Press Release

William Veatch Joins Finance Practice in San Francisco

San Francisco - (June 16, 2003) - Morrison & Foerster continues the expansion of its global finance practice with another key lateral partner addition, William S. Veatch. Mr. Veatch, a recognized leader in the area of credit finance, leasing, and receivables financing, comes to Morrison & Foerster from the San Francisco office of Cooley, Godward. He joins Morrison's Financial Transactions Practice as a partner in San Francisco. Mr. Veatch marks the fifth finance partner who has joined the firm since the beginning of the year, including key arrivals in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

"Bill's expertise in technology receivables financing, software financing, and leasing deepens our existing practices in those areas, and makes us a destination firm for both technology companies seeking such financing and the financial institutions that provide it," said Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. "Bringing on board a lawyer of Bill's caliber also underscores our commitment to building the firm's full service financial transactions practice in key global markets."

Mr. Veatch's practice is focused on representing foreign and domestic banks and other institutional lenders, equipment leasing companies, and technology companies in structuring and documenting deals involving various forms of complex equipment leasing, receivables financing, and other debt and equity financing, including asset-based loans and venture loans with equity kickers. Mr. Veatch devotes a substantial part of his practice to advising financial institutions and companies on structuring global technology equipment and software vendor programs.

Bill Veatch said, "Morrison's national footprint, strong New York finance practice, and global presence provide a natural and exciting platform to grow and expand my practice. I am delighted to be joining the firm."

Mr. Veatch received his law degree from the University of California at Hastings, Hastings College of the Law in 1987, where he was a member of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. He also received an LL.B. from the University of Manitoba School of Law in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1985, where he was administrative editor of the Manitoba Law Journal. Prior to joining Cooley, Godward in 1994, Mr. Veatch practiced corporate law at Hosie, Wes, McLaughlin & Sacks. From 1990 to 1991 he served as assistant counsel at Bank of the West in Walnut Creek, California.

Mr. Veatch is a frequent lecturer, and the author of significant substantive articles and practice guide chapters, including Chapter 31A, "Venture Leasing and Software Leasing," in the book, Equipment Leasing (Matthew Bender 2002). He is currently writing a book titled Global Technology Receivables Financing.




Unsolicited e-mails and information sent to Morrison & Foerster will not be considered confidential, may be disclosed to others pursuant to our Privacy Policy, may not receive a response, and do not create an attorney-client relationship with Morrison & Foerster. If you are not already a client of Morrison & Foerster, do not include any confidential information in this message. Also, please note that our attorneys do not seek to practice law in any jurisdiction in which they are not properly authorized to do so.