William Dong - Associate

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William Dong

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Professional Profile

William Dong is a tax associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. William’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, tax-free spin-offs, restructurings, public offerings and other financings.

Representative Matters

  • Savage Companies in its merger with Bartlett and Company and the subsequent Savage Enterprises joint venture, a leading global provider of supply chain and industrial services spanning the agriculture, energy and chemical, and environmental sectors

Prior to joining Kirkland, William’s representative matters included:

  • Straight Path Communications Inc. in its pending $3.1 billion sale to Verizon Communications in an all-stock merger intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization

  • Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a $13.7 billion committed unsecured bridge facility to finance Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market

  • HNA Group Co. Ltd. in its $6.5 billion acquisition of an approximate 25% interest in Hilton Inc., Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (collectively, f/k/a Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.) from affiliates of Blackstone

  • MGM Resorts International in the formation of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP), a real estate investment trust, and the tax aspects of MGP’s $1.05 billion initial public offering

  • Partners Group Limited in its acquisition of a majority interest in Pacific Bells, Inc. and World Wide Wings, LLC

  • HNA Group and Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company in their $6 billion acquisition of Ingram Micro

  • Montagu Private Equity LLP in its $725 million sale of Centor to Gerresheimer AG

  • Advent International Corporation in its acquisition of a majority interest in Distribution International, Inc.

  • Paul J. Taubman and firm PJT Partners in the combination of PJT Partners with the financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization advisory services, and Park Hill fund placement businesses of Blackstone and the spin-out of the combined business to create an independent, publicly traded company

  • DIRECTV in its $67.1 billion sale to AT&T in a transaction intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization


Co-author, “M&A Tax Protections: UK and US Market Practice,” PLC Magazine, September 2014


“Tax Strategies for Real Estate LLC and LP Agreements: Capital Contributions, Tax Allocations and Distributions, and More,” Strafford Publications, Inc. Webinar (2018)

Prior Experience

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 2013–2017

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