With a corporate practice based in Palo Alto, Bill Hinman has long been a leading capital markets lawyer in the technology sector, having advised on prominent deals such as the Alibaba, Google and Facebook IPOs. His areas of concentration include assisting both issuers and underwriters in raising capital, as well as advising corporate boards and special committees. “I trust his judgment,” one client told Chambers. “When he says something, I listen closely.” The recent Best of the Best directory in Euromoney selected Bill as one of America’s Top 30 Capital Market Lawyers.
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- Alibaba Group in the historic US$25 billion IPO, the largest ever conducted
- Underwriters in Facebook’s $16 billion IPO, at the time the largest technology offering ever and the third-largest IPO in U.S. history, and in Facebook’s recent $3.5 billion follow-on equity offering
- Seagate Technology in its $1 billion IPO and its bond and equity offerings, and acquisition of Maxtor
- Underwriters in Google’s $2.7 billion IPO and certain follow-on offerings valued at a total of $6.35 billion, and Google in its acquisition of YouTube
- Agilent Technologies in the IPO spin-off of Verigy and its $2.5 billion self-tender
- VMware in connection with its IPO and related corporate matters
Cornell Law School, 1980 J.D.
Cornell Law Review, Editorial Board
Michigan State University, 1977 B.A.
- 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
New York 1981
William H. Hinman joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2000 as a Partner, and 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, Bill was the Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices. Bill 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 Alibaba (his representation of Alibaba resulted in his recognition by The American Lawyer in 2015 as a “Dealmaker of the Year”), 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 Practising Law Institute. He also has represented boards of directors and their audit committees on a number of governance matters.
Bill 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. Bill was also selected as one of America’s top 30 preeminent Capital Markets Lawyers in the Euromoney Best of the Best directory for 2013 and Lawdragon’s Leading 500 Lawyers in America for 2012.
Bill’s experience also includes representation of:
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.
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
Underwriters in connection with numerous debt and equity offerings, including those of Adobe, Affiliated Computer Services, CacheFlow, Cirrus Logic, dj Orthopedics, eBay, FEI, Genomic Health, LSI Logic, Micron Technology, NetSuite, Network Associates, NPTest, Oracle, Rackspace, RealPage, Symanetc, TIBCO and Veracyte
Bill 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 has also taught Securities Regulation at the Berkeley Law School at the University of California. 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. Bill is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. His bar admissions include both California and New York.