William J. Shannon

William J. Shannon: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
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  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Bill commenced his international practice in Hawaii where he become a partner in a Honolulu law firm and worked on projects in the Far East. Subsequently, he became counsel and partner in major U.S. law firms in Tokyo, Moscow and Riyadh. He has also served as Counsel to the European Bank for Reconstructions and Development in London, as a consultant to the Romanian Privatization Ministry in Bucharest, as Senior Legal Advisor to the largest oil company in Saudi Arabia, and as a legal consultant to a law firm in Doha, Qatar. He was one of the first attorneys to be licensed as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi and authorized to practice law in Japan.

    Bill’s international practice had been focused on major international business transactions, including joint ventures, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, privatization projects and multilateral lending by international financial organizations. He has extensive experience in the area of international compliance and due diligence, including anti-corruption compliance and related investigations, especially with regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Based upon his experience, he has given lectures and had articles published in this area of the law.
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Biography

How does a lawyer develop the knowledge and experience to assist his clients with their international business needs? For Bill, the learning process started when he spent his high school years living on islands in the South Pacific, traveling the world for a year while at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and serving as an intelligence officer and special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence where he was the Senior Special Agent for Iceland and Resident Special Agent for Scotland and Northern Ireland. With that background, it was natural for Bill to specialize in international affairs while attending Cornell Law School.

Bill commenced his international practice in Hawaii where he become a partner in a Honolulu law firm and worked on projects in the Far East. Subsequently, he became counsel and partner in major U.S. law firms in Tokyo, Moscow and Riyadh. He has also served as Counsel to the European Bank for Reconstructions and Development in London, as a consultant to the Romanian Privatization Ministry in Bucharest, as Senior Legal Advisor to the largest oil company in Saudi Arabia, and as a legal consultant to a law firm in Doha, Qatar. He was one of the first attorneys to be licensed as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi and authorized to practice law in Japan.

Bill’s international practice had been focused on major international business transactions, including joint ventures, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, privatization projects and multilateral lending by international financial organizations. He has extensive experience in the area of international compliance and due diligence, including anti-corruption compliance and related investigations, especially with regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Based upon his experience, he has given lectures and had articles published in this area of the law. Some representative transactions are as follows:

•He represented several very large U.S. defense contractors with regard to FCPA compliance and related investigations in the Middle East.
•He was responsible for the Qatari part of a world-wide investigation that resulted from FCPA violations by a very large European industrial complex.
•He represented a consortium of Japanese financial institutions with regard to financing the purchase of U.S. assets, including the Four Seasons Hotel at Wailea, Hawaii and the Turtle Bay Hilton at Kuilima, Hawaii.
•He represented the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with regard to project finance transactions in the countries of the former Soviet Union, including the financing of a hotel in Warsaw.
•He represented an American oil company in negotiations with the chairman of a Russian state owned company regarding a residual oil recovery project on Sakhalin.
•He represented the Japanese owned Arabian Oil Company in negotiations to extend its exploration and development license in the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Honors

Judge, Championship Round, Jessup International Law Moot Court
Competition, Moscow, Russia
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
International Law

Highlights

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

March 10, 2011

The New Era of Foreign Corrupt Practices Enforcement
Hosted Events

October 18, 2010

Verrill Dana Partner William Shannon to Present at Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Event
Speaking Engagements
William J. Shannon

April 1, 2010

Breakfast Workshop: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Compliance with International Anti-Corruption Law
Hosted Events

Experience

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
We represented the EBRD with regard to numerous project finance, equity investment and bank to bank transactions in Eastern and Central Europe, including Russia.

FCPA Representation
We represented a large European industrial complex in Doha, Qatar as part of a world-wide investigation related to FCPA violations by that entity.

Financing the Purchase of U.S. Assets
We represented a consortium of Japanese financial institutions with regard to financing the purchase of U.S. assets, including the Four Seasons Hotel at Wailea, Hawaii and the Turtle Bay Hilton at Kuilima, Hawaii.

International IPO
We represented QPC regarding U.S. $1 billion Initial Public Offering pursuant to which three QPC subsidiaries were merged to form a new entity, and the shares in the new entity were offered for sale to Qatari citizens.

Privatization of State Owned Assets
We advised the Romanian Privatization Ministry regarding the privatization of state owned assets in compliance with the World Bank’s anti-corruption policies as part of a World Bank financed privatization program.

News

June 21, 2012

Verrill Dana Announces New Maritime Practice Group
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Harlan M. Doliner, Benjamin E. Ford, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William J. Shannon

March 5, 2010

Verrill Dana Welcomes William Shannon
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Publications

March 31, 2011

Many U.S. Companies Will Be Subject to the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010
Alerts and Newsletters
William Shannon

March 15, 2011

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: International Developments in Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance
Seminar Materials
William Shannon

October 12, 2010

The Accelerating Development and Enforcement of International Anti-Corruption Law
Published Works
William Shannon

August 27, 2010

Whistleblowers to be Paid Bounties in FCPA Investigations
Alerts and Newsletters

February 12, 2010

Doing Business in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe: Protecting the Investor
Published Works
William Shannon

February 12, 2010

International Business Transactions Compliance with Anti-Corruption Law
Published Works
William Shannon

February 12, 2010

International Sales Transactions Confirmed Irrevocable Letters of Credit
Published Works
William Shannon

February 12, 2010

Multilateral Lending in the Former Soviet Union
Published Works
William Shannon

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business & Corporate
  • International Trade & Transactions
  • Maritime
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253- 4452  Phone
www.verrilldana.com/wshannon
University Attended:
United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., with honors, 1961
Law School Attended:
Cornell University Law School, J.D., with specialization in International Affairs, 1971
Year of First admission:
1971
Admission:
1971, Hawaii (INACTIVE); Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi, 1988-1992); 2007, U.S. Supreme Court; 2011, Massachusetts; 1987, New York; 1999, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

American Bar Association: International Law Section
Maine State Bar Association: International Law Section
Hawaii State Bar Association
Tokyo American Club
United Nations Development Programme Democratic Governance
Anti-Corruption Experts Roster

ISLN:
903824239

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