William J. Tuttle


William J. Tuttle


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3352 | +1 202 261 3333

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William J. Tuttle focuses his practice on capital markets and general corporate matters, including the representation of issuers and investment banks in public and private securities transactions and companies in their formation and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Tuttle regularly represents issuers and underwriters in the formation of, and securities offerings by, business development companies, closed-end funds and other vehicles. He also represents investment advisers on the structuring and formation of their businesses and in the development of new investment funds, particularly leveraged loan funds.

In 2017, Mr. Tuttle was named among the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. He was previously recognized for his work in the capital markets: equity and high-yield offerings areas by legal directory The Legal 500 (U.S.), where he was also regarded as a “BDC expert.” In addition, Mr. Tuttle was named in 2008 to Legal Bisnow’s “30 Under 30: Rising Legal Stars.” Mr. Tuttle was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a Rising Star for capital markets: debt and equity in the IFLR1000.


Capital Markets

  • Underwriters in two preferred stock offerings and one common stock offering by Gladstone Investment Corporation.
  • Golub Capital BDC, Inc. in its formation transactions, initial public offering of common stock and listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and follow-on offerings of common stock.
  • Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. in its formation transactions and initial public offering.
  • PennantPark Investment Corporation in its follow-on offerings of common stock and two notes offerings.
  • Garrison Capital Inc. in its formation transactions, initial public offering of common stock, listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and secondary offerings by certain selling stockholders.
  • Underwriters in the initial public offering of common stock by Monroe Capital Corporation.
  • Underwriters in a preferred stock offering by Gladstone Capital Corporation.
  • Initial purchasers in the US$450 million offering of 11.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 by Columbus International Inc.
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc. in a US$425 million private placement of convertible preferred stock by an affiliate of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
  • Union Square Hospitality Group LLC on the organization of, and US$20 million private placement by, SSE Holdings LLC (Shake Shack).
  • Griffon Corporation in its US$240 million rights offering and investment by GS Direct, L.L.C.
  • New World Resources B.V. in its €300 million offering of 7 3/8% senior notes due 2015.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. in its acquisition of MCG Capital Corporation.
  • Van Eck Associates Corporation in various pending and completed asset acquisitions.
  • Several investment funds in the formation of joint venture arrangements
  • Legg Mason, Inc. in its acquisition of QS Investors.
  • Buckeye Technologies Inc. in its US$1.5 billion sale to Georgia-Pacific LLC.
  • Reich & Tang Asset Management, LLC in its acquisition of certain assets from Double Rock Corporation and its affiliates.
  • MediciNova, Inc. in its acquisition of Avigen, Inc.

General Corporate

  • Aequitas Capital Management in connection with certain corporate structuring transactions.
  • SailingStone Capital Partners in connection with its formation and separation of its management team from RS Investments.
  • Representation of a credit-focused investment manager in the structuring and launch of parallel onshore and offshore investment funds.
  • Reorganization and structuring transactions for several investment advisers to provide operational efficiency and effective succession planning.
  • Asset managers in connection with the structuring of and private placement of newly-formed private funds.
  • Asset managers in the documentation and execution of secondary securities trades.
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2000, High Distinction, Distinguished Majors Program, Echols Scholar, Robert Byrd Honors Scholarship
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2003, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • District of Columbia
  • New York