William Simpson is a partner in the Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions practices of Paul Hastings. He focuses his practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. He regularly represents funds, owners and management groups in private equity transactions and he represents approximately 30 private equity backed companies and a dozen private equity sponsors. He has handled approximately 300 significant mergers and acquisitions during his career. Mr. Simpson formerly served as chair of the firm's Global Private Equity practice group, chair of the firm’s Orange County Office, and chair of the Business and Corporate Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association.
- Recognized numerous times in Chambers USA – "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" as a leading California private equity lawyer
- Best Lawyers in America, including named as 2017 and 2019 Orange County Corporate Lawyer of the Year
- Recognized in The Los Angeles Times "Southern California’s Best Lawyers"
- Named as a Top 50 Orange County "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics Magazine.
- Listed as a Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
- University of Virginia, B.A., (with high distinction)
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018 - May 11th, 2018
- OpenText to Acquire Covisint Corporation - June 5th, 2017
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017 - June 5th, 2017
- Paul Hastings Represents Solaray, LLC in Investment by Aurora Capital Group - September 9th, 2016
- Compass Diversified Holdings Acquires 5.11 Tactical® - July 29th, 2016
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016 - June 8th, 2016
- GI Partners Invests in Far Niente Wine Estates - May 20th, 2016
- GI Partners to Acquire Netsmart - March 23rd, 2016
- Paul Hastings Named Legal 500 United States Private Equity Buyouts Team of the Year - June 23rd, 2015
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015 - May 20th, 2015
- Paul Hastings Represented Inverness Graham in the Sale of RacoWireless - December 12th, 2014
- Paul Hastings Advises GI Partners in Acquisition of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services - November 5th, 2014
- Paul Hastings Represents GI Partners in Acquisition and Financing of Peak 10 - July 18th, 2014
- Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 - May 27th, 2014
- Paul Hastings Advises Nobels Worldwide in Sale - April 1st, 2014
- Paul Hastings Represents Fox Factory Holdings in IPO on Nasdaq - August 20th, 2013
- Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013 - June 5th, 2013
- Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013 - May 27th, 2013
- Paul Hastings Represents Lodging Enterprises in the Sale of its Business to Canadian REIT - March 13th, 2013
- Paul Hastings Represents Miro Holdings in Sale to The Boeing Company - October 29th, 2012