Frank J. Marco

Special Counsel

Frank J. Marco
Special Counsel
office New Haven
phone 203-498-4344
fax203-782-2889
emailfmarco@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile


Biography

Frank is Special Counsel to the firm, and a member of the firm's Corporate Practice Department and former Chair of the firm's Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group. He has over 40 years of experience in corporate, finance and securities law. In addition, effective May 1, 2016, Frank will be a member of SECTTECH, which provides advisory services, mentorship and resources for bioscience, applied sciences and other related technology companies in CT.

His practice focuses on representing venture capital investors and emerging growth companies in capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing, research and development, corporate governance and related matters. He regularly counsels institutional clients on corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisition, spin-offs and corporate ventures. Representative transactions include the sale of a wireless systems company to Cisco Systems, Inc., the sale of a fiber optics switching company to Sycamore Networks, the sale of CGI Pharmaceuticals to Gilead Sciences, representing companies in venture capital financings ranging in size up to $100 million, representation of a major financial services company in an equity joint venture, the merger of a client's oil and gas metering business with Expro Group for $60.5 million and a restructuring and spin-off to the client's stockholders of its other business lines (for more information, please click here), and the creation of venture capital investment vehicles.

Frank's experience, which includes six years in the General Counsel's office of General Electric Company, where he was also General Counsel to General Electric Venture Capital Corporation, gives him a unique background in the venture capital process and in corporate ventures.

In honoring Frank with its "Distinguished Service Award," Connecticut Innovations, Inc. described him as "a driving force in the growth of high technology in Connecticut." Frank is a Director and past Chairman of the Crossroads Venture Group and a founder of the Hartford chapter. He was a co-founder of the Connecticut Technology Council, where he is a Board and Executive Committee member and Co-Chair of the CTC's Public Policy Committee, an Executive Committee member of Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE), a member of the Advisory Committee of The Commons, a life sciences incubator managed by CURE, is a co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Angel Capital Association. He was Chairman of "Crossroads," a regional venture fair, for 2001 and 2002. Frank is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the IP Factory, a not-for-profit focused on commercializing technologies developed by large companies. He was a member of the Technology Transfer Advisory Board of The Governor's Council on Economic Competitiveness and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering Seed Money Study Committee. He was a member of the UCONN President's Advisory Committee on Technology Transfer. Frank has the distinctions of being chosen by The Best Lawyers of America as a leading private equity lawyer (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here), and by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in Connecticut (for more about the standards for inclusion in Chambers USA, please click here) and by Martindale-Hubbell (which has consistently rated Frank as "AV Preeminent" based on peer ratings) as a Top Rated Lawyer in Technology (for more about the standards for inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell, please click here).

A frequent lecturer, Frank regularly addresses legal and business groups regarding venture capital finance, public offerings, corporate governance, business strategy, licensing, strategic alliances and other matters relating to the growth and development of emerging companies. Frank is a regular lecturer at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Frank is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (1969), and was awarded his J.D. cum laude from Fordham Law School (1972), where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review.

Memberships

  • Angel Capital Association Public Policy Advisory Committee Member
  • Connecticut Technology Council

    • Co-Founder
    • Board and Executive Committee Member
    • Chair, Public Policy Committee
  • Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE)
    • Executive Committee Member
  • Connecticut Venture Group
    • Director and Past President
    • Founder of Central Connecticut Chapter
  • Crossroads - Regional Venture Fair
    • Steering Committee Member
  • MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut
    • Co-Founder
  • UCONN President's Advisory Committee on Technology Transfer

