Will Chuchawat

Will Chuchawat: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Biography

Will Chuchawat is the Managing Partner of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He does M&A, all day, every day.

He also heads the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Team.

Will has closed hundreds of deals in A&D, life sciences, healthcare, consumer, TMT, industrials, financial services, manufacturing, food and beverage and other industries.

Will has been consistently recognized as one of the best attorneys in the country, including:

•Named one of Law360's Top Attorneys in the Nation Under 40.
The M&A Advisor named him as one of the 40 Under 40 in the West, which includes: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, OK, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. The M&A Advisor made their selections from a pool of not just attorneys, but everyone in the M&A and turnaround space, which included private equity professionals, bankers, consultants, accountants, money managers, etc.
•The Daily Journal named him one of the top 20 attorneys under 40 in California.
The Recorder named him one of the 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track in California.
•The LA Business Journal named him one of the Most Influential Minority Lawyers.
Legal 500, Mergers and Acquisitions 2015-2018
Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2018

Honors

•Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016
•Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2015-2018
•Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board
•M&A Deal of the Year Award, The M&A Advisor
•2014 Law360's Top Attorneys in the Nation Under 40
•Rising Star: Sheppard Mullin's Will Chuchawat , Law360, May 8, 2014
•2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Recorder, 2013
•Top 20 Under 40 , Daily Journal, February 27, 2013
•Partner Will Chuchawat (LA) was named one of the 40 Under 40 West by The M&A Advisor on April 13, 2012. This award covers the West Region which includes: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, OK, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. The M&A Advisor made their selections from a pool of not just attorneys, but everyone in the M&A and turnaround space, which included private equity professionals, bankers, consultants, accountants, money managers, etc. The winners were chosen for their accomplishments and expertise by a panel of distinguished business leaders.
•Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012-2018
•5 Associates to Watch , Daily Journal, January 12, 2011

Experience

Representative Transactions

•Hundreds of public and private M&A transactions representing buyers and sellers in domestic, international and cross border transactions
•Hundreds of private placements of equity and debt securities
•Negotiation and counseling in a number of commercial business and financial transactions
•Represented Bison Capital in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits
•Represented affiliates of Fosun (called the Berkshire Hathaway of China) in connection with numerous transactions
•Represented Samsung in various transactions
•Represented Celerity Partners in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits
•Represented Opus Equity Partners in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits
•Represented Breakwater Management LP in numerous investments
•Represented Mercury Systems (Nasdaq: MRCY) in the acquisition of Themis Computing
•Represented Aerojet (NYSE: AJRD) in its acquisition of substantially all operations of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX)
•Represented Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) in its acquisition of Secure Technology
•Represented United Therapies Holding, LLC in the sale of all of the membership interests of its wholly-owned subsidiary, UTH Holdco, LLC to HealthTronics, Inc.
•Represented Wheel Group Holdings, LLC in its sale of Preferred Units to SEP V TWG Holdings
•Represented Spencer Forrest, Inc. (d/b/a Toppik) in its sale of stock to Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
•Represented an affiliate of Celerity Partners in its purchase of preferred units of 360 PT Management, LLC
•Represented Sellers in the Redemption of their Membership Interests in Ad Exchange Group, LLC
•Represented the Members of Mobile Motion, LLC in the sale of their membership interests to COMEXPOSIUM US, LLC.
•Represented Axio Data Hedgeco Ltd in the sale of its subsidiary, Breakbulk Holdco UK Ltd, to ITE Group PLC
•Represented AMPAM Parks Mechanical, Inc. in its acquisition of assets from AEC Factory, Inc., a privately-held company.
•Represented Aerojet Rocketdyne in the sale of its concentrated solar power business to SolarReserve, LLC
•Represented Trio Engineered Products, Inc. in its sale to The Weir Group
•Represented Jenu Biosciences, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of Jenu Biosciences, Inc.
•Represented All Aboard America! Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of the shares of Sureride Charter, Inc. dba Sun Diego Charter Company, a simultaneous equity investment by the existing shareholders and related financing transaction
•Represented Quench, LLC and Brent Hocking in a sale of substantially all assets to DC Brands B.V., a joint venture between Diageo PLC (LSE: DGE, NYSE: DEO) and Combs Enterprises, LLC
•Represented Sunny Optics in its acquisition of Mead Instruments Corp. (Nasdaq: MEAD)
•Represented Trinity Pacific Limited, 1 East West Limited and Robert Lin in an exchange of all membership interests in 1 East West Limited
•Represented Celerity Partners IV, LLC and its subsidiary in its acquisition of Meridien Research, Inc. and Insearch.Net Inc. and related acquisition financing
•Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in a wide range of corporate matters and M&A
•Represented loanDepot in connection with its acquisitions and corporate matters
•Represented Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE) in connection with its acquisitions and divestitures
•Represented Rizvi Traverse in the take private of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
•Represented TaylorMade-adidas in its acquisition of then-publicly traded Ashworth Inc.
•Represented Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in various corporate matters
•Represented Autosplice, Inc. in connection with its sale to Whitney
•Represented Expedia.com (NASDAQ: EXPE) in its acquisition of online travel media company Smarter Living, Inc.
•Represented Dah Mei Label Group in its sale to Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY)
•Represented Barrington Associates in its sale of its investment advisory business to Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC)
•Represented Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) in its sale of portfolio company Pacific Title & Art Studio
•Represented Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (NYSE: CFC) in its acquisition of assets from American Home Mortgage Corporation
•Represented U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB) in various matters as indenture trustee in bond default matters
•Represented Two Elk Generation Partners in the issuance of aggregate $354,300,000 Tax-Exempt Variable Rate Industrial Development Revenue Bonds
•Represented CALPLY in its sale of its wholesale building material distribution business to L&W Supply Corporation (NYSE: USG)
•Represented Custom Leathercraft in its recapitalization with Stephens Capital Partners
•Represented Maly’s of California in its sale of assets to L’Oreal USA
•Public and private offerings of various types of tax-exempt bonds and certificates of participation

