Bill Hinman currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, as well as an Advisory Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, and a Senior Advisor to the &vest group. Mr. Hinman served as the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 through December of 2020.
Before serving at the Commission, Mr. Hinman was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he practiced in the corporate finance group. He played a lead role in the IPOs of Alibaba, Facebook, Google, eBay, Square, Agilent, Seagate and VMware, among many others.
During his tenure at the SEC between 2017 and 2020, Bill led the Division of Corporation Finance on a wide range of issues vital to the success of the nation’s capital markets.
Prior to joining Simpson Thacher in 2000, Mr. Hinman was the managing partner of Shearman & Sterling’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University with honors in 1977 and his J.D. in 1980 from Cornell University Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Cornell Law Review. He is a member of the California and New York State Bar Associations and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.