William H. Gump

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8285
F 212 728 9285
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William H. Gump is a partner and Co-Chair of Willkie’s Corporate & Financial Services Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of merger and acquisition transactions involving public and private companies, focusing on both private equity and strategic acquirer transactions, as well as bankruptcy-based asset sales. He also regularly handles public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and advises boards of directors and senior management on strategic and governance matters. 

Bill has worked extensively in most areas of corporate law in various industries, including media, healthcare/life sciences, telecommunications, technology and financial services, including insurance. Bill practiced for six years in Willkie’s London office.

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William H. Gump is a partner and Co-Chair of Willkie’s Corporate & Financial Services Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of merger and acquisition transactions involving public and private companies, focusing on both private equity and strategic acquirer transactions, as well as bankruptcy-based asset sales. He also regularly handles public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and advises boards of directors and senior management on strategic and governance matters. 

Selected Significant Matters

Private Equity

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 2017 acquisition of United Subcontractors by Trilantic Capital Partners
  • 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.

Strategic M&A

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
  • 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
  • he 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

Bill represents both issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings, including 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 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. 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.

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 clients in the establishment of corporate joint ventures, including Agusta SpA in its joint venture with Bell Helicopter Textron to build a civilian tiltrotor helicopter. 

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Bill serves on the Corporation Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and has spoken at conferences and seminars on a variety of topics, including Private Equity Developments, Corporate Governance, M&A Trends, Negotiating Corporate Agreements, Earnouts, U.S. securities offerings by non-U.S. issuers, NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange listings, and American Depositary Receipt offerings. He has also published numerous articles on similar topics relating to U.S. securities laws and practices.

Bill is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations.

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