William Barnard advises clients primarily in the energy, private equity, and related industries. He represents clients on a range of corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, business divestitures, and other general corporate matters.
Will has experience working with clients in a range of business sectors, including energy, banking, private equity, and technology, on a variety of corporate transactions such as private placements, public financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels clients with respect to making required securities filings and meeting corporate governance requirements imposed under securities law and stock exchange rules.
Prior to attending law school, Will was an investment banker specializing in technology M&A.
Represented ENMAX Corporation in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Emera Maine, a regulated transmission and distribution utility in Maine, from Emera Inc.
Represented Hydro One Limited in its proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of Avista Corporation, a regulated electric and gas utility in the Pacific Northwest
Represented Great Plains Energy in its stock-for-stock merger of equals transaction with Westar Energy, Inc., creating Evergy, Inc., a company with a combined equity value of approximately $15 billion with nearly 13,000 MW of generation capacity and more than 51,000 miles of distribution lines
Represented Talen Energy Corporation in its $189 million sale of Interstate Energy Company LLC, the owner of a natural gas and oil pipeline in Pennsylvania, to Adelphia Gateway LLC, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources Corporation
Represented an American energy company on a $165 million acquisition of a retail energy company
Represented a private equity fund on an acquisition of a 600 MW transmission asset
Represented a Fortune 500 company on its $1.1 billion acquisition of an animal health distribution company and the $715 million divestiture of its medical distribution business
Represented a privately held bank on its $183 million sale to a public banking corporation
Represented a publicly traded bank on a $140 million merger
Represented a publicly traded bank on a $40 million acquisition of a private bank
Represented two private equity real estate sponsors on the formation and financing of multiple funds
Represented a technology company on three rounds of private placements
Prepared substantially all securities filings required under the Exchange Act on behalf of multiple public companies across a range of industries for several years and advised on related corporate governance issues
Washington University School of Law, 2013, J.D., cum laude