• Biography

    Bill Nelson has more than 20 years of experience helping clients successfully close complex mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, financings and other securities transactions across a wide range of industries.

    Bill co-chairs the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities Practice Group, and he routinely leads teams of lawyers who work collaboratively, across offices and practice groups, to efficiently structure transactions in a manner that maximizes his clients’ strategic interests.

    He has earned substantial recognition for his work on many innovative transactions. The Global M&A Network named him the 2017 Americas Middle Market Deal Lawyer of the Year and also awarded him two Atlas Awards in 2017 for leading teams that worked on transactions that were named the “Oil & Gas Industry Deal of the Year” and the “USA M&A Deal of the Year” ($250 to $500 million category). In addition, Bill led the team that worked on a unique transaction named the 2016 “Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year” by The M&A Advisor.

    Bill handles public offerings; private placements; monetization transactions; cross-border securities offerings, including those involving Multijurisdictional Disclosure Systems (MJDS); proxy contests; securities law compliance and corporate governance.

    Bill’s clients include private equity firms and their portfolio companies, United States, Canadian and other foreign oil and gas exploration and production companies, master limited partnerships (MLPs), oilfield services companies, insurance companies, restaurants/hospitality companies and investment banking firms. He recently successfully handled complex, high-profile transactions for KMG Chemicals, Inc., Endeavor Energy Resources, L.P., Alta Mesa Holdings, LP, and Callon Petroleum Company, among other companies.

    Given the breadth and depth of his experience, Bill is regularly sought out to speak to state and national media outlets and to industry audiences on M&A, securities, finance, and corporate governance topics.

    Bill has long played a leadership role at Haynes and Boone, in Houston, and in the Texas legal community, including serving on the Haynes and Boone board of directors, as treasurer and member of the board of The Houston Police Foundation, and as a member of the Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee of the University of Texas System. He also is active in The National Association of Corporate Directors, Tri-Cities Chapter and The General Counsel Forum, Houston Chapter.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1997
    • M.A., Brown University, 1994
    • B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1992, with honors
  • Admissions

    • Texas