William Choe | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

William Choe

Partner, Silicon Valley

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Overview

Bill Choe 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, Mr. Choe specializes in advising high-technology companies at early-through-exit stages of their growth cycle, as well as venture capital and private equity funds who focus on investing in such companies. In such role, Mr. Choe 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.

Mr. Choe has also has served as Vice President of Legal at a publicly-traded information and analytics company, Neustar, Inc., where in such role he headed up the department's M&A, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Choe 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", and Legal 500 US credits Mr. Choe with having an "exceptional transactional record".

Bars and Courts

  • California State Bar

Education

  • MBA, Columbia University
  • JD, Notre Dame Law School
  • BA, University of Michigan

Languages

  • English

Experience

A leading global technology company in multiple recent acquisitions of technology companies.

Autodesk, Inc. in its agreement to acquire SeeControl, Inc.*

Addvocate, Inc. in its acquisition of Trapit, Inc.*

VMware, Inc. in its acquisition of Desktone, Inc.*

Link_A_Media Devices Corporation in its $260 million acquisition by SK Hynix, Inc.*

Mykonos Software, Inc. in its acquisition by Juniper Networks, Inc.*

Mobile Money Ventures, LLC in its acquisition by Intuit, Inc.*

Dimension Data in its acquisitions of OpSource, Inc. and Xigo, LLC.*

Paymo Inc. in its acquisition by Boku, Inc.*

Intraspect Software, Inc. in its acquisition by Vignette Corporation.*

Emagic Soft und Hardware GmbH and Emagic USA, Inc. in their acquisition by Apple Computer, Inc.*

Agile Software in its $2.5 billion proposed acquisition by Ariba, Inc.*

DataPath Systems, Inc. in its $535 million acquisition by LSI Logic, Inc.*

Silicon Spice, Inc. in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Broadcom Corporation.*

*Matters prior to joining White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

"Domestic & Cross-Border M+A Exit Strategies", October 2012: TiE GCF

"Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions – Trends and Developments", September 2012

"Key VC Trends & Deal Dynamics 2010: What You Need to Know", October 2010

"Professional Developments in Mergers & Acquisitions", July 2010

Publications

  • Key Considerations When Raising Expansion Stage Capital, Venture Capital Journal, January 2009
  • Guide to California Securities Law Practice, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2003 Edition, (contributor)
  • Which Path to Cash? The Dilemma of the Best Price Rule, Gray Cary Mergers & Acquisitions Online News, August 2002
  • The California Fairness Hearing: The Public Buyer - Private Seller Context, Gray Cary Mergers & Acquisitions Online News, October 2001