Chad T. Williams

Chad T. Williams

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-8581

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Secondary Office

Wilmington
1201 North Market Street
Suite 2300
Wilmington, DE 19801

Chad T. Williams

Partner

Chad T. Williams

Chad Williams brings experience as an investment banker, in-house corporate counsel and corporate private practice attorney to his work advising clients on corporate, commercial and transactional matters, both domestically and internationally. Chad serves as outside general counsel to many companies, providing advice and support throughout their growth, from formation and operational matters to merger and acquisition transactions. Chad has deep experience in mergers and acquisitions including both buy-side and sell-side representation. He also has significant experience advising senior management and boards of directors on matters relating to corporate governance, fiduciary duties, internal investigations and corporate financing transactions. Companies rely on Chad to guide them through the formation of joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnership agreements and shareholder agreements, as well as disputes that arise as a result of these agreements.

Chad advises companies as well as investors in a variety of industries, including: software, information technology, e-commerce, social media, radio frequency identification (RFID), medical device, medical practice, professional services, telecommunications, manufacturing and real estate development. Chad has also represented hedge fund clients in connection with the formation, operation and liquidation of investment entities.

Chad is an advisor to professional athletes, artists and entertainers in connection with a variety of business and legal matters. He is passionate about working with top performers and creative professionals to help them build and protect their business interests.

Chad’s work as a trusted advisor to his clients is informed by his diverse professional experience. In addition to his legal practice, Chad was the co-founder and managing director of a strategic consulting and boutique investment banking firm where he worked with private, middle-market companies on executing strategic roll-up and sell-side transactions. In this role, he was also a strategic advisor to growth-stage entrepreneurs on matters including scale-up strategies, business systems and process, and buy-side acquisitions. In addition, he was formerly general counsel and vice president of business development for a newly formed private equity firm, where he was responsible for the legal affairs of the company and its portfolio investments.

Because of the diversity of business clients he serves, Chad takes a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to his legal practice, in particular partnering with the Firm’s real estate, tax, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, and trust and estates attorneys to serve a spectrum of needs that arise in complex corporate work.

Chad is the co-host of The Greater Gold Leadership podcast, where he interviews leaders from a variety of fields including athletics, the military and politics. The mission of the podcast is to inspire, equip and challenge leaders toward excellence in both their professional and personal lives.

Experience

Corporate, Board, Special Committee and Fiduciary Representation
Represented the special committee of a biotechnology company in connection with interested transactions between the company and a company founded by the CEO’s son. The result of the process led to the ultimate sale of the son’s company to a multi-national pharmaceutical company.
Advised the board of directors of a publicly traded real estate limited partnership in connection with a takeover attempt by Carl Icahn.
Represented a member of the board of directors of a major entertainment company in connection with a challenge by shareholders to the compensation and severance package granted to its president.
Advised the board of directors of a United States-based health care company in connection with a $1.7 billion acquisition by a private equity firm.
Advised a major international credit card company in connection with Delaware corporate law matters related to a merger of certain foreign subsidiaries.
Advised the board of directors of a technology company in connection with a $2 billion acquisition by a media, technology and entertainment conglomerate.
Advised the board of directors of a telecommunications company in connection with the sale of a $700 million division to an entity controlled by Carl Icahn.
Advised a consumer footwear company in connection with a variety of corporate and commercial matters.
Advised Celgene Corporation in connection with complex joint venture matters.
Advised the board of trustees of a university in connection with matters related to the Big XII Conference.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Represented a major multi-industrial company in connection with multiple buy- and sell-side transactions in its technology, agricultural and materials divisions.
Advised a Texas-based energy company in connection with its sale to a consortium of private equity firms.
Advised a sunglass manufacturer in connection with the sale of assets to a competitor.
Advised a manufacturer of thermoplastics in its sale to a manufacturer and distributor of polymer modifiers.
Advised a business process outsourcing firm in connection with its sale to a publicly traded health care waste management company.
Advised a circus and entertainment company in connection with a strategic investment by an international private equity firm.
Advised a Philadelphia-based technology company in connection with its sale to a joint venture between four major financial services firms for the auto industry.
Private Equity
Advised a global private equity firm in connection with a $230 million acquisition of two national rental car chains.
Advised a consumer and health care focused middle market private equity firm in connection with a $1.05 billion sale of a consumer products company to another private equity firm.
Advised a large media, communications and entertainment focused firm in connection with a variety of transactions and corporate matters, including the spin-off of a large media and entertainment asset.
Advised several real estate focused private equity firms in connection with formation, financing and acquisition transactions.
Advised a Philadelphia-based private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of a Maryland-based manufacturing firm.
Served as general counsel to a start-up private equity firm in connection with its formation, fundraising and initial investments.
Internal Investigations
Advised a health care (cryotherapy) company in connection with shareholder litigation challenging certain business and accounting practices.
Advised a special committee of a technology company in response to derivative litigation challenging accounting and business practices.
Advised a board of directors of a technology company in connection with alleged impropriety by certain members of executive management.
Advised a board of directors in connection with an internal investigation stemming from allegations of securities fraud against the company’s CEO in connection with alleged stock option backdating.
Financing Transactions
Advised a Las Vegas-based sports book and gaming technology company in connection with formation and Series A investment transactions (a company eventually sold to William Hill Plc).
Advised an engineering services company in connection with multiple financing transactions with its commercial lender.
Advised a family office in connection with its investment into the largest Verizon store chain in the country.
Advised a cloud-based infrastructure services company in connection with a financing transaction with a Dallas-based investment firm.
Advised a top-performing banking company in connection with Delaware law matters related to financing transactions.
Advised a nationwide call center company in connection with multiple financing transactions with a regional bank.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Advice
Advised an investment management firm in connection with threatened litigation against it and its CEO regarding alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and negotiated a settlement.
Advised the former executive of a financial services, gaming and technology company in connection with breach of contract and related matters against his former company, including providing pre-litigation dispute analysis and advice.
Advised a manufacturer of glowsticks and related products in connection with an LLC dispute resulting in a 50/50 deadlock. The case settled during litigation.
Advised a consumer footwear company in a dispute with an Israeli joint venture partner. The case settled during litigation.
Advised a family-owned company that is the largest gold and metals broker in India in connection with a joint venture dispute with the world’s largest oilfield services provider, including negotiating a favorable buyout of the client’s interest in an LLC.
Advised the founder, chairman and CEO of a publicly traded marketing technology company in connection with his separation from the company related to an SEC investigation. The representation included negotiating a financial settlement with the company.
Advised the co-founder of a company formed by four Harvard Business School classmates in connection with a company that counted Mark Cuban and Reid Hoffman’s Greylock Partners as early investors; the company executives attempted to compel the client to sign a document that would have reduced his ownership in the company without his knowledge. The representation included negotiating a separation and buyout that also allowed the client to retain a meaningful ownership interest in the company.
Advised the co-founder of an outdoor advertising company in connection with his dispute with his co-founder’s son who took control of the business following his father’s death. The matter was resolved prior to litigation and included negotiation of a financial settlement and a buyout of the client’s interest in various entities.
Family Office and Family Enterprise
Advised a family-owned farming company in connection with a large track of land to a developer.
Advised the founder and CEO of a publicly traded media and telecom company in connection with a proposed take-private transaction by his family office.
Advised certain family and board members in connection with a shareholder dispute involving a family-owned department store chain and related real estate holdings.
Advised a family member in connection with an intra-family dispute between him and his siblings in connection with the ownership of certain real estate assets following the death of their father.
Represented a family office in connection with a variety of corporate, transactional and partnership matters involving health clubs, hunting clubs and restaurant interests.
Represented a family member in connection with disputes with certain family members concerning ownership interests in high-value real estate in the Hamptons.
Represented a multi-family office in connection with a variety of corporate, partnership and investment matters.
Real Estate
Advise a number of REITs in connection with financing transactions.
Advised a real estate private equity firm in connection with a $140 million dollar acquisition of property on Fifth Avenue in New York.
Sports, Art and Entertainment
Organized and led a multi-day roundtable with current and former players in the National Football League and the founder of the Professional Lacrosse League focused on building investment and operational platforms for post-career business activities.
Advise a current player in the NFL in connection with formation of investment entities, review of real estate investment opportunities and other business and contractual matters.
Advise a former NFL player in connection with facilitating connections and opportunities in the entertainment industry.
Advise artists (painters and sculptors) in connection with contractual matters, including gallery exhibitions and high-dollar commission projects.
Advise recently retired NFL player in connection with Opportunity Zone investments and potential acquisition opportunities.
Advise a rising star indie-pop singer-songwriter in connection with contractual matters.

