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Corporate/M&A & Private Equity — Florida


Akerman LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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Band 1

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What the team is known for Full-service firm with wide geographical state coverage. Experienced in representing both public and private companies in a variety of matters, including M&A and dispositions. Regularly assists private equity funds in middle-market transactions across a range of industries, including healthcare, transportation and technology. Able to draw on significant firm strength in complementary areas such tax, real estate and regulatory expertise.

Strengths Clients say: "They very much understand the market and business practicalities. They balance business and legal issues in a very effective manner."

Interviewees comment: "The team is phenomenally capable, intelligent and business savvy."

Work highlights Assisted leading private equity firm H.I.G. Capital in its investment in Trace 3, a digital transformation and IT solutions provider.

Represented Tiger X Medical in reverse merger transaction with BioCardia. Tiger X Medical issued shares amounting to 50% of its outstanding equity in relation to the transaction.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Awner is a well-regarded practitioner described as "a great lawyer" by market sources. His areas of expertise include M&A, securities transactions and private equity-related matters.

Teddy Klinghoffer regularly represents an array of clients in complex business transactions, including M&A and private equity investment matters. Sources refer to him as "one of the best."

Stephen Roddenberry is described as "a smart, pragmatic lawyer" by sources, who also highlight him as "one of the best you'll ever work with." He has experience handling a broad spectrum of corporate issues, including M&A, spinoffs, and restructurings.

Carl Roston is "an exceptional lawyer who is extremely experienced and very business-minded." He is recognized for his expertise across acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offerings. His clients include a broad range of corporate entities and private equity clients.

Paul Quinn has considerable experience handling a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and corporate governance matters.

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Akerman advises public and private companies, including private equity funds, on M&A, capital markets transactions, financings, and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market. Senior members of the firm lead all transactions and remain actively engaged with our clients—providing pragmatic solutions and serving as a catalyst for launching, growing, and maintaining successful businesses.

Service Offerings

  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Capital Markets
  • Taxation
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Public Finance
  • Banking, Lending & Structured Finance
  • Venture Capital
  • Franchise & Licensing

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第一等

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What the team is known for  Strong Florida base complemented by national corporate practice strength. Represents clients across the full range of corporate matters, including private equity investments, M&A and counseling. Acts for an impressive range of household names, including many of the state's largest corporations. Also skilled at handling the transactional concerns of technology and pharmaceutical sector clients.

Strengths  One client reports: "The team is top notch: The best we've worked with," adding: "They are zero ego, all results."

Another source remarks: "Greenberg Traurig has a vast array of talented attorneys."

Work highlights  Represented Medina Capital, a tech-focused private equity firm, in its formation of a joint venture with B.C. Partners, another private equity firm, a transaction is valued at $2.8 billion.

Acted on behalf of make-up company BECCA in its $200 million sale to Estée Lauder.

Notable practitioners

Kara MacCullough offers experience in a number of corporate matters including IPOs, financings and M&A transactions. She is noted for her particular expertise across securities issues. Clients remark: "She is incredible: She gives tremendous advice, is very practical and very thoughtful."

Donn Beloff enjoys a broad-based corporate practice with considerable experience across venture capital transactions and securities offerings. He is also noted for his skill at handling private equity issues.

Practice cochair Bruce March is highly regarded for his strength across a broad range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, venture capital and divestment transactions.

David Wells is a skilled corporate practitioner highlighted for his expertise in complex financing and M&A transactions. He is experienced in acting for both public and private companies.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for  Growing practice that handles a diverse range of work, drawing on its strong Florida and national bench. Capable of handling transactions not just statewide, but nationally and across borders, with a focus on Latin America and Canada. Significant knowledge advising a range of clients, from startups to large companies on both the public and private sides. Boasts particular expertise in securities regulatory matters.

Strengths  One client says: "The team is excellent and extremely efficient."

Work highlights  Represented Boyne Capital Management in its acquisition of Ameribest Holdings and its subsidiary Ameribest Home Care, a provider of home healthcare services.

Acted for Funky Buddha Brewery in its sale to leading alcoholic beverage producer Constellation Brands.

