William R. Kolb

Partner, Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group - Boston

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Bill Kolb has over 25 years of broad experience helping clients achieve their business objectives, including assisting them to raise money, acquire companies, go public, be sold, enter into complex licensing arrangements, and address their day-to-day ongoing legal needs. Bill works closely with clients in the life sciences, technology, professional services and manufacturing industries, among others.

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  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
  • Marquette University, B.S. (Accounting), magna cum laude, 1984

Representative Experience

  • Representation of ConstructSecure in a growth equity investment by Summit Partners. 
  • Representation of Advanced Diabetes Supply in its sale to Court Square Capital.
  • Representation of Curriculum Associates in its sale to Berkshire Partners. 
  • Representation of Dell EMC in its sale of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division to Open Text Corporation.
  • Representation of Organogenesis in its acquisition of Dermagraft from Shire and its acquisitions of NuTech Medical and CPN Biosciences.
  • Representation of Integrated Prescription Management in its sale to Court Square Capital.
  • Representation of Topokine in its sale to Allergan.
  • Representation of CareMed Specialty Pharmacy in its sale to PharMerica.
  • Representation of Pegasystems in its acquisition of OpenSpan.
  • Representation of Hittite Microwave in its sale to Analog Devices.
  • Representation of Alere in numerous acquisitions of public and private companies, including Arriva, Binax, Cholestech, First Check, Free & Clear, Kroll and Redwood.
  • Representation of Alere in its sale of Alere Health to Optum.
  • Representation of Crystal Rock in its sale to Cott.
  • Representation of InforMed in its sale to Conifer Health Solutions.
  • Representation of Crossbeam Systems in its sale to Thoma Bravo.
  • Representation of Watchfire in its sale to IBM.
  • Representation of the Management Group of Hypertherm in the transfer of all of Hypertherm’s common stock into an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
  • Representation of Acer Therapeutics in its merger with Opexa Therapeutics.
  • Representation of Allaire in its sale to Macromedia.
  • Representation of Powersoft in its sale to Sybase. 
  • Representation of EMC in several acquisitions.
  • Representation of Prothelia in its strategic alliance with Alexion Pharmaceuticals granting Alexion an exclusive option to purchase Prothelia.
  • Representation of Kongsberg in its acquisition of Hydroid. 
  • Representation of Aerva in its sale to Watchfire Signs.
  • Representation of HealthHonors in its sale to Healthways.
  • Representation of the Special Committee of the Board of Directiors of Concerto Software in its sale to Melita.
  • Representation of the Special Committee of Mestek in its “go private” transaction. 
  • Representation of Order Motion in its sale to NetSuite.
  • Representation of Sirius Software in its sale to Rocket Software.
  • Representation of Charles River Associates in its acquisition of InteCap.
  • Representation of Infogate in its sale to AOL. 
  • Representation of LSI Logic in its acquisition of IntraServer.


  • Ranked by CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA'S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS as one of Massachusetts' leading corporate/M&A lawyers
  • Listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Listed in THE LEGAL 500 US (Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Order of the Coif


  • American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, Member

  • “SPACs: A Fad or Here to Stay?” – Foley Hoag M&A Forum (February 2021)
  • “The year of the IPO and the coming of age of the SPACs” – Biotech Showcase (January 2021)
  • “Going… going… gone!” – New England M&A Forum (January 2017)
  • “Recent developments from Delaware” – New England M&A Forum (September 2015)
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