WILLIAM SHIRLEY is counsel in the firm’s New York office. His practice encompasses a wide range of legal matters related to the financial services industry, particularly those related to Dodd-Frank and other regulatory initiatives that followed in the wake of the financial crisis and those related to recent fintech innovation in the financial markets.
Bill works closely with colleagues who practice in several of the firm’s practice groups—including the Investment Funds group, the Banking and Financial Services group, and the Global Finance group—and in several of the firm’s offices—including New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and London. He has coordinated the firm’s efforts related to swap regulation, the Volcker Rule, risk retention requirements and various bank regulatory initiatives related to financial stability. More recently, Bill has served as one of two coordinators for the firm’s fintech initiatives and practices.
Bill served for 17 years as a senior lawyer at AIG Financial Products Corp., including as its General Counsel for four years prior to leaving in 2011. Subsequently Bill was a visiting assistant professor of law at Hofstra Law School, where he taught banking and financial institution law during the spring of 2012. Previously Bill had a varied capital markets and M&A practice at another large international law firm, where he was initially based in New York before spending three years resident in Paris followed by two years resident in London.
Admissions & Certifications
- New York
- Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1986 (Managing Editor, Columbia Law Review, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
- Stanford University, A.B. English, 1981 (departmental distinction, Phi Beta Kappa)