Jeffrey C. Selman, Partner San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7442
275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jeffrey Selman is a partner in the Corporate Group in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office and serves on the firm's Corporate Group Steering Committee. Jeff represents emerging and middle-market public and private technology and life sciences companies and investors on formation, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, restructurings, board and management issues, and general corporate and commercial transactional matters.

Jeff has extensive experience facilitating transformative growth of small to mid-cap public and emerging private technology and life science companies through corporate finance and securities work, and middle-market M&A and other strategic transactions. Frequently serving as an outside general counsel for clients, Jeff has represented companies in a wide range of industries such as software (enterprise and consumer), the Internet, social networking, mobile device applications, interactive gaming and entertainment, media, semiconductor, network equipment, life sciences, biotech, medical devices, cleantech, geothermal, solar, agbio, battery and energy storage. He has also worked with many companies that have been spun out of research institutions.

Jeff has assisted public companies raise capital through public offerings and PIPE transactions. He also provides guidance for general SEC and national exchange compliance, and advises clients on corporate governance issues including board and management matters and investor relations.

Jeff manages strategic transactions for public and private company clients which include mergers, tender offers, and asset and stock sales on both the buy and sell side, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, and intellectual property licensing and collaborative agreements. Recent experience includes divestitures for a private equity-owned software-as-a-service company, acquisitions for a major car rental company, formation of a Brazilian joint venture for a public semiconductor company, in-licensing of cancer therapeutic compounds by an early-stage biotech company, formation and financing of a public-private joint venture to acquire and operate an off-shore oil drilling rig in Alaska, sales of private companies in the online consumer referral, solar and nanotechnology industries, and negotiation and drafting of interactive game development agreements.

Jeff served as vice chair of the State Bar of California's Business Law Section in 2004–2005. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law, including the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, the Federal Regulations of Securities Committee, and the Corporate Governance Committee. He is also a former appointed member of the State Bar of California's Business Law Section's Committee of Cyberspace and Law (1997–2001).

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Don't Sign that Yet!: Nice Guys Don't Always Finish Last – How to Protect Your Interests and Your Business Relationship When The Unexpected Occurs," Annual Deal or No Deal Conference, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Santa Clara, CA (November 8, 2013). Panelist: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Don't Sign that Yet!: How Will Your Contract Provision Perform (or not Perform) in Litigation?" Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Santa Clara, CA (May 10, 2013). Panelist: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "The Cleantech Funding and Regulatory Environment, What to Expect in 2012," Environmental Business Cluster, Palo Alto, San Francisco (March 2012). Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Utilizing Applicable Valuation Models to Set Realistic Expectations for a Deal," American Conference Institute 15th Advanced Forum on Life Sciences Collaborative Agreements and Acquisitions, San Francisco (July 2011). Panelist: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "International Deal Flow and Going Global," First Annual SF Venture Summit, Hult Venture Group, San Francisco, (March 2011). Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Next Generation Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Storage," Clean Tech Breakfast Series, SDForum, Palo Alto (June 2010). Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Structuring the Agreement with an Eye Towards M&A," 12th Advanced Forum on Structuring, Negotiating and Managing Pharma/Biotech Collaborative Agreements, American Conference Institute, San Francisco (2009). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Customer Dynamics: How Well do you Know your Customer and the Role it Plays in your Fundraising," The iT Conference Venture Series, Astia, San Francisco (2008). Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions," Entrepreneurship Series – Lifecyle of a New Venture: Exit Strategies, Silicon Valley Chinese Engineers Association, Palo Alto (2008). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Nuclear and Renewable Energy," GreenTech Conference, Entretech, Pasadena (2008). Opening Remarks and Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Negotiating Agreements in Light of the Recent Surge of M&A Activity," 10th Advanced Forum on Structuring, Negotiating and Managing Pharma/Biotech Collaborative Agreements, American Conference Institute, San Francisco (2008). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Current Legal issues for Going Public," Going Public Going Forward, IPO Executive Insights, RR Donnelley and Deloitte, Palo Alto (2007). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Executive Compensation Disclosure," California Bankers Association, Webinar (2006). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Executive Compensation Disclosure: Better Information for Stockholders and Boards," RR Donnelley, Palo Alto and San Francisco (2006). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Getting Ready for Real-Time Disclosure: The SEC’s New Form 8-K Requirements," RR Donnelley, Palo Alto and San Francisco (2004). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Legal Ramifications for Public and Private Companies That Everyone Should Know About," Sarbanes Best Practices Round Table, Ajilon Finance, San Francisco (2003). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Sarbanes Oxley Legal Considerations," How Do I Achieve and Maintain SOX Compliance? National Teleconference, MetaGroup (2003). Presenter: Jeffrey C. Selman.


  • "Cutting Down California's Long-Arm Statute," Law360 (July 11, 2012). Co-Authors: Jeffrey C. Selman and J.R. Eppler.
  • "Supercharging the Vehicle Battery Space," Corporate Finance and Energy Law360 (October 15, 2010). Co-Authors: Jeffrey C. Selman and Wanli Xu.
  • "The Process of Electronic Contracting: New Rules for the New Commerce," Business Law News, State Bar of California, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter 2002). Author: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Court Refuses to Enforce ‘Browse-Wrap’ Web Software License Agreement," Cyberspace Lawyer, Vol. 6, No. 6 (September 2001). Author: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Asset-Based Financing of Software Licenses: Exploring the Conflicts Between Developers and Lenders," Journal of International Taxation, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 1999). Author: Jeffrey C. Selman.
  • "Steering the Titanic Clear of the Iceberg: Saving the Sale of Software from the Perils of Warranties," University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Spring 1997). Co-Authors: Jeffrey C. Selman and Christopher S. Chen.

Client Alerts & Newsletters

In the News

  • Crowell & Moring Adds 2 Partners As M&A Work Grows
    May 18, 2011 — Corporate Finance, California, and New York Law360

    Crowell & Moring’s expansion on both coasts with  the addition of  two new partners in the firm’s Corporate Group was covered by Corporate Finance Law360.   Paul J. Pollock joins the firm’s New York office, and Jeffrey C. Selman joins in San Francisco.

    According to Crowell & Moring Corporate Group chair James R. Stuart, "Our growth is a reflection that the deal market is heating up, and Paul and Jeff will play an important role in helping our clients take advantage of new opportunities."

  • News Briefs
    November 17, 2009 — Daily Journal

    This news brief highlights GigOptix, Inc., expanding its portfolio with the acquisition of ChipX, Inc. and mentions the attorneys who served as legal counsel to GigOptix during the deal. The team was led by Jeffrey Selman.

  • Inside California and New England Rivalry
    May 8, 2009 — Mass High Tech

    This feature article discusses the similarities and differences between Massachusetts and Silicon Valley as "tech hubs". Jeff Selman is prominently quoted throughout the piece.

  • Cash Crunch Tests Biotech Industry
    April 3, 2009 — Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

    The feature article addresses the "cash crunch" currently facing the biotech industry and the impacts this could have on the industry's landscape. Jeff Selman is quoted throughout the piece including commenting on the future of the industry.

Firm News & Announcements

Aug.21.2015 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Advises GigOptix on Underwritten Public Offering
Sep.04.2014 Crowell & Moring Launches Israel Practice
Apr.23.2013 Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Advises on H.I.G.'s Acquisition of Pegasus Financial Services
May.16.2011 Crowell & Moring's Corporate Group Expands on Both Coasts with Two New Partners
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