William J. Schnoor Jr.
Partner, Goodwin Procter
Bill Schnoor, a partner in and co-chair of the firm’s Technology Companies & Life Sciences Group and one of the leaders of Goodwin Procter’s interdisciplinary practice focusing on investments in alternative energy and clean technologies, concentrates in the areas of business and securities law, private equity and acquisitions. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2005, after a 21-year career with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP.
Mr. Schnoor represents start-ups and other private and public companies in a wide range of industries. He has worked with numerous companies from their initial financing through initial public offerings or acquisitions, and has advised numerous public companies and their boards of directors. Mr. Schnoor works with companies across a broad range of industries, including alternative energy and other clean technologies; ecommerce and other internet-based businesses; enterprise software; life sciences; and healthcare information technology.
A significant portion of Mr. Schnoor's practice has involved cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has represented numerous investment banks in connection with underwritten offerings and their activities as financial advisors to companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Schnoor has also represented numerous private equity clients in connection with their own fund-raising and internal organizational issues as well as in making portfolio investments and in connection with matters affecting their portfolio companies.
Mr. Schnoor speaks frequently on financing, entrepreneurship and public offerings. He has presented to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School New Enterprise course on "Legal Issues for Start-Ups," and has appeared as a guest at the Harvard Business School course on Entrepreneurial Management on legal topics. Mr. Schnoor is also on the Advisory Board to the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and has participated as a judge in the Yale Y50k business plan competition.
Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Schnoor was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston.
Mr. Schnoor has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers.
Mr. Schnoor received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Yale University (summa cum laude).
Mr. Schnoor is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.