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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 has been recognized as a leading M&A lawyer by several publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, Who's Who Legal, and Euromoney. Chambers USA describes Bill as a "talented corporate partner with strong business knowledge and grasp of the law." Legal 500 notes that Bill is "top notch," "commercially savvy," has an "exceptional transactional record," and "invests time into understanding clients' businesses and strategy."
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.
"Current Tech M&A Trends and Outlook", September 2017
"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
Bill is a frequent contributor to thought leadership articles on Tech M&A, including:
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
Listed in the 2018 Edition of Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance
Recognized Individual for M&A: Large Deals, Legal 500 USA 2018
Leading Individual for M&A in the United States, Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide, 2018