- International Practice
- Broker-Dealer and Market Regulation
- Labor and Employment
- Climate Change
- Corporate and Securities
- Private Client Services
- Educational Institutions
- Private Investment Funds
- Public Finance
- Environmental Strategies
- Real Estate and Projects
- Securities Regulation
- Financial Institutions
- Strategic Communications
- Financial Restructuring
- Intellectual Property
- White Collar Defense
- Internal Investigations
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William (Bill) Gutermuth's practice consists principally of merger and acquisition and investment projects. A significant part of his M&A practice involves the energy industry and in particular the upstream and midstream segments of the industry. He has also acted as principal outside legal counsel to public companies in the funeral service industry, heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry, metals processing industry, land care and property management industry, manufactured housing industry and physician management companies. He has also represented a large number of privately held buyers and sellers.
The investment portion of his practice consists of both private equity and venture capital financings, divided evenly between the representation of investors and companies. Mr. Gutermuth has also acted as special counsel to audit committees and boards of directors seeking independent counsel on transactional and governance matters. He is recognized as a senior counselor to many of his clients and is often called on to consult on matters of transaction structure and negotiating strategy. He has served on the boards of directors of several public and private companies.
Mr. Gutermuth served as the head of the Corporate and Securities Section of the firm and is a published author and frequent speaker on corporate governance and enterprise risk management topics.
Representation of an international energy company in a joint venture to acquire a major terminalling operation in the Caribbean.
Acquisition and disposition of producing properties and processing, pipeline and storage facilities.
Negotiation of a joint venture between multinational trading companies of their terminaling operations.
Organization and financing of entities formed to engage in the exploration and development of oil and gas.
Sale of a multi-state propane company.
Reorganization of a petrochemical plant in a Chapter 11 proceeding.
Investment in energy technology companies.
Negotiation of the sale of a national cut fresh fruit provider.
Negotiation of the acquisition of print media properties.
Acquisition of specialty museum franchises.
General representation of a publicly traded private equity firm.
Representation of universities, venture capital investors and companies in the formation and financing of companies engaged in the commercialization of technology.
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1977
B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1974
National Association of Corporate Directors, Tri-Cities Chapter, Director
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Director
Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Board
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Foundation, Life Member
Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2010
Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2006
Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, Vanderbilt University Law School