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 specializes 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.
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 is recognized as a leading business lawyer in Chambers USA and 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". Legal 500 US credits Mr Choe with having an "exceptional transactional record".
Bill received his BA from University of Michigan; his JD from Notre Dame Law School; and his MBA from Columbia University.
A sample of Bill's 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 following transactions:
- Acquisition of an AI/deep learning software company
- Acquisition of a German drone company with autopilot and anti-collision technologies
- Asset purchase of a digital media internet applications company.
- Acquisition of an Italian IoT and self-driving technology safety company
- Acquisition of a German drone company with flight planning technologies
- Asset purchase of pan-Asian mobile chip business
- Acquisition of efficient memory systems company
- Proposed acquisition of public semiconductor company