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Margaret D. Farrell

Partner

Peggy chairs the firm’s Securities Law Group and focuses her practice in the area of corporate and securities law, with extensive experience in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross border), corporate restructurings, strategic alliances, and corporate governance matters. She has broad expertise in securities law matters, including private equity and venture capital financings and public debt and equity offerings, 1934 Act compliance issues, proxy contests, and investment company, investment adviser and broker-dealer registration and regulation. Peggy has in-depth knowledge of financial institution regulation and experience in partnering and other arrangements for developing and commercializing technology.

Peggy serves as outside general counsel to a wide array of public and private business concerns, providing advice on business strategies and their legal ramifications. She regularly counsels directors and officers on executive compensation and regulatory compliance matters and evolving best practices in corporate governance.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Chair, Securities Law Group
    • Partner (1981-Present)
  • Tillinghast, Collins & Graham
    • Partner (1980-1981)
    • Associate (1976-1980)
  • Frost & Jacobs
    • Associate (1974-1976)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2005-2019), Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2016) Recognized for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation Law
  • Butler Hospital Corporation, Member of the Year (2017)
  • American Lawyer Women Leaders in the Law (2014); Who's Who in America, East Region, American Women
  • Rhode Island Monthly, Professional Excellence in Law (2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Rhode Island (2007-2012)
  • Women & Infants Hospital, Special Recognition for Leadership (2011), Distinguished Service Award (2005)
  • Business Women Award for Career Achievement by the Providence Business News (2010)
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for the Category of Corporate/Commercial
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • American Hospital Association Congress of Hospital Trustees, Rhode Island Delegate (1993-1995)
  • American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Trustee Delegate (1995-1998)
  • Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc., Director and Member of Executive Committee (2000-2006)
  • Bank Rhode Island, Director and Member of Executive Committee (1996-2006)
  • Butler Hospital: Trustee (1995-2011); Member of Medical Matters Committee (1995-Present); Butler Hospital Foundation: Trustee (2011-Present)
  • Care New England Health System: Director and Vice Chair of Strategic Planning Committee (1996-2011) Member (present); Vice Chair of Board Governance and Nominating Committee (2011-2015) Member (Present); Vice Chair of Credentials Committee (2016-Present); Member of Finance Committee and Quality Committee
  • Foundation for Repertory Theatre of Rhode Island, Inc. (Trinity Rep), Trustee and Executive Board (1978-1984); Secretary (1980-1982); President (1982-1983)
  • Family Service of Rhode Island, Director, Secretary and Finance Committee Member
  • Gordon School, Board of Governors (1990-1995)
  • Hospital Association of Rhode Island, Director (1989-2003); Member of Executive Committee and Chair of Community Affairs Council (1998-2003)
  • Providence After School Alliance, Director, Secretary, Finance Committee Member
  • Providence Preservation Society Revolving Fund, Inc., Trustee and Secretary (1982-1988)
  • Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, Co-chair (2012-Present); Judge (2005-Present)
  • Rhode Island Public Radio, Director, Member of Finance Committee; Chair of Development Committee
  • Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, Regent (1987-1990)
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, Trustee (1980-1985)
  • Technology Council of Rhode Island, Director and Secretary (1986-1991)
  • Women & Infants Hospital, Trustee (1981-2011); Chairman (2003-2006); Vice Chairman (1997-2003); Secretary (1986-1989, 1990-1996); Assistant Secretary (1983-1986)
  • Women & Infants Corporation, Director (1989-2011); Treasurer (2009-2010); Chairman (2003-2006); Vice Chairman (1997-2003); Secretary (1989-1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Corporation, Banking and Business Law Sections
  • Federal Tax Forum of Rhode Island, Inc. (1977-1987)
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • RI Women’s Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Ohio, 1974
  • Rhode Island, 1976

