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William G. Pappas

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Raleigh | 919.890.4164
Fax | 919.835.4556
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Throughout his 30-year career, Bill Pappas has provided results-oriented corporate counsel to national and international clients in the life sciences, manufacturing, pharmaceutical-related, health care, and investment industries. He guides clients in various business and transactional matters that include corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business investments and expansions, and stock and asset purchases and sales. In addition, he has substantial experience representing both domestic and foreign business entities in their private investments in the United States and abroad, including corporate relocation and expansion projects, as well as corporate finance and lending transactions.

Bill currently serves as general counsel to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the leading catalyst for North Carolina's life sciences industry. He also leads Parker Poe's Life Sciences industry team.

He recently completed a six-year term on the firm's board of directors.

Representative Experience

  • Represented major international furniture and wood products manufacturer in the foreign direct investment deal for its first U.S. manufacturing facility. Our services included site selection consultation, negotiation of multimillion-dollar state and county incentives package, and negotiation of utility easements and other issues related to the site.
  • Provided corporate governance, tax and general counsel to a foundation that supports a major health care system.
  • Counseled a major Chinese company on the legal and operational issues involved in organizing a U.S. operating subsidiary.
  • Represented a major nonprofit life sciences research entity in a series of asset divestitures and related transactions.
  • Represented a Canadian company in acquiring a building products manufacturing company and implementing a $175 million expansion of its operating facilities.
  • Represented a multi-office medical specialist practice in evaluating the reorganization of its practice and health care options.
  • Represented a major primary care medical practice in expanding its operations through a merger.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, 2006-2018; Biotechnology Law, 2013-2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, 2006-2017; International and Intellectual Property, 2006-2015
  • American Lawyer magazine 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Technology Law
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Business Law, 2005- 2009, 2011-2014, 2016-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Business Law; Corporate; Biotechnology; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Health Care; International Business Law; Mergers; Acquisitions & Joint Ventures; Economic Development
  • Law clerk for the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Logan D. Howell, United States Magistrate
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Board of Directors (Executive, Claims and Audit/Finance Committees), 2010-present
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (Research Triangle Chapter), Director, 2009-present; General Counsel, 2002-2008
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Edge 5 Steering Committee, Advance Division Co-Chair, 2013-present; Board of Advisors, 1999-present; Economic Development Board, 2000-2015
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Institute Certificate Holder, 2007-present
  • Marbles Kids Museum, Board of Directors, 2002-2010
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Chair, Business Law Section, 1997-1999