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William Wallander

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Bill is the Practice Group Leader for the firm's Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. Bill has over 20 years experience in corporate and business workout and restructuring transactions, distressed asset acquisitions and divestitures, and reorganization proceedings. Bill's practice includes representation of secured creditors, bondholders, creditors, committees, trustees, and debtors in restructuring transactions, remedies enforcement, and bankruptcy cases. Bill has also served as an expert witness in Bankruptcy Court.


  • Life Fellow: Keeton Fellow, The University of Texas School of Law; Dean's Roundtable, The University of Texas School of Law; Chancellor's Council, The University of Texas; Littlefield Society, The University of Texas
  • Sustaining Life Fellow: Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Member: American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association; Dallas Bankruptcy Bar Association; American Bankruptcy Institute; Turnaround Management Association; Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Planning Committee: State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section Annual Meeting, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • Treasurer: State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section 2012
  • Co-Chair: Association of Insolvency and Reorganization Advisors 20th Annual National Meeting, Dallas, Texas, June 2004
  • Planning Committee/Sponsor: Turnaround Management Association Seminar, Dallas, Texas, 2004
  • Planning Committee/Sponsor: Turnaround Management Association Seminar "Critical Stages of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Process," Dallas, Texas, 2003
  • Planning Committee: The University of Texas Advanced Bankruptcy Course, Austin, Texas, 1997


Bill graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, B.A. magna cum laude in 1981, and The University of Texas, J.D. in 1984. Admitted to Texas Bar in 1984 and New York Bar in 2008.

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The ‘depth of legal and industry knowledge’ at Vinson & Elkins LLP ‘is unparalleled’, and the team provides ‘hands down the best restructuring lawyers in the energy space’. The practice is involved in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings across multiple industries and jurisdictions. Dallas-based William Wallander’s understanding of the law is ‘as deep as it gets and is matched with good commercial sense’. He leads the practice alongside David Meyer, who is also based in New York. The team advised EnCap portfolio company PennEnergy Resources in connection with its acquisition for $600m of substantially all the assets of Rex Energy in a Chapter 11 sale. The team also represented Harvey Gulf International Marine, a leading operator of Jones Act-qualified offshore supply vessels, in its restructuring of more than $1.2bn in secured debt obligations. The client and 90 affiliates filed prepackaged Chapter 11 cases in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in March 2018; after complex negotiations, the plan was confirmed in May 2018. Other clients include Apollo Global Management, Bellatrix Exploration and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.

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