Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1974, with honors

B.A., Principia College, 1971, highest honors

Bar Admissions



Bill Hays is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities Section and has more than 38 years of experience in corporate securities law. His practice focuses on representing and advising both public and private companies in acquisitions, public offerings and private financings.

Among other work in his practice, Bill has:

  • Represented clients in raising public and private financing.
  • Counseled publicly held and private businesses in connection with acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Advised boards of directors and board committees on their duties and on internal and SEC investigations.
  • Represented public companies in restructurings, including bankruptcy reorganizations.
  • Represented investment banks in public and private offerings.
  • Handled going private and management buy-out transactions.
  • Advised clients on defending themselves against hostile takeovers.

Selected Speeches and Publications

  • "Top Ten Initial Considerations in a Going Private Transaction," co-author, DealThink Alert, June 15, 2011.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Corporate Law (2009, 2011-2016)
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Securities and Corporate Finance (2009-2013)
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeimenent™


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015

Selected Client Representations

  • The sellers in the sale ownership in Curves International, Inc. and Curves for Women II, L.C. to Curves International Holdings, Inc. and NCP-CW Corp., respectively. Curves is the largest fitness club franchise in the world.
  • EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. in a going-private sale of the company to private equity firm Francisco Partners II, L.P.
  • Commercial Metals Company in the sale of $400 million principal amount of Senior Unsecured Notes due 2017.
  • Commercial Metals Company in its purchase of assets from multiple companies including Banner Rebar Inc., Toltec Steel Services, Inc. and Bouras Industries et. al., among others.
  • CLST Holdings, Inc. in the sale of assets to Brightpoint Corporation.
  • SpectraVision in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy conducting a controlled blind auction resulting in a merger with its largest competitor.
  • A holding company for various entities that owned and operated hotel, casino, and management companies in the gaming industry in its Chapter 11 case in Delaware involving substantial asset sales and contentious litigation.
  • Publicly-traded metals recycling and steel company and its subsidiaries in documenting and consummating a $200 million account receivables securitization financing.

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