William W. Matthews is the Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Department.
Bill concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling for a wide range of clients, from family-owned businesses to emerging growth businesses to public companies. He frequently acts as "outside general counsel" to his clients, representing them on all corporate and financial matters and coordinating other legal issues, ranging from litigation to intellectual property to regulatory matters. He regularly reviews agreements, negotiates employment matters and advises on litigation and regulatory issues. Bill also represents parties with business relationships with the U.S. Government and military branches.
In the area of securities, he represents clients in matters before the SEC, providing particular skill in Exchange Act compliance matters and all aspects of SEC registration, and has experience with Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act compliance and related regulatory matters. A significant part of his practice includes the representation of individuals, funds and issuers in connection with equity investments in emerging growth companies.
His merger and acquisition experience is significant, having participated in numerous purchases and sales of companies, both public and private, in transactions structured as asset sales, stock sales and mergers. These deals have ranged in size from several million dollars to the $1.6 billion merger between EB Games and GameStop, its primary competitor in the specialty retail video game industry.
Bill was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list ten times since 2004 by a vote of his peers.
In an article in GC Mid-Atlantic, Daniel Kaufman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Game Stop, described Bill as a "responsive, capable, very bright lawyer who understands what the company needs, and gives us 110 percent all the time."
University of Notre Dame, J.D. (1993)
LaSalle University, B.A., maxima cum laude (1990)
LaSalle University Board of Trustees
LaSalle University Trusteeship and Governance Committee
LaSalle College High School Board of Trustees
Finance and Budget Committee, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Glenside Youth Athletic Club Board of Directors
St. Luke the Evangelist Board of Directors
LaSalle University Alumni Association
LaSalle University Alumni Board of Directors
LaSalle University MBA Program "Accounting, Financial and Legal Models for Electronic Commerce"
Member, Steering Committee, Co-Chair, Programs Committee,
Member, Steering Committee, Chair, Programs Committee,
MAC Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference
Chairperson, Programs Committee, Greater Philadelphia Venture Group,
Mid-Atlantic Venture Conference
Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up
Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class
“Regulation G and Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Rules,” February 2003
"Audit Committee Financial Expert and Code of Ethics Rules," Technology Times, January 2003
"Sarbanes-Oxley Reforms Become Law," Technology Times, October 2002
"Corporate Governance Recommendations in Light of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," October 2002
Restaurants and Hospitality
Mergers and Acquisitions