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Overview

Bill has a broad range of experience representing banks, nonbank lenders and borrowers in commercial loan originations, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies.

Bill has advised clients on syndicated loans, asset-based loans, construction loans, leveraged loans, private investment in public equity (PIPE) investments, factoring facilities, leveraged leases and debtor-in-possession financings. He has handled finance transactions with collateral consisting of personal property, real property, life insurance policies and commercial aircraft.

Bill has experience with a wide array of corporate borrowers, both public and private, including manufacturing companies, service companies, retail companies, hotels, Internet companies, energy companies, startups and telecommunication companies. He also has experience with distressed debt sales, public and private secured party (UCC Article 9) sales and bankruptcy (Section 363) sales. Bill regularly advises on UCC Article 9 questions and speaks on insolvency topics, including real estate workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcy sales and cutting-edge bankruptcy issues.

Bill’s notable projects include:

  • Representing the administrative agent in a $60 million syndicated credit facility to a group of companies that provide services to people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. The credit facility included a revolving line of credit, a draw facility to purchase commercial vehicles, a term loan to refinance existing indebtedness and a second term loan to finance an employee stock option plan.
  • Counseling a hedge fund on an original $40 million PIPE investment in a group of companies that owned corn oil extractors and patented technology to extract corn oil.
  • Advising the administrative agent on the workout of an original $50 million syndicated credit facility to a group of furniture wholesale companies. The lenders received a substantial cash payment and preferred stock that could be redeemed upon the occurrence of certain events.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Bill served as a senior legal counsel at a global hedge fund, where he represented the hedge fund in connection with PIPE investments. He also supervised external counsel in workouts, restructurings, bankruptcies, purchase and sale transactions, joint ventures and litigations.


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Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School
      • Professor Philip K. Yonge Memorial Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Bankruptcy
  • B.S., University of California-Los Angeles

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Wisconsin
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
Experience
  • Represented large international financial institution in a $13 million credit facility to a private equity sponsor. The loan proceeds were used to acquire companies that provide goods and services to the defense and commercial aerospace industries.
  • Represented the administrative agent in a $60 million syndicated credit facility to a group of companies that provide services to people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. The credit facility included a revolving line of credit, a draw facility to purchase commercial vehicles, a term loan to refinance existing indebtedness and a second term loan to finance an employee stock option plan.
  • Advised the administrative agent on a $24 million syndicated credit facility to a group of truck distributorships. The credit facility consisted of a revolving line of credit and draw facilities to purchase used and new vehicles.
  • Represented a large financial institution in connection with an $8.4 million construction loan. The proceeds of the loan were used to make improvements to an Alabama mall and to construct a new building.
  • Counseled an Embassy Suite Hotel franchisee on a $20.8 million construction loan by a regional bank.
  • Represented a plastics manufacturer in a $27.9 million credit facility.
  • Advised a senior lender in connection with a $46.5 million syndicated senior credit facility and a $7.5 million mezzanine facility. The loan proceeds were used to acquire healthcare equipment and related contracts. The representation included negotiating subordination provisions directly with counsel to the mezzanine lender, including substantial negotiation regarding an X clause provision.
  • Represented a hedge fund in an original $40 million PIPE investment in a group of companies that owned corn oil extractors and patented technology to extract corn oil.
  • Counseled a hedge fund on an original $13 million PIPE investment in a group of telecom companies.
  • Advised a hedge fund on an original $10.5 million PIPE investment in a circuit board manufacturer.
  • Represented the administrative agent in the workout of an original $50 million syndicated credit facility to a group of furniture wholesale companies. The lenders received a substantial cash payment and preferred stock that could be redeemed upon the occurrence of certain events.
  • Counseled several foreign and domestic banks in the workout and restructuring of a dozen leveraged leases of 737 aircraft in the United Airlines Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Represented a large financial institution, as a senior lender, in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Kmart Corp.