Notable practitioners

"Stellar lawyer" Robert Grammig leads the firm's corporate practice and has significant experience handling complex securities and M&A transactions. Clients report: "He is responsive, flexible and pragmatic," adding: "All his answers are practical and calculated to anticipate our needs."

David Barkus is particularly experienced acting for aviation, IT and construction industry clients across a range of corporate transactions. He is skilled at handling M&A and private equity matters. He is described as "a bright guy and a tireless worker," by sources who also praise his "deep knowledge" of the market.

Rodney Bell is well regarded for his notable expertise handling M&A, securities and corporate governance matters. He is particularly skilled at advising clients in the life science and technology sectors.

Ira Rosner is highly regarded for his expertise in complex securities transactions. He acts for a broad range of clients, including technology, life sciences and manufacturing companies.

Chester Bacheller is noted for his ability across a range of corporate matters, including M&A, venture capital financing and securities transactions. One client reports: "He's very good at adapting his advice to individual transactions to give us the solution we're asking for rather than a cookie-cutter response."

Steven Lear advises on a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and joint venture matters. One client reports: "Steve goes the distance to understands the needs of our particular transaction," with another also saying: "He can quickly and effectively respond to any needs that we may have," adding: "It is always a pleasure working with Steve."

Tom McAleavey handles a broad range of corporate and securities issues. His areas of expertise include M&A, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced across a range of industry sectors and regarded as a particularly strong candidate for healthcare matters. Well known for carrying out work related to middle-market private equity matters, including acquisitions and leveraged financings.

Work highlights Advised HealthSun Health Plans and WellMax Health Delivery Network with regard to their $750 million sale to major private equity firm Summit Partners.

Acted for Comvest Partners in its shared acquisition of Lasko, the largest provider of portable fans and heaters in the US. The client worked alongside JW Levin Management Partners in the transaction.

Notable practitioners

Head of practice Harris Siskind has considerable experience acting for private equity clients in a range of corporate transactions. Sources describe him as an "exceptional" lawyer.

Fred Levenson has experience across a variety of corporate and private equity issues including M&A, financings and joint venture transactions. Clients report: "He is very dedicated, smart and commercial," adding: "He focuses on the right stuff."

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McDermott’s team in Miami work full time on M&A deals, the majority on behalf of private equity firms, plus a smaller number of industrial companies. We focus on advising on deals in the middle and upper middle market: $50 million to $1 billion range. Work covers new investments, acquisitions and financings of portfolio companies on behalf of private equity funds, advising those portfolio companies on add-on acquisitions, financings and general corporate day-to-day matters.

No firm in Florida can match us for private equity deal volume. We work on  20+ private equity deals a year, and advise a large number of private equity firms. McDermott has been recognized for many years as the premier firm in Florida and nationally for healthcare services. A large amount of private equity investment goes into the healthcare sector, and we are renowned for blending private equity experience with in-depth healthcare industry knowledge. The healthcare sector is extremely buoyant and highly regulated so we have an advantage over other corporate practices in that we understand the nuances of healthcare deals. 

McDermott is a Florida heavyweight, we are a longstanding part of the elite Florida legal market. Our Miami office was the second ever office opened by the firm in 1977. Miami continues to play a leading role in the firm’s national practice, with standout strengths in corporate, M&A, private equity, and healthcare law. 

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Bilzin Sumberg - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for  Practice focus comprising M&A, joint venture and private equity work, with particular expertise in fund formation, raising capital and fund-related M&A deals. Especially well known for handling real estate-related matters. Advises both public and private companies dealing with significant corporate transactions. Demonstrates additional skill in advising on complex cross-border issues.

Strengths  One client remarks: "They are critical and analytical thinkers," adding: "They are also great communicators and skilled writers."

Another source comments: "Everyone I've worked with at Bilzin has been thoughtful, responsive and hands-on. They don't propose additional problems when addressing a matter, they provide solutions."

Work highlights  Acted as Florida counsel to GMéxico Transportes, the transportation unit of Mexico-based mining company Grupo México, in its $2 billion acquisition of Florida East Railway.

