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Jennifer  DePalma

Jennifer DePalma

The Credit Junction
General Counsel and SVP of Operations
New York, NY, USA

Jennifer DePalma is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Operations of The Credit Junction, a data-driven lending platform that provides efficient access to capital to small and midsized businesses.

Prior to joining The Credit Junction, Jennifer was a partner in O’Melveny and Myers LLP’s Silicon Valley and New York offices and a member of the firm’s transactions department and mergers and acquisitions practice.  She has counseled private and public companies, as well as venture capital and private equity investors, on matters of securities, general corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity financings, public equity offerings and intellectual property transactions.

Jennifer has significant cross border experience, focusing on the representation of companies in Asia, including the People’s Republic of China, as well as entities and funds investing in overseas companies.  She led the lawyer team in the acquisition transaction that was the first to use the then new merger statute in the Cayman Islands, a jurisdiction of incorporation often elected by companies with overseas operations seeking investment from persons in the United States.  She has spent significant time in Hong Kong and Shanghai negotiating investments into Chinese companies by United States private equity firms.

Jennifer’s pro bono work includes the representation of microfinance organizations and small businesses.  She also represented petitioner in a series of appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in an immigration matter, Omari v. Holder (5th Cir. No. 09-60924), Omari v. Holder, 562 F.3d 314 (5th Cir. 2009) and Omari v. Gonzales, 419 F.3d 303 (5th Cir. 2005).  Jennifer served on the advisory board of Swords to Plowshares from February 2014 to June 2015, where she worked on matters affecting veteran affairs.

Jennifer has significant policy experience, including elected and appointed board and committee positions.  The combination of her political experience and role as a business advisor to innovative companies, investors and financial institutions, many with operations in Silicon Valley and China, gives her a unique perspective on the impact of regulation on various aspects of the economy.  She has built a record of on the ground and board level experience that informs her insight into, and understanding of, the financing of companies, creation of jobs and development of economies, as well as policy issues related to various industries, including financial technology.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an AB in philosophy and received her juris doctorate from The University of Chicago.  She clerked for the Honorable Edith Brown Clement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit prior to private practice.  Her honors include being named to Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars” in the area of mergers and acquisitions in Northern California by Law & Politics Media Inc. in 2011, 2013 and 2014, as well as being recognized in the industry areas of healthcare and life sciences by The Legal 500: United States in 2014.

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