William R. Bishop

Will Bishop represents clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, restructurings and joint ventures. 

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Will Bishop represents clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, restructurings and joint ventures. 

Over Mr. Bishop’s career, he has developed a particular emphasis on representing emerging companies in private financing transactions – guiding them through the entire financing process from startup to exit – and providing general corporate advice. He has led transactions across a variety of industries, including energy, telecommunications and online retail.

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

  • Represented the owners of an oilfield services company in the sale of all of their equity interests to a large oil and gas engineering firm.
  • Represented the owners of commercial lubricants wholesaler in the sale of all of their equity interests to a petroleum wholesaler.
  • Represented publicly-traded telecommunications company in acquisition of publicly-traded competitor for $22.4 billion in stock and assumed debt.
  • Represented the owners of an energy investment boutique in the sale of all of their equity interests to a publicly-traded diversified global financial services holding company.
  • Represented data center and managed services provider in the acquisition of an unincorporated division of a publicly-traded information technology company.
  • Represented publicly-traded health services company in roll-up acquisitions of numerous private home health and hospice services businesses.
  • Represented privately-held oilfield services company in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of an oilfield inspection and rental tool company.
  • Represented European company in the acquisition of a maritime charts and publications company.
  • Represented privately-held group of ship chandlery companies in the sale of all of their common stock to a European-based strategic buyer.
  • Represented publicly-traded mining company in the formation and maintenance of Indonesian joint venture.
  • Represented data center and managed services provider in the formation of Hong Kong joint venture.

Emerging Companies

  • Represented green tech company in connection with multiple equity issuances, raising in excess of $30 million.
  • Represented power management provider in various equity and debt issuances.
  • Represented consumer products company in various equity issuances.
  • Represented network of angel investors in various equity and debt investments.
  • Serve as outside general counsel to several emerging companies.

Securities Transactions

  • Represented publicly-traded telecommunications company in multiple public debt offerings for an approximate total of $8 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.
  • Represented publicly-traded telecommunications company in multiple tender offers for an approximate total of $2 billion aggregate principal amount of outstanding senior notes.
  • Represented publicly-traded shipping company in multiple public preferred stock offerings for an approximate total of $56 million.
  • Represented publicly-traded pharmaceutical industry company in $25 million at-the-market common stock offering.

Insights

Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, "Pre-Closing, Closing and Post-Closing Considerations and Checklists," National Business Institute Buying and Selling a Business: Start-to-Finish seminar (December 2016)
  • Panelist, "Do You Need a Guardian Angel? How to Attract and Work with Angel Investors," New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (March 2016)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Operation Spark (Board of Directors)
  • Princeton Alumni Schools Committee (Chair, New Orleans Region)
  • Princeton University National Schools Committee (Member, 2012-2014)

Recognition

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers