William R. Busch

General Counsel / Partner


Bill Busch is general counsel of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. He also practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Bill has represented and advised purchasers, sellers, management, equity investors and other participants in numerous transactions. He has particular experience in deals involving sports franchises and media companies.

Corporate Governance

Bill has represented and advised corporate management, directors and shareholders regarding:
  • General corporate governance matters (including staggered boards of directors, multiple classes of stock and similar structures)
  • Unsolicited attempts to acquire control or force a sale or merger
  • Redemptions of stock and related capitalization matters
  • Going-private transactions
  • Voting trusts and other shareholder arrangements
  • Fiduciary duties of directors and officers


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


University of Minnesota
M.B.A. (1976)

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude (1975)

University of St. Thomas
B.A. summa cum laude (1972)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Hunger Related Events — General Counsel
  • Taste of the NFL — General Counsel


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Corporate/M&A, 2008 and 2009
  • Best Lawyers® Corporate Law, 1999-2014, 2016-22
  • Lawdragon — 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, 2007

Awards Methodology

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