General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary
Melanie Grace is the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary for Hercules. She is responsible for leading the company’s legal department and providing strategic guidance to the Hercules board members and management team.
Prior to joining Hercules, Melanie served as the Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of WHV Investments. Before that, Melanie was the Chief Counsel at the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Euronext. Prior to that, she worked as an associate for Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California, where she represented both public and private companies in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.
Prior to attending law school, Melanie was an assistant in the Office of the General Counsel at FINRA where she assisted on matters including Nasdaq delistings and broker/dealer disciplinary actions. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is a designated Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional.
Melanie earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Riverside and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.