William J. Cernius

Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

William J. Cernius

William J. Cernius

Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP

Biography

William Cernius is a partner in the Corporate Department. His general corporate transactional practice and extensive experience focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and complex securities matters across a wide range of industries. He has been a resident attorney in each of the San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County and London offices.

His broad experience in advising private and public companies regarding the intricacies of the US federal and state securities laws renders Mr. Cernius a frequent lecturer on related topics, including initial public offerings.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cernius was an investment banker in charge of Morgan, Olmstead, Kennedy & Gardner's venture capital fund.

Mr. Cernius is a member of the Orange County and American Bar Associations. The Legal 500 US guide has on several occasions recognized Mr. Cernius for his work in Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Mr. Cernius has played an important role for both sellers and buyers in strategic and financial planning. His representations include:

US$3.1 billion acquisition by Realty Income Corporation of American Realty Capital Trust, Inc.
US$4.0 billion merger between Kimco Realty Corporation and Pan Pacific Retail Properties, Inc.
US$2.9 billion merger between Health Care Property Investors, Inc. and American Health Properties, Inc.
US$1.0 billion merger between British Telecommunications plc and Infonet Services Corporation
US$680 million leveraged buy-out acquisition of Irvine Apartment Communities, Inc. by Irvine Company

His experience also includes participation in hostile acquisition situations including the defense of ARV Assisted Living, Inc. and the acquisition of JCC Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Cernius' extensive representation of both issuers and advisors in virtually all types and sizes of securities-related transactions include:

US$50.35 million initial public offering for Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP
US$705.9 million initial public offering for American Homes 4 Rent (underwriters’ counsel)
US$1.2 billion initial public offering for Infonet Services Corporation (one of the 10 largest Internet IPOs)
US$300 million initial public offering for Aames Investment Corporation
US$200 million initial public offering for Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc.
US$160 million Rule 144A common stock offering for NNN Realty Advisors, Inc.
US$53 million initial public offering by Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.

Additionally, he has advised on billions of dollars of bond and preferred stock offerings.

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Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Realty Income Corp.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The Orange County Bar Association provides a wide variety of programs, services and opportunities for its attorney members, the judiciary, and the community. The OCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in California, with over 6,500 members. Members meet regularly in sections and committees dedicated to various areas of law and issues of concern to the legal community.

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Latham & Watkins LLP is a full-service law firm. The firm offers services in the areas of finance, litigation, tax, banking, life sciences, private equity, real estate, government relations, employment law, and outsourcing. The firm practices in a spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. Latham & Watkins was established in 1934 and is based in New York, New York.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Minority Leader at Illinois State Senate

$2,300
2008
$1,000
2007
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Realty Income Corp. issued USD Common Stock

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Redwood Trust, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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Redwood Trust, Inc. issued Common Stock

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