Articles

•Survival and Growth of Chinese PES and VCS
China Investment , June 6, 2009
•Let's Face It-Business Is Not As Usual
China Investment , April 2009
•Getting Deals off Ice
21st Century Business Herald , March 2, 2009
•Foreign Acquisition Playbook
China Business Focus , September 1, 2008
•Not All MAs Are Battles
Oriental Morning Post , July 26, 2008
•M&A Opportunities in the USA
Oriental Morning Post , July 19, 2008
•Maximize Your IPO
Oriental Morning Post , July 12, 2008
•Break into the Overseas Market With M&A
Oriental Morning Post , July 5, 2008
•A Look at M&A Deals in the US
China Legal Review

China Law Blog Posts

• Let's Face It - Business Is Not As Usual, June 9, 2009
• Survival and Growth of Chinese PEs and VCs, June 1, 2009

Media Mentions

•Primal Nutrition hops to Kraft Heinz in $200M deal
Daily Journal , December 11, 2018
•Moving Past Binary
Will Chuchawat cuts to the chase
Super Lawyers , 2018
•Moving Past Binary
Will Chuchawat cuts to the chase
Super Lawyers , June 2018
•Opus Bank Taps Sheppard Mullin for Help with Investment in That’s It Nutrition
Daily Journal , July 11, 2017
•Bison Capital Invests in Miva With Sheppard Mullin’s Counsel
Daily Journal , July 11, 2017
•Opus Equity Partners Calls on Sheppard Mullin for Counsel in Deals
Daily Journal , May 9, 2017
•Opus Equity Partners Calls on Sheppard Mullin for Counsel
Daily Transcript , May 9, 2017
•Sheppard Mullin Steers Mercury Systems in Delta Microwave Acquisition
Daily Journal , April 11, 2017
•First Quarter Brought Positive Public Performance
Los Angeles Business , April 10, 2017
•6 Tips For Making Partner In 6 Years
Law360 , April 18, 2014
•Middle-Market Spotlight: Gencorp-Rocketdyne
Law360 , August 13, 2013
•The Voice of a Legal Elite
China Business Focus

Speaking Engagements

• Life After the Investment. From IPO to Strategic Sale, How will your Investment Get Monetized? YPO Angel Investors Event, February 11, 2019
• DerM&A: Executing Your Liquidity Even, Annual AACD Meeting, Marina Del Rey, January 26, 2019
• Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp, LA Biostart, Winter 2018
• Panel Discussion: Investing in Innovation in the Age of Disruption Moderator, Spark Executive Forum, October 4, 2018
•M&A Instructor, LABioStart Bootcamp, Cal State LA, August 2017
• What Your M&A Attorney Should be Telling You, ALB Shanghai In-House Legal Summit 2016, June 23, 2016
• What Your M&A Attorney Should be Telling You?, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2014
•Corporate Counsel Presentation, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2013
• Don't Call it Boilerplate, Association of Corporate Counsel - SoCal, August 2012

Events

•New Trends in Life Science Transactions in the US and China
May 24, 2018

(Also at Palo Alto Office)

Areas of Practice (23)

