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Joseph C. Swanson

Partner, Corporate Department


Joseph Swanson is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Paul Hastings and is a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. He is based in the firm's Orange County office.

Mr. Swanson's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border acquisitions and other business combination transactions, as well as venture-capital investments and other equity-financing transactions. He has considerable experience representing both public and private entities, including SPACs, private equity funds and private equity-backed companies across a wide array of industries, including technology, fintech, life sciences, software, healthcare, professional services, retail, and food and beverage, among others.


  • George Washington University Law School (with honors), 2006 
  • University of Nevada, 1997


  • Acadia Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of CerSci Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company with worldwide rights to a portfolio of novel compounds for neurological conditions.
  • e-Molecules, Inc., an e-procurement platform for high-value chemicals and bioreagents used in drug discovery, in its sale to Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on healthcare.
  • Acadia Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Levo Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome.
  • GI Partners, a private equity-investment firm, in its simultaneous acquisition and combination of Cord Blood Registry, the world’s largest stem-cell collection and storage company, and California Cryobank, the world’s premier donor sperm and egg bank.
  • Moody's, in its acquisition of RMS, a leading global provider of climate and natural disaster risk modeling and analytics, for approximately $2.0 billion from Daily Mail and General Trust plc.
  • Banc of California, in its acquisition of the e-commerce payments platform and technology of Global Payroll Gateway, Inc. and Deepstack Technologies, LLC for approximately $24 million.
  • Acorns, in its acquisition of Harvest, a startup focused on consumer debt- reduction solutions.
  • Moody's, in its acquisition of PassFort Limited, a UK-based workflow platform for identity verification, customer onboarding, and risk analysis.
  • Moody's, in its acquisition of 360kompany AG, an Austria-based platform for audit-proof business verification and KYC operating a network of primary-source information on more than 115 million companies across 200 jurisdictions.
  • Mitek Systems, in acquisition of HooYu Limited, a UK-based company specializing in KYC and related customer-onboarding technology, for $128 million
  • AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc., in its acquisition of Adhesion Wealth, a leading provider of wealth-management technology solutions to registered-investment advisers (RIAs), RIA enterprises and asset managers.
  • Moody's, in its acquisition of Cortera, Inc., a provider of North American credit data and workflow solutions.
  • Vista Dental, a portfolio company of private equity firm Inverness Graham Investments, in its acquisition of Apex Dental Materials, a branded manufacturer of restorative dental materials including adhesives, primers, composites, and cements.
  • Standard Homeopathic Company, maker of the Hyland's brand of homeopathic products, in its acquisition of a private equity firm.
  • Moody's, in its acquisition of Catylist, Inc., a provider of commercial real estate solutions to brokers.
  • Endeavour Capital, in its sale of grocery chains Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Market, and Metropolitan Market, to e-Mart, South Korea's largest retailer.
  • ForeFlight, a Boeing Company, in its acquisition of CloudAhoy, a provider of post-flight debriefing, analytics, and flight operations quality assurance software products.
  • GE, in its acquisition of Innoveering, LLC, a company specializing in advanced hypersonic-propulsion technology.
  • Acorns, in its acquisition of GoHenry, a leading provider of financial applications and education for children and their families.

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions


Private Equity




California Bar


The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2006

University of Nevada, Reno, B.A. 1997

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