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William H. Hinman
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
Phone: +1-650-251-5120
Fax: +1-650-251-5002
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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Work Highlights
  • 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
  • Underwriters in Square, Inc.’s IPO
  • 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.
    With Honors
  • 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
  • California 1982

William H. Hinman is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, with a practice focus in corporate finance, advising both issuers and underwriters in capital-raising transactions and corporate acquisitions, and advising public companies and their boards, including special committees. 

Bill has been involved with offerings and acquisitions of 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 US $25 billion IPO of Alibaba (which resulted in his recognition by The American Lawyer in 2015 as a “Dealmaker of the Year”), and the IPOs of Facebook, Google, eBay, Square, Agilent, Seagate and VMware. He also has represented boards of directors and their audit committees on a number of governance matters. In addition, Bill has significant experience regarding derivatives, novel securities, and private placements.  He has spoken on these subjects at the Annual Institutes on Securities Laws sponsored by the Practising Law Institute.  He also has taught International Securities Regulation at Stanford Law School and U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

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 has also been selected as one of America’s top 30 preeminent Capital Markets Lawyers in the Euromoney Best of the Best directory and Lawdragon’s Leading 500 Lawyers in America.

Bill’s experience includes representation of:

  • Alibaba Group in its historic US$25 billion IPO, the largest ever conducted, and its recent US$8 billion debt offering
  • Underwriters in the $16 billion IPO of Facebook, at the time the largest technology offering and the third-largest IPO in U.S. history, and in Facebook’s $3.5 billion follow-on equity offering
  • 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 of Square, Inc.
  • 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-off 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, 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 Logic, dj Orthopedics, eBay, FEI, Genomic Health, LSI Logic, Micron Technology, NetSuite, Network Associates, NPTest, Oracle, Rackspace, RealPage, Symanetc, TIBCO and Veracyte
  • Acting as designated underwriters’ counsel with respect to over $25 billion of debt offerings of Oracle Corporation, including Oracle’s inaugural euro-denominated offering
  • Numerous assignments for special committees of boards of directors of NYSE- and NASDAQ-listed companies

Prior to joining Simpson Thacher as a Partner in 2000, shortly after the Firm established its  Silicon Valley practice, Bill was the Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices. He 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. Bill is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. His bar admissions include both California and New York.

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      Bill Hinman Named 2014 “MVP” for Capital Markets by Law360