V. Duncan Johnson: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

V. Duncan Johnson

Retired Partner
Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Business Law
  • Securities Offerings and Public Company Counseling
  • Healthcare
University Harvard College, A.B., 1960
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, LL.B., 1963
Admitted1964, Rhode Island


Rhode Island Bar Association

BornProvidence, 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 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 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.

Besides Edwards Wildman

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.

Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Duncan Johnson Profiled in Providence Business News Q&A for Community Service
September 16, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Chambers USA 2012 Ranks 33 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
June 7, 2012
Firm Recognized by Chambers USA in 17 Categories
June 21, 2011
EAPD Attorneys Selected For Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2010
October 7, 2010
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010
Chambers and Partners Recognizes EAPD in Nineteen Areas
June 23, 2010


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V. Duncan Johnson

2800 Financial Plaza
ProvidenceRI 02903


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