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William H. Hinman Jr.
Partner

2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California 94304
Phone:  (650) 251-5120
Fax:  (650) 251-5002
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William H. Hinman joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2000 as a Partner where he is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department.  Areas of concentration include corporate finance, advising both issuers and underwriters in capital-raising transactions, and corporate acquisitions, advising public companies and their boards, including special committees. 

Prior to coming to Simpson Thacher, Mr. Hinman was the Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices.  Mr. Hinman has been involved with offerings and acquisitions of high technology, e-commerce, healthcare, and biopharmaceutical companies as well as a variety of offerings and general corporate work for a wide range of issuers and underwriters.  In particular, he has been involved in a number of significant initial public offerings, including the IPOs of Facebook, Google, eBay, Agilent, Seagate and VMware.  In addition, he has significant experience regarding derivatives, novel securities, and private placements, and has spoken on these subjects at the Annual Institutes on Securities Laws sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute.   He also has represented boards of directors and their audit committees on a number of governance matters.

Mr. Hinman has been cited as a leading lawyer in a number of practice area directories based on peer reviews including, The Best Lawyers in America, both the Chambers USA and Chambers Global guides, The International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers, Practical Law Company’s Global Counsel Handbooks,  and  in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers. Mr. Hinman was also selected as one of America’s top 25 pre-eminent Capital Markets Lawyers in the Euromoney “Best of the Best” directory for 2012 and Lawdragon’s Leading 500 Lawyers in America for 2012.

Mr. Hinman’s experience includes representation of:

  • Underwriters in the $16 billion IPO of Facebook, the largest technology offering ever and the third largest IPO in U.S. history
  • Seagate Technology in a wide range of corporate matters including its $1 billion IPO, high yield bond offerings, debt refinancings and the acquisition of Maxtor
  • Underwriters in the IPO and follow-on offerings of Avago Technologies
  • Morgan Stanley and CSFB in the IPO and follow-on offering of Google
  • Goldman Sachs for Google’s follow-on offering done in connection with its addition to the S&P 500
  • Google in its acquisition of YouTube, Inc.
  • KKR Financial Holdings LLC in a wide range of matters, including its recent equity, debt and equity-linked offerings
  • VMware in connection with general corporate, governance and securities matters
  • Agilent Technologies in connection with a wide range of matters, including the IPO spin of Verigy and its $2.5 billion Self Tender
  • Goldman Sachs, as underwriter, in a number of IPOs, debt and equity public and private offerings
  • Morgan Stanley, as underwriter, in a number of debt and equity private placements and public offerings, including the $2 billion IPO spin of Agilent Technologies, the $1.25 billion convertible debt and €690 million convertible note offerings of Amazon.com, and the IPO of LoudCloud
  • VERITAS Software in connection with its merger with Symantec
  • Underwriters in connection with numerous debt and equity offerings, including those of Adobe, Affiliated Computer Services, CacheFlow, Cirrus Logis, dj Orthopedics, eBay, FEI, Genomic Health, LSI Logic, Micron Technology, NetSuite, Network Associates, NPTest, Oracle, Rackspace, RealPage, Symanetc, and TIBCO
  • Acting as designated underwriters’ counsel with respect to debt offerings of Oracle Corporation in which over $20 billion has been raised

Mr. Hinman received his B.A. from Michigan State University with honors in 1977 and his J.D. from Cornell University Law School in 1980 where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Cornell Law Review.  He is a member of the Bar Association of the State of California and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Hinman is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  His bar admissions include both California and New York.

Honors/Associations
•  Latin American Law and Business Report, Advisory Board
•  Bar Association of the State of California, Member
•  Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
•  American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Publications
Trading Plan Storm Clouds Move to the Boardroom
Social Media and Regulation FD: SEC Uses Netflix Episode to Clarify Policy, Not Liberalize It
Proposed Amendment to Delaware Merger Law May Result in Increased Pressure for Private Equity-Sponsors to Use Two-Step Merger Structures in Going-Private Transactions
SEC Expands Probe into Rule 10b5-1 Plans - Firms Should Prepare to Show Compliance
SEC Expands Probe into Rule 10b5-1 Plans – Firms Should Prepare to Show Compliance
Global Accounting Firms Caught in the Crossfire as SEC Fails to Reach Agreement with Chinese Regulators on Document Sharing
Companies Should Review Insider Trading Policies in Light of “Expert Network” Cases
Admissions
•  New York 1981
•  California 1982
Education
•  Cornell Law School, 1980 J.D.
Cornell Law Review, Editorial Board
•  Michigan State University, 1977 B.A.
With Honors



•  Capital Markets and Securities
•  Corporate
•  Corporate Governance
•  Public Company Advisory Practice
 
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