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Vincent Hillery

Practice Director – Legal

Vincent manages the Legal Practice at Patina, which provides attorneys and other specialists – each with at least 25 years of experience in their fields of expertise – to business and law firm clients both large and small, public and private, in order to meet a wide range of needs.

Vincent is a proactive, client-friendly attorney and trusted counselor with over 30 years of experience across a wide variety of legal and business matters. Most recently, he served as General Counsel and Executive Team member at two distinct businesses over a 16-year period. Prior to that, Vincent spent 15 years as a corporate and finance partner, special counsel and associate at Mayer Brown, a major international law firm based in Chicago.

In the first of his two in-house legal roles, Vincent served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Transamerica Finance Corporation ("TFC"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation. TFC was a senior management-level holding company for all of Transamerica's non-life insurance businesses. In that role, Vincent managed the legal affairs of a $15 billion diversified global finance organization comprised of approximately 40 individual businesses across multiple business lines. Upon his arrival at TFC, Vincent successfully created an integrated, multi-client, multi-office legal function which led to a matrixed, yet unified, Legal and Compliance Department consisting of 50 attorneys, paralegals and compliance personnel.

In his second in-house role, Vincent served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. ("TCFIF"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Minnesota-based TCF Bank. Vincent was part of a small group of executives who started TCFIF with 12 employees and no assets or customers, and over five years, grew the business to over $2 billion in assets with nearly 300 employees. In his role, Vincent supported the legal affairs of TCFIF's North America-focused inventory financing business which conducted business in all 50 states and across all ten provinces and three territories in Canada, as well as in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries. At TCFIF, Vincent managed a nimble and highly experienced Legal and Compliance Team of eight professionals.

Vincent’s expertise includes corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, joint ventures, commercial finance, litigation, risk management, insurance, and securities law.

Vincent holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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