William D'Angelo III

Partner Los Angeles
william.dangelo dbr.com
Phone: (310) 203-4092 (310) 203-4092
Fax: (310) 229-1285

About

William D’Angelo III assists clients in a range of corporate finance, corporate governance, and entertainment and media matters, with an emphasis on technology, digital media, hospitality, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. His practice also includes restructurings, joint ventures, recapitalizations, financings, fund formation, the creation of specialized limited liability companies, and private equity transactions.

Bill is highly experienced in the area of new and emerging technologies, having been the founder and principal in a technology company turnaround firm where he successfully rescued several high-technology firms from insolvency. He has particular experience representing companies, angel investors and venture capital companies in the emerging growth ecosystem, counseling startup companies throughout their corporate life-cycle from formation through the various stages of financing and finally to successful exits by acquisition, public offering or organic growth into a buy-side purchaser of other companies

Bill is a past Adjunct Professor of Law at USC Law School, where he taught an advanced course on venture capital law. He was also a founding Adjunct Professor for USC Law School’s online LLM program for international students and has been a mediator trainer and examiner for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Experience

Bill routinely advises companies on special board committees, intellectual property transactions and licensing issues, employment and executive compensation matters, and optimum capitalization strategies, and has managed many large complex litigations to positive outcomes as outside general counsel. He has also conducted and overseen internal inquiries for FINRA member companies and broker-dealers regarding compliance issues, and represents public companies in various SEC and FINRA compliance matters.

Bill has particular experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, having worked on numerous transactions in Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Germany, Italy, France, Malaysia, and the Isle of Man and Jersey. He has worked in industries including technology, medical device and pharma, entertainment, software, gaming, digital media, entertainment, intellectual property, hospitality and restaurants, fashion and design, financial technology, hardware and software security, real estate, aeronautics, military contract providers and manufacturers, and financial institutions.


Bill works extensively with digital media, entertainment, biotechnology, medical device designers and pharma pioneers as well as aerospace, software, SAAS technology, legal software providers, and drone designers. He has represented companies at almost every stage of financing from seed to mid-stage and has worked with a number of early stage companies in merger and acquisition negotiation. During that life-cycle, Bill also assists his clients in developing intellectual property protections, intellectual property portfolios, and in articulating and executing long-range business strategies.
Bill’s longstanding corporate governance practice includes advising companies on executive compensation, non-competition agreements, technology licensing and transfers, and trade secret issues He has served on the board of directors of several companies, and currently serves as the outside member of the board of directors of Entangled Media Corp.

Bill devotes his time generously to a wide variety of regional and national pro bono activities. He currently serves on the board of the Furuya Foundation, which promotes Japanese art, history and cultural exchange.

Bill has served as a pro bono mediator for numerous programs, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California State Bar, the United States Department of Justice, the Western Justice Project, and the Pasadena Police Department. Bill is also a founding member of the Mississippi Mediation Project, which was created in response to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Additionally, he has provided corporate governance for the Center for Justice and Accountability, an organization that pursues and prosecutes war criminals in the United States under civil tort claims. He assisted Unitus in establishing a micro-lending division in Kenya and has handled criminal defense cases on overflow from the Orange County Public Defender’s office.


  • Representation of Powerset, Inc., in its sale to Microsoft Corporation
  • Representation of Calista Technologies, Inc., in its sale to Microsoft Corporation
  • Representation of FanLib, Inc., in its sale to the Walt Disney Company
  • Representation of eHarmony, Inc., in numerous acquisitions, including Projectwedding.com
  • Representation of Trend Technologies, Inc., in its sale of its U.S. and Malaysian operations to U.K.-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson, P.C.
  • Representation of Furuno Electric Co, Ltd., (public Japanese company) in its acquisition of eRide, Inc.
  • Representation of Chuo-Kagaku, Ltd., (Japan) in its sale of a U.S.-based operational subsidiary
  • Representation of RockYou, Inc., in several acquisitions of casual gaming companies (including U.K.-based) for the Facebook platform
  • Representation of David Cooley in acquisition of bar property adjacent to the Abbey
  • Representation of The Ranch at Malibu in connection with Italian Property Acquisition
  • Representation of Bay Area Youth Center in its acquisition by Sunny Hills Services

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 1997, Berkeley Fellow, Interdisciplinary Law Journal
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1989, magna cum laude