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, The Knowledge Group, “Update on the SEC’s Executive Compensation Disclosure Rulemaking under Dodd-Frank: What Do You Need to Know Now?” Webcast – 11/18/2015
  • Speaker, National Business Institute Seminar: Handling the Sale of a Business, “Structuring and Drafting the Acquisition Agreement,” 6/12/2015
  • Presentation at NBI “Forming and Converting to LLCs Conference – “LLCs vs. Incorporation: choosing the Right Business Structure” and “Forming an LLC: Procedure, Requirements and Practical Tips” – 2/23/2012
  • Boston Bar Association, Securities Law Committee Lecture – “Executive Compensation Votes and Golden Parachute Disclosure – Lessons Learned” – 12/2011
  • Presentation at NBI Mergers and Acquisitions from Start to Finish Conference – “Drafting and Negotiating the Purchase Agreement” – 2/7/11
  • Bryant College, Lecturer, Masters in Taxation Program (1979 – 1981)
  • Annual Income Tax Symposium (1978 – 1981)

News & Insight

Publication

SEC Rule 15c2-12 Amendments Require Disclosure of Additional Events

August 28, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized and adopted amendments to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Rule 15c2-12), which proscribes certain notice requirements pertaining to obligations of state and loc…

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SEC Expands "Smaller Reporting Company" Definition

July 17, 2018

On June 28, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) amended the definition of “smaller reporting company” so that more companies qualify and thereby enjoy reduced disclosure obligations. The change might also affect company status unde…

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SEC Releases Proposed Rule to Ease Auditor Independence Standard In Certain Situations

May 16, 2018

On May 2, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) regarding auditor independence standards that aims to ease compliance burdens currently in place when an auditor maintains loans and/or debtor-credi…

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules

November 19, 2015

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final crowdfunding rules as required by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). The proposed crowdfunding rules were released just over two years…

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SEC Adopts Final Rules on Pay Ratio Disclosure

September 22, 2015

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule to implement the “CEO pay ratio” disclosure mandated by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. New Item 402(u) of Regulati…

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SEC Adopts Final Rules for “Regulation A+”

April 9, 2015

On March 25, 2015, following the mandate of Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules that update and expand Regulation A, which provides an exemption from registration …

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Forum Selection Bylaws

February 5, 2015

More than 90% of proposed M&A transactions valued at over $100 million are challenged by stockholders in court. In many cases, such actions are brought by stockholders in more than one jurisdiction, thereby requiring companies and their directors to li…

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Firm News

Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

April 25, 2019

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2019 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 26, 2017

The Chambers USA 2017 edition, has named 18 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields.The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2017 guide include: William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Christopher H.M. Ca…

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Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

June 10, 2016

The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2016 guide include: E. Jerome Batty; William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Michael J. Connolly; Scott E. Cooper; Margaret D. Farrell; Robert G.

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Hinckley Allen Partner Margaret D. Farrell Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Mergers and Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers

August 17, 2015

Margaret D. “Peggy” Farrell, a partner at Hinckley Allen, was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Providence, RI.Peggy chairs the firm's Securities Law Group and focuses her practice in the area of …

Firm News

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 19, 2015

Publication Recognizes 20% of the Firm’s PartnershipThe Chambers USA 2015 edition, released on May 19, has named 21 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2015 guide include: E. Jerom…

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Case Study

Hinckley Allen Guides Major Urban Mixed-Use Redevelopment: Arsenal Yards

Hinckley Allen provided strategic counsel to Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies, who recently secured the equity funding and construction loan necessary to begin construction of New England’s premier urban mixed-use redevelopment project. Arsen…

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Hinckley Allen Counsels Charles Widger on $25 Million Gift to Villanova University School of Law

Hinckley Allen is proud to have advised Charles Widger, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, in connection with his $25 million leadership gift to his alma mater, Villanova University’s School of Law.This investment will enhance academic in…

Events

Past Event

Critical Issues Facing Boards in Proxy Season

January 15, 2019

Margaret D. Farrell will provide her legal perspective on critical issues facing boards during the proxy season. Learn more about the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) New England Chapter's event, which is sure to bring a very healthy and…

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