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Joanna Herman


Joanna is a partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York and co-leads Oaklins’ TMT and legaltech teams. She has worked in the broader media and technology industry for over 20 years, and has been involved in dozens of transactions on both the sell-side and buy-side. Notable recent transactions include representing Sling in its sale to Toast, Hay House in its sale to Penguin Random House, Workman Publishing in its sale to Hachette and supporting the acquisition of Netmaster Holdings Limited (CaseLines) by Thomson Reuters Corporation.

Joanna has served in executive roles at Reed Elsevier, where she was SVP of global strategy for LexisNexis, and Thomson Reuters, where she was EVP of business development for Thomson Financial Corporate Group and VP of business development for Thomson Learning. Joanna has also worked at Dow Jones, Time Warner and Accenture’s media & entertainment practice. More recently, Joanna was co-founder and CEO of Librify, the exclusive e-book provider for Target, which was sold to Scribd. She has also served as an investor and advisor/board member of several tech startups, including City Maps (sold to Trip Advisor in 2016), Thuzio, Axial Markets and Matterhorn. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, People and The New York Daily News. Joanna has a BS and master’s from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She sits on the board of Harvard Business School New York Club and the business advisory council for ProPublica. She served as president of the alumni council and a board trustee for The Dalton School and board member for the Leadership Committee for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Kids Cancer Walk. Joanna was awarded “Top U.S.A. Women Dealmaker” by the Global M&A Network in 2022. She also received honorable mention as one of Mergers & Acquisitions’ “Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A” for 2023.

 Joanna Herman
New York, United States


Work phone
+1 212-651-2566

Book Publishing | Consumer Media

Hay House has been acquired by Penguin Random House

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Private Equity | Software & Technology

Sling Inc. has been acquired by Toast

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Critical Mention has been acquired by Onclusive

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