William T. Sellay

Of Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    William Sellay is a member of the Business Transactions Group and past chair of the firm's International Practice Group. He brings to business clients substantial experience counseling companies on structuring and negotiating cross-border and domestic acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing agreements; on corporate governance matters; and on U.S. regulation of trade and business practices. A significant part of his practice centers on the special legal problems associated with production, marketing, and distribution of products and services, including the selection and termination of distribution channels, pricing, advertising and promotional programs, competition law compliance, intellectual property protection, and products liability prevention.

    Mr. Sellay is past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Licensing Executives Society. He is also past chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Antitrust Law and was named by Best Lawyers® as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the areas of Corporate Law for 2014-2015 and Mergers and Acquisitions Law in 2016 and 2018. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, the highest level of professional excellence in Martindale Hubbell™ in the areas of Business Law, Intellectual Property, and International Law.

    Mr. Sellay is a former member of the Advisory Board of Connecticut Innovations, which provides equity investments in early stage and emerging technology companies, and the Clean Energy Fund, which invests in enterprises involved in the development, production, and use of energy from renewable sources. Mr. Sellay was appointed by the United States secretary of commerce to the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a member of the British-American Business Council in the Midlands, UK, and the German American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sellay was interviewed and quoted on successfully doing business in the U.S. in a cover article of  Director magazine, a monthly publication for business leaders published in the UK by the Institute of Directors, and has been a lecturer for the past two years at the Transatlantic Business Forum in Cambridge, England.

    With a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Sellay held engineering positions with both IBM and Honeywell Corporation before joining  Robinson+Cole.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • U.S. representation for leading aerospace company in production joint venture.
      • Representation of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) companies engaged in manufacturing and distribution in the fields of specialty chemicals, rubber, and plastics; home heating oil and bottled gas; and telecommunications equipment and energy systems.
      • Representation of Dutch company in the food and beverage business in connection with the purchase of a majority interest in a U.S.-based beverage company.
      • Representation of Nasdaq-listed developer and manufacturer of high-efficiency distributed electric power generation.
      • Defended Swedish manufacturer of musical instruments in a civil action in federal court in Florida. The plaintiff claimed to have been our client’s exclusive U.S. distributor and that our client’s decision to terminate the parties’ relationship was improper. The plaintiff sought in excess of $1 million in damages. The matter was resolved by settlement.
      • Representation of UK-based energy company in acquisition of company which owns petroleum exploration rights in Asia. Purchase price exceeds $100 million.
      • Representation of Foster/Polymedex Discovery Group, which holds a dominant market share in vascular, visceral, and implantable contract development and manufacturing services, in renegotiation of license agreement with Genzyme.
      • Representation of a special committee of the board of directors of a privately-held, development-stage biotech company related to evaluating competing offers from major pharmaceuticals for acquiring the company. The company was sold with a purchase price of more than $100 million, the majority as an upfront payment and the remaining based on clinical development progress.
      • Represented manufacturer of horizontal gas-fired furnaces in connection with reporting and implementation of a corrective action program to address an allegedly defective vent collar.
      • Representation of U.S. subsidiary of a Scandinavian steel manufacturer in a technology joint venture with a $1 billion-plus agricultural equipment company.
      • Counsel to an environmental technology company, a subsidiary of a NYSE company, which specializes in remote monitoring of underground storage tank systems to provide environmental compliance, fuel inventory, and logistic services.
      • U.S. counsel to one of the leading global suppliers of electronics for recreational boats.
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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Biomedical Engineering Alliance & Consortium
      Chairman of the Board

      British American Business Council in the Midlands

      German American Chamber of Commerce

      Connecticut Bar Association

      District of Columbia Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association

      Licensing Executives Society

      International Bar Association

      American Bar Association
      Business Law Section, Immediate Past Chair of Intellectual Property Committee

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Executive Committee Member and Former Chair of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section

      Information Technology Conflict Management of International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
      Advisory Committee

      U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council

      Connecticut Innovations, Inc.
      Former Advisory Board Member

      Clean Energy Fund
      Former Advisory Board Member
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Intellectual Property, Technology and Science, and International Law (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© as Hartford Lawyer of the Year in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions for 2016 and 2018 and in Corporate Law for 2015

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Corporate Law since 2006, Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 2007, and Antitrust Law since 2013

      Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2009.

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      Coauthored a feature article published in The Litigator entitled "Contracting to Avoid Cross-Border Litigation, a US Perspective" (11/2007)

      Concept author of Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, a Transactions-Based Guide to Intellectual Property Law, a book published by the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law (2007)

      Coauthored a publication entitled "Avoiding and Resolving Information Technology Disputes" published by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (1/2006)

      Interviewed and quoted for a feature article on doing business in the U.S. in Director magazine, a monthly publication for business leaders in the UK, published by the Institute of Directors (8/2005)

      e-counsel: The Executive's Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce, coeditors Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Brian Moran, William Sellay, and Kathleen Porter (2000)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Taking your Technology to America – How to do it Right," presented at Transatlantic Business Forum in Cambridge, England (6/24/2014)

      "Doing Business in the U.S.," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England (3/8/2012)

      "Legal Aspects of Successful U.S. Launch and Beyond," at Transatlantic Business Forum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England (3/10/2011)

      "Legal Considerations for Foreign Companies Establishing Business Activities in the United States," (5/2010)

      "Doing Business in India," sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (3/2010)

      "Doing Business in the USA," sponsored by Scottish Development International and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (2/2010)

      "Legal Issues of Exporting," sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Alliance & Consortium (5/2008)

      "Growing Your Business Internationally - Export Controls," sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (5/2008)

      Presentation entitled "China - Strategies for Middle Market Businesses" at the Spring Meeting of the Connecticut Society of CPA's (5/2007)

      Speaker on a program entitled "A Symposium on Doing Business in China," sponsored by J.P. Morgan/Chase (9/2005)

      Moderated CEO panel at the 2005 Fuel Cell Summit sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (2005)

      Speaker, "EU Enlargement and Competition Law," Manchester, UK (5/2004)

      "IP: Making or Breaking the Business Deal: Practical Methods for Overcoming Obstacles," at American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, program chair (8/2003)

      "Doing Business in China," at U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (12/2004)

      "Avoiding Disputes in International Technology Strategic Alliances," at American Bar Association, Business Law Section, San Francisco, California (4/1999)

      "Electronic Commerce: Getting Down to E-Business," at Georgetown University Law Center (10/2000)

      "Seeking Certainty in B2B Cyber Transactions," at Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY) (12/2000)

      "China: Commercial Law," at National Association of Credit Managers (6/2003)

      "Transactional ADR," at CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (5/2001)

      "Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel," co-presented with American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) (9/2001)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • July 11, 2014

        Bill Sellay Participates in Transatlantic Business Forum

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      • May 4, 2012

        Business Weekly Reports on William Sellay’s Presentation at Transatlantic Business Forum at Cambridge University

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      • April 11, 2011

        William Sellay Presents at Transatlantic Business Forum at University of Cambridge

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      • June 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Examines Legal Considerations for Foreign Companies Doing Business in the US

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      • March 11, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Speaks at U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Program

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      • February 16, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Addresses Scottish Technology Executives on Doing Business in the United States

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      • May 26, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Partner Speaks at BEACON Alliance Seminar Event

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      • May 2, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Partner Presents at US Department of Commerce Event

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • September 12, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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