Samantha M. Kirby

Samantha M. Kirby

Partner Co-Chair of Banking and Consumer Financial Services
Samantha M. Kirby

Samantha Kirby is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry group and serves as co-chair of the Banking and Consumer Financial Services practice. Ms. Kirby advises financial institutions and other financial services firms on a wide range of corporate governance, bank regulatory, public company and transactional matters, including capital offerings (as issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel), mergers and acquisitions, holding company formations, and de novo bank chartering. In addition to working with the firm's full service bank and thrift clients, Ms. Kirby has worked extensively with nonbank financial services providers to establish limited purpose trust banks and other nontraditional vehicles for providing fiduciary and asset management services, and advises banks and trust companies that manage collective investment funds and other commingled pools. She has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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Ms. Kirby regularly represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC, the Massachusetts Division of Banks and numerous other state bank regulators.

Her transactional work includes representing:

  • Merchants Bancshares, Inc. in its sale to Community Bank System, Inc.
  • Iberville Bank in its sale to The First Bancshares, Inc.
  • HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. in its mutual-to-stock conversion and minority stock offering
  • Randolph Bancorp, Inc. in its acquisition of First Eastern Bankshares Corporation
  • Cross Financial Corp. in a number of insurance agency acquisitions
  • Mascoma Financial Services in a private placement of subordinated debt
  • Guaranty Bancorp, Inc. in a private placement of subordinated debt
  • Hampden Bancorp, Inc. in its sale to Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.
  • Camden National Corporation in its acquisition of SBM Financial, Inc. (The bank of Maine) and subsequent branch dispositions
  • Eastern Bank Corporation in its acquisition of Centrix Bank & Trust
  • Boston Private Bank & Trust Company in its sale of its Pacific Northwest branch network, and in its sale of branches in Southern California
  • Bristol County Savings Bank in its acquisition of four branches
  • Boston Private Financial Holdings in its bank consolidation, preferred stock offering and secondary offerings
  • Brookline Bancorp in its acquisitions of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. and First Ipswich Bancorp
  • Northeast Bancorp in its recapitalization by private equity and other investors and follow-on offerings
Professional Activities

Ms. Kirby is a member of the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

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J.D., 2001
Georgetown University Law Center
M.S.F.S., School of Foreign Service, 2001
Georgetown University
B.A., 1997
Wellesley College

(magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)



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