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DLA Piper LLP (US)
1251 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Corporate; Private Equity

Position

Partner; Global Co-Chair, Corporate and Private Equity; Member, Global Board and Executive Committee; Southeast US Managing Partner

Career

Joe Alexander is a widely respected private equity and corporate M&A lawyer who focuses his international practice on representing private equity and corporate buyers and sellers in connection with M&A and general corporate matters.

Joe regularly represents nationally known private equity firms and sellers selling to such firms in corporate matters, including in connection with over 100 M&A transactions for aggregate consideration exceeding US$20.0 billion in the last five years. He also serves as outside general counsel to various public and private companies, including in connection with over 30 M&A transactions for aggregate consideration exceeding US$9.0 billion in the last five years. Although Joe is a generalist, having closed multiple transactions in many sectors, he has particular expertise in the TMT, healthcare, food and beverage, franchising and manufacturing sectors.

Education

J.D., Duke University School of Law; B.B.A., University of Georgia

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s ‘responsive and communicative practice‘ fields lawyers with sector expertise in a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, healthcare and real estate; the practice is also experienced in deals involving franchising and distribution, insurance, manufacturing, and business and financial services. It acts in a variety of complex transactions, including stock-for-stock mergers, management buyouts, tender offers, proxy contests, cross-border acquisitions, and divisional purchases and sales; the team also advises special committees of boards on contests for control, including hostile bids and proxy contests, and assists with diligence and structuring issues, including tax, antitrust and IP. Active key clients include Sodexo, Grand Canyon Education, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ASB Capital Management. New York-based US M&A chair Jonathan Klein assisted Sodexo, a Paris-based global food services and facilities management company, with its acquisition of Centerplate, a US-based sports and entertainment venue hospitality provider; Phoenix’s US education sector chair David Lewis led advice to Grand Canyon Education on its sale of Grand Canyon University (GCU) to a nonprofit entity, which led to GCU becoming one of the largest nonprofit universities in the country; Chicago partner Andrew Weil acted for Rolls-Royce Power Systems in the sale of its Germany-based fuel injector business, L’Orange, to US-based Woodward; and co-global private equity chair and co-US corporate group chair Joseph Alexander Jr, who divides his time between Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and New York, advised ASB Capital Management, one of the largest institutional investment management firms in the Washington DC area, on the sale of Infomart Data Centers’ Dallas operations to Equinix, which included the Infomart Dallas building. Other key advisers include US corporate co-chair John Gilluly, who divides his time between Houston, Austin and Dallas, San Diego office managing partner Jeff Baglio, and co-chair of the Northern California corporate and finance practice Eric Wang, who is based in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Recent growth for the Austin corporate practice saw the firm hire a team of six former Jackson Walker, L.L.P. partners, who advise institutional investors on investments and secondary transactions; Steven Bartz, who is experienced in fund formation, private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances, joined the Dallas office from Thompson & Knight LLP; and Kevin Grant, who acts for strategic and financial buyers and sellers in both US domestic and cross-border M&A, and Emilio Ragosa were recruited in New Jersey from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where Ragosa led the corporate group in the Princeton office. Also of note, Thomas Gaynor and Jinjian Huang joined the San Francisco office in 2019.

Latin America: International firms > City focus: Miami

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s Miami office is playing an anchor role in the firm’s recently developed and geographically expansive Latin America practice. The Miami team has experienced a significant uptick in engagements from Chinese and European multinationals, multilatinas and other Latin American entities, including family offices, and has developed an especially strong record in financial services and insurance, energy, natural resources, agribusiness, and hospitality and hotels. Much of the practice centres on M&A and project development. The firm’s growing credentials in private equity have led to growth in financial sponsor investment engagments in Latin America; global co-chair of the corporate and private equity practice Joseph Alexander splits his time between the Dallas, Miami and New York offices. The Miami team has worked alongside colleagues in other offices to support clients on Argentine and Peru PPP projects, and has developed a healthy market share of Colombian 4G toll road project mandates.  A team led by Miami partner Francisco Cerezo, the US head of Latin America corporate, advised QBE Insurance Group on the sale of its Latin America business to Zurich, making Zurich the leading insurer in Argentina and a top three player in Ecuador. He also advised Costa Rican cable operator, Cabletica, on its $250m sale of a controlling interest to Liberty Latin America; Televisora de Costa Rica has retained a 20% share in the cable operator. John Murphy is another pivotal member of the Latin America team and has a fine record in project development, project finance and M&A in the region. Of counsel Diego Figueroa-Rodriguez is noted for tax-driven financing structures, including capital markets offerings and project finance engagements. Partner Michael Silva is another tax specialist, with a fine record in US investment structures and FATCA issues for Latin American investors.