  • Corporate
  • Emerging Company/Venture Capital
  • Family Owned and Closely-Held Businesses
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Public Company Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • CFIUS: Foreign Investment in the U.S.
  • Healthcare
  • International Reach
  • China
  • Technology Transactions
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Fashion, Apparel and Beauty
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Life Sciences and FDA
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Nonprofit
  • Wine

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213.617.5555  Phone
213.443.2708  Fax
www.sheppardmullin.com/wchuchawat
University Attended:
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Chicago, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
2004
Admission:
2004, California
Memberships:

Memberships

•Los Angeles Bioscience Advisory Panel, County of Los Angeles

Languages:
Chinese and Spanish and Thai
ISLN:
918090285
Transactions:
Representative Transactions: Hundreds of public and private M&A transactions representing buyers and sellers in domestic, international and cross border transactions; Hundreds of private placements of equity and debt securities; Negotiation and counseling in a number of commercial business and financial transactions; Represented Bison Capital in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits; Represented affiliates of Fosun (called the Berkshire Hathaway of China) in connection with numerous transactions; Represented Samsung in various transactions; Represented Celerity Partners in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits; Represented Opus Equity Partners in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits; Represented Breakwater Management LP in numerous investments; Represented Mercury Systems (Nasdaq: MRCY) in the acquisition of Themis Computing; Represented Aerojet (NYSE: AJRD) in its acquisition of substantially all operations of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX); Represented Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) in its acquisition of Secure Technology; Represented United Therapies Holding, LLC in the sale of all of the membership interests of its wholly-owned subsidiary, UTH Holdco, LLC to HealthTronics, Inc.; Represented Wheel Group Holdings, LLC in its sale of Preferred Units to SEP V TWG Holdings; Represented Spencer Forrest, Inc. (d/b/a Toppik) in its sale of stock to Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; Represented an affiliate of Celerity Partners in its purchase of preferred units of 360 PT Management, LLC; Represented Sellers in the Redemption of their Membership Interests in Ad Exchange Group, LLC; Represented the Members of Mobile Motion, LLC in the sale of their membership interests to COMEXPOSIUM US, LLC.; Represented Axio Data Hedgeco Ltd in the sale of its subsidiary, Breakbulk Holdco UK Ltd, to ITE Group PLC; Represented AMPAM Parks Mechanical, Inc. in its acquisition of assets from AEC Factory, Inc., a privately-held company.; Represented Aerojet Rocketdyne in the sale of its concentrated solar power business to SolarReserve, LLC; Represented Trio Engineered Products, Inc. in its sale to The Weir Group; Represented Jenu Biosciences, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of Jenu Biosciences, Inc.; Represented All Aboard America! Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of the shares of Sureride Charter, Inc. dba Sun Diego Charter Company, a simultaneous equity investment by the existing shareholders and related financing transaction; Represented Quench, LLC and Brent Hocking in a sale of substantially all assets to DC Brands B.V., a joint venture between Diageo PLC (LSE: DGE, NYSE: DEO) and Combs Enterprises, LLC; Represented Sunny Optics in its acquisition of Mead Instruments Corp. (Nasdaq: MEAD); Represented Trinity Pacific Limited, 1 East West Limited and Robert Lin in an exchange of all membership interests in 1 East West Limited; Represented Celerity Partners IV, LLC and its subsidiary in its acquisition of Meridien Research, Inc. and Insearch.Net Inc. and related acquisition financing; Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in a wide range of corporate matters and M & A; Represented loanDepot in connection with its acquisitions and corporate matters; Represented Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE) in connection with its acquisitions and divestitures; Represented Rizvi Traverse in the take private of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.; Represented TaylorMade-adidas in its acquisition of then-publicly traded Ashworth Inc.; Represented Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in various corporate matters; Represented Autosplice, Inc. in connection with its sale to Whitney; Represented Expedia.com (NASDAQ: EXPE) in its acquisition of online travel media company Smarter Living, Inc.; Represented Dah Mei Label Group in its sale to Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY); Represented Barrington Associates in its sale of its investment advisory business to Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC); Represented Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) in its sale of portfolio company Pacific Title & Art Studio; Represented Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (NYSE: CFC) in its acquisition of assets from American Home Mortgage Corporation; Represented U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB) in various matters as indenture trustee in bond default matters; Represented Two Elk Generation Partners in the issuance of aggregate 354,300,000 Tax-Exempt Variable Rate Industrial Development Revenue Bonds; Represented CALPLY in its sale of its wholesale building material distribution business to L&W Supply Corporation (NYSE: USG); Represented Custom Leathercraft in its recapitalization with Stephens Capital Partners; Represented Maly's of California in its sale of assets to L'Oreal USA; Public and private offerings of various types of tax-exempt bonds and certificates of participation

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