Notable practitioners

Alan Axelrod represents public and private companies in a wide range of corporate transactions. His areas of expertise include M&A matters and private equity offerings. Clients laud: "He is the most diligent and professional attorney that I've worked with in the corporate field. He is particularly thorough and leaves no stone unturned."

Marshall Pasternack is an "excellent corporate attorney" with extensive experience handling complex transactional matters. He has particular expertise across securities and joint venture concerns.

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Foley & Lardner LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Broad state coverage offering significant experience in securities. Expertise in representing underwriters and issuers in securities offerings and SEC compliance matters. Well versed in handling M&A for a range of local and national clients, often in the technology and healthcare sectors.

Notable practitioners

Gardner Davis is an experienced corporate practitioner with notable skill handling a wide range of transactions, including M&A and MBOs. He also offers considerable ability across restructuring matters.

Steven Vazquez is well regarded for his strength handling an array of corporate matters. He has notable experience across financing and M&A transactions, often for healthcare and technology industry clients.

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Gunster - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service corporate practice with a strong Florida offering and established connections with larger national firms. Well versed in M&A, private equity investments and international transactions. Represents clients across a wide range of industries, including aerospace, agriculture and financial services. Deals with a broad variety of entities, from private startups to large public companies.

Strengths One client notes: "Gunster has always taken a very practical approach to its representation. They are knowledgeable, thorough and very responsive," adding: "Their support is excellent."

Work highlights Represented Stonegate Bank in its acquisition of Regent Bancorp and its subsidiary Regent Bank, in a deal worth approximately $41 million.

Acted for NRI Holding Company in connection with obtaining a private equity firm's $10.2 million investment.

Notable practitioners

Corporate practice cochair Michael Mitrione advises clients on equity and debt financings, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Sources report: "He is very direct and decisive," adding: "He has the ability to quickly assess the business consequences of a situation and recommend how to proceed."

David Bates is noted for his experience representing clients in a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and securities matters. Impressed clients describe him as "knowledgeable, thorough and practical."

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White & Case LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for  Florida base augmented by national and international strength. Expertise in cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on Latin America. Involved in large and complex M&A, with sector expertise that covers power generation, electronics and pharmaceuticals.

  Notable practitioners

Christian Hansen is a key contact.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第四等

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What the team is known for  Broad corporate practice, representing companies across a variety of industries, particularly noted for expertise advising energy and technology sector clients. Able to advise on both large-scale domestic and cross-border transactions, supported by a network of national and international offices. Acts for private equity firms in fund formation work and acquisitions. Also boasts experience in dealing with public and private securities matters, primarily representing issuers.

Strengths  An impressed client comments: "They are amazing: I trust them with my life. They have very high standards and work at light speed."

Another source says: "They are knowledgeable advisers oriented toward getting deals done."

Work highlights  Represented Chesapeake Utilities in a follow-on public securities offering of $60 million. Also advised on the client's private issuance of senior notes in principal amount of $70 million.

Assisted Borcheck & Gase, an Orlando accounting firm, in its acquisition by Carr, Riggs & Ingram.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Decker enjoys a strong reputation for his experience across a range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, recapitalizations, securities and joint venture transactions. Clients comment: "Jeff Decker is amazing: He is sharp, has excellent understanding of our business needs and knows how to best navigate any situation."

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Berger Singerman - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive corporate service to established businesses. Strong state coverage across four offices, with in-depth expertise in M&A and corporate finance matters. Offers experience handling private equity, venture capital and securities transactions. Acts for clients across a range of industries, including a focus on real estate and hospitality businesses. Frequently engaged to deal with matters across the country and internationally.

Strengths One client says: "The firm is very thorough, very professional and a strong advocate for our business interests."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of owner of the Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica in two related merger transactions involving legal entities outside the US.

Represented Point Blank and its private equity fund sponsor in the purchase of a business focused on design, manufacture and distribution of holsters for law enforcement.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Aronson has considerable experience representing clients across a spectrum of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings as well as M&A matters. Interviewees report: "He is a very smart guy and has technical expertise."

