Sports Operator DRAFT
May 11, 2017
Dick Clark Productions Sold to China’s Dalian Wanda Group for Approximately US$1 Billion
November 04, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
DreamWorks Animation Sells 24.5% Equity Stake of AwesomenessTV To Verizon
April 06, 2016
Shaquille O'Neal Partners with Authentic Brands Group
December 17, 2015
China Media Capital Forms Joint Venture with Warner Brothers for New Flagship Movie Studio
September 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Advises Fosun International on Cirque Du Soleil Acquisition
April 21, 2015
Paul Hastings Advises DreamWorks Animation SKG in 25% Stake Sale of AwesomenessTV
December 15, 2014
Paul Hastings Adds Prominent M&A Partner in Chicago
August 13, 2014
Paul Hastings Represents Nordstrom in the Acquisition of Trunk Club
July 31, 2014
Paul Hastings Adds Prominent Technology, Media and Entertainment M&A Partner in Los Angeles
June 04, 2014
Broader Implications of SEC Charges Against Celebrities for Unlawfully Touting ICOs
December 13, 2018
SEC Offers Possible Path to Compliance for ICO Issuers
December 05, 2018
Top Trends for Media and Entertainment Dealmakers
April 18, 2016
What are the factors driving the surge in tech M&A and what is the outlook for the rest of the year and into 2015?
December 11, 2014
Recognized in Variety's 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report
The firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list noted the team's comprehensive practice working in M&A, finance and capital-raising, and talent representing entertainment as well as tech clients. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
December 07, 2018
Recognized in Variety's 2018 Legal Impact Report
The Firm’s Century City-based Entertainment and Media practice was recognized in Variety's 2018 Legal Impact Report. The magazine’s annual list spotlights the top in-house attorneys, litigators, and transactional lawyers in the entertainment business. Paul Hastings partners noted for 2018 include Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Mayerson, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.
April 18, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
The Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyers for 2017
David Hernand was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2017: Hollywood's Top 100 Attorneys list for his work on some of the year's most significant entertainment transactions, including his representation of the lead investor in Jeffrey Katzenberg's new fund, WndrCo, which is expected to close at $750 million, as well as his 2016 representation of Dick Clark Productions, which Dalian Wanda sought to acquire for $1 billion.
April 26, 2017
Variety 2017 Legal Impact Report
David Hernand was named in Variety's "2017 Legal Impact Report" for his work representing Germany’s TeleMunchen Group purchase of a stake in Storied Media, Dick Clark Productions attempted $1 billion sale agreement to Wanda, and DreamWorks Animation in its sale of a 24.5% stake in AwesomenessTV.
April 04, 2017
Recognized among the Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers in California
Mergers and Acquisitions partner David Hernand was named by Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. David was recognized for successfully facilitating numerous high-profile deals
for clients such as China Media Capital, DreamWorks Animation SKG, and Shaquille O’Neal.
September 20, 2016
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
The Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyers 2016
David Hernand was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers 2016: Hollywood's Top 100 Attorneys list for his work on some of the year's most significant entertainment transactions, such as Fosun Group’s acquisition of Cirque du Soleil, China Media Capital’s joint venture with Warner Bros., and DreamWorks Animation's sale of a 24.5% equity stake of AwesomenessTV to Verizon Communications.
April 20, 2016
Variety 2016 Legal Impact Report
David Hernand was recognized in Variety's 2016 Legal Impact Report for his work on some of the year's most significant entertainment transactions, such as Fosun Group’s acquisition of Cirque du Soleil, China Media Capital’s joint venture with Warner Bros., and DreamWorks Animation's sale of a 24.5% equity stake of AwesomenessTV to Verizon Communications.
April 17, 2016