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William R. Volk

William R. Volk Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Venture Capital

Bill focuses on securities and corporate finance, with an emphasis on venture capital and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. With more than 35 years of experience, Bill has represented clients in equity and debt financings at every stage from seed investments to start-up and growth financings to buyouts and recapitalizations as well as mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other equity offerings. His experience spans several industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors, information technology services, biotechnology, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, consumer products, and energy.

Bill serves as the firm's Technology Group Leader.

Experience Highlights

  • Cirrus Logic in its $488 million acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics, a supplier of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market traded on the London Stock Exchange
  • Austin Ventures in its acquisition of SAM, Inc., a surveying, mapping and engineering company 
  • Magnablend Holdings in the sale of the company, a provider of chemical manufacturing, blending, and packaging solutions to industries including energy/oil and gas services, agriculture, water treatment, construction, and industrial cleaning, to Univar
  • SailPoint in the equity investment by Thoma Bravo in the company, a provider of on-premises and cloud identity management software solutions

Venture Capital Investment

  • Asuragen, a molecular diagnostics company using genomics to provide clinical testing solutions, in three rounds of preferred stock financing for a total of $82 million
  • Mirna Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on microRNA-based oncology therapeutics, in a $34.5 million Series C financing with new and existing investors
  • LiveOak Venture Partners in its Series A financing of CS Disco, a legal technology company that provides e-discovery software
  • Bloomfire, a provider of knowledge-based collaboration SaaS solutions, in a preferred stock financing from Austin Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Silver Creek Ventures 

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Port Logistics Group, an Austin Ventures portfolio company, in the sale of the company, a provider of gateway logistics services, to Endeavour Capital
  • Century Payments in the sale of the company, an electronic payment processing company, to a wholly owned subsidiary of WorldPay US
  • FeedMagnet in the $9 million sale of the social media curation company to Bazaarvoice
  • Dell in its $3.9 billion public tender offer and acquisition of Perot Systems Corporation, an information technology company
  • Lombardi Software in the $178 million sale of the company, a leader in business process management software, to International Business Machines Corporation
  • LifeSize Technologies, a developer of high-definition video conferencing hardware and software, in its $405 million sale to Logitech International, S.A.
  • University of Texas System in the $300 million formation of the Longhorn Network in collaboration with ESPN, including exclusive rights to televise athletic events and other content, as well as rights to develop and distribute digital content

Contact Details

Austin

T +1.512.542.8609
F +1.512.236.3450
wvolk@velaw.com
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746-7568
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Bill's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1975
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Economics, 1972
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Supreme Court
    • Chambers USA, Technology: Corporate & Commercial (Texas), 2006–2018
    • Legal 500 U.S., Technology: Transactions, 2011–2014; Venture Capital & Emerging Companies, 2014–2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year” in Securities Law (Austin), 2013; Venture Capital Law (Austin), 2012
    • The Best Lawyers in America©(Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/CapitalMarkets Law, and Venture Capital Law, 1983–2017
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2017
    • Member: American Bar Association; Austin Bar Association
    • Sustaining Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow: Austin Bar Foundation
    • Board of Governors (Chair): Austin Community Foundation