About the Team (content provided by Berger Singerman)

Berger Singerman’s corporate and business attorneys counsel a wide range of privately held and publicly traded clients at every stage in their business life cycle, in executing and fulfilling their business, strategic, partnering, financing, compliance and transactional goals and objectives. The team members include attorneys who formerly practiced at major New York and national law firms, as well as in-house counsel at substantial public and private companies. Whether start-up, emerging or mid-cap business or Fortune 500 multi-national companies, clients rely on Berger Singerman’s corporate and business attorneys to assist with a wide range of challenges and opportunities – from formation, financing and ordinary course contracting and operations, to raising capital, addressing regulatory, owner, employee, vendor and intellectual property issues, to executing on private and public securities transactions and joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and sales.


Clients seek the advice, counsel and assistance of Berger Singerman's Corporate, Securities and M&A practice group in a variety of service areas, including:

Securities & Capital Markets
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Corporate Governance
Fund Formation
International & Cross-Border Transactions
Distressed Transactions & Corporate Restructurings
General and Ongoing Business Representation

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Hill Ward Henderson - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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第四等

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What the team is known for  Predominantly involved in acquisitions, representing both buyers and sellers, and boasts particular experience in joint venture work. Frequently engaged by private equity funds, as well as smaller and family-run businesses. Also experienced in venture capital transactions. Sought by clients involved in a range of industries, with particular expertise in automobile and restaurant matters.

Strengths  One interviewee states: "The firm has a professional and strong team with a deep bench, and the ability to bring in additional specialists for matters that arise during a transaction."

Another source highlights: "They are a very strong M&A team and have a good balance of technical expertise with a pro-deal attitude."

Work highlights  Acted for Fairbourne Partners in its joint venture with TH Real Estate. The matter involved acquisition and management of an open-air mall in Las Vegas consisting of approximately 1.15 million square feet of Class A retail space.

Represented private equity firm HealthEdge Investment Partners in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Columbus Medical Services and its affiliate.

Notable practitioners

David Felman is highly regarded for his expertise in a wide range of complex transactions, with particular strength across M&A and securities matters. One source says: "He is outstanding: He has one of the best combinations of legal and business skills I have ever encountered in a lawyer."

John Connery is knowledgeable across an array of corporate matters, including venture capital, joint ventures and M&A transactions. He is also noted for his particular expertise in tax issues. One client says: "John has a great ability to understand the complex issues that arise throughout a transaction and to quickly and effectively come up with solutions that protect his clients' interests."

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We counsel public and private companies on a broad range of transactions, including:

  • Stock and asset sales and acquisitions
  • Private equity or management-led and leveraged buy-out transactions
  • Going private transactions
  • Tender offers
  • Auctions of private and public companies
  • Transactions with subsidiaries, divisions and other assets

In the area of mergers and acquisitions, our lawyers draw upon the expertise of all of our firm's practice areas, including corporate governance, securities, tax, labor, employee benefits, and real estate, to provide clients with comprehensive advice. Our collaborative approach helps our clients structure their most important transactions to maximize value, while minimizing taxes and transaction costs.

Over the past five years, Hill Ward Henderson has been the principal legal advisor in over 100 completed acquisition or sale transactions. Our clients for these transactions include mid-sized private companies and large public companies. We recognize that even transactions involving relatively small dollar amounts can be critical to our clients' strategic goals.

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Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Areas of expertise include M&A, corporate and securities work, with significant experience in private equity. Services clients across a wide range of industries. Frequently advises clients in their cross-border matters from Florida offices located in Sarasota and Tampa.

Notable practitioners

Darrell Smith is experienced representing a range of public and private organizations in complex corporate matters. He regularly handles M&A, securities and strategic planning transactions.

Gregory Yadley is well regarded for his experience handling an array of corporate transactions. He offers notable strength across financings, M&A and securities matters.

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Carlton Fields - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Significant Florida coverage as part of a national firm presence. Middle-market corporate practice with a reputation for tax and real estate joint venture expertise. Also active in securities transactions and compliance.

Notable practitioners

Nathaniel Doliner is recognized for his expertise across a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and joint ventures concerns. He also has experience advising on corporate governance matters.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Able to draw on significant national and international strength to offer clients a broad corporate service, including M&A, joint ventures and advisory work. Regularly appears on deals involving a Latin America component.

