William F. Wilson

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C., New York

William Wilson practices in our Technology Companies Group, where he focuses on technology transactions and data privacy. William is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

William focuses on technology transactions, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals across industries with a particular focus on the fintech, healthcare, and technology sectors. He also advises clients on data privacy matters and the intersection of privacy in technology transactions. William is a strategic advisor in these matters to startups and large corporate enterprises and to investors in such companies.

Before working at Orrick, William was an associate at another West Coast-based law firm where he completed a secondment with AWS Elemental, overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions. Prior to law school, William worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
  • The following is a representative selection of William’s experience:

    Fintech and Payments 

    • Represented numerous banks in connection with the negotiation of core processing agreements.
    • Represented a major financial institution in the outsourcing of the technology platform and related services to support its online personal savings and business checking products.
    • Represented a European-based digital-only banking platform unicorn on its US expansion, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals for it currency conversion, cryptocurrency, and U.S. banking relationships.
    • Negotiated various payment related agreements, including merchant, payment facilitator, and ISO agreements. 
    • Advised clients on payment and banking regulatory issues associated with fintech transactions, including compliance with brand operating rules, money transmission, NACHA rules, PCI-DSS, GLBA, and FTC and CFPB rules.

    Technology and Intellectual Property

    • Represented video processing software company overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions, including negotiating and drafting outbound technology, API and SDK, and content licensing agreements.
    • Represented leading automotive manufacturer in the procurement and integration of voice recognition and mapping systems for its vehicles. 
    • Provided counsel on technology transfer matters, including to a nanotechnology startup in acquiring patents from a research university.  
    • Structured and drafted electronic health records (EHR) sublicense for university research hospital.
    • Represented clients on open source issues, software audits, and clean room software development procedures.
    • Counsel to apparel retailer in connection with the implementation of and migration to a cloud-based e-commerce platform. 

    Privacy and Security

    • Advised clients in all aspects of data security incident response, including investigation and preparation of notifications pursuant to state breach notification laws.
    • Advised clients on international data protection requirements, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation and developing mechanisms to comply with cross-Atlantic data transfer requirements. 
    • Provided counsel on and managed third party penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. 
    • Counsel on privacy regulations and industry standards, including state privacy and cyber security laws, GLBA, PCI-DSS, COPPA, FERPA, CalOPPA, and CCPA.