William A. Perrone

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.

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)

Memberships and Affiliations

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