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Akerman LLP

THREE BRICKELL CITY CENTRE, 98 SOUTHEAST SEVENTH STREET, SUITE 1100, MIAMI, FL 33131, USA
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Jonathan Awner

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Akerman LLP

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Corporate, M&A and Private Equity, Structured Finance, Corporate Governance, Restructuring, Securities

Position

Jonathan L. Awner has broad experience in public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. Jonathan served as lead counsel for Republic Services, Inc. in its industry-transforming $12.9 billion merger with Allied Waste Industries. He serves as counsel to boards of directors, audit and special board committees, and senior executives of public companies with respect to corporate governance issues and change-of-control transactions. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and compliance issues.


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Within: M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Akerman LLP acts on complex middle-market deals valued at between $50m and $500m; the practice’s experience includes buy-side and sell-side M&A, leveraged recapitalizations and buyouts, spin-offs and sales of divisions, control and minority investments, growth equity investments, distressed company transactions, cross-border transactions, and joint ventures. Active notable clients are Grossinger Auto Group, Ferguson Industries, H I G Capital and Warren Equity Partners. Jonathan Awner and Carl Roston are the co-corporate practice chairs. Awner is widely respected for purchases and sales of car dealerships across the US; recent examples include his advice to Grossinger Auto Group, the oldest family-operated dealership chain in Illinois, on the $86m sale of 15 dealerships to AutoCanada. Roston’s recent highlights include assisting Branford Castle Partners with its acquisition of Vitrek, a manufacturer of electrical safety test and measurement equipment; and acting for KLX, a global manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products, in multiple transactions, including the acquisition of AM Aircraft Supply from SPS Technologies. Also key to the practice are Teddy Klinghoffer, Stephen Roddenberry, Paul Quinn, who divides his time between the West Palm Beach and Chicago offices, and Kenneth Wiggins. Klinghoffer acted for Associated Grocers of Florida, a wholesale grocer that supplies South Florida, the Caribbean and other international markets, in its sale to publicly traded Supervalu, a supermarket chain; and Roddenberry, as co-counsel with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, advised the special committee of Perry Ellis International, a designer, distributor and licensor of apparel, accessories and fragrances, on a merger agreement under which a newly formed entity controlled by Perry Ellis' founder took Perry Ellis private. Notable growth in the practice included the hiring of Brazil experts Karyn Koiffman in Washington DC and New York-based Peter Eccles from Baker McKenzie LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP, respectively. Attorneys listed are based in Miami unless otherwise stated.

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