William M. Shields

Partner

  • JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1997; Articles Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • AB, Yale University, 1991

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1998
  • Legal 500 (2013-2017)
  • Law360 - Private Equity MVP (2012-2013)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2006)

William M. Shields

Partner

Will Shields is co-chair of the private equity transactions group and a partner in the Boston office. His practice focuses on representing private equity firms and public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other direct investments. Will also represents investment management firms in connection with strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings.

Publications

  • Quoted, “GPs grow big insurance platforms through small acquisitions,” Buyouts (November 23, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Capital Calls: With exits up, PE add-ons slow,” The Deal (July 24, 2015)
  • Quoted, “Sponsor-Backed IPO Market On Fire; More Deals Queued,” Buyouts (June 3, 2013)