Paul Denning is the founder and CEO of Denning & Company, LLC, A FINRA registered firm, headquartered in San Francisco, which was formed in 2001 to serve the global private equity fundraising needs of both veteran General Partners seeking to broaden their L.P. base, as well as the next generation of Private Equity and Private Credit Managers. Prior, Paul was a Partner at Robertson, Stephens and Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco, and became Co-Head of the J.P. Morgan Private Fund Group after the merger in 1999. He has been in the investment banking industry for over 35 years.
Appointed by then San Francisco Mayor, The Honorable Senator Dianne Feinstein he 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 Employee 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 conferences in San Francisco, Hong Kong and London from 1990-2001.
He graduated with honors from the University of Akron, Ohio and later received his Master’s Degree in Public Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and carrier-based aviator from 1966 to 1970.