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525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, California 92101
Direct Phone: 619.515.3210
Direct Fax: 619.744.5410

1020 Marsh Road, Suite 200
Menlo Park, California 94025

william.eigner@procopio.com
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William W. Eigner’s practice emphasizes venture capital, angel financing, seed capital, and the financing, governing, operating, buying, selling and merging (M&A) of growing technology and other businesses. His practice further encompasses corporate and business transactions, including matters relating to telecommunications, electronic commerce, energy, clean technology, life sciences, corporate governance, franchising, employment and independent contractor issues, intellectual property protection, competitive business practices, securities, and business structuring and financing. Mr. Eigner also has significant experience in handling M&A, contractual and political issues involving telecommunications companies and independent power producers.

In 1981, Mr. Eigner served as a United States Supreme Court Judicial Intern. Mr. Eigner, a Stanford alumnus, frequently spends time in our Silicon Valley office, which aids in our ability to assist our clients in raising venture and angel capital.

Representative Matters

Venture Capital, Angel Capital & Securities
  • Represented a venture capital fund in funding a telecommunications company.
  • Represented the founders of a telecom company in a private sale of stock to venture funds.
  • Represented a wireless health company in raising convertible debt from angel investors.
  • Assisted a venture capital fund in cashing out its investments in several biotech companies.
  • Drafted/reviewed stock purchase agreements, restated certificates of incorporation, registration rights agreements, co-sale agreements and other venture capital documents for numerous venture capital financings for biotech, telecom and other companies.
  • Represented a venture capital company investing in an emerging telecom company.
  • Represented the lender in a convertible debt and warrants transaction with a diagnostics company.
  • Represented a wireless Internet service company in raising angel and venture capital.
  • Assisted a working group conducting an IPO for a telecom services company.
  • Represented two Series B venture capital investors during the Series C round of financing for a fabless semiconductor company focused on the imaging market for mobile communications devices.
  • Represented a medical software company in raising venture capital.
  • Represented a cosmeceutical company in raising seed capital and embarking on its Series A round.

Corporate Governance
  • Drafted a buy-sell agreement for an electrical contractor.
  • Represented the majority shareholders of a retailer in forcing the buy-out of a minority shareholder.
  • Counseled a corporate general partner regarding the corporate opportunity doctrine and its duties to limited partners.
  • Counseled a corporation regarding director conflict-of-interest issues.
  • Advised a venture capitalist regarding potential liabilities as a director and advisor.
  • Assisted a telecom company in recruiting a Board of Advisors.
  • Advised a limited partnership and its corporate general partner how to address allegations of a director's conflict of interest.
  • Assisted a medical software company in negotiating the departure of disgruntled founder and ex-officers.

Contract Negotiations
  • Represented an independent power producer in negotiating various contracts.
  • Represented a telecommunications services company in negotiating Master Service Agreements involving site acquisition, engineering, and other services.
  • Represented an integrated circuit design company in drafting its Master Services Agreement.
  • Represented a Japanese-owned maquiladora in a contract dispute with a Mexican independent contractor.
  • Advised a franchisor in negotiations with disgruntled franchisees.
  • Assisted a franchisee in rescinding a franchise agreement.
  • Advised a number of ex-CEOs of life sciences and telecom companies in negotiating severance packages.
  • Structured agreements for a broadband fixed wireless carrier.

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Represented a precision components manufacturing company in its sale to a larger company.
  • Represented an Internet retailing company in an electronic commerce joint venture.
  • Represented the buyer in the merger/acquisition of a wireless engineering company.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of a metallurgical services company to a subsidiary of a large British corporation.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of an electrical contracting company.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of an engineering company.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of a regulatory compliance company to a NYSE-traded public company.

Intellectual Property & Competitive Business Practices
  • Advised a biotech company regarding its NDA.
  • Advised a software company concerning protection of its intellectual property upon the departure of a key employee.
  • Advised a departing CEO on how to compete properly with his former company.
  • Advised distributors in a dispute with their supplier.
  • Advised a venture capital company regarding trademark issues.
  • Assisted a catering company in a brand licensing transaction and joint venture.
  • Counseled a company whose newly hired VP-sales had expropriated his previous employer's client list.

Government Relations
  • Represented an independent power producer in forcing a major investor-owned utility to buy out its power purchase agreement.
  • Assisted a wireless service company with municipal land use authorities and other government officials to facilitate the build-out and deployment of a wireless Internet network.
  • Lobbied government and labor officials to assist a co-generation venture.
  • Assisted a telecom services company in contracting with governmental entities.
Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, Stanford University, 1981
Distinctions
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • San Diego Business Journal Best of the Bar – 2014
  • San Diego Metropolitan Magazine Movers to Watch – 2008, 2010, 2014 (the go-to guy for emerging companies)
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Advocate of the Year – 2004
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers - 2012-2014
  • The Daily Transcript Top Attorneys – 2008-2013 (Corporate Transactional)
  • The Daily Transcript 120 Top Influentials – 2006
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Securities Law – 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law – 2013
Community Involvement
  • American EcoEnergy – Board of Advisors
  • Bishop's School – Past Member, Headmaster's Advisory Council
  • Blue Wave International, Inc. – Board of Advisors
  • CommNexus – Director
  • eSUB, Inc. – Board of Advisors
  • La Jolla Country Day School – Former Board of Trustees
  • La Jolla Town Council – Former Trustee, Land Use Chairman
  • Mundoval Fund (publicly traded mutual fund MUNDX) – Past Board Member
  • NewBlue, Inc. Board of Advisors
  • San Diego Police Foundation – Former Director
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce – Member of Public Policy Committee, Past Director
  • San Diego Venture Group – Director, Corporate Secretary

Mr. Eigner has published a number of articles, as well as given a number of presentations on boards of advisors, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 and other business topics involving SV Forum, Tech Coast Angels, CONNECT, San Diego Software Industries Council, and other organizations.

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Recent Seminars 
  • “Setting your Emerging Company up for Success with Bill Eigner,” Leadership Point Radio, San Diego, CA October 27, 2014.
  • “Capitalization of the Venture,” The Tenth Annual Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, San Diego, CA, June 23, 2014.“The Good, Bad and Ugly of Typical Types of Term Sheets for Early Stage Companies,” BIO International Convention: Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, San Diego, CA, June 23, 2014.
  • “Getting Good Results From a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,” CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop, La Jolla, CA, April 17, 2014.
  • “Getting Good Results from a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,” SDG&E/SDSU Presentation, San Diego, CA, October 25, 2013.
  • “Getting Good Results from a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,” CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop, San Diego, CA, April 4, 2013.
  • “Getting Good Results from a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,” SDG&E/SDSU/EMC Program, San Diego, CA, November 10, 2012.
  • “Getting What You Need From a Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,” CFO Roundtable, San Diego, CA, October 17, 2012.
  • “Selected Issues for Tech Coast Angels Investors/Directors/Advisors,” Tech Coast Angels, San Diego, CA, September 20, 2012.
  • “Getting What You Need From a Board of Directors and Advisors” Procopio and SV Forum, Palo Alto, CA, June 13, 2012.
  • “Getting What You Need from Boards of Directors and Advisors,” CONNECT Frameworks Workshops, San Diego, CA, April 5, 2012.