Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson


Bill is Managing Partner of Houston and Texas region. He has more than 25 years of experience helping clients successfully close complex transactions across a wide range of industries.
Bill handles public offerings; private placements; monetization transactions; cross-border securities offerings, including those involving Multijurisdictional Disclosure Systems (MJDS); proxy contests; securities law compliance and corporate governance. Bill also has experience in public and private M&A transactions. Bill’s clients include issuers, investment banking firms, private capital providers, private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Bill works with clients across many industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, oilfield services, midstream energy, power and utilities, renewables, chemicals, industrials, insurance, restaurants/hospitality, healthcare and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, blockchain, AI, mining, technology, among others.


Representative matters

Capital Markets Transactions

The underwriters in connection with a $2.25 billion notes offering by Kinder Morgan, Inc.

The underwriters in connection with a $148 million upsized follow-on equity offering by SilverBow Resources, Inc.

The underwriters in connection with a $1.25 billion bond offering by Petrobras Global Finance. N.V.

Published Work

  • Nelson, B. (2012) “Let’s Go Shopping,” Lexology
  • Nelson, B. (2011) “When Less Can Be More,” Houston Business Journal
  • Nelson, B. (2011) “What Is a Special Committee of the Board of Directors and When Does Our Company Need One?,” Lexology
  • Nelson, B. (2011) “Top Ten Initial Considerations in a Going Private Transaction,” Lexology

Speaking Engagements

  • “Buyer, Seller Perspectives in Current Climate,” M&A Insight, Houston, TX, May 2013
  • “Corporate Law & Governance: Emerging Best Practices for Corporate Governance,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston, TX, August 2012
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Panel, TIPRO Summer Conference, August 2011

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Founder, Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer, The Houston Police Foundation
  • Committeeman, Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Wine Committee
  • Board Member, YES School, Oil & Gas Poker Tournament
  • Board Member, Brown Club of Houston


  • Recognized on list of Who’s Who in Energy, Houston Business Journal, American City Business Journals (2013)
  • Recognized as a Top Legal Dealmaker, Houston Business Journal, American City Business Journals (2013)
  • Recognized in Rising Stars Edition, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2006-2010)



Texas, 1997
New York, 2020


B.S., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1992
M.A., Brown University, 1994
J.D., The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1997
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.