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William B. Asher, Jr.

William B. Asher, Jr.

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Boston, MA, USA


William B. Asher

"pragmatic judgment; strong strategic positions and calm demeanor in negotiations; dependable and technically excellent; wise counsel"
Chambers USA

Bill Asher is co-chair of the firm's Business & Technology and Life Science Groups.

Mr. Asher has more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance and securities law, venture capital, M&A and corporate governance.  He has been listed for many years in Chambers USA, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and PLC - Which Lawyer for Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions.  Mr. Asher has also been named in The Legal 500 for venture capital and emerging companies.

PRACTICE FOCUS

Growth Companies:  advises growth companies, from start-up and early-stage through public offering or acquisition, on corporate formation, financing, strategic transactions, buy- and sell-side M&A, equity and executive compensation arrangements, corporate governance and other matters.

Public Companies & Capital Markets: initial public offerings and follow-on capital markets transactions representing both companies and underwriters, as well as disclosure and securities law compliance for public companies.

Corporate Governance:  represents boards of directors, special committees and senior management teams in matters involving sensitive corporate governance issues, including M&A transactions, corporate aspects of internal investigations, related party transactions and management transition.

Representative Clients and Transactions:  practice focus in technology and life sciences, including representation of public and privately-held operating, as well as entrepreneurs, boards of directors, venture capital firms, underwriters and financial advisers.  Also represents research institutions and investigators on matters relating to technology transfer, company formation and equity ownership in enterprisescommercializing laboratory research.

Professional and Community Involvement
Mr. Asher is a frequent speaker on matters relating to venture capital and entrepreneurship, public offerings, corporate governance and executive compensation. He has co-authored a chapter in on equity compensation in Massachusetts Business Lawyering. Mr. Asher has also served as a member of the executive committee of the Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, an annual report published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative on key technology industry clusters in Massachusetts.

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