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William Q. Orbe

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William Q. Orbe is a founding partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP. His clients include hedge funds, private equity funds, finance companies, investment banks, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions.

Mr. Orbe specializes in investment and financing transactions, including private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine capital, venture capital investments and structured investments. more +

Mr. Orbe also specializes in the formation and capitalization of private investment funds and finance companies, and in the acquisition and sale of private fund managers.

He regularly provides advice to fund managers and finance companies on securities regulatory and compliance matters, trading questions and other aspects of their ongoing operations.

He also provides strategic advice to shareholders holding controlling positions in public and private companies and to boards of directors and committees in connection with mergers and acquisitions.


  • Sales of a financial services company, a healthcare billing company, a medical equipment manufacturer, a materials sciences company, an industrial equipment manufacturer, a clothing retailer, a gaming company, an online trading platform, an internet commerce company, an insurance brokerage firm and a real estate development company.
  • Acquisitions of a truck manufacturer, a rail carrier, a metals processing company, automotive parts manufacturers and an automotive quality control testing firm.
  • Acquisitions of control stakes in hedge fund managers and private equity fund managers.
  • Portfolio sales by hedge funds, private equity funds and financial institutions.
  • Investments in mining, pharma and retail companies in South America.
  • Venture capital investments in energy, bio-industrial, bio-tech, medical technology, pharma, social media, communications, Internet, computer hardware and retail companies.
  • Formation and capitalization of a credit fund.
  • Formation and capitalization of an alternative asset management platform.
  • Capitalization of a new private equity fund in South America.
  • Formation and capitalization of an insurance company.
  • Formation and capitalization of a finance company.
  • Acquisition financing, rescue financing and liquidity financing to industrial companies in South America.
  • Private tender offer to limited partners in a private equity fund.
  • Portfolio purchases from private equity funds.
  • Investments in commercial real estate and infrastructure projects in Asia.
  • Re-cap of a mass transit system.
  • Rescue capital to a public utility.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a New York Super Lawyer for Mergers & Acquisitions and Business & Corporate Law (2008-2010, 2012-2017) 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York



Practice Areas
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Cornell University, B.A., Physics, 1979
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York