William J. Williams Jr.Of Counsel
Bill Williams joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1962, was a partner from 1969 through 2004 and is now Of Counsel. He has headed up the Firm’s Securities Law Practice, managed the General Practice Group and formerly served on the Firm’s Governing Committee. He has had very extensive experience in international securities offerings by European, Japanese and Latin American issuers. Mr. Williams played a major role in the development of SEC Regulation S, Rule 15a-6 (which governs the activities of non-U.S. broker-dealers in the United States) and Regulation M (the trading rules) and the Securities Act public offering reforms. He was a member of the NASD’s Legal Advisory Board and the NYSE’s Legal Advisory Committee. Mr. Williams has represented the securities industry in connection with the SEC’s consideration of fixed price offerings, shelf registration, the Securities Act Concept Release, the “Aircraft Carrier” and Regulation FD.
Mr. Williams is vice chairman of the board of an American-style high school for Bulgarian girls and boys in Sofia, Bulgaria.