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William C. Hicks

Member / Co-chair, Life Sciences Practice

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+1.617.348.1799

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Bill is the Co-chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group. He has extensive experience representing issuers, investors, and investment banks in structuring and executing IPOs, cross-over investments, alternative public offerings, including APOs, reverse mergers and Form 10 transactions, follow-on public offerings, CMPOs, registered directs, PIPEs, and private placements. Bill represents hedge funds, venture capital firms, and private equity firms in customized investments in public companies, including structured PIPEs and registered directs. Bill also represents public companies in public and private financings, SEC compliance, corporate governance, and general counseling.

Bill has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, including public company deals, private company deals, and spin-offs. Bill regularly represents domestic and foreign companies, and he is well-versed in issues specific to cross-border deals.

Additionally, Bill represents private companies and investors in venture capital transactions.

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Reverse mergers aren’t an alternative to an IPO, rather they can be a strategic approach for companies looking to go public by leveraging “fallen angels”. Mintz Members Bill Hicks and John Rudy answer frequently asked questions for private companies considering a reverse merger in an article featured in PitchBook’s 2023 Annual US VC Valuations Report. The authors detail the benefits and challenges associated with a reverse merger including finding partners, PIPE financing, Nasdaq access for non-US companies, and SEC implications.
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News & Press

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BOSTON – Mintz has earned top rankings in the 2023 edition of Legal 500 United States guide. The firm is recognized in 14 practice categories, and 59 individual attorneys are also recognized in the guide, some in more than one category.
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Securities & Capital Markets Co-Chair William Hicks spoke to The Boston Business Journal about the burnout of the SPAC market.
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In the latest guide, Mintz garnered rankings as a top national firm in eight practice areas, and 32 firm attorneys were individually recognized.
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Events & Speaking

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Jun
7
2023

Convening a Strong Syndicate

Longwood Spring 2023 MIT Conference

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Mar
16
2023

How M&A Spurs Innovation

Longwood Healthcare Leaders’ CEO Retreat

Miami, FL

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Sep
22
2022

Maintaining Momentum Post-IPO

Longwood Healthcare Leaders Fall Webconference

Webinar

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May
10
2022
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Feb
2
2021
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Feb
4
2020
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Jan
11
2020
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Dec
18
2019

13th New York Health Forum

Future of Health: Trends for Life Sciences in 2020

Yale Club Manhattan

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May
7
2019

Sustainable Ecosystem for Bio/MedTech Startups

12th New York Health Forum

Yale Club Manhattan, Trumbull & Saybrook Room, 18th Floor

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Oct
25
2017

Boston Legal Market

Sandpiper Partners Business of the Law Meeting

Boston, MA

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Nov
11
2015

NY/NJ CEO Conference

Boston Biotech Conferences

New York, NY

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May
6
2015

Boston Biotech CEO Conference

Boston Biotech Conferences

Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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Apr
22
2015
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Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Healthcare: Life Sciences (2020); Capital Markets: Equity (2021 – 2022)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader - Life Sciences (2023)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences: Transactional (2019)

  • LMG Life Sciences: Financial & Corporate, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital US Life Sciences Star (2018-2019)

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William C. Hicks

Member / Co-chair, Life Sciences Practice

Boston