Akerman LLP is a leading transactions and trial law firm
recognized by Chambers and The Legal 500 for its
core strengths in middle-market M&A, within the financial
services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin
America practice. With more than 600 lawyers and government affairs
professionals, the national firm, headquartered in Florida, is
ranked as one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S.
Sunshine State Roots, International Reach
The firm's formative years date back to 1920 when Alexander
Akerman--the son of former U.S. Attorney General Amos Akerman, who
served under President Grant--formed a partnership with fellow
Orlando lawyer John Cheney. The firm grew with the city to become
the largest Florida law firm, as reported by Florida Trend
Magazine (2013). One of Akerman's earliest partners, Billy
Dial, was instrumental in such Florida milestones as the routing of
Interstate 4 through the Orlando area, the procurement of land for
Walt Disney World and the founding of The First National Bank of
Orlando, now SunTrust.
The firm has continued to grow and expand considerably since
those early days, particularly within the last decade during which
it opened 10 new offices across the country--for a total of 20 in
11 U.S. states, with a strong concentration and growth along I-95
Corridor in New York, Washington, DC and Florida.
Notable Work and Recognition
Akerman lawyers have worked with a variety of notable clients,
including Bank of America, ComVest Investment Partners,
eHarmony, The GEO Group, Humana, PNC Bank, SEIMENS, SunTrust Bank
and Zurich North America.
The firm has a deep history in the banking sector. Today,
Akerman represents all of the top 10 U.S. bank holding companies.
Akerman also reported $3.6 billion in combined deal value of middle
market M&A transactions handled by the firm in 2012 and in
2013, and it earned 80 tier one national and regional practice
rankings by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, which included their Corporate,
Litigation and Real Estate Practice Groups.
In recent years, the firm has represented clients across various
industry sectors including OPKO Health in a number of significant
deals in the Health/M&A sector including its $480 million
all-stock acquisition of PROLOR Biotech.
In the urban redevelopment space, Akerman is counsel to the Hong
Kong-based developer, Swire Properties, in connection with the
$1.05 billion Brickell Citycentre mixed-use project in downtown
Miami. The firm is also counsel to the real estate transportation
and infrastructure company, Florida East Coast Industries, in the
planning and development of a $1.5 billion intercity passage rail
system in Florida-- the first privately funded, operated and
maintained passenger rail system in the U.S.
In the restaurant sector, the firm has advised Fiesta Restaurant
Group, the owner, operator and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical and
Taco Cabana restaurant brands, in connection with a complex
refinancing transaction that included a $142 million underwritten
public offering, and the private equity firm, RedZone Capital
Management, led by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, in its
sale of the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain to Friendly's.
In the retail sector, the firm has counseled SKECHERS USA, the
global footwear designer, developer and marketer in connection with
the successful protest and litigation of corporate franchise tax
assessments in multiple states and Macy's in a $400 million
expansion of their flagship store in Herald Square in New York.