Paul M. Aguggia is a corporate services attorney in Holland & Knight’s New York office. Mr. Aguggia possesses particular experience in advising boards of directors and senior management with respect to risk management, corporate governance, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions matters. He has counseled numerous financial institutions throughout the United States, including private equity funds and hedge funds, and has extensive experience interacting with federal and state banking and securities regulators.
Mr. Aguggia served as the chairman of the board, president and CEO of Clifton Bancorp Inc. (CSBK) from January 2014 until CSBK’s merger with Kearny Financial Corp., for which he served on the board of directors until October 2018. Mr. Aguggia led the CSBK team’s successful efforts to become a fully public company and to grow and transform the bank’s balance sheet. Mr. Aguggia also was a member of the board of directors of Square 1 Bank, a financial institution serving entrepreneurs and the venture capital community. In 2005, he led the legal team in the formation of the bank, which at the time conducted one of the largest capital raises by a banking institution. Mr. Aguggia’s experience as an executive and director of both a publicly and privately held company gives him significant insight into a broad array of legal, governance, regulatory and strategic issues.
Mr. Aguggia also previously served as chairman of an international law firm. In addition to leading a complex, worldwide organization, he continued to practice corporate and financial institutions law.
Mr. Aguggia began his career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City. He was a partner in Muldoon Murphy & Aguggia LLP, a boutique banking law firm, for ten years and served as Chairman of the firm from 2004 until its merger with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in 2008.
During law school, Mr. Aguggia served as editor-in-chief of the Alaska Law Review, a journal published by the Duke University School of Law since 1984 and underwritten by the Alaska Bar Association. Mr. Aguggia completed executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. In 2015, he was invited by Darden to be an instructor in its Bank Financial Leadership program.
In both 2012 and 2013, Mr. Aguggia was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Washington DC “Super Lawyer” in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance. In 2012 Mr. Aguggia was honored with the District Alliance for Safe Housing’s (DASH) Pillar Award, which recognized his pro bono service to DASH, an organization dedicated to the protection of abused women, as its general counsel.
Mr. Aguggia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke University School of Law. Mr. Aguggia has spoken and written extensively on banking and corporate matters.