Thought Leadership

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Selected as a Philadelphia "Legal Elite" by SmartCEO magazine’s reader poll, 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Delaware Bar Association

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Education

J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 2002

  • Editor-in-Chief, Law Review, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, 1996

Bar Admissions

Delaware
Pennsylvania

Clerkships

Justice Joseph T. Walsh, Supreme Court of Delaware

Chad Williams brings experience as an investment banker, in-house corporate counsel and corporate private practice attorney to his work advising clients on corporate, commercial and transactional matters, both domestically and internationally. Chad serves as outside general counsel to many companies, providing advice and support throughout their growth, from formation and operational matters to merger and acquisition transactions. Chad has deep experience in mergers and acquisitions including both buy-side and sell-side representation. He also has significant experience advising senior management and boards of directors on matters relating to corporate governance, fiduciary duties, internal investigations and corporate financing transactions. Companies rely on Chad to guide them through the formation of joint ventures, strategic alliances, partnership agreements and shareholder agreements, as well as disputes that arise as a result of these agreements.

Chad advises companies as well as investors in a variety of industries, including: software, information technology, e-commerce, social media, radio frequency identification (RFID), medical device, medical practice, professional services, telecommunications, manufacturing and real estate development. Chad has also represented hedge fund clients in connection with the formation, operation and liquidation of investment entities.

Chad is an advisor to professional athletes, artists and entertainers in connection with a variety of business and legal matters. He is passionate about working with top performers and creative professionals to help them build and protect their business interests.

Chad’s work as a trusted advisor to his clients is informed by his diverse professional experience. In addition to his legal practice, Chad was the co-founder and managing director of a strategic consulting and boutique investment banking firm where he worked with private, middle-market companies on executing strategic roll-up and sell-side transactions. In this role, he was also a strategic advisor to growth-stage entrepreneurs on matters including scale-up strategies, business systems and process, and buy-side acquisitions. In addition, he was formerly general counsel and vice president of business development for a newly formed private equity firm, where he was responsible for the legal affairs of the company and its portfolio investments.

Because of the diversity of business clients he serves, Chad takes a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to his legal practice, in particular partnering with the Firm’s real estate, tax, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, and trust and estates attorneys to serve a spectrum of needs that arise in complex corporate work.

Chad is the co-host of The Greater Gold Leadership podcast, where he interviews leaders from a variety of fields including athletics, the military and politics. The mission of the podcast is to inspire, equip and challenge leaders toward excellence in both their professional and personal lives.