Melanie Grace

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Hercules Capital, Inc.

Melanie Grace

Melanie Grace

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Hercules Capital, Inc.

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Hercules Capital, Inc.

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1969

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52

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Co-Founder at Hercules Capital, Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Hercules Capital, Inc.

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General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Hercules Capital

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Chief Financial Officer at Hercules Capital, Inc.

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Senior Managing Director & Group Head Life Science at Hercules Capital

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Associate General Counsel at Hercules Capital

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Managing Director, Life Sciences at GATX Corp.

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Chief Compliance Officer at Aperio Group

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Co-Founder at Hirayama Investments LLC

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General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Hercules Capital, Inc.

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Melanie Grace
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary at Hercules Capital, Inc.
Education

Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University. It is the second-oldest law school in Massachusetts and one of the first law schools in the country to admit students regardless of race or gender. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association.

The University of California, Riverside (UCR or UC Riverside), is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus sits on 1,900 acres (769 ha) in a suburban district of Riverside, California, United States, with a branch campus of 20 acres (8 ha) in Palm Desert. Founded in 1907 as the UC Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, pioneered research in biological pest control and the use of growth regulators responsible for extending the citrus growing season in California from four to nine months. Some of the world's most important research collections on citrus diversity and entomology, as well as science fiction and photography, are located at Riverside.

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State Bar is currently governed by a 23-member Board of Trustees.State Bar of California is by far the largest state bar in the country. Nearly 179,000 State Bar members actively practice law in California, while the rest retain their licenses as inactive members.State Bar of California is the only state bar in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar those attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes. For lesser offenses, it may issue public or private reprovals.

Career History
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary
2015 - Current

Hercules Capital, Inc. is a business development company. The firm specializing in providing venture debt, debt, senior secured loans, and growth capital to privately held venture capital-backed companies at all stages of development from startups, to expansion stage including select publicly listed companies and select special opportunity lower middle market companies that require additional capital to fund acquisitions, recapitalizations and refinancing and established-stage companies. The firm provides growth capital financing solutions for capital extension; management buy-out and corporate spin-out financing solutions; company, asset specific, or intellectual property acquisition financing; convertible, subordinated and/or mezzanine loans; domestic and international corporate expansion; vendor financing; revenue acceleration by sales and marketing development, and manufacturing expansion. It provides asset-based financing with a focus on cash flow; accounts receivable facilities; equipment loans or leases; equipment acquisition; facilities build-out and/or expansion; working capital revolving lines of credit; inventory. The firm also provides bridge financing to IPO or mergers and acquisitions or technology acquisition; dividend recapitalizations and other sources of investor liquidity; cash flow financing to protect against share price volatility; competitor acquisition; pre-IPO financing for extra cash on the balance sheet; public company financing to continue asset growth and production capacity; short-term bridge financing; and strategic and intellectual property acquisition financings. It also focuses on customized financing solutions, emerging growth, mid venture, and late venture financing. The firm invests primarily in structured debt with warrants and, to a lesser extent, in senior debt and equity investments. The firm generally seeks to invest in companies that have been operating for at least six to 12 months prior to the date of their investment. It prefers to invest in technology, energy technology, sustainable and renewable technology, and life sciences. Within technology the firm focuses on advanced specialty materials and chemicals; communication and networking, consumer and business products; consumer products and services, digital media and consumer internet; electronics and computer hardware; enterprise software and services; gaming; healthcare services; information services; business services; media, content and information; mobile; resource management; security software; semiconductors; semiconductors and hardware; and software sector. Within energy technology, it invests in agriculture; clean technology; energy and renewable technology, fuels and power technology; geothermal; smart grid and energy efficiency and monitoring technologies; solar; and wind. Within life sciences, the firm invests in biopharmaceuticals; biotechnology tools; diagnostics; drug discovery, development and delivery; medical devices and equipment; surgical devices; therapeutics; pharma services; and specialty pharmaceuticals. It also invests in educational services. The firm invests primarily in United States based companies and considers investment in the West Coast, Mid-Atlantic regions, Southeast and Midwest; particularly in the areas of software, biotech and information services. It invests generally between $1 million to $40 million in companies focused primarily on business services, communications, electronics, hardware, and healthcare services. The firm invests primarily in private companies but also have investments in public companies. For equity investments, the firm seeks to represent a controlling interest in its portfolio companies which may exceed 25% of the voting securities of such companies. The firm seeks to invest a limited portion of its assets in equipment-based loans to early-stage prospective portfolio companies. These loans are generally for amounts up to $3 million but may be up to $15 million for certain energy technology venture investments. The firm allows certain debt investments have the right to convert a portion of the debt investment into equity. It also co-invests with other private equity firms. The firm seeks to exit its investments through initial public offering, a private sale of equity interest to a third party, a merger or an acquisition of the company or a purchase of the equity position by the company or one of its stockholders. The firm has structured debt with warrants which typically have maturities of between two and seven years with an average of three years; senior debt with an investment horizon of less than three years; equipment loans with an investment horizon ranging from three to four years; and equity related securities with an investment horizon ranging from three to seven years. The firm prefers to invest through its balance sheet capital.The company was founded by Manuel A. Henriquez in December 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

Chief Compliance Officer
2013 - Prior

Hirayama Investments LLC is a private company headquartered in the United States that provides investment advice.

Chief Compliance Officer
2011 - 2015

WHV Investments' investment strategies include Global Equity, International Equity and Small Cap Equity. The firm believes clients can benefit from a focused, consistent and repeatable approach to investment management across all asset classes. They seek to build high conviction portfolios from their best ideas and make investment decisions based on a long-term horizon that supports the goals of each client. WHV employs a Growth at a Reasonable Price (GARP) approach to domestic equity investment management. Their international and global equity strategies utilize a growth-oriented, top-down sector allocation approach. WHV's security analysis methods include fundamental, technical, and cyclical analysis. They primarily invest for relatively long time horizons, often for a year or more. Their strategies do not involve frequent trading of securities. However, market developments may lead them to buy or sell securities more quickly. WHV doesn't invest in IPOs or private placements, nor do they engage in short selling or option writing.

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Hercules Capital, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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Juniper Networks, Inc. purchases NetScreen Technologies, Inc.

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NetScreen Technologies, Inc. purchases Neoteris, Inc. from Barksdale Group LLC, Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates

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