Mergers and Acquisitions
We represent both buyers and sellers in all types of strategic relationships involving the purchase, sale or combination of businesses, ranging from:

  • Sales of stock or assets
  • Merger agreements
  • Co-marketing or joint venture arrangements
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Tender offers
  • Recapitalizations and reorganizations

Finance and Securities
We help our clients raise capital and debt to fund their operations. Riddell Williams is highly skilled in such areas as:

  • Public Offerings
    We have served as company  counsel in public offerings of stock and debt, including initial public offerings.
  • Private Placements
    We help our clients raise capital through the issuance of stock or other securities in private securities offerings. We have also served as counsel to investors looking to make an investment in privately held businesses.
  • Lending and Commercial Finance
    We help our clients negotiate bank and private loans and credit facilities. We have experience with secured and unsecure loan transactions of all types (revolving lines of credit, real estate loans, security and pledge agreements, guarantees, equipment financing, and operating and capital lease arrangements) representing both borrowers and lenders. Our experience also includes assisting clients in the acquisition of loan portfolios. In addition, we can help clients with the work out of troubled loans and investments.
  • Public Tender Offers
    We have experience advising clients wishing to conduct a registered tender offer for the stock of a publicly traded company.

SEC Reporting
We assist publicly held companies with their SEC reporting requirements. This includes annual and quarterly reporting, proxy statements, compliance with NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards, and assistance with corporate governance initiatives.

Corporate Governance
We assist owners, directors and officers of public and private entities in understanding and fulfilling their legal roles and responsibilities. We have extensive experience assisting public and private corporations, boards of directors, board committees and executives structure, implement and revise corporate governance initiatives. We offer advice on traditional corporate fiduciary standards as well as best practices. We also provide guidance on the ever-changing body of securities regulation and the NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards that define and affect the responsibilities of directors of public companies.

Executive Compensation
We help clients implement stock incentive plans and other forms of executive compensation arrangements.  We represent executives in the negotiation of executive employment agreements, change of control agreements & severance arrangements.


Some recent representative transactions include:

  • AIM Aerospace
    Represented AIM Aerospace in the sale to Liberty Hall Capital Partners for $220 million.
  • Emeritus Corporation
    Represented Emeritus in negotiating and documenting an agreement to acquire Summerville Senior Living, Inc. The value of the transaction at the closing stock price on the day after the agreement was announced was in excess of $294,000,000.
  • Northwest Aerospace Technologies
    Represented Northwest Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (NAT) and its shareholders in NAT’s sale to Zodiac Aerospace SA.
  • Structus Building Technologies
    Represented Structus Building Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative, high-performance drywall corner solutions, in its sale to CertainTeed Gypsum, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Ltd.
  • Group Health Permanente
    Represented Group Health Permanente P.C. in the acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente.
  • Sahale Snacks Inc.
    Represented Sahale Snacks Inc. in its sale to the J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Emeritus Corporation
    Represented Emeritus Corporation in secured debt financings of more than forty senior living facilities around the United States.