News

08.15.2018Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 29 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.04.2018Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
11.20.2017Super Lawyers Recognize 37 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.05.2017Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.31.2016Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.21.2015Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
12.05.2014Wiggin and Dana Named Founding Sponsor of CURE Innovation Commons
10.29.2014Super Lawyers Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
10.27.2014Wiggin and Dana Closes Transaction for CURE Innovation Commons
10.09.2014Wiggin and Dana Congratulates The Jackson Laboratory on the Opening of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
10.01.2014Wiggin and Dana Helps GoodStreets to Become One of the First Benefit Corporations in the State of Connecticut
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.27.2014Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Help Draft New Legislation Geared Towards Startups
05.27.2014Chambers USA Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
04.21.2014Wiggin and Dana Congratulates CURE on New Innovation Commons
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.18.2013Wiggin and Dana Sponsors Thirteenth Annual New York Venture Summit
06.07.2013Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut and Nationwide Categories
06.19.2012Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut, New York and Nationwide Categories
04.13.2012Wiggin and Dana Attorney Quoted in the Hartford Courant
04.05.2012Wiggin and Dana Attorney Quoted in the Hartford Courant
11.09.2011Wiggin and Dana Sponsors Startup Weekend New Haven
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
09.13.2011Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 32 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.17.2011Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana In Connecticut and Nationwide Practice Areas
07.08.2010Wiggin and Dana Advises CGI Pharmaceuticals on Merger
06.28.2010Wiggin and Dana Partner Becomes a Member of Angel Capital Association Public Policy Advisory Committee
06.17.2010Wiggin and Dana Ranked in 2010 Edition of Chambers USA
04.26.2010Wiggin and Dana To Sponsor Organization Dedicated to Helping Yale Entrepreneurs
03.31.2010Wiggin and Dana and Yale University Office of Cooperative Research Presented Entrepreneurship Seminar Series
07.07.2008Wiggin and Dana Advises CiDRA Corporation on Sale of Its Oil and Gas Metering Business and Spin-Off
09.29.2006Connecticut Economic Resource Center's Board Elects Two New Members
05.02.2006Intellectual Property: Keeping Your Company's IP on the QT
09.28.2004New Program to Foster Innovation Connections
07.26.2004Wiggin and Dana's Innovation@Work Series Promotes CT Technology Growth And Partnership
07.07.2004Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Are Goals of New Council Program
06.17.2004Wiggin and Dana Attorneys and Practices Ranked Among Nation's Best
05.19.2004Practice Briefs
04.30.2004Crossroads Venture Fair Draws Over 500
04.27.2004Wiggin and Dana Announces New Partners Frank Marco and Paul Hughes, Associate Jane Harrison and Paralegal Kathleen Ellison

Events

03.24.2015The Foundation for Building an Emerging Growth Company
06.05.2014CURE Annual Meeting
01.15.2014Venture Capital Deal Process and Key Terms
06.11.2013Getting Started – The Foundation for Growth and Financing
05.28.2013Meeting of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
11.05.2012Investing in H2 and Fuel Cells Workshop
09.18.2012Getting Started – The Foundation for Growth and Financing
04.10.2012Opportunities & Challenges for Health Care Innovation & Growth in Connecticut
06.17.2011Technology and Entrepreneurship - Commercialization of Environmental and Energy Technology
01.07.2011Positioning Your Startup Company for Growth
12.17.2010Positioning Your Startup Company for Growth
11.16.2010Deal Terms & Valuing an Early Stage Company
06.09.2009Getting Started - The Foundation for Growth and Financing
04.14.2009Negotiation of a Venture Capital Term Sheet
04.03.2009Getting Started - The Foundation for Growth and Financing
03.25.2009Financing the Emerging Enterprise - Process and Terms
02.25.2009Getting Started - The Foundation for Growth and Financing
02.23.2009Strategies for Building a Scalable Business - from Idea to Liquidity
06.30.2008Getting Started - The Foundation for Growth and Financing
10.03.2007CEO Forum - Board of Directors Composition and Responsibilities
06.05.2007Getting Started - The Foundation for Growth and Financing
11.30.2006Benchmarking Connecticut 2006 Conference
10.17.2006Wiggin and Dana's Innovation@work Series
01.18.2006Connecticut's Biotech Community: Building on the Foundation

office New Haven
phone 203-498-4344
fax203-782-2889
emailfmarco@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1972, cum laude
  • St. Lawrence University, B.A., 1969

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • New York


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