Bill has worked extensively in most areas of corporate law in various industries, including media, healthcare/life sciences, telecommunications, IT consulting, technology and financial services, including insurance. Bill practiced for six years in Willkie’s London office.
Bill has significant private equity experience, having represented numerous sponsors such as Warburg Pincus, D.E. Shaw, 3i Group, Lime Rock Partners, Oracle Investment Partners, The Sterling Group, Avanti Capital and Seven Mile Capital Partners, as well as private equity buyout targets and portfolio companies. Recent transactions include the 2016 purchase by Sterling Group of both DYK Automotive and AAHC; the sale of United Site Services by a consortium of investors to Calera Capital in 2014; Seven Mile Capital Partners’ 2013 acquisition of Microporous Products from Polypore International Inc.; 3i’s 2011 acquisition of a majority stake in Hilite International Inc.; Warburg Pincus’ 2010 acquisitions of International Technidyne Corporation and Nexus DX, Inc., and its investment of $125 million in Cortview Capital, a start-up broker-dealer, as well as the subsequent sale of this business to Pierpont in 2012; and Lime Rock Partners’ 2010 investment in UTEC International.
Bill also has significant experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, including Dormakaba Group, as U.S. counsel, in its $725 million acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s Mechanical Security businesses in 2016; the 2016 acquisition of United Subcontractors by Hennessy Capital; Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting’s 2015 acquisition of iStream Planet; the sale by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina of its subsidiary, Companion Property and Casualty, to an affiliate of Enstar in 2015; Clovis Oncology’s 2013 acquisition of Ethical Oncology Sciences; Scotsman Industries’ 2012 acquisition by ALI Group; Turner Broadcasting System’s 2012 acquisition of Bleacher Report; the 2009 sale by Globe Specialty Metals of its Brazilian operations to Dow Corning and the establishment of a joint venture with Dow Corning at Globe’s West Virginia silicon metal facility; the 2008 sale of Intermountain Gas Company to MDU Resources Group, Inc.; Pharmion Corp.’s 2007 $2.9 billion acquisition by Celgene Corp.; Monsanto Company's 2007 $1.5 billion acquisition of Delta and Pine Land Company and its $1.4 billion acquisition of Seminis, Inc. in 2005; America Movil’s 2007 acquisition of TELPRI, the Puerto Rican phone company; the sale in bankruptcy by National Energy & Gas Transmission of its pipeline businesses to TransCanada Corporation ($1.7 billion) and its power plant assets to an affiliate of Goldman Sachs ($656 million); the $255 million sale of CompuCom Systems to an affiliate of Platinum Equity, LLC; the sale of the structured products business of Zurich Capital Markets to BNP Paribas; the acquisition by BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) of the consulting business of Arthur Andersen; the bankruptcy sale of Big V Supermarkets to Wakefern Food Corp.; and the acquisition of Golden Books by Random House, pursuant to a bankruptcy auction.
Bill represents both issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings, most recently representing Clovis Oncology in its 2011 initial public offering and its 2012 and 2013 public offerings of its common stock. Bill has also represented several special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), including Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. and Oracle Healthcare Acquisition Corp. Bill also has extensive experience in the areas of venture capital investment and corporate domestic and international joint ventures. He also provides clients with expert advice on commercial contracts.
In addition, Bill represented Time Warner as a primary shareholder in the sale of 90.1 percent of privately held ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. to Pendrell Corporation in 2011, its equity investments in Central European Media Enterprises in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009, and its refinancing transactions with CME in 2016, 2015 and 2014; and Pharmion Corporation in its 2003 initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings, including its 2007 $140M equity offering. Bill has also established ADR programs for Zurich Insurance Companies, Denison Hydraulics, Liberty International plc and British Land plc, and has represented numerous purchasers in PIPE transactions, including Warburg Pincus in its $75 million PIPE transaction with NYFIX, Inc. in 2006.
In the area of international privatizations, Bill worked on the privatizations of Banca Commerciale Italiana, and the national telephone companies of the Republic of Moldova and the Kingdom of Jordan.
Bill has significant experience representing several funds in the areas of private equity and venture capital investment and corporate joint ventures. He represented Agusta SpA in its joint venture with Bell Helicopter Textron to build a civilian tiltrotor helicopter.