William D'Angelo III

Partner

Overview

William D’Angelo advises emerging-growth, media and entertainment companies on financing and growth transactions in the United States and around the world. With a special emphasis on cross-border deals, Bill helps clients execute complex mergers, acquisitions, capitalizations and exits, applying legal acumen and corporate turnaround experience to every transaction. He also advises clients on corporate governance, executive compensation and fiduciary duties.

Emerging Growth

Bill provides complete business and legal counsel to early and growth stage clients in nearly every sector, with an emphasis traditional technology, software, digital media and agricultural technology. He represents emerging growth companies at seed financing through mid-stage and works with early stage companies in merger and acquisition negotiations. Bill often guides clients through exit strategies by acquisition or public offering, and he is often engaged with clients for so long that they themselves become buy-side purchasers of other companies.

Bill also advises emerging growth clients on establishing intellectual property protections and articulating and executing long-range business strategies. Bill routinely advises companies on:

  • Intellectual property transactions and licensing issues
  • Employment and executive compensation matters
  • Optimal capitalization strategies
  • Corporate governance issue

Media and Entertainment

Bill is skilled at handling large-scale and complex transactions for media and entertainment companies, including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and financing transactions — often in combination. He works on cross-border and domestic deals involving private equity firms and other investors and creditors

Corporate Governance

Bill’s longstanding corporate governance practice includes advising companies on executive compensation, risk management and fiduciary duties. Bill has served on the board of directors of several companies and currently serves as the outside member of the board of Entangled Media Corp.

Representative Merger and Acquisition Transactions

  • Representation of Powerset, Inc., in its sale to Microsoft Corporation
  • Representation of Calista Technologies, Inc., in its sale to Microsoft Corporation
  • Representation of FanLib, Inc., in its sale to the Walt Disney Company
  • Representation of eHarmony, Inc., in numerous acquisitions, including Projectwedding.com
  • Representation of Trend Technologies, Inc., in its sale of its U.S. and Malaysian operations to U.K.-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson, P.C.
  • Representation of Furuno Electric Co, Ltd., (public Japanese company) in its acquisition of eRide, Inc.
  • Representation of Chuo-Kagaku, Ltd., (Japan) in its sale of a U.S.-based operational subsidiary
  • Representation of RockYou, Inc., in several acquisitions of casual gaming companies (including U.K.-based) for the Facebook platform
  • Representation of David Cooley in acquisition of bar property adjacent to the Abbey
  • Representation of The Ranch at Malibu in connection with Italian Property Acquisition
  • Representation of Bay Area Youth Center in its acquisition by Sunny Hills Services

Corporate Experience

As the founder and principal in a technology-company turnaround firm, Bill successfully rescued several high-technology firms from insolvency.

Faculty Positions

  • USC Law School — Adjunct Professor, advanced course on venture capital law, 2012-15; Founding Adjunct Professor, USC online master of law program for international students, 2015

Credentials

Bar Admissions

California

Education

University of Southern California Gould School of Law
J.D. Berkeley Fellow, Interdisciplinary Law Journal (1997)

Princeton University
A.B. magna cum laude (1989)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Bill devotes his time generously to a variety of regional and national pro bono activities. He serves on the board of the Furuya Foundation, which promotes Japanese art, history and cultural exchange. Bill has served as a pro bono mediator for numerous programs, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California State Bar, the United States Department of Justice, the Western Justice Project, and the Pasadena Police Department. Bill is a founding member of the Mississippi Mediation Project, which was created in response to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Additionally, he has provided corporate governance for the Center for Justice and Accountability, an organization that pursues and prosecutes war criminals in the United States under civil tort claims. He assisted the credit union Unitus in establishing a micro-lending division in Kenya and has handled criminal defense cases on overflow from the Orange County Public Defender’s office.

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