Notable practitioners

Luis Perez is a key contact.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for  Large-scale international law firm with a Miami base. Provides a broad range of corporate expertise for clients such as financial institutions, private companies, governments and nonprofits. Significant experience in cross-border issues, including European and Latin American matters. Notable involvement in public-private partnerships involving significant infrastructure projects. Additionally skilled at handling corporate securities transactions.

  Work highlights  Acted for Sabadell United Bank in its approximately billion-dollar acquisition by IBKC.

Represented Renovo in its $30 million acquisition of Global HR Research.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Alonso is a "well-respected," and "talented lawyer," say impressed market sources. He represents privately held US and foreign companies in a range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include joint ventures, M&A and financings.

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Shutts & Bowen LLP - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Middle-market practice focusing on transactional work, with a particular emphasis on acquisitions. Extensive experience in private funds deals and often advises on mergers and capital markets transactions. Acts for a range of local, national and international clients that include companies in the automotive and energy industries.

Work highlights Represented engineering design firm Steven Feller PE in its approximately $15 million reorganization and sale to New York-based private equity firm Yenni Capital.

Acted for Morgan Auto Group in acquisition of Lake City-based Rountree-Moore Motors.

Notable practitioners

Luis de Armas has considerable experience representing a wide range of clients in corporate and securities law matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, leveraged transactions and foreign investment issues.

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for  Offers significant experience to clients dealing with middle-market transactions across a range of industries, including banking and life sciences. Expertise includes M&A, private equity and corporate regulatory work. Frequently involved in joint venture real estate matters. Also regularly advises on securities offerings and filings.

Strengths  One source notes: "The team is fantastic: They are always available and provide excellent advice, top-notch service and legal representation."

Another interviewee reports: "They are extremely professional and their service is of the highest caliber."

Work highlights  Represented FabSouth and its eight operating subsidiaries as co-borrowers in securing a modified secured revolving credit facility from BMO Harris Bank.

Represented BBX Capital Corporation in its $57 million acquisition of candy retailer IT'SUGAR.

Notable practitioners

Alison Miller advises public and private companies on complex M&A and securities matters. Her broad client base encompasses companies from across the financial services, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors.

David Seifer enjoys a strong reputation handling corporate and securities transactions, with particular skill across corporate governance, securities compliance and M&A matters. Sources say: "He is an excellent attorney providing quick turnaround times and practical answers."

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Stearns Weaver Miller’s Corporate Department provides counsel to clients seeking advice on business activities ranging from formation, financing and day-to-day operations to acquisitions, mergers, sales and liquidations. We are experienced in virtually all areas of business transactions and have been trained to identify business and legal issues quickly, to offer clear, practical advice and to reach the best solution expeditiously.

We are also experienced in guiding clients through the regulatory aspects of business transactions and securities offerings and filings. We deal extensively with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. For our public company clients, we assist in the preparation of reports to stockholders, annual disclosure documents and period reports for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies. In addition, we counsel clients in connection with public and private securities offerings, proxy solicitations and proxy contests and on issues relating to the duties of officers and directors.

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Trenam - Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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What the team is known for Handles issues such as M&A, business formation and joint ventures. Clients range from individual entrepreneurs to national public companies. Experienced in advising on healthcare and technology-related matters.

Notable practitioners

Gary Teblum is described as an "astute and detail-oriented" lawyer by sources. He regularly acts on M&A, venture capital matters and IPOs. He acts as cochair of Trenam's business transactions practice group.

Nelson Castellano is respected for his experience handling an array of corporate matters. He offers notable skill across venture capital, M&A transactions and debt and equity offerings.

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Awner is a well-regarded practitioner described as "a great lawyer" by market sources. His areas of expertise include M&A, securities transactions and private equity-related matters.

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Bilzin Sumberg

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Axelrod represents public and private companies in a wide range of corporate transactions. His areas of expertise include M&A matters and private equity offerings. Clients laud: "He is the most diligent and professional attorney that I've worked with in the corporate field. He is particularly thorough and leaves no stone unturned."

