William A. Perrone

Partner

William A. Perrone
Partner
office Stamford
phone 203-363-7604
fax203-363-7676
emailwperrone@wiggin.com
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Biography

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 venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, outsourcing, private equity, and corporate divorces. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including retail, technology, media, manufacturing, 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 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 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 a New York metropolitan area cover band, Bill is deeply involved in the regional and national business community. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Connecticut Technology Council, the Connecticut Venture Group, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

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.

Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented Gildan Media in its acquisition by RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Gildan Media is a spoken audio publishing company based in New York. The company specializes in personal development, business, training, and education.
  • Represented Breakthrough Technology Group (BTG) in connection with a transaction in which ABRY Partners, a leading private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in BTG. BTG is an award-winning provider and innovator of managed private cloud services that maintains a singular focus on supporting enterprise workloads and IT services.

  • Represented a New England based manufacturer of specialty hand tools in its sale to a family office.
  • Represented a medical cannabis grower in a change of control transaction and recapitalization.
  • Represented CT Gardens, Inc., a Connecticut Home and garden retail chain operating under the myAgway brand, in the sale of substantially all of its assets and operations to affiliates of CapitalSouth.
  • Represented Harman International Industries, Incorporated, a leader in the premium audio and infotainment industry, on its acquisition of Southern Vision Systems, Inc., a producer of networked AV distribution and switching solutions based in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Represented Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE) in the acquisition of 3dB Research, Ltd., a developer of music and signal processing technology based in British Columbia.
  • Represented Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE) in connection with its acquisition of Aha Mobile, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand mobile and location-based Internet content services based in Palo Alto, California.
  • Represented Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE) in its acquisition of Yurbuds, a market leader in sports headphones.
  • Represented AXS-One Inc. (AMEX) in connection with its acquisition through a stock-for-stock merger with Unify Corporation (Nasdaq).
  • Represented a family office based in Greenwich, Connecticut in its acquisitions of a series of agriculture equipment servicers and dealerships.
  • Represented AXS-One Inc. (AMEX) in the sale of its Enterprise Financials product line to Computron Software, LLC.
  • Represented TriTown Precision Plastics, Inc. in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Smith & Wesson (NYSE).
  • Acted as special counsel to Financial Fusion, Inc. (f/k/a Home Financial Network, Inc.) in its merger into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (Nasdaq).
  • Represented Kavado Inc., a VC-backed web security software vendor, in its sale to Protegrity Corporation.
  • Represented Transcentive, Inc., a VC-backed software company with a suite of stock option management products, in its sale to Computershare Ltd., an Australian public company.
  • Represented UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE) in the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary American Payment Systems, Inc. to CheckFree Corporation (NYSE).
  • Represented International Paper Company (NYSE) in the sale of various business units for an aggregate price of several hundred million dollars.
  • Represented Netkey, Inc., a market-leading provider of kiosk and digital signage software applications, in connection with the sale of substantially all of its assets to NCR Corporation (NYSE).

Venture Capital Transactions

  • Represented Decisyon Inc. in connection with a preferred equity investment led by Catalyst Investors.
  • Represented Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Midwest-based manufacturer of pharmaceutical products and preparations in connection with a Series A round of financing.
  • Represented Keisense, Inc. in connection with its sale of a convertible note to Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.
  • Represented Retail Optimization Inc., a leading provider of software and business solutions to retailers and consumer product manufacturers, in connection with a venture capital investment by Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.
  • Represented NeuVis, Inc. in connection with several rounds of financing from a number of globally recognized investment banking firms.
  • Represented META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq) in connection with its investments in META Secur E-Com Solutions, Inc., IMT Strategies, Inc., e-Namics, Inc., Market Perspectives, Inc., META Group AG, META Group Belgium S.A./N.A., and META Group Israel Ltd.
  • Represented OutlookSoft in connection with a convertible preferred stock financing with Pequot Ventures Partners, L.P.
  • Represented Nitorum Corporation in connection with its convertible preferred stock financings with Pequot Venture Partners, L.P. and a globally recognized investment banking firm.
  • Represented b-there.com in connection with several rounds of preferred stock financing with CEA Capital Partners, TL Ventures and Bank Boston Ventures.
  • Represented Transcentive, Inc. (formerly Corporate Management Solutions, Inc.) in connection with an initial convertible preferred stock financing from JMI Equity Fund III, L.P. and a subsequent financing round with globally recognized investment banking firms.

IT Transactions

  • Represented Decisyon in its deal with GE Predix to include their App Composer software in GE Digital's Collaborative App Development Program in order to expand digital industrial ecosystem.
  • Represented Montefiore Medical Center in a 15-year exclusive licensing agreement with Streamline Health for the commercialization of Montefiore's unique clinical analytics platform.
  • Represented, as exclusive outside IT counsel, a global provider of anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer solutions, in all aspects of enterprise-wide, license and services to major US, EU and Asian banks.
  • Represented a developer and licensor of encryption technology in a multi-million dollar software development and implementation transaction with a major Dutch bank.
  • Represented a regulated utility company in all information technology matters, including major licensing and systems procurement transactions with Fortune 50 technology companies.
  • Represented a large public software vendor to the financial services industry in all information technology matters, including licensing, VAR, OEM, development, content management, systems integration, and professional services transactions.
  • Represented national retailer in connection with the virtualization of its showrooms through cloud based solutions.
  • Represented national franchisor in connection with the migration of its marketing and Internet optimization initiatives to cloud based solutions.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Connecticut Technology Council
  • Connecticut Venture Group
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association

News

05.04.2018Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
03.02.2018Wiggin and Dana Advises Highway Toll Administration, LLC in Acquisition by Platinum Equity Partners Portfolio Company
12.20.2017Wiggin and Dana Advises Gildan Media in its Acquisition by RBmedia
12.18.2017Wiggin and Dana Advises Breakthrough Technology Group in Deal with ABRY Partners
06.18.2017Wiggin and Dana's Outsourcing and Technology Practice Ranked Among National Leaders
06.05.2017Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
11.21.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Represented Decisyon in Deal with GE
05.31.2016Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
05.26.2016Two Partners Honored with Connecticut Law Tribune Awards
04.04.2016Wiggin and Dana's Corporate Department Chair Wins Connecticut Law Tribune's Professional Excellence Award
10.27.2015Wiggin and Dana Assists in Insurance Acquisition
06.24.2015Wiggin and Dana Advises Harman International Industries in Acquisition of Southern Vision Systems
05.21.2015Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
06.30.2014Wiggin and Dana Advises HARMAN in Acquisition of Yurbuds
05.27.2014Chambers USA Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
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
06.14.2012Wiggin and Dana Lawyer Appointed to Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
06.17.2011Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana In Connecticut and Nationwide Practice Areas
06.17.2010Wiggin and Dana Ranked in 2010 Edition of Chambers USA
07.07.2004Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Are Goals of New Council Program
06.23.2004Wiggin and Dana assists client UIL in closing $110 million sale of American Payment Systems, Inc.
01.23.2004Panel to discuss venture capital outlook Tuesday
12.29.2003UIL unit bounces to CheckFree
12.22.2003Connecticut Software Industry Rock Solid
12.18.2003UIL Holdings Corporation's Subsidiary, American Payments Systems To Be Acquired by CheckFree Corporation
12.18.2003UIL Holdings Corporation’s Subsidiary, American Payment Systems To be Acquired by CheckFree Corporation
11.18.2003Warburg backs TradeCard again

office Stamford
phone 203-363-7604
fax203-363-7676
emailwperrone@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • Western New England University School of Law, J.D., 1979 , cum laude
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1974, cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)


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