Bill S. Kleinman

Partner

Richardson


2505 N. Plano Road
Suite 4000
Richardson, Texas 75082
T +1 972.680.7565
F +1 972.692.9065

Dallas


2323 Victory Avenue
Suite 700
Dallas, Texas 75219
T +1 972.680.7565
F +1 972.692.9065

Areas of Practice

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1983, Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Chemical Engineer, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
Bill S. Kleinman

Bill Kleinman focuses on corporate, securities and technology law. His experience includes public offerings and private finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate governance, SEC/S-OX compliance, and technology/commercial contracting.

Bill is a member of the ABA's Task Force on Legal Project Management. He assists general counsel and corporations that have robust legal needs by coordinating service delivery, project management and budgeting across all sections of the firm.

Bill was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2012-2013 and is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Bill's recent transactional matters include:

  • Represented a private equity-backed international manufacturer in its acquisition of a U.S. operation focused on oilfield equipment, in order to enter the U.S. market.
  • Represented companies in industries such as telecommunications hardware, enterprise software, wireless PCS and international distribution in IPOs, public offerings of equity and debt and 144A transactions
  • Represented buyers and sellers of companies in industries such as technology, software, service, and industrial products in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, auctions, private equity and ESOP transactions
  • Represented publicly traded companies in connection with corporate governance matters, defensive measures and SEC reporting and compliance
  • Represented industrial and service companies in connection with the formation of domestic and international joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Represented start-up companies and their investors in segments such as VOIP, network processors, semiconductors, outsourcing and internet media in seed and venture capital fundings, stock option plans, stockholder agreements and strategic agreements

Technology Capabilities

Bill graduated as a chemical engineer, and he has a broad understanding of the science and technology that drive today's most innovative companies. He helps companies implement technology intensive business strategies and transactions, and turn their technology advantage into competitive advantage. Bill has represented companies in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomed/Drug
  • Biotech/Devices
  • Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Clean Tech
  • Communications Security
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense Electronics and Equipment
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Internet Media
  • Materials
  • Metals
  • Networking
  • Oil and Gas
  • Outsourcing
  • Power and Utilities
  • Radio
  • Remote Medicine
  • RFID
  • Semiconductors
  • Sensors
  • Softswitching
  • Software
  • Telecom Hardware
  • Telecom Services
  • Telecom Software
  • Wireless Voice and Data

Publications and Presentations

  • "Challenges of Strategic Transactions," Association for Excellence in Corporate Development, September 20, 2012; June 4, 2013.
  • "Strategic Partnerships in the Cloud," white paper, April 19, 2012.
  • "Integration between In-House and Outside Counsel," GC Netweavers, February 2012.
  • "Best Practices for Corporate Governance and Compliance," (Book Chapter), Inside the Minds, Co-Author with Larry Gaydos, Aspatore Books, 2008.
  • "Managing Reputation Risk," Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, 2007.
  • "Above and Beyond," The Deal, 2004.
  • "Directors' Duty to Respond to Whistleblower Reports and Implement a Compliance Program," Directorship, 2003.
  • "The (Developing) Role of the Legal Department Under 404," American Society of Corporate Secretaries, 2004.
  • "Attorney Standards of Professional Conduct: Practical Implications for Legal Departments and Law Firms," Haynes and Boone's Corporate Officers Forum 2003.
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Codes of Ethics: Practical Considerations," Haynes and Boone Legal Officers Forum, 2002.
  • "The Board's Duty of Oversight," Haynes and Boone Legal Officers Forum, 2002.
  • "Practical Aspects of Going Public," Haynes and Boone Legal Officers Forum, 2002.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2012-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent

Selected Representative Experience


Doedijns Acquires Logan Industries
Represented Doedijns International, a private equity-backed international manufacturer of hydraulic systems, in its acquisition of Logan Industries, a U.S. operation focused on oilfield equipment, in order to enter the U.S. market.

TAOS Combines with austriamicrosystems AG (SIX: AMS)
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. (TAOS), a leading optoelectronic solutions provider, combines with austriamicrosystems AG (SIX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-performance analog integrated circuits in a strategic transaction valued at $320 million for cash and stock of AMS.

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Going-Private Sale
Represented publicly traded EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. in a going-private sale of the company to private equity firm Francisco Partners II, L.P.

Asset Purchase
Represented TMC Aerospace in its purchase of assets from Secart, LLC.

Merger of Audiocodes, Inc. and Netrake Corporation
Represented Netrake Inc. in multiple venture capital financings culminating in the sale of the strategic company to AudioCodes Ltd.

Accelacom Baltimore Asset Sale
Represented venture-backed wireless data company airBand Communications Inc. in the expansion of its market through the acquisition of Accelacom Baltimore, Inc.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association Task Force for Legal Project Management, (Business Law Section, Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions, Committee on the Regulation of Securities)
  • Steering Committee, Association for Excellence in Corporate Development
  • Board of Directors, Metroplex Technology Business Counsel
  • Steering Committee, General Counsel Netweavers
  • Partner, CEO Netweavers
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Corporate Practices Committee & Public Company Affairs Committee, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals (2008-2010)
  • Board of Directors, Texas General Counsel Forum (2008-2009)
  • Development Board, University of Texas at Dallas (2006-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Best Practices Program, Corporate Compliance Center (2004-2007) 
  • College of the State Bar of Texas (2005-2006)

Online Publications

05/01/2012 - Development Opportunities in the Cloud
Haynes and Boone is proud to have participated in "Development Opportunities in the Cloud," presented by the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) on April 19, 2012.

04/19/2012 - Strategic Partnerships in the Cloud
The Cloud is all about flexibility, and so is partnering. Of the three ways to enter a new market, organic growth, acquisition and partnering, partnering has the advantages of being fastest to market and requiring the least capital.

11/01/2008 - Best Practices for Corporate Governance and Compliance (Book Chapter)
Inside the Minds, Aspatore Books, 2008.

11/28/2005 - 2006 ISS U.S. Corporate Governance Policy Updates

09/01/2002 - Corporate Responsibility: The Board of Directors’ Duty of Oversight Part II - Practical Applications and Limiting Director Liability

08/26/2002 - Corporate Responsibility: The Board of Directors' Duty of Oversight Part I - Defining the Duty