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Hill Ward Henderson

From the Chambers USA guide

David Felman is highly regarded for his expertise in a wide range of complex transactions, with particular strength across M&A and securities matters. One source says: "He is outstanding: He has one of the best combinations of legal and business skills I have ever encountered in a lawyer."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Stellar lawyer" Robert Grammig leads the firm's corporate practice and has significant experience handling complex securities and M&A transactions. Clients report: "He is responsive, flexible and pragmatic," adding: "All his answers are practical and calculated to anticipate our needs."

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Teddy D Klinghoffer

Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Teddy Klinghoffer regularly represents an array of clients in complex business transactions, including M&A and private equity investment matters. Sources refer to him as "one of the best."

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Kara L MacCullough

Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Kara MacCullough offers experience in a number of corporate matters including IPOs,  financings and M&A transactions. She is noted for her particular expertise across securities issues. Clients remark: "She is incredible: She gives tremendous advice, is very practical and very thoughtful."

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Robert C Rasmussen

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Robert Rasmussen of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is described as "very responsive and very professional" by sources, with other adding: "He is well respected and dedicated." He represents startups and established businesses in a range of complex corporate matters, with notable expertise in M&A, securities and venture capital transactions.

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Stephen Roddenberry

Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Roddenberry is described as "a smart, pragmatic lawyer" by sources, who also highlight him as "one of the best you'll ever work with." He has experience handling a broad spectrum of corporate issues, including M&A, spinoffs, and restructurings.

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Roston is "an exceptional lawyer who is extremely experienced and very business-minded." He is recognized for his expertise across acquisitions, joint ventures and securities offerings. His clients include a broad range of corporate entities and private equity clients.

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Berger Singerman

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Aronson has considerable experience representing clients across a spectrum of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings as well as M&A matters.  Interviewees report: "He is a very smart guy and has technical expertise."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Barkus is particularly experienced acting for aviation, IT and construction industry clients across a range of corporate transactions. He is skilled at handling M&A and private equity matters. He is described as "a bright guy and a tireless worker," by sources who also praise his "deep knowledge" of the market.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rodney Bell is well regarded for his notable expertise handling M&A, securities and corporate governance matters. He is particularly skilled at advising clients in the life science and technology sectors.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Donn Beloff enjoys a broad-based corporate practice with considerable experience across venture capital transactions and securities offerings. He is also noted for his skill at handling private equity issues.

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gardner Davis is an experienced corporate practitioner with notable skill handling a wide range of transactions, including M&A and MBOs. He also offers considerable ability across restructuring matters.

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Nathaniel L Doliner

Carlton Fields

From the Chambers USA guide

Nathaniel Doliner is recognized for his expertise across a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and joint ventures concerns. He also has experience advising on corporate governance matters.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice cochair Bruce March is highly regarded for his strength across a broad range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, venture capital and divestment transactions.

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Michael V Mitrione

Gunster

From the Chambers USA guide

Corporate practice cochair Michael Mitrione advises clients on equity and debt financings, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Sources report: "He is very direct and decisive," adding: "He has the ability to quickly assess the business consequences of a situation and recommend how to proceed."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Clayton Parker of K&L Gates is experienced in acting for domestic and international clients across a broad range of corporate issues. His areas of expertise include M&A, joint ventures and secured lending transactions. An impressed client remarks: "He is an extraordinary, top-notch lawyer."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Rosner is highly regarded for his expertise in complex securities transactions. He acts for a broad range of clients, including technology, life sciences and manufacturing companies.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of practice Harris Siskind has considerable experience acting for private equity clients in a range of corporate transactions. Sources describe him as an "exceptional" lawyer.

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Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Darrell Smith is experienced representing a range of public and private organizations in complex corporate matters. He regularly handles M&A, securities and strategic planning transactions.

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Trenam

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Teblum is described as an "astute and detail-oriented" lawyer by sources. He regularly acts on M&A, venture capital matters and IPOs. He acts as cochair of Trenam's business transactions practice group.

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Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Yadley is well regarded for his experience handling an array of corporate transactions. He offers notable strength across financings, M&A and securities matters.

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Fernando C Alonso

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fernando Alonso is a "well-respected," and "talented lawyer," sayimpressed market sources. He represents privately held US and foreign companies in a range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include joint ventures, M&A and financings.

