William J.Zawrotny (Bill)

Of Counsel

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Bill Zawrotny primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and general corporate counseling, including for early and growth stage technology and life sciences companies. His practice also includes an extensive range of transactional and corporate governance work for both public and private companies. Bill also leads the Atlanta Office's Emerging Companies & Venture Committee and represents several venture capital clients. He has substantial experience counseling and assisting privately owned companies in navigating through complex ownership and corporate governance issues, including during times of transition.

Bill's recent client representations include CHS, Contec, Digital Management, Eastman Chemical, Flowers Foods, Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, Milliken & Company, Race Team Alliance, Roper Technologies, and Southern Company. He also serves as primary corporate counsel to a number of early and growth stage companies, including ArunA Biomedical, Axion BioSystems, Emrgy, and MedShape.

Bill currently serves on the board of directors of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Management of the Kansas State University College of Business Administration, and as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Business Ethics Education Initiative.

He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Experience

  • Roper Technologies acquires Cointec Ingenieros y Consultores, S.L.Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of 100 percent of the Spanish company Cointec Ingenieros y Consultores, S.L., whose primary activity is the development of IT solutions and Laboratory Management Software specialized consultancy.
  • Deltek acquires ComputerEaseJones Day advised Deltek, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., a technology company that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products for global niche markets, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of ComputerEase, a provider of construction accounting software.
  • Emrgy and GE Renewable Energy partner for global commercialization of distributed hydropower systemJones Day advised Emrgy Inc. in its joint venture with GE Renewable Energy.
  • ArunA Bio raises $13.3 million in Common Stock offeringJones Day represented ArunA Bio, Inc., a manufacturer of technologies in human stem cell research for use in drug discovery and development, in connection with its offering and sale of up to $13.3 million of Common Stock.
  • Milliken Infrastructure Solutions sold to ClockSpring|NRIJones Day advised Milliken & Company in the sale of Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC to ClockSpring|NRI, a manufacturer of highly innovative and engineered products for the repair and rehabilitation of global critical infrastructure.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc.Jones Day advised Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance and protective textile materials, in connection with the acquisition of Andover Healthcare, Inc. and Andover Resources, Inc., leading manufacturers of cohesive bandages and tapes for healthcare, animal health, and sports medicine industries.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Southern Company sells certain Florida assets to NextEra Energy for $6.5 billionJones Day advised Southern Company in three separate transactions for the sale of several of its Florida assets – Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas, and the entities holding Southern Power’s interest in Plant Oleander and Plant Stanton – to NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) for an aggregate purchase price of $6.5 billion, including total equity value of approximately $5.1 billion.
  • Kenall sold to Legrand, North and Central AmericaJones Day advised Kenall Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of innovative, energy efficient, and sustainable specification grade lighting and control solutions for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, in its sale of the Company to Legrand, North and Central America.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Canyon Bakehouse for $205 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its $205 million acquisition (including a performance-based contingent payment of $5 million) of Canyon Bakehouse, LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, Colorado.
  • GRA Venture Fund participates in $25 million Series A financing round of Antios TherapeuticsJones Day represented GRA Venture Fund in connection with its participation in the $25 million Series A financing round of Antios Therapeutics Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antiviral therapies for unmet medical needs.
  • Axion BioSystems raises capital in Series A roundJones Day represented Axion BioSystems, Inc., a manufacturer of the Maestro multiwell microelectrode array (MEA) platform, in connection with its issuance of Series A Preferred Stock in a private placement to accredited investors.
  • Emrgy raises additional capital in private placement of Convertible NotesJones Day advised Emrgy Inc., a developer of technologies to deliver distributed energy and efficiency solutions, in connection with the issuance of Convertible Notes in a private placement to certain accredited investors.
  • ArunA Biomedical issues $5.3 million of Common Stock in Reg D offeringJones Day advised ArunA Biomedical, Inc., a manufacturer of technologies in human stem cell research for use in drug discovery and development, in connection with its issuance of $5.3 million of Common Stock in a Regulation D offering.
  • Roper Technologies acquires PowerPlan for $1.1 billionJones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its all-cash $1.1 billion acquisition of PowerPlan, Inc. from the private equity firm Thoma Bravo.
  • GRA Venture Fund invests in AccuitisJones Day represented GRA Venture Fund, LLC and GRA Venture Fund (T.E.), LLC in connection with their purchase of Series A-2 Preferred Stock in a private placement by Accuitis, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multiple first-in-class drug therapies to treat chronic, diseases of the skin and eye.
  • GRA Venture Fund invests in AcivilateJones Day represented GRA Venture Fund, LLC and GRA Venture Fund (T.E.), LLC in connection with its equity investment of series seed stock in Acivilate, Inc., an Atlanta-based tech startup focused on the criminal justice sector.
  • ConstructConnect acquires Quote Software, Inc.Jones Day advised ConstructConnect, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Quote Software, Inc.
  • Deltek acquires OnviaJones Day advised Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and solutions for project-based businesses, in the $70 million acquisition of Onvia, Inc.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • August 1, 2019
      Accounting and Finance Executives Forum, Current Trends in M&A
    • April 27, 2017
      Practical Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 26, 2017
      Distinguished Speaker, Current Triple Bottom Line Trends from a Legal Perspective, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 28, 2016
      Practical Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 27, 2016
      Distinguished Speaker, Managing the Triple Bottom Line from a Legal Perspective, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • February 22, 2016
      Stretching a Point: Multiple Duties Pulling In-House Counsel in Multiple Directions, Jones Day Atlanta 2016 CLE Academy
    • April 23, 2015
      Practical Ethics, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 22, 2015
      Distinguished Speaker, Corporate Governance, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 24, 2014
      Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 23, 2014
      Distinguished Speaker, Corporate Governance, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 19, 2013
      Ethics and Leadership, Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies
    • April 17-18, 2013
      Distinguished Speaker, Ethics and Leadership, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • May 2, 2011
      Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtable
    • May 14, 2010
      Initial Considerations in Forming a Business Entity, Urologic Invention Convention, Georgia Institute of Technology
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