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Will Chuchawat

Partner
Los Angeles
T: 213.617.5555
F: 213.620.1398
Shanghai
T: 86.21.2321.6000
F: 86.21.2321.6001
Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership
Memberships

Will Chuchawat is the Chairman of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He does M&A, all day, every day.

He also co-heads the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Team and the Life Sciences Team. 

Mr. Chuchawat represents public company clients, PE clients, VC clients and private company clients in all industries, including A&D, life sciences, TMT, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, food and beverage and consumer.

Mr. Chuchawat has been consistently recognized as one of the best attorneys in the country, including: 

  • Named one of Law360's Top Attorneys in the Nation Under 40.

  • The M&A Advisor named him as one of the "40 Under 40" in the West, which includes: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, OK, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. The M&A Advisor made their selections from a pool of not just attorneys, but everyone in the M&A and turnaround space, which included private equity professionals, bankers, consultants, accountants, money managers, etc.
  • The Daily Journal named him one of the top 20 attorneys under 40 in California.
  • The Recorder named him one of the 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track in California.
  • The LA Business Journal named him one of the Most Influential Minority Lawyers.

Honors

  • Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2015-2017
  • Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board
  • M&A Deal of the Year Award, The M&A Advisor
  • 2014 Law360's Top Attorneys in the Nation Under 40
  • Rising Star: Sheppard Mullin's Will Chuchawat, Law360, May 8, 2014
  • 2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Recorder, 2013
  • Top 20 Under 40, Daily Journal, February 27, 2013
  • Partner Will Chuchawat (LA) was named one of the "40 Under 40 West" by The M&A Advisor on April 13, 2012. This award covers the West Region which includes: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, OK, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. The M&A Advisor made their selections from a pool of not just attorneys, but everyone in the M&A and turnaround space, which included private equity professionals, bankers, consultants, accountants, money managers, etc. The winners were chosen for their accomplishments and expertise by a panel of distinguished business leaders.
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012-2017
  • 5 Associates to Watch, Daily Journal, January 12, 2011

Experience

Representative Transactions

  • Hundreds of public and private M&A transactions representing buyers and sellers in domestic, international and cross border transactions
  • Private placements of equity and debt securities
  • Negotiation and counseling in a number of commercial business and financial transactions
  • Public and private offerings of various types of tax-exempt bonds and certificates of participation
  • Represented Bison Capital in numerous investments, acquisitions and exits
  • Represented affiliates of Fosun (called the Berkshire Hathaway of China) in connection with numerous transactions
  • Represented Samsung Ventures in various transactions
  • Represented GenCorp Inc. (NYSE: GY) in its acquisition of substantially all operations of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business from United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX)
  • Represented Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) in its acquisition of SCS Secure Holdings LLC
  • Represented United Therapies Holding, LLC in the sale of all of the membership interests of its wholly-owned subsidiary, UTH Holdco, LLC to HealthTronics, Inc.
  • Represented Wheel Group Holdings, LLC in its sale of Preferred Units to SEP V TWG Holdings
  • Represented Spencer Forrest, Inc. (d/b/a Toppik) in its sale of stock to Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
  • Represented an affiliate of Celerity Partners in its purchase of preferred units of 360 PT Management, LLC
  • Represented Sellers in the Redemption of their Membership Interests in Ad Exchange Group, LLC
  • Represented the Members of Mobile Motion, LLC in the sale of their membership interests to COMEXPOSIUM US, LLC.
  • Represented Axio Data Hedgeco Ltd in the sale of its subsidiary, Breakbulk Holdco UK Ltd, to ITE Group PLC
  • Represented AMPAM Parks Mechanical, Inc. in its acquisition of assets from AEC Factory, Inc., a privately-held company.
  • Represented Aerojet Rocketdyne of DE, Inc., a privately-held subsidiary of GenCorp, Inc., in the sale of its concentrated solar power business to SolarReserve, LLC
  • Represented Trio Engineered Products, Inc. in its sale to The Weir Group
  • Represented Jenu Biosciences, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of Jenu Biosciences, Inc.
  • Represented All Aboard America! Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of the shares of Sureride Charter, Inc. dba Sun Diego Charter Company, a simultaneous equity investment by the existing shareholders and related financing transaction
  • Represented Quench, LLC and Brent Hocking in a sale of substantially all assets to DC Brands B.V., a joint venture between Diageo PLC (LSE: DGE, NYSE: DEO) and Combs Enterprises, LLC
  • Represented Sunny Optics in its acquisition of Mead Instruments Corp. (Nasdaq: MEAD)
  • Represented Trinity Pacific Limited, 1 East West Limited and Robert Lin in an exchange of all membership interests in 1 East West Limited
  • Represented Celerity Partners IV, LLC and its subsidiary in its acquisition of Meridien Research, Inc. and Insearch.Net Inc. and related acquisition financing
  • Represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in a wide range of corporate matters and M&A
  • Represented loanDepot in connection with its acquisitions and corporate matters
  • Represented Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE) in connection with its acquisitions and divestitures
  • Represented Rizvi Traverse in the take private of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Represented TaylorMade-adidas in its acquisition of then-publicly traded Ashworth Inc.
  • Represented Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in various corporate matters
  • Represented Autosplice, Inc. in connection with its sale to Whitney
  • Represented Expedia.com (NASDAQ: EXPE) in its acquisition of online travel media company Smarter Living, Inc.
  • Represented Dah Mei Label Group in its sale to Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY)
  • Represented Barrington Associates in its sale of its investment advisory business to Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC)
  • Represented Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) in its sale of portfolio company Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Represented Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (NYSE: CFC) in its acquisition of assets from American Home Mortgage Corporation
  • Represented U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB) in various matters as indenture trustee in bond default matters
  • Represented Two Elk Generation Partners in the issuance of aggregate $354,300,000 Tax-Exempt Variable Rate Industrial Development Revenue Bonds
  • Represented CALPLY in its sale of its wholesale building material distribution business to L&W Supply Corporation (NYSE: USG)
  • Represented Custom Leathercraft in its recapitalization with Stephens Capital Partners
  • Represented Maly’s of California in its sale of assets to L’Oreal USA

Articles

China Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • M&A Instructor, LABioStart Bootcamp, Cal State LA, August 2017
  • "What Your M&A Attorney Should be Telling You," ALB Shanghai In-House Legal Summit 2016, June 23, 2016
  • "What Your M&A Attorney Should be Telling You?," Association of Corporate Counsel, 2014
  • Corporate Counsel Presentation, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2013
  • "Don't Call it Boilerplate," Association of Corporate Counsel - SoCal, August 2012

Memberships

  • Los Angeles Bioscience Advisory Panel, County of Los Angeles