William A. Perrone

Chair, Corporate Department at Wiggin & Dana LLP

William A. Perrone

William A. Perrone

Chair, Corporate Department at Wiggin & Dana LLP

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For more than three decades, Bill has helped investors, buyers, founders, owners, and sellers of businesses create, preserve, and grow value through highly complex and strategic transactions.

Chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department, Bill guides clients through the legal and business aspects of a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, licensing, outsourcing, private equity, and corporate divorces. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, media, retail, and a variety of services. He is experienced in all aspects of information technology, including data analytics, cloud computing, encryption, software development, software distribution, SaaS, and digital media.

Bill founded the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group, and the high-value transactions he has facilitated include the recent sale of a highway toll billing services provider, a cloud services provider to a private equity firm, a first-of-its-kind ownership transfer of a cannabis company, and the acquisition and disposition of multiple companies and product lines by a publicly held high-end audio manufacturer. Bill is also Co-chair of the firm’s Family Office Practice Group, and he has a long track record of helping wealthy individuals and families operate and invest directly in a variety of business ventures.

Bill has earned numerous accolades over the course of his distinguished career, including the 2016 Connecticut Law Tribune Professional Excellence Award for his years of service to emerging-technology companies. Bill is also listed in Chambers USA and IFLR 1000 as one of the leading corporate/M&A lawyers, recognized for his handling of complex corporate transactions, including those in the technology sector.

A guitar and bass player in New York metropolitan area cover bands, Bill is also deeply involved in the regional and national business community. He is a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth.

He received his law degree cum laude from Western New England University School of Law, where he was an instructor in legal research and writing. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Bill also attended the master’s in law program in taxation at New York University. Before law school, Bill was an economist with the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in New York City.

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Chair, Corporate Department at Wiggin & Dana LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1979

Western New England University School of Law is a school.

BA, cum laude
Class of 1974

Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, located in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Established in 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, the College had its beginnings as the Downtown Brooklyn branches of Hunter College (then a women's college) and the City College of New York (then a men's college). With the merger of these branches, Brooklyn College became the first public coeducational liberal arts college in New York City. The 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus is known for its great beauty, and is often regarded as "the poor man's Harvard" because of its low tuition and reputation for academic excellence (former President, Robert Hess, responded to the moniker by saying "I like to think of Harvard as the rich man's Brooklyn College").

Masters in Law Program in Taxation

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of fourteen professors and lecturers (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompasses the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; the law; medicine; business; education; the fine arts, studio art, and the performing and cinematic arts; music; social work; public administration; the ancient world; and continuing and professional studies. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individuals schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units—each with its own traditions, programs, and faculty – and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city”: the University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, drawing inspiration from its vitality. In addition to its Manhattan locations, the University is also formally affiliated the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, the second oldest school of engineering and technology in the country, and has research facilities, notably the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. And NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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ACG is the global organization for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. ACG’s almost 10,000 members come from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 50 chapters in North America, Europe, and soon, Asia.

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Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

Career History
Chair, Corporate Department
Current

Wiggin and Dana is a full-service law firm with more than 140 attorneys. Wiggin and Dana is a true partnership of highly talented, creative and experienced lawyers dedicated to exceeding our clients’ expectations every day. With offices in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Palm Beach, they represent clients throughout the United States and globally on a wide range of sophisticated and complex matters.

Instructor, Legal Research & Writing
Prior

Western New England University School of Law is a school.

Economist, Department of Labor
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US Bureau of Labor Statistics collects, processes, analyzes, and shares labor economic information. Its publications include the occupational outlook handbook, monthly labor review online, career guide to industries, and economic news release. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations
$500
2003

Former Senator from Connecticut

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Francisco Partners Management LP, Capsule Technologies, Inc. purchase Bernoulli Enterprise, Inc.

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Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC, R. B. Media, Inc. purchase Gildan Media LLC

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