Denning & Company LLC a FINRA registered firm, headquartered in San Francisco was formed in 2001 to serve the private equity fundraising needs of both veteran General Partners seeking to broaden their Limited Partner base, as well as the next generation of Private Equity Managers.
Prior to founding Denning & Company, Paul was previously at Hambrecht & Quist, as Managing Director of the Private Equity Market Group in San Francisco and integrated into the Private Fund Group as co-head following the Chase Manhattan acquisition in 1999, and subsequently, the merger with J.P. Morgan in 2001. Before, Paul had been a Managing Director at Robertson, Stephens & Company, a Limited Partner at Montgomery Securities and a Principal at Sutro & Company.
Paul has been involved in the investment banking industry for over 35 years and served 7 years, pro bono, as a Trustee and Commissioner of the City and County of San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, a $15 billion Public Pension plan.
He is a frequent speaker at private equity conferences worldwide and has published several industry publications including: “How to Sell Restricted Securities, a Guide to Rule 144” and “Stock Distribution, a Guide for Venture Capitalists.” He inaugurated and hosted The Annual Private Equity CFO conference in San Francisco, Hong Kong and London from 1990-2001.
Paul graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio and later received his Masters Degree in Public Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and carrier based aviator from 1966 to 1970.