Bill has extensive experience in the representation of local and foreign hospitality industry clients in their operations and investments, both in Taiwan and throughout Asia. Bill has represented casino gaming companies, gaming machine manufacturers and consultants to the industry in Taiwan and 38 other jurisdictions on a variety of issues, including:
- Corporate Structuring
- Employment Issues
- Marketing Restrictions
- Internet/Interactive Gaming
- Debt Collection
- Gaming Development
In connection with prior and ongoing efforts by Taiwan to legalize casino gaming, Bill has represented several gaming industry clients in connection with possible gaming development projects in Taiwan. These representations have involved due diligence on potential joint venture partners, negotiation of joint venture and deal documentation, due diligence on potential casino gaming locations, reviewing and commenting on draft laws and regulations, and preparing background materials for, and participating in, client lobbying efforts and meetings with government officials.
Bill has been acknowledged by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading gaming lawyer in the region, and by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the global gaming industry. He has been a speaker at both the Asian Gaming Congress and G2E Asia, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Research on Gaming and Lotteries, a division of the School of Business Administration at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Bill has also represented non-gaming interests in the hospitality industry, including both local hotel owners and foreign management companies. Bill’s roles in such representations have included assisting local owners in the negotiation of letters of intent, hotel operation agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, technical services agreements, and pre-opening services agreements. He has assisted foreign management companies in similar transactions, as well as in termination scenarios (including related hand-over issues) and owner insolvency proceedings.
Bill’s merger and acquisitions, financing and real estate experience includes many “first of a kind” deals in Greater China, including the first-ever sale/leaseback of a commercial building in Taiwan, the first multi-jurisdiction acquisition of non-performing loans in Taiwan, the first acquisition of non-performing loans in China by a foreign investor, the first cross-border limited recourse financing led by Taiwanese banks, the first acquisition of a listed local shipping company by a foreign investor, the first acquisition of a substantial stake in a local financial holding company by a Japanese bank, the largest (by value) acquisition of commercial real estate by a foreign investor in Taiwan, and the acquisition of a local Internet Service Provider by an American internet company. Bill has been acknowledged as a leading lawyer in M&A, real estate, and finance by Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and AsiaLaw magazine’s Leading Lawyers Survey.
Along with his gaming, hospitality and transactional experience, Bill also brings with him extensive experience in public advocacy. As a member of the Government Relations Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, as well as his roles as Chairman of the Private Equity Committee and member of the Travel and Tourism Committee, Bill has, for the past 20 years, been a regular and central member of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts on behalf of foreign companies in Taiwan. Bill’s advocacy experience includes working with both local and US government officials on issues of importance to American companies in Taiwan, reviewing and revising draft legislation and regulations, developing advocacy strategies for both clients and industry groups, and being an editor of the Chamber’s annual Taiwan White Paper, a collection of position papers produced by the Chamber’s industry Committees. Bill’s efforts on behalf of foreign companies in Taiwan have been recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce with two Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Bill is a graduate of Duke University (B.A, Cum Laude, 1980) and Tulane University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1984). He is licensed in the States of New York (1988) and Illinois (1984). While at Tulane, Bill took courses in both civil law and common law systems, a curriculum which, when combined with Bill’s 26 years of working in Asia, has made Bill and expert in identifying and reconciling, in a project or transactional context, the different approaches taken by civil law systems and common law systems to the drafting of new laws and regulations and the interpretation of existing laws and regulations.