William Choe

William Choe
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Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition

Bill Choe serves as co-head of the firm's global technology industry group and is the global head of tech M&A. He is a corporate and securities attorney who has deep expertise in domestic and cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions (including stock and asset sales and purchases, mergers, tender offers, spin-ins, and divisional sales), having led significant buy and sell-side representations of public and private technology companies with deal sizes ranging from a few million dollars to billions of dollars.

Additionally, Bill specialises in advising high-technology companies at early-through-exit stages of their growth cycle, as well as venture capital and private equity funds that focus on investing in such companies. In such roles, Bill advises issuers and investment funds with respect to equity and debt financings, and provides day-to-day counsel to the senior management and boards of directors of issuers concerning fiduciary obligations, corporate governance, options and restricted stock, employment-related matters, intellectual property protection, commercial agreements and disputes, pre-exit strategies and planning, and other business issues.

A sample of Bill’s recent matters include the representation of Intel Corporation in series of acquisitions of technology companies innovating in sectors such as artificial intelligence, digital media streaming, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the acquisition of an AI/deep learning software company; the acquisition of a German drone company with autopilot and anti-collision technologies; and the asset purchase of a digital media internet applications company.

Bill has also has served as vice president of legal at the publicly traded information and analytics company, Neustar, Inc, where he headed up the department's M&A, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Bill received his JD from Notre Dame Law School in 1991. He also received his MBA from Columbia University in 1995 and his BA from University of Michigan in 1988.

Bill is recognised as a leading business lawyer in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US. Chambers USA calls him a "talented corporate partner" and notes that "clients admire his strong business knowledge as well as his grasp of the law". The Legal 500 US credits Mr Choe as having an "exceptional transactional record". He was recently listed as a Leading Individual for M&A in the United States in Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (2017).

WWL says: William Choe stands out in the M&A market for his “great command of the technical aspects of law as well as his practical application of it”.

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