Eric P. Hanson

Eric Hanson is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Hanson’s practice covers a broad range of general corporate and securities law. He has represented emerging companies, public companies and venture capital funds in both ongoing counseling and transactional matters.

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Mr. Hanson has represented pro bono clients in matters relating to children’s education and health, elections and disaster relief.

Prior to beginning his legal studies, Mr. Hanson worked in database and software engineering roles at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the University of Washington and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    Numerous mergers and acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers, in transactions sized from fire sales to more than $5 billion. Representative transactions include representing:  

    • SoFi in connection with its acquisition of Galileo Financial Technologies;
    • The Special Committee of Hilton Worldwide Holdings in an acquisition of approximately 25% equity interest in Hilton by HNA Group from affiliates of Blackstone for $6.5 billion;
    • MKS Instruments in connection with its acquisition of Electro Scientific Industries;
    • Lydall in connection with its acquisition of Interface Performance Materials;
    • Micro Focus in connection with its acquisition of Serena Software;
    • Sonus Networks in connection with its business combination with GENBAND;
    • Cumberland Farms, Inc. in the sale of its Gulf Oil and Assured Deal business to affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners; and
    • Other sell-side transactions to large acquirers such as IBM, salesforce and Citrix.
  • Startups, Venture Investments and Fund Formation

    More than 100 venture transactions, representing startup companies, venture funds and strategic investors, totaling an aggregate of well over $3 billion in transaction size. Representative transactions include representing:

    • Federated Wireless in connection with its $13.7 million Series C funding;
    • Major financial institutions in more than 20 investor-side transactions in FinTech and blockchain-related startups;
    • Kite Hill in connection with its spin-out and subsequent financing rounds; and
    • Linse Capital in connection with the formation of special purpose investment vehicles and multiple rounds of investment in ChargePoint and other emerging companies.
  • Securities and Capital Markets

    Several capital markets transactions representing companies, underwriters and venture funds in connection with initial and follow-on public and 144A offerings and ongoing counseling in SEC reporting compliance.


  • Recognized in the 2013–2019 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for his corporate practice
  • Recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 United States in the category of M&A: Middle-Market 

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  • Education

    • JD, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008

    • BS, Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, 2001

  • Admissions

    • California