William L. Wilkins is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Wilkins represents public and private companies in connection with a wide array of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity financings and complex commercial transactions. He also has experience representing large public and private organizations in high-stakes appellate litigation matters, including multiple victories before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Practices

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Banking and Finance
  • Private Equity
  • Appellate

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Representative Matters

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Representation of a healthcare consulting company in its $300 million acquisition by a global private equity firm.
    • Representation of a wholesaler and distributor of home entertainment products in its $80 million acquisition of a large distributor of video games and video game accessories.
    • Representation of a U.S.-based telecommunications device manufacturer in its $75 million acquisition by a Swedish publicly traded company.
    • Representation of a healthcare consulting company in its $50 million acquisition of a revenue cycle management company.
    • Representation of a human resources consulting firm in its $50 million acquisition by a multinational workforce management and human capital management cloud provider.
    • Representation of an investment management company in its $30 million acquisition of a branded hotel.
    • Representation of an IT staffing company in its $25 million acquisition by a large professional recruitment and temporary staffing agency.
  • Venture Capital/Private Placement
    • Representation of a pharmaceutical contract formulation development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) in its $10 million Series A financing led by a New York-based private equity firm.
    • Representation of an international conglomerate as lead investor in connection with its purchase of the preferred stock of a data management company during a $25 million Series Seed financing round.
    • Representation of an international conglomerate as lead investor in connection with its purchase of the preferred stock of a software company during a $10 million Series Seed financing round.
    • Representation of various startups and investors/venture capital firms in convertible note transactions.
    • Representation of various startups and investors/venture capital firms in SAFE financings.
    • Representation of investment fund sponsors in private placement offerings ranging in size from $15 million to $75 million.
    • Representation of large financial institution in connection with its $10 million investment in a $150 million tax credit fund.
    • Served as counsel to numerous investment fund managers in connection with on-going fund operations, including but not limited to, the acquisition and disposition of assets, and organizational and compliance matters.
  • Joint Ventures
    • Representation of investment management company in connection with a joint venture with a commercial real estate developer for the construction of a $67.5 million mixed-use redevelopment project.
    • Representation of investment management company in connection with its $60 million investment in a portfolio of renewable energy projects.
    • Representation of wine producer in connection with its joint venture with a commercial real estate developer for the construction of a $50 million wine processing facility.
    • Representation of a publicly-traded insurance company in connection with a joint venture with a collectible automobile dealer.
    • Served as counsel to various business operators and equity investors in connection with complex joint ventures in the following industries: commercial real estate, life sciences, fashion, financial services, technology, hospitality and consumer products.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District Of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • Best Lawyers®* "Ones to Watch" 2021-2023, Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Banking and Finance Law

* See Award Methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Affiliations

  • Former Member, The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40


Education

  • LL.M. (Taxation), Temple University School of Law
  • LL.M. (Trial Advocacy), Temple University School of Law, with honors
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law
  • B.A., Rutgers University

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania