Michael E. Williams

Partner

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Michael E. Williams

Partner

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Mike Williams devotes his practice primarily to general corporate law, antitrust, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financial services matters. Mr. Williams has participated in mergers and acquisitions of privately and publicly-held companies, and has represented companies with respect to complex corporate financial issues. He has represented companies and individuals in asset acquisitions, stock purchase transactions, raising equity, teaming arrangements and other forms of joint ventures and collaborations. He has also advised clients with respect to a variety of antitrust matters, including structuring global distribution arrangements, price fixing, collusion and monopoly issues.  He has worked with global companies in supply chain related issues. Mr. Williams has represented various clients before state and federal regulatory bodies, including the bank regulatory agencies for bank mergers and reorganizations, as well as the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission concerning antitrust matters. His industry experience includes aerospace, automotive, advanced manufacturing, construction, financial services, professional services, health care, and technology sectors.

Mr. Williams served as the firm's Managing Partner from 1991 - 2014.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the City of Indianapolis for the privatization of the Naval Air Warfare Center, one of the most successful and largest in-place privatizations of former military facilities, resulting in the preservation of thousands of jobs for Indianapolis  
  • Represented global manufacturing organization in complete redesign and restructuring of worldwide distribution network
  • Represented Rolls-Royce Corporation in negotiating lease and incentives package (approximately $22 Million in incentives) for relocation to Indianapolis Meridian Center
  • Represented major manufacturing company in defending substantial antitrust claims resulting in summary judgment in favor of client
  • Counseled numerous regional, national, and global companies concerning all areas of antitrust compliance such as monopolistic conduct, price fixing, exclusive dealing and distributorships, tying claims, vertical restraints and collaborations among competitors
  • Represented pipeline construction company with growth and acquisition strategies
  • Represented numerous organizations in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Represented widely-held corporation in a going-private transaction and conversion to Subchapter S corporation
  • Represented companies in numerous joint ventures involving shared services, product development, distribution and manufacturing responsibilities
  • Represented de-novo financial services company in initial public offering of securities  
  • Represented global manufacturing organization in successfully avoiding antitrust claims before federal regulatory agencies
  • Represented numerous financial services companies in mergers, acquisitions and regulatory matters before state and federal agencies
  • Represented widely-held corporation in defeating hostile takeover effort
  • Represented SEC reporting companies in merger, acquisition and reporting matters
  • Represented software service and development company in structuring distribution network
  • Represented widely-held company in restructuring organization to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan company
  • Represented widely-held company in tender offer for its shares

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (J.D., 1982)
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (summa cum laude, 1979) Outstanding Graduate -  Finance

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1982

Professional Associations

  • Develop Indy (Board of Directors - Chair)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council (Member)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee (Member)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Mid-Market Steering Committee (Member)
  • Ball State University - Miller College of Business (Advisory Director)
  • Ball State University CEO Organization (Member)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis (Member - Executive Committee and Past President)
  • Antitrust Section of American Bar Association (Member)
  • Corporate Advisory Council for the Indiana Pacers (Member)
  • Indy Motor Sports Initiative (Past Executive Committee Member)
  • Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation (Past Director)
  • Corporate Community Council (Past Director)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (Past Director)
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (Past Director)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006-2018
  • Who's Who in Banking in Indiana, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • "Forty Under 40," Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Who's Who in the Law in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Business Journal

Seminars and Presentations

  • "Privatization of Military Bases," American Bar Association
  • Frequent speaker at trade associations and corporate training programs on issues of antitrust compliance, pricing and distribution strategies
  • Frequent speaker at trade association and corporate training programs on matters of merger and acquisition strategies and corporate transactions and governance
Representative Experience
  • Represented the City of Indianapolis for the privatization of the Naval Air Warfare Center, one of the most successful and largest in-place privatizations of former military facilities, resulting in the preservation of thousands of jobs for Indianapolis  
  • Represented global manufacturing organization in complete redesign and restructuring of worldwide distribution network
  • Represented Rolls-Royce Corporation in negotiating lease and incentives package (approximately $22 Million in incentives) for relocation to Indianapolis Meridian Center
  • Represented major manufacturing company in defending substantial antitrust claims resulting in summary judgment in favor of client
  • Counseled numerous regional, national, and global companies concerning all areas of antitrust compliance such as monopolistic conduct, price fixing, exclusive dealing and distributorships, tying claims, vertical restraints and collaborations among competitors
  • Represented pipeline construction company with growth and acquisition strategies
  • Represented numerous organizations in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Represented widely-held corporation in a going-private transaction and conversion to Subchapter S corporation
  • Represented companies in numerous joint ventures involving shared services, product development, distribution and manufacturing responsibilities
  • Represented de-novo financial services company in initial public offering of securities  
  • Represented global manufacturing organization in successfully avoiding antitrust claims before federal regulatory agencies
  • Represented numerous financial services companies in mergers, acquisitions and regulatory matters before state and federal agencies
  • Represented widely-held corporation in defeating hostile takeover effort
  • Represented SEC reporting companies in merger, acquisition and reporting matters
  • Represented software service and development company in structuring distribution network
  • Represented widely-held company in restructuring organization to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan company
  • Represented widely-held company in tender offer for its shares
Education
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (J.D., 1982)
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (summa cum laude, 1979) Outstanding Graduate -  Finance
Bar Admissions
  • Indiana, 1982
Professional Associations
  • Develop Indy (Board of Directors - Chair)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council (Member)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee (Member)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Mid-Market Steering Committee (Member)
  • Ball State University - Miller College of Business (Advisory Director)
  • Ball State University CEO Organization (Member)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis (Member - Executive Committee and Past President)
  • Antitrust Section of American Bar Association (Member)
  • Corporate Advisory Council for the Indiana Pacers (Member)
  • Indy Motor Sports Initiative (Past Executive Committee Member)
  • Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation (Past Director)
  • Corporate Community Council (Past Director)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (Past Director)
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (Past Director)
Awards and Recognitions
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006-2018
  • Who's Who in Banking in Indiana, Indianapolis Business Journal
  • "Forty Under 40," Indianapolis Business Journal
  • Who's Who in the Law in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Business Journal
Seminars and Presentations
  • "Privatization of Military Bases," American Bar Association
  • Frequent speaker at trade associations and corporate training programs on issues of antitrust compliance, pricing and distribution strategies
  • Frequent speaker at trade association and corporate training programs on matters of merger and acquisition strategies and corporate transactions and governance