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Hsu, Richard C.

Richard C. Hsu


Richard Hsu is a Partner and Global Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice Group and co-leads the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice. He advises companies on intellectual property, privacy, data protection, licensing and associated business issues; and has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating technology transactions for the life science, semiconductor, medical device, electronics, software and financial services industries. Mr. Hsu is also a CIPP/US/E, CIPM and CIPT Certified Privacy Specialist, host of a Privacy Podcast series and Co-Head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Group.

Before joining Shearman & Sterling, he was a partner at King & Spalding’s Silicon Valley office in 2011 and co-Managing Partner and Practice Group Leader at Townsend LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) from 2003 until 2010. Prior to joining Townsend, Mr. Hsu was a senior attorney at Venture Law Group (founded by Craig Johnson from Wilson Sonsini), where he represented more than 100 venture-backed startup technology companies. Mr. Hsu was also former General Counsel at Cyrano Sciences, Inc. (acquired by Smiths Detection), a venture-backed company founded by Caltech Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs.

Selected Experience

  • Zillow on acquisition of Trulia
  • Western Digital in acquisition of Virident
  • ContraFect Corp in Infectious Disease Antibody License Agreement with Trellis Bioscience
  • Ethical Oncology Science in License Agreement with Servier
  • Abengoa Solar in Joint Venture with Brightsource Energy
  • Cessna in Joint Venture with CAIGA Subsidiaries

Speaking Engagements and Publications



  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1994
  • California Institute of Technology, B.S. Engineering and Applied Science, 1989


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