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

William Choe

Partner, Silicon Valley

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Overview

Bill Choe serves as Co-Head of the Firm's global Technology Industry Group and is the Global Head of Tech M&A. He 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, Bill specializes in advising high-technology companies at early-through-exit stages of their growth cycle, as well as venture capital and private equity funds that focus on investing in such companies. In such roles, Bill 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.

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

Bill 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". 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

Intel Corporation in series of acquisitions of technology companies innovating in sectors such as artificial intelligence, digital media streaming, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the following transactions:

Acquisition of an AI/deep learning software company

Acquisition of a German drone company with autopilot and anti-collision technologies

Asset purchase of a digital media internet applications company.

Acquisition of a Canadian supplier of flash and DRAM caching software for Windows.*

Acquisition of a Computer Vison (CV) software company*

Acquisition of an Italian IoT and self-driving technology safety company

Acquisition of a German drone company with flight planning technologies

Proposed acquisition of a facial recognition technology company*

Asset purchase of pan-Asian mobile chip business

Acquisition of efficient memory systems company

Asset purchase of HTML5 developer tools business*

Acquisition of a European language and dialogue management company*

Acquisition of a provider of technology solutions for API management and monetization*

Proposed acquisition of public semiconductor company

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

"Digital Health: Rethinking healthcare in a digital world", November 2015

"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

"Developments in Mergers & Acquisitions", July 2010

Publications