Bill Yuen has helped shape Hawaii’s real estate and financial landscape over the last 40 years. Bill has extensive experience in real estate development and transactions, land use and planning law, securities law, public finance law, corporate and business organization law, banking and financial services law, venture capital financing, and environmental law.
Bill’s experience can be of valuable assistance in helping clients structure real estate deals, acquire land, obtain entitlements for commercial, resort or residential projects, complete business acquisitions, design and structure complex financing transactions, and approach capital markets. Bill has organized public–private partnerships, venture capital funds and technology startups, and assisted Hawai`i landowners in the transition from plantation agriculture to other land uses.
Bill is one of the few attorneys in Hawai’i with formal education and experience as a professional urban planner. Bill’s familiarity with the land use regulatory process will help guide landowners and developers who require approvals from the State of Hawai`i Land Use Commission, Board of Land & Natural Resources, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Hawaii Community Development Authority, and various county planning commissions, planning departments and boards of appeal.
Bill’s public finance law experience has earned Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing a designation as experienced mutual bond attorneys in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace. Bill has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, borrower’s counsel, and trustee’s counsel in several billion dollars of bond transactions.
An example of Bill’s public-private work is Hawaii’s green Infrastructure Loan Program. In 2013 Bill co-authored the legislation creating the Green Infrastructure Loan Program to be administered by the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority. He subsequently assisted the Hawaii Department of Business and Economic Development in obtaining Public Utilities Commission approval of the Green Infrastructure Loan Program. Bill then led the Alston Hunt team that served as co-underwriter’s counsel for Goldman, Sachs for the Hawaii Green Energy Market Securitization bond transaction that was named 2014-2015 “Innovative Financing Deal of the Year” by The Bond Buyer, a respected natural trade magazine.
Bill is a graduate of Yale College (BA) and Yale School of Architecture (MCP) as well as Rutgers University School of Law.
Bill is a member of the American and Hawaii State Bar Associations, American Planning Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers; a past chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Real Property and Financing Services Section; and an officer and Director of the Hawai`i Forest Institute. He has previously served as a Director of Pacific Resources, Inc., when it was Hawaii’s only Fortune 500 corporation. Bill’s public service includes serving as Chair of the State of Hawai`i Land Use Commission, Member of the State of Hawai`i Board of Land & Natural Resources and Chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai`i.
Awards and Recognition
- Best Lawyers in America©
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
- Super Lawyers
- Banking & Corporate Finance
- Business and Nonprofit Governance and Formation
- Corporate and Business
- Endangered Species
- Environment, Cultural & Natural Resources
- Hazardous Waste, Air, and Water Pollution
- Legislative and Regulatory Practice
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Native Hawaiian Rights
- Real Estate
- Water Rights
- Commercial Leasing
- Land Use and Development
- Venture Capital Financing
- Private Placements
- Business organization
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Best Lawyers in America©
- Real Estate Law (2015-present)
- Listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (The Red Book)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (1991-present)
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- Real Property and Financing Services Section (past chair)
- Business Law Section
- Natural Resources Section
- American Bar Association
- Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
- American Planning Association
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Association of Yale Alumni – National Board of Governors (1996-1999)
- Hawai’i Forest Institute
- Commissioner of Financial Institutions Report to the Sixteenth State Legislature on Interstate Banking in Hawai’i, prepared for the Legislature of the State of Hawai’i, Jan. 1992.
- Co-author, Hawaiian Fishpond Study, prepared for Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, Sept. 1990.
- Co-author, Kauai Shoreline Erosion Management Study, prepared for Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, Sept. 1990.
- Principal author and study team coordinator, Leasehold Conversion of Condominiums and Cooperative Housing Projects (prepared for Housing Finance and Development Corporation of the State of Hawai’i, Jan. 1988).
- Co-author, Public Access to Beaches in Hawai`i: a Social Necessity, 10 Hawaii Bar Journal 3, Spring 1973.
- Rutgers University School of Law (J.D.)
- Yale University (Master of City Planning; B.A. in History)
- Ching, Yuen & Morikawa
- Partner (1993-2011)
- Moon, O’Connor, Tam & Yuen
- Partner (1987-1993)
- Case & Lynch
- Associate and Partner (1974-1987)
- Chief Justice William S. Richardson, Hawai’i Supreme Court
- Law clerk (1973-1974)