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William Q. Orbe


William Q. Orbe is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring. His practice focuses on investment and financing transactions, including private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, and the acquisition and sale of private fund managers.

Bill's clients include hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions. He regularly provides advice to fund managers and finance companies on securities regulatory and compliance matters, trading questions, and other aspects of their ongoing operations.

He has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers Magazine for Mergers & Acquisitions and Business & Corporate Law (2008-2020).

Prior to joining the firm, Bill was a founding partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, a boutique law firm that focused on financial markets.

Representative Matters

  • Acquisitions and sales of companies in the financial services, healthcare, material sciences, on-line trading, industrial equipment, medical equipment, truck manufacturing, automotive parts, automotive quality control, ocean carriage, rail carriage, air carriage, insurance brokerage, real estate development, retail clothing, and moving sectors.
  • Private equity investments in insurance, pharmaceutical, financial services, finance, retail, mining, energy, banking, and real estate development companies.
  • Venture capital investments in transportation, energy, pharma, bio-technology, medical technology, social media, communications, internet, computer hardware, and electronics companies.
  • Portfolio acquisitions and sales by investment funds and financial institutions.
  • Rescue financing and liquidity financing.
  • Acquisitions of alternative asset managers.
  • Private tender offers by private equity funds.


  • Cornell University, B.A. (1979)
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1982)


Admitted to practice: New York

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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Crowell & Moring and Kibbe & Orbe Join Forces (April 1, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"VC 'Down Round' Financings, Part Two," Corporate Alert (June 11, 2020). Contact: William Q. Orbe
Client Alert / Newsletter
"VC 'Down Round' Financings, Part One," Corporate Alert (May 6, 2020). Contact: William Q. Orbe
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Resiliency - What To Do When Your Supply Chain Breaks," (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Jennifer K. Grady, William Q. Orbe
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Daily Fantasy Sports: Fun and Games Until Courts Decide It's 'Gambling'," New York Law Journal (November 12, 2015). Authors: William Q. Orbe and John A. Clark.
"Succession Planning Series: Selling a Hedge Fund Founder’s Interest to an Outside Investor (Part Two of Two)," The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 2 (January 16, 2014). Authors: Scott C. Budlong and William Q. Orbe.
"Convertible Preferred Stock: How Preferred Is It?," The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 48 (Part 1) and Vol. 7, No 1 (Part Two) (December 2013 and January 2014). Author: William Q. Orbe.
"Succession Planning Series: A Blueprint for Hedge Fund Founders Seeking to Pass Along the Firm to the Next Generation of Leaders (Part One of Two)," The Hedge Fund Law Report Vol. 6, No. 45 (November 21, 2013). Authors: Scott C. Budlong and William Q. Orbe.
"Private Equity: An Examination of Exit Rights for Hedge Funds Making Non-Controlling Private Equity Investments," The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 28 (July 18, 2013). Authors: William Q. Orbe and Scott Budlong.
"Mergers & Acquisitions: Buying a Majority Interest in a Hedge Fund Manager: An Acquirer’s Primer on Key Structuring and Negotiating Issues," The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 3, No. 12 (May 20, 2011). Authors: Scott C. Budlong and William Q. Orbe.

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