Join us for our inaugural speaker mixer, featuring guest speaker Bill Cernius from Latham & Watkins LLP. Connect with Orange County alumni from 12 leading business schools and hear Mr. Cernius speak about IPO opportunities and challenges.


The UCI University Club
801 East Peltason Dr.
Irvine, California

Driving Directions:

Take East Peltason off of Campus Drive

Event Details

Please join us for our inaugural speaker mixer as Bill Cernius, a partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, will speak on "So you want to go public?  2012 IPO opportunities, solutions and mistakes to avoid."  Bill will provide insights on current developments in the IPO markets based on the experiences of the firm's leading IPO practice.  Learn about the issues and challenges that are out there, and the mistakes to avoid, in successfully pursuing what is usually the most important single event in a company's history.  Bill will speak at 7:00 p.m. and will be available for further discussion after the presentation.


$10 per person fee to attend, payable in advance ($15 at the door - cash only)


Register Online

Deadline: 2/28/2012

Speaker Profiles

Bill Cernius (Speaker)
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

William J. Cernius has practiced law with Latham & Watkins since 1985 and has been a resident attorney in each of the San Diego, Los Angeles, London and Orange County offices of the firm. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and securities matters across a variety of industries.

Mr. Cernius has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience representing both sellers and buyers (both financial and strategic), including the $4.0 billion merger between Kimco Realty Corporation and Pan Pacific Retail Properties, Inc., the $2.9 billion merger between Health Care Property Investors, Inc. and American Health Properties, Inc., the $1.0 billion merger between British Telecommunications plc and Infonet Services Corporation and the $680 million leveraged buy-out acquisition of Irvine Apartment Communities, Inc. by The Irvine Company. In addition, Mr. Cernius has participated in hostile acquisition situations including the defense of ARV Assisted Living, Inc. and the acquisition of JCC Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Cernius has also represented both issuers and advisors in numerous securities-related transactions of virtually all types and sizes, including the $1.2 billion initial public offering for Infonet Services Corporation, the $300 million initial public offering for Aames Investment Corporation, the $160 million Rule 144A common stock offering for NNN Realty Advisors, Inc. and the $53 million initial public offering by Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. Mr. Cernius has considerable experience in advising private and public companies regarding the intricacies of the US federal and state securities laws and lectures often on related topics including initial public offerings, in particular.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cernius spent two years as an investment banker with the firm of Morgan, Olmstead, Kennedy & Gardner, Incorporated where he focused on initial public offerings, venture capital financings and middle market mergers and acquisitions. While at Morgan, Olmstead, Bill was in charge of the firm's venture capital fund.


Scott Shea 
Chicago Booth OC Chapter Alumni Club President

Other Information

A food buffet will be provided including pasta with Vodka sauce (Fresh Garlic, Basil and Marinara meat Sauce with a touch of Cream, flamed in Vodka), Pasta with Abbondanza sauce (Mushrooms, Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil), Fresh Poached Salmon Salad (flaked Atlantic Salmon on a bed of crisp Field Greens tossed with Chopped Tomatoes, Avocado, Bermuda Onions, Cucumber, and Artichoke Hearts served with a chilled Dill Sauce), and cookies. Cash bar.