Bill is the chair of the corporate and securities department. He concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling for a wide range of clients, from family-owned businesses to emerging growth businesses to public companies. In addition, Bill frequently acts as “outside general counsel” to his clients, representing them on all corporate and financial matters and coordinating other legal issues, ranging from litigation to intellectual property to regulatory matters. He regularly reviews agreements, negotiates employment matters and advises on litigation and regulatory issues.
In the area of securities, Bill represents clients in matters before the SEC, providing particular skill in Exchange Act compliance matters and all aspects of SEC registration, and has experience with Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act compliance and related regulatory matters. A significant part of his practice includes the representation of individuals, funds and issuers in connection with equity investments in emerging growth companies.
Bill’s merger and acquisition experience is significant, having participated in numerous purchases and sales of companies, both public and private, in transactions structured as asset sales, stock sales and mergers. These deals have ranged in size from several million dollars to the $1.6 billion merger between EB Games and GameStop, its primary competitor in the specialty retail video game industry.
In an article in GC Mid-Atlantic, Daniel Kaufman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Game Stop, described Bill as a “responsive, capable, very bright lawyer who understands what the company needs, and gives us 110 percent all the time.”
University of Notre Dame, J.D.
La Salle University, B.A., maxima cum laude
Chair, La Salle University Board of Trustees
Member, La Salle College High School Board of Trustees
Member, Finance and Budget Committee, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Member, Glenside Youth Athletic Club Board of Directors
Member, St. Luke the Evangelist Board of Directors
Past President, La Salle University Alumni Association
Adjunct Professor, La Salle University MBA Program “Accounting, Financial and Legal Models for Electronic Commerce”
Member, Steering Committee, Co-Chair, Programs Committee, Impact Conference
Member, Steering Committee, Chair, Programs Committee, MAC Mid-Atlantic Capital Conference
Chairperson, Programs Committee, Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, Mid-Atlantic Venture Conference
Named to the “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters for Corporate Law (2004-2013)
Recipient, John J. Finley Service Award, La Salle University
Member, Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up
Member, Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class
Press Release, “William W. Matthews, III Elected the Chair of the La Salle University Board of Trustees,” July 10, 2020
Quoted, “SBA PPP loan applicants search for Plan B as banks prioritize existing customers,” Philadelphia Business Journal, April 8, 2020
Author, “New Jersey Bans Cashless Stores and Restaurants,” Client Alert, March 2019
“Regulation G and Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Rules,” February 2003
Author, “Audit Committee Financial Expert and Code of Ethics Rules,” Technology Times, January 2003
Author, “Sarbanes-Oxley Reforms Become Law,” Technology Times, October 2002
Author, “Corporate Governance Recommendations in Light of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,” October 2002
Restaurants and Hospitality
Mergers and Acquisitions