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Chester E Bacheller

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chester Bacheller is noted for his ability across a range of corporate matters, including M&A, venture capital financing and securities transactions. One client reports: "He's very good at adapting his advice to individual transactions to give us the solution we're asking for rather than a cookie-cutter response."

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Gunster

From the Chambers USA guide

David Bates is noted for his experience representing clients in a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and securities matters. Impressed clients describe him as "knowledgeable, thorough and practical."

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Shutts & Bowen LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Luis de Armas has considerable experience representing a wide range of clients in corporate and securities law matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, leveraged transactions and foreign investment issues.

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Baker & Hostetler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Decker enjoys a strong reputation for his experience across a range of corporate matters. His areas of expertise include M&A, recapitalizations, securities and joint venture transactions. Clients comment: "Jeff Decker is amazing: He is sharp, has excellent understanding of our business needs and knows how to best navigate any situation."

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Freeland Partners, Inc

From the Chambers USA guide

Jorge Freeland of Freeland Partners, Inc is a well-known practitioner, well versed in handling a range of corporate transactions. He has particular expertise across M&A and private equity matters.

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J2 Advisors

From the Chambers USA guide

Jacqueline Hodes of J2 Advisors acts for a broad range of clients, including buyers, sellers and private equity sponsors on complex corporate transactions. She is also noted for her strength in advising on cross-border matters.

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Fred Levenson has experience across a variety of corporate and private equity issues including M&A, financings and joint venture transactions. Clients report: "He is very dedicated, smart and commercial," adding: "He focuses on the right stuff."

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Alison Miller advises public and private companies on complex M&A and securities matters. Her broad client base encompasses companies from across the financial services, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Marshall Pasternack

Bilzin Sumberg

From the Chambers USA guide

Marshall Pasternack is an "excellent corporate attorney" with extensive experience handling complex transactional matters. He has particular expertise across securities and joint venture concerns.

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Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

David Seifer enjoys a strong reputation handling corporate and securities transactions, with particular skill across corporate governance, securities compliance and M&A matters. Sources say: "He is an excellent attorney providing quick turnaround times and practical answers."

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Vazquez is well regarded for his strength handling an array of corporate matters. He has notable experience across financing and M&A transactions, often for healthcare and technology industry clients.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA

From the Chambers USA guide

David Wells is a skilled corporate practitioner highlighted for his expertise in complex financing and M&A transactions. He is experienced in acting for both public and private companies.

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Nelson T Castellano

Trenam

From the Chambers USA guide

Nelson Castellano is respected for his experience handling an array of corporate matters. He offers notable skill across venture capital, M&A transactions and debt and equity offerings.

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John C Connery Jr

Hill Ward Henderson

From the Chambers USA guide

John Connery is knowledgeable across an array of corporate matters, including venture capital, joint ventures and M&A transactions. He is also noted for his particular expertise in tax issues. One client says: "John has a great ability to understand the complex issues that arise throughout a transaction and to quickly and effectively come up with solutions that protect his clients' interests."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Lear advises on a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and joint venture matters. One client reports: "Steve goes the distance to understands the needs of our particular transaction," with another also saying: "He can quickly and effectively respond to any needs that we may have," adding: "It is always a pleasure working with Steve."

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M Richard Lewis Jr

Smith Hulsey & Busey

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Lewis of Smith Hulsey & Busey is chair of the firm's business department, with notable experience handling M&A, financings and corporate governance matters. One impressed client says: "He is one of the brightest attorneys I've had the pleasure to work with," going on to add: "I trust that he will guide us through any issue we bring to him."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Enrique Martin of Jones Day is recognized for his expertise handling corporate transactions, including M&A, private equity and securities matters. Clients report: "He is responsive, knowledgeable and solution-oriented," adding: "He has the creativity and experience to come up with solutions to problems."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom McAleavey handles a broad range of corporate and securities issues. His areas of expertise include M&A, public and private securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.

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Akerman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Quinn has considerable experience handling a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and corporate governance matters.

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Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Reinert of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. has experience representing public and private companies in a range of corporate transactions. His areas of expertise include LBOs and securities offerings.

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