Vincent M. Kiernan: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Vincent M. Kiernan

Stamford,  CT  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Securities Offerings and Public Company Counseling
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Licensing
  • Collaborations
  • Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
  • Start-up Companies
  • Technology
University New York University, B.A., cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolNew York University, J.D., 1981
Admitted1982, New York; 1991, Connecticut


Connecticut Technology Council

BornBronx, New York, February 8, 1956

Vinny is a lawyer who thinks like a businessman. He is as comfortable with a profit and loss statement as he is with the Delaware corporate code. Vinny wants to learn the business and operations of his clients in depth to better help them achieve their goals. He looks to achieve the best results for his clients by keeping his eye on the big picture and not losing sight of the forest for the trees. For him, the issue is always about how to help his clients maximize profits while minimizing risks.

Vinny is a transactional lawyer and business advisor with broad experience across many industries and he brings that experience to bear in finding solutions for his clients. He has represented: (i) early stage and middle market companies where the owners and investors seek to grow the companies by taking advantage of proprietary technology and processes; (ii) middle market companies where he has acted as the companies outside general counsel dealing with the myriad of legal issues that confront a business: (iii) private and public companies engaged in one or a series of mergers and acquisitions or other strategic investment or capital raising transactions; (iv) investment banking firms; and (v) individuals and entities seeking or providing seed and venture capital financing.

Vinny also serves on the Board of Directors of the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and provides outside legal services pro bono for buildOn, a national program engaging high school students in their communities while also building over 350 schools around the world.

•He led a multi-lawyer team of specialists in creating an auction for a venture backed business that resulted in the sale of a technology company to a large, public company which resulted in sales price of 8 times 12 month trailing revenues.

•Vinny represented a software company that grew from a small start-up to a company employing over 100 employees. During his representation, the company raised over $50 million in equity from various venture capital groups issuing preferred stock in 4 rounds. He advised the company with regard to the myriad of issues faced by a fast-growing business.

•He also represented a Fortune 500 company in the divesture of a number of subsidiaries located around the United States that were deemed to be non-core businesses. These businesses were readied for sale and, through both stock and asset sales, were sold in a series of transactions that netted the parent company over $500 million.

•Vinny represented large family-controlled companies in acquiring businesses in the US and abroad. He has also counseled such companies in dealing with legal, business and family issues that arise in transferring stock ownership and control to future generations of the family.

•Vinny represented a media content company in creating a joint venture with a technology company for the development and marketing of a content rich, multi-media interactive product. This transaction involved control, marketing and technology ownership issues between the parties including tax and distribution problems created by the relative rights of the parties to the contributed property and later developed intellectual property of the JV.

•He has represented a software company in raising a number of rounds of capital, in effecting a strategic merger and assessing other possible mergers. He has also represented another software company in a recapitalization and restructuring necessitated by the company's inability to raise new capital.



Before Edwards Wildman

Following law school, Vinny began practicing in New York City at Lord, Day and Lord. He later joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Jacobsen & Shriver followed by Anderson, Kill, Olick & Oshinsky. In 1989, Vinny joined Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, CT where he practiced until 2002, when he joined Edwards & Angell to open up the Firm's Stamford office.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Vinny and his wife, Melissa, reside in Ridgefield, Connecticut with their two young daughters, Samantha and Nicole, and their three labs. Vinny enjoys family vacations, the outdoors and home improvement projects.


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Vincent M. Kiernan

201 Broad Street
StamfordCT 06901


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