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William S. Painter

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Jackson
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William S. Painter, former managing shareholder of the Jackson office, concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, tax and health care restructuring.

Featured Experience

Advised a national e-commerce company in the health care sector with respect to health care regulatory issues and related contract issues which arose out of its e-commerce business model.

2016
Represented a large shareholder of a fuel supply company on the sale of the company to a venture capital investor, negotiating and drafting the waterfall agreement between the shareholder and his venture capital co-investors with respect to the sale of their respective interests in the company, and negotiating the employment and investment agreements with the acquiring company.
2012
Advised a software development company in the employment field with respect to its corporate and business issues, including its licensing agreements, financing arrangements, corporate structure and shareholder relationships.
2016

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Painter's experience includes corporate, employee benefits and deferred compensation, federal, state and local taxation, securities, and trusts and estates.

Representative Matters
  • Advised a national e-commerce company in the health care sector with respect to health care regulatory issues and related contract issues which arose out of its e-commerce business model.

  • Represented a large shareholder of a fuel supply company on the sale of the company to a venture capital investor, negotiating and drafting the waterfall agreement between the shareholder and his venture capital co-investors with respect to the sale of their respective interests in the company, and negotiating the employment and investment agreements with the acquiring company.
  • Advised a software development company in the employment field with respect to its corporate and business issues, including its licensing agreements, financing arrangements, corporate structure and shareholder relationships.
  • Represented a Mississippi limited liability company on a series of transactions intended to provide a liquidity channel for certain existing members, including reviewing the existing Operating Agreement; drafting an Amended and Restated Company Agreement addressing membership voting rights, membership approval authority, restrictions on the transfer of membership interests, and other matters to bring the Agreement in line with the current Mississippi limited liability company statutes and eliminate provisions that are no longer applicable; drafting the liquidity offer disclosure agreement; and drafting all member resolutions and a voting ballot authorizing the transactions, and the Amended and Restated Operating Agreement.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax Law since 1993
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Jackson-MS Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2013 Jackson-MS Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year;" 2010 Jackson-MS Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading lawyer in Mississippi since 2003 
  • Named an Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2006)
  • Fellow – American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow – American College of Tax Counsel
  • Former Chair – Mississippi Secretary of State's Task Force on Business Law Reform, which revised in their entirety Mississippi's statutes governing for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and limited partnerships (1986)
  • Former Chair – Secretary of State's Business Law Advisory Group, which has the ongoing responsibility of improving the state's business laws (1987 – 1996)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006; listed among the top 50 attorneys in Mississippi (2006 – 2011, 2013) 
  • Member – American, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations
Press Releases

William Painter has a strong track record for handling complex transactional work, particularly tax mandates. He is highly commended by interviewees for his technical ability, and is also known for his impressive roster of healthcare clients.

William Painter is recommended for his corporate and tax law expertise in the healthcare sector. One source identifies him as 'the go-to person for numerous physician groups in the state - as good as they get.'

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