John Hempill is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

John is counsel to a number of companies in various industries. He has extensive experience in private and public finance, ranging from representing private emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and strategic investors in seed rounds and later stage private financings, to representing public companies and investment banks in public offerings, as well as 144A and PIPE financings.

John is also an experienced mergers and acquisitions lawyer for both public and private companies. He has advised clients in both acquisitions and dispositions of companies and lines of business, as well as in other types of negotiated business combinations.

John also has extensive experience with reorganization matters. He has represented numerous debtors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. His debtor clients have spanned a variety of industries, including investment banking, airlines, consumer products and real estate, and have been both domestic and international companies. John is one of the leading experts on the corporate aspects of bankruptcy cases, including sales of assets under Section 363 and securities issuances under Section 1145. In addition to his debtor representations, John has represented Chapter 11 trustees, creditors (both in Chapter 11 cases and out of court workouts), and significant shareholders.

John has represented venture capital and other funds in their formation and capitalization. His practice also involves negotiating and documenting strategic alliances and joint ventures. He regularly counsels corporate boards and committees in transactional and high-profile as well as routine corporate governance matters.



  • Circuit of the Americas
    Provided overall legal counsel for Circuit of Americas, including in the financing and construction of the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States and negotiating event agreements.
  • Astellas Hostile Tender Offer for OSI Pharmaceuticals
    Represented Astellas Pharma in connection with the first successful hostile tender offer by a Japanese corporation in the United States.
  • Sale of Discovery Mining
    Represented Discovery Mining, a leading provider of virtual data rooms, in its sale of Interwoven.
  • borro Limited
    Represented an online personal finance company in connection with equity and debt financings.
  • Tricom, S.A.
    Represented Tricom, a telecommunications company based in the Dominican Republic, in connection with its Chapter 11 plan reorganization.



Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2014-2022

New York Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017


Media Mentions



Member, SEC Advisory Committee - Small and Emerging Companies, 2014-2015


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1982

B.A., University of Chicago, 1979


  • New York
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