Shane L. Hanna

Deal/M&A Navigator

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Shane is a deal attorney with more than 25 years’ experience. He effectively and efficiently advises and guides clients to support their business objectives, providing valuable knowledge and insights at all stages.  Shane regularly assists clients with formation and organizational matters, corporate governance, debt and equity financings, securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions and other matters.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Securities & Capital Markets
  • Corporate
  • Technology, Licensing & Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Middle Market & Family Businesses
  • Technology


Shane is a partner focused on corporate and transactional matters. He helps clients achieve business objectives while balancing risks and costs. He takes great care to communicate with clients at all stages of a transaction to remain aligned with the client’s expectations and to address changing circumstances.

Shane has represented clients in all stages and has substantial experience in a wide range of transactions including startup company formation, early stage structuring and financing, governance and operating agreements, securities issuances, equity compensation plans, mergers and acquisitions, external general counsel representation, divestitures, corporate restructurings, and drafting and negotiating complex business and technology contracts. Additionally, Shane serves as a co-chair of the firm’s opinion committee and regularly provides legal opinions, including local counsel opinions as part of larger financing transactions.

Shane started his career at a boutique firm focused almost exclusively on securities transactions, including private placements, public offerings and disclosure. He then served as in-house counsel and an executive officer of a venture-funded Internet company through phases of rapid growth and constant change. As a member of management, he was involved with all levels of company operations and strategies. He was an integral part of a small acquisition team responsible for acquiring nearly two dozen businesses over a compressed period of time. While in-house, Mr. Hanna gained broad exposure to various technologies and how they are implemented in real world situations through licensing and collaborative arrangements.

Shane’s education emphasized business and transactional matters and he earned a joint MBA/JD degree from the University of Utah and also has a degree in accounting. Because he has practiced in both a large and small firm environment and has also been part of management within a company, Shane has a balanced perspective in approaching legal issues for clients.



University of Utah College of Law, (J.D., 1994)

University of Utah (M.B.A., 1994)

University of Utah (B.S., 1991)

Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Accounting
Utah Law Review


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Association for Corporation Growth



University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law