Colin Kirby

Partner - New York

Colin KIrby
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Colin Kirby is a partner in Foley Hoag’s Business Department, resident in the New York office.

Over the course of his career, Colin has advised founders and investors on hundreds of formation, financing and exit transactions.

By taking the time to understand the strategic business objectives of his clients, Colin is able to apply tactical and forward-thinking guidance in a clear, concise and responsive manner.

While Colin’s practice focuses on the representation of growth-oriented companies and venture capital funds, he also works with investment funds and broker-dealers to facilitate innovative liquidity solutions for equity holders in later-stage growth companies. 


  • Duke University School of Law, LL.M., Entrepreneurship, 2011
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • University of California Santa Barbara, B.A., Political Science, International Relations, 2004

Representative Experience

Financing, Merger and Acquisition Engagements

  • The Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF), a leading manufacturer of cannabis products, in the acquisition of Green Roads worth up to $60M 
  • Disruptive cybersecurity company Shift5 in a convertible note financing (January 2021), and in its conversion and $2.5 million seed financing transaction led by Squadra Ventures (September 2019)
  • Adaptly, the digital advertising company with over 150 employees, in its acquisition by global management consulting firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) (December 2018) 
  • Advertising verification firm Integral Ad Science in its sale of a majority interest to tech-focused private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, for a reported price of $850 million (June 2018)
  • Digital publisher LittleThings, in its sale to entertainment firm RockYou (April 2018)
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in its confidential $25 million preferred equity investment in a California-based financial technology and services firm        (March 2018)
  • Digital content and advertising company Mashable, in its sale to Ziff Davis, a digital media subsidiary of j2 Global (Nasdaq: JCOM) in a reported sale of $50 million (December 2017)
  • MarcoPolo Learning, an education technology provider to more than 5 million children in 150 countries, in its $8.5 million Series A financing, led by Boat Rocker Ventures (April 2017)
  • Vevo, the world’s largest music video platform, in its acquisition of curated short-form video provider Remixation (December 2015) 
  • Lerer Hippeau Ventures in its equity financings of Red / Green and PaintZen, as well as in its Series Seed financing of Allbirds, maker of the world’s most comfortable shoes (August 2015)
  • Digital advertiser Magnetic in its merger with digital marketer MyBuys, and the combined company in its $25 million growth equity financing (May 2015) 
  • Minibar, the on-demand liquor-delivery platform, in its acquisition of Booze Carriage, a company offering a similar platform to more than 25,000 customers (March 2015) 
  • Retail firm Eloquii in its $6 million Series A financing, led by Greycroft Partners (November 2014) 
  • Bessemer Venture Partners in the Series B financing of Quantopian, in which the investment algorithm producer raised $15 million (October 2014), and in the Series D financing of Welltok, in which the consumer health venture raised over $37 million (September 2014)
  • Yext in its “pre-IPO” Series F financing. Led by Insight Venture Partners it raised $50 million at a $525 million valuation (June 2014)

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, co-teaching in the over-subscribed venture capital and angel investing course (Fall 2017 - Winter 2018)
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  • New York
  • California