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William L. Pitman

William L. Pitman

Partner, Banking & Financial Services Co-Leader

T (864) 751-7694/(704) 384-2652
F (864) 751-7801

Bill Pitman is a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Business Group. His practice focuses on securities matters, banking, merger and acquisitions, corporate finance and private capital raising. He represents public and private corporations and financial institutions.

A former corporate banker, Bill is active in representing community banks in corporate and regulatory matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions. In addition to representing U.S. financial institutions, he serves as U.S. General Counsel for a major Latin American bank, which he has represented in acquisitions in Central America.

As the head of the firm’s Securities Team, Bill has assisted technology, manufacturing and other companies in registered public offerings, financings, private placements, tender offers and other M&A transactions, corporate governance and other complex engagements. He also provides securities advice to private funds, broker dealers and investment advisers.

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Banking and Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law (2013-2018)
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Bank & Finance (2015, 2017)  
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Representative Work

  • Represented large community bank in an exchange with another financial institution involving thirteen branches and approximately $280 million in deposits and $350 million in loans
  • Represented independent directors of bank holding company in merger of equals transaction resulting in an approximately $4.0 billion combined institution
  • Represented financial institution in sale of branches and approximately $230 million in deposits and $50 million in loans
  • Represented large community bank in acquisition of branches and approximately $448 million in deposits from one of the largest U.S. financial institutions
  • Represented major Latin American bank in its acquisition of a pension adviser in El Salvador managing over $2 billion in assets
  • Represented major Latin American financial institution in acquisition of banking operations in Central America
  • Represented various other publicly held community banks in merger and acquisition transactions
  • Advised issuer in $12 million private offering for development of assisted living and memory care facilities
  • Advised corporate governance committee of bank holding company
  • Assisted troubled financial institutions in negotiating with bank regulators
  • Represented public technology company in tender offer sale to a Canadian conglomerate
  • Defended same company against hostile takeover, implementing a “poison pill” defense
  • Represented major defense contractor in a $360 million tender offer sale
  • Represented publicly held international telecommunications company in a recapitalization, including common stock offerings totaling $422 million, convertible debt offerings totaling $480 million and a tender offer to retire $180 million of senior secured debentures
  • Assisted emerging technology company in a reverse merger and public offering
  • Represented NYSE company in public offerings of equity and convertible debt, the private placement of $150 million of medium term notes and a $200 million syndicated credit facility
  • Represented manufacturer in settling a shareholders’ derivative suit, and managed subsequent auction sale of company
  • Represented NYSE manufacturing company in purchase of denationalized manufacturing operations in Eastern Europe
  • Represented investment advisory firm and related mutual fund in sale to a major U.S. bank
  • Represented internet company in an IPO
  • Assisted community banks in public stocks and rights offerings
  • Assisted numerous start-up enterprises in angel and venture capital financing transactions


  • Former Vice President in the U.S. banking group of Sovran Bank, now Bank of America, managing some of the bank's most prominent Fortune 500 clients
  • Former Assistant Vice President, Utility Specialist, at Bank of Virginia, now Wells Fargo
  • Financial analyst at First Union, now Wells Fargo

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

  • Board Member and Treasurer, CommunityWorks Carolina, a Community Development Financial Institution providing financial education, lending and investments to underserved families and communities in Upstate South Carolina
  • Former Chairman and Board Member of Ronald McDonald Charities of the Carolinas, Inc. (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Volunteer and adviser to Greenville Humane Society (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Member, John Knox Presbyterian Church (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Davidson College, A.B., History, 1978
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1990
  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Not admitted in North Carolina
Academic Honors
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Honor Society, Davidson College

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