- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Venture Capital
- Banking & Financial Institutions
- Business Law
- Securities Offerings and Public Company Counseling
|University ||Harvard College, A.B., 1960|
|Law School||Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1963|
|Admitted||1964, Rhode Island|
Rhode Island Bar Association
|Born||Providence, Rhode Island, December 18, 1938|
Duncan's practice has been in the general corporate area with a specific focus on the financial services industry. He has led the Firm's bank regulatory and mergers and acquisitions practice for a number of years.
He has served as principal outside counsel for FleetBoston Financial Corporation in substantially all of its acquisitions, the more significant of which are noted below. He has, in addition, represented a variety of other regional financial services firms in corporate and regulatory matters. Duncan has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA 2008 as well as the Best Lawyers' 2010 Providence Corporate Lawyer of the Year.
The following are among the more significant transactions in which the Firm has served as counsel to FleetBoston:
•1989 merger of Fleet Financial Group with Norstar Bancorp. Largest merger of banking institutions at the time.
•1991 acquisition of Bank of New England Corporation. Largest acquisition of failed banks with assistance provided by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
•1999 merger with Bank Boston Corporation. Largest divestiture of banking assets in order to secure antitrust approval for the transaction.
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Duncan is actively involved with Lifespan Corporation, the New England region's second largest health care system, where he serves as trustee and chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also involved in a variety of other non-profit organizations, including serving as an overseer of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and as a member of the Finance Committee of the Rhode Island School of Design.
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