Michael Penney is a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Finance group and advises clients in the financial services, fintech and technology industries. He advises clients on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity and debt offerings, and financing transactions. He also has significant experience advising on general corporate, securities law and compliance matters.

His clients include banks, asset managers, central securities depositories, specialty finance and business development companies, and both startup and Fortune 500 technology companies, including Bessemer Trust, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Capital One, Enphase, First Republic Bank, K2 HealthVentures, Hercules Capital, Signature Bank and Toyota Financial Savings Bank.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Penney served as General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Hercules Capital, a NYSE-listed business development company, where he was responsible for overseeing portfolio investments, capital markets transactions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Penney previously served as Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Corporation, where he negotiated and led domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investment transactions involving asset management, electronic trading, financial technology, asset servicing and custody banking businesses.



  • JD, Boston College Law School, 2002, cum laude
  • BA, University of Nebraska, 1999
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

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