Work History

Work History
1988 - Present

Of Counsel

http://www.jonesday.com

Tracing its origins to 1893, Jones Day now encompasses more than 2,400 lawyers resident in 32 locations worldwide and ranks among the world's largest and most geographically diverse law firms. Jones Day is one of the most recognized and respected law firms in the world and we count more than 250 of the Fortune 500 among our clients.

1979 - 1988

Partner

Isham, Lincoln & Beale
Now dissolved law firm founded by Robert Todd Lincoln in 1872

Education

Education
1976 - 1979

JD

University of Illinois College of Law

Order of the Coif

Magna Cum Laude

Skills

Skills

Health Care and Education

Bill has provided corporate structuring, merger and acquisition and financing advice to multi-hospital, multi-state health care systems as well as other not for profit organizations such as foundations and universities.

Corporate and Municipal Finance

In the finance area, Bill has 30 years of experience, managing major securities offerings totaling several billion dollars, principally in underwritten public offerings. Of these, about one half were SEC-registered offerings. The others were tax-exempt, nonregistered public offerings, or private placements. Many of the transactions involved complex refinancings and several included various types of derivative, auction and variable rate securities.

Utility Regulation

My areas of expertise include electric, gas and water public utility companies and renewable energy companies.   Bill Harmon has advised utility companies in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Florida, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Minnesota on corporate structure, finance, affiliated transactions, diversification and other issues.   I have extensive experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding mergers and acquisitions, financing, holding company and other issues.

Legal Advisor

 I am a lawyer with 30 years experience in advising business and not for profit corporations. I advise directors as to their fiduciary duties in general and in connection with major events such as proposed merger or acquisitions. I have advised senior management and boards in connection with corporate governance issues, reviews of strategic options, compliance with laws and regulations and regarding specific transactions. A major part of my 30 year practice has been in corporate and municipal finance, in SEC mandated disclosure compliance and in advising on relationships between borrowers and banks.  I am familiar with Sarbanes Oxley requirements and in interpreting financial statements and have a sound understanding of basic accounting. I have helped companies analyze risks in various contexts. I am qualified to sit on Audit, Compensation, Finance, and Nominating & Governance Committees.  

Summary

I have 30 years experience in counseling and advising corporations and governmental entities in a variety of matters, including corporate and municipal financing transactions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, general contract matters, employee benefit issues, public disclosure, drafting legislation and regulations and other general issues. My goal is to transition out of day-to-day counseling, structuring and implementation of projects and transactions and begin to advise on broader long-range strategic issues. I seek assignments as corporate or not-for-profit entity director or trustee, senior advisor or counselor. My areas of expertise include electric and gas public utility companies, renewable energy companies, not-for-profit universities and educational institutions and health care institutions.

Objective

My goal is to transition out of day-to-day counseling, structuring and implementation of projects and transactions and begin to advise on broader long-range strategic issues. I seek assignments as corporate or not-for-profit entity director or trustee, senior advisor or counselor.

Interest

Personal:  History, reading, photography, travel, architecture

Professional:  Directorships or senior counseling position at energy, utility (especially alternative energy) or not for profit organizations.

Custom

Publications

Selected Publications (copies of selected items available at http://www.jonesday.com/wjharmon/ ):

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “FERC Interlocking Director Rules – A Guide to Compliance,” July 2006

Contributing Author, Energy Policy Act Of 2005 – Summary And Analysis Of The Act’s Major Provisions, K. McIntyre et al., editors, LexisNexis Mathew Bender, 2006

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “FERC Slams Door on Interlocking Officer and Director Rules,” September 2005

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “Energy Policy Act of 2005: New Law to Produce Significant Changes in Electric Sector,” August 2005

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “FERC Tightens Interlocking Officer and Director Rules,” April 2005

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “New Life in the Old Law,” July 2004

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “FERC Cracks Down on Violations of Interlocking Director Rules,” April 2004

Jones Day White Paper, “Investing in U.S. Utility Assets,” April 2004

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “New FERC Financial Reporting Requirements Begin April 2004,” March 2004

The Daily Deal, “Tightening the Leash -FERC Sets New Conditions for Approval of Utility Debt Issues,” March 5, 2003

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, “More Enron Fallout – Unsuspecting Utilities Could be Adversely Affected,” Vol. 11, No. 4 (April 2003) (Part 1) and Vol. 11, No. 5 (May 2003) (Part 2)

The Daily Deal, “Resetting the Clock/The SEC's new procedure for reviewing utilities mergers should make the timing more certain, but not necessarily faster,”August 1, 2002

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “SEC Adopts New Procedure for Deciding PUHCA Cases,” July 2002

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “SEC Approves Acquisition of Powergen plc by E.ON AG to Form Largest U.S. Registered Holding Company,” July 2002

Jones Day Energy Bulletin, “More Uncertainty for Utility M&A: D.C. Circuit Rejects SEC Approval of American Electric Power - Central and South West Corp. Merger,” January 2002

Contributing Author, “Securitizing Utility Stranded Costs,” National Counsel on Competition in the Electric Utility Industry (January 2000)

Contributing Author, “Energy Policy Act of 1992,” Energy Law and Transactions (Mathew Bender & Co., Inc., 1993)

Certifications

Certifications

Member

Illinois Bar