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Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Akerman is recognized by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as a leading U.S. law firm for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, and Securities Regulation Law. In addition, Akerman has been ranked number one in Florida by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A every year since 2003 and is recognized across the U.S. for its extensive experience in M&A and private equity transactions. We represent Fortune 1,000 and other strategic buyers and sellers, as well as private equity firms and other financial buyers and sellers from middle market to multibillion dollar transactions.
As our private equity clients aggressively compete for investment opportunities, we guide them through the complexities of structuring and executing these transactions on optimal business and legal terms. We have years of experience representing dozens of private equity firms, strategic acquirors engaged in rapid industry consolidations, and other sophisticated buyers and investors on the buy-side. On the sell-side, we represent the same types of clients as well as entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, and closely-held private companies.

Bullet Core group comprised of corporate, securities, tax, finance, benefits, creditors’ rights, intellectual property, information technology, real estate, litigation, and regulatory lawyers
Bullet Focus on middle market transactions, including LBOs, take private transactions, growth equity investments, recapitalizations, distressed debt and other distressed investments, and exits through private sales, SPACs, and IPOs
Bullet Sophisticated structuring capabilities designed to optimize business terms and facilitate exits on superior terms and minimize taxes
Bullet Structure management compensation and equity incentive plans to align interests
Bullet Seasoned, responsive, accessible partners lead all deals
Bullet Pragmatic approach and constructive negotiation philosophy designed to achieve client and transaction specific objectives
Bullet Add value and certainty in structuring, drafting and negotiating

"Akerman fields a 'seasoned, expert team that combines the experience found at larger firms with the responsiveness of a smaller, more agile firm'..." (The Legal 500)
U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, International Trade and Finance, Antitrust, Franchise, Private Funds/Hedge Funds, and Venture Capital Law categories
The Legal 500: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Middle Market
Law360: Ranked among the top 100 law firms for M&A
Corporate Counsel magazine: "Go To" law firm for corporate transactions/M&As
Chambers USA: #1 Corporate practice in Florida; recognized as market leader in Florida since 2003 for Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Chambers Latin America: The only U.S. law firm ranked for Cuba Corporate/Commercial

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