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William C. Donovan focuses his practice on corporate, finance and restructuring matters. His practice includes representing funds, finance companies and other providers of capital lenders in various commercial loan transactions and in acquisition and private equity transactions. Bill is also experienced in acquisitions (both in and outside of insolvency proceedings), workouts, restructuring and bankruptcy.


  • Debt financing, including asset based loans, cash flow loans, second lien, "tranche-B", mezzanine and subordinated debt financings and intercreditor relationships
  • Bankruptcy and debt restructuring
  • Private equity and venture capital investments



  • Represented a global private equity fund in a $25 million senior credit facility and a $7 million mezzanine loan in connection with the acquisition and financing of a regional restaurant chain.
  • Represented a lender in a $9 million term loan secured by fine art.
  • Represented a global fund as a borrower in a $50 million credit facility secured by fine art.
  • Represented First Niagara Commercial Finance, Inc. (formerly known as NewAlliance Commercial Finance) in numerous asset based credit facilities to retailers, manufacturers and distributors.
  • Represented the lender in a $35 million credit facility to a coin and collectibles auction company.
  • Represented The Borrower, a regional clothing store chain, in a $225 million credit facility.
  • Represented the lender in a $38 million credit facility to a boutique investment firm specializing in making private equity investments.
  • Represented a U.S.-based hedge fund in a senior secured credit facility to a medical facilities operator.
  • Represented Textron Financial and a syndicate of lenders and participants in the workout and restructuring of aggregate $500 million in loans to a major timeshare developer, involving multiple timeshare receivables facilities, acquisition and development facilities, and construction facilities.
  • Represented the lender in a $300 million debt restructuring with a timeshare resort developer.
  • Represented a destination club in the purchase of assets out of Chapter 11 and related financing transactions.
  • Represented a U.S.-based hedge fund in the acquisition and financing of a $130 million portfolio of worldwide companies specializing in manufacturing automobile and powertrain components.
  • Represented a U.S.-based hedge fund in the acquisition and financing of a $124 million division of a manufacturing and technology conglomerate.
  • Represented the mezzanine lender in a $40 million financing to a multinational fitness equipment manufacturer.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Boston magazine, "Top Lawyers - Corporate Law," 2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009-2015
  • Member, Winning Team, "Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Over $100 million to $1 billion)" for the Chapter 11 reorganization of HMX, LLC, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award, 2014
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, Boston Bar Association


  • J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 2002
    • Case Comment Editor, Suffolk University Law Review
  • B.A., Politics, cum laude, Brandeis University, 1997
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts