MIAMI & FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 11, 2015 – International law firm Greenberg Traurig announced that five of its Florida-based attorneys were named among the Daily Business Review's 2015 Top Dealmakers of the Year at the publication's Annual Dealmakers of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 8, at the JW Marriott Miami. An additional 11 Greenberg Traurig attorneys were named finalists.
Every year, American Lawyer Media recognizes those who closed the biggest, most significant and complex deals in South Florida during the previous 12 months. Winners are selected by the Daily Business Review’s editorial staff members from hundreds of nominations and reported transactions. Selections are based on the size and complexity of the deals.
Greenberg Traurig’s Top Dealmakers
Land: Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Shareholders Dan McCawley and Jonathan S. Gelman, and Fort Lauderdale Corporate & Securities Shareholders Matthew M. Robbins and Kara L. MacCullough, represented St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) regarding the sale of approximately 380,000 acres of non-strategic timberland and rural Northwest Florida land to subsidiaries of AgReserves, Inc., a Utah corporation affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for approximately $562 million, including a $200 million timber note. Considered Florida’s largest real estate deal in 2014, the transaction involved planning and structuring conveyance of more than 1,000 separate land parcels encompassing 380,000 acres in nine counties.
Corporate Finance: Fort Lauderdale Corporate & Securities Shareholder Donn A. Beloff advised global specialty chemicals company Platform Specialty Products Corporation (NYSE:PAH) in all aspects of its $1 billion acquisition of Chemtura AgroSolutions, the agrochemicals business of Chemtura Corporation (NYSE:CHMT). The closing involved acquiring assets in 10 countries and stock in 15 countries during a four-day period and coordinating with a Greenberg Traurig legal team with more than 30 attorneys in 12 offices.
Greenberg Traurig’s Top Dealmakers Finalists
Corporate Finance: Miami Corporate & Securities Shareholders David A. Barkus and Ira N. Rosner represented longtime client MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ), a South Florida-based infrastructure construction company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, MasTec Network Solutions, in its $199 million acquisition of WesTower Communications, Inc.
Corporate International: Miami Corporate & Securities Global Practice Senior Chair Gary M. Epstein, Miami Gaming Practice Co-Chair Lorne S. Cantor, Latin American & Iberian Practice Co-Chair Yosbel A. Ibarra, and Miami Corporate & Securities Shareholder Drew M. Altman served as lead M&A counsel to Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA) in negotiation of its $4.9 billion acquisition of Oldford Group Limited, parent company of Isle of Man-headquartered Rational Group – owner and operator of gaming and interactive entertainment businesses offered under several owned brands including PokerStars and Full Tilt.
Industrial: Global Practice Chair Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Miami Corporate & Securities Shareholder Antonio Peña, and Latin American and Iberian Practice Co-Chair Yosbel A. Ibarra represented Global Infrastructure Partners in its $728 million acquisition of a 49.9 percent interest in an entity that owns and operates a coal-fired power generation facility in Chile.
International Finance: Miami Corporate & Securities Shareholder Kenneth C. Hoffman represented Jetscape Aviation Group in all aspects of a highly structured $380.5 million asset-backed securitization debt offering that involved the refinancing of 21 aircraft leased to 10 airlines in multiple countries and subject to existing financings with four different lenders.
Retail: Miami Real Estate Co-Chair Nancy B. Lash and Jones Day partner Christopher Pace facilitated the $88.2 million sale of the South Florida Art Center’s historic headquarters at 800 Lincoln Road to South Beach TriStar 800.