Jaret L. Davis

Jaret L. Davis

Shareholder

Jaret L. Davis is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Miami office, where he oversees approximately 170 attorneys and 200 business staff based in the firm’s founding office and focuses his corporate and securities practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and large financings.

For over a decade, Jaret has led the efforts of the Miami office and served as one of several leaders leading efforts of the firm globally to be a dominant player in the technology industry. The vast majority of Jaret’s clients are technology players, ranging from information technology companies, to life sciences/biotech companies, to companies focusing on renewable energy sources. During this time, the Miami office has been a thought leader in representing angel investors, venture capital firms, growth equity funds, as well as various technology companies along all intervals of the life cycle, from startup to multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies. He routinely provides representation to publicly traded clients having an aggregate market capitalization of over $12 billion.

Recent notable representations include him serving as lead shareholder of the team which represented Medina Capital in its $3 billion acquisition of a portfolio of 57 data centers across the globe and suite of cybersecurity and data analytics companies. In addition, he served as lead shareholder of the 40+ attorney legal team representing Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of IT infrastructure, in connection with its acquisition for $2 billion by Verizon Communications, Inc. and was a primary shareholder representing Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed health care provider, in its $850 million sale to Humana, Inc.

In addition to his practice, Jaret serves in a number of civic capacities which allow him to leverage his professional interests to assist the community. He currently serves as Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the Official Economic Development Partnership for Miami-Dade County as well as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, a thought leader at leveraging telemedicine solutions. He also serves as a co-founder and General Counsel of the eMerge Americas global technology conference.

Concentrations

Venture Capital

  • Angel investors
  • Venture Capital Funds
  • Growth Equity Funds
  • Series Seed, Series A, Series B investments
  • IPOs

Technology

  • Software and technology license agreements
  • Electronic commerce
  • Intellectual Property matters
  • Software as service agreements
  • Consulting services
  • Colocation agreements
  • Managed hosting services
  • Development agreements

Capital Markets

  • Public offerings
  • Private placements
  • PIPES and registered directs
  • 144A offerings
  • Equity and debt offerings
  • Underwriter representations

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Strategic business combinations
  • Mergers
  • Sale of control transactions
  • LBOs/MBOs
  • Going-private transactions
  • Corporate takeover contests and defense
  • Section 363/prepackaged bankruptcy acquisitions

Secured Financing

  • Syndicated debt transactions
  • DIP financings in bankruptcy proceedings
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Structured, created and advised various incubators and accelerator programs, including the companies participating in such programs
  • Represented growth equity fund with respect to its Series B investments in and acquisitions of later stage cybersecurity and data analytics companies. Manage all legal affairs with respect to portfolio
  • Represented cloud-based workspace provider with respect to its various capital raises and the divestment of a business line
  • Represented seed stage venture capital fund with respect to its investments in startups
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its receipt of a $20 million capital infusion from a strategic partner
  • Represented a large French dairy products producer and distributor in connection with its $2 million investment in an Orlando-based dairy alternatives producer
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its $1 million minority investment in and extension of $5 million in credit to a North Carolina-based company engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of spinal implant devices and related product. Also represented this same company in connection with a related guarantee of a $6 million revolving credit facility entered into between the spinal implant manufacturer and Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services
  • Represented mold inspection company in connection with a minority equity investment by a major private equity fund
  • Represented application services provider startup in connection with its $1 million common equity raise from angel investors
  • Represented major pharmaceutical company in connection with its 50% minority investment in a natural skin care solution provider
  • Represented numerous other startup and young companies in connection with the sale of their capital stock to venture funds and angel investors
  • In addition to the various technologies involved in the transactions described elsewhere in this biography, in 2016, Jaret served as legal counsel to clients developing technologies in virtual gambling, pet services aggregation, facial recognition software, cloud-based workspaces, drones, advertising campaign management software, media and show control software, DMV automation, allergy diagnostic solutions, and hardware based cybersecurity
  • Representation of a Fortune 50 company in connection with its efforts to collaborate with various technology companies worldwide and incorporate such innovation in its core systems and processes
  • Representation of a major health system in connection with in-house innovation efforts as well as collaboration with technology companies worldwide
  • Representation of a coding boot camp, including successfully obtaining the first education license in the State of Florida for a coding bootcamp from the Florida Department of Education
  • Representation of various technology incubators and accelerators
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its $420 million 144A offering of senior secured notes via an initial purchaser syndicate led by Credit Suisse, and secured by a collateral package including complex technology and real estate parcels in several states in the U.S., Belgium, Spain, Brazil and the UK
  • Negotiated with private equity funds on behalf of a former Nasdaq-traded provider of electronic security systems, the restructuring of the terms of $40 million of preferred stock held by such funds together with certain other corporate governance covenants provided therein
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its $20 million Registered Direct Offering
  • Represented AMEX-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its public offering of $100 million of common stock
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded electronic security services company in connection with its private placement of $45 million of notes and accompanying warrants to purchase common stock and subsequent exchange for an equivalent amount of convertible preferred stock
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its $30 million sale of senior notes to certain Dutch venture capital firms to provide funds for the purchase of a leading internet exchange facility in Miami, Florida
  • Represented investment group led by significant “Forbes 1000 Richest People in the World” investor in connection with investment in and taking public of three Israeli biotechnology companies
  • Led team which represented Medina Capital in its joint venture with BC Partners to fund and close a $3 billion acquisition of a portfolio of 57 data centers across the globe and suite of cybersecurity and data analytics companies
  • Represented Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc., a NYSE-listed health care provider, in its $850 million sale to Humana, Inc.
  • Led multidisciplinary team negotiating on behalf of Terremark Worldwide, Inc. in its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., in a deal with an equity value of approximately $2 billion and an enterprise value of approximately $2.5 billion, ranking it as the largest pairing of a telco and a colocation provider, the largest transaction in the cloud computing space, among the largest and most significant transactions within the IT industry and as the largest transaction for Verizon since its acquisition of MCI in 2005
  • Represented sellers in sale of online provider of pet care information and pet health information to an online retailer of pet supplies
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its acquisition of a sole source supplier for its direct compression molded (DCM) polyethylene bearings for its proprietary knee system
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its inaugural $20 million acquisition of a North Carolina-based company engaged in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of spinal implant devices and related product
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its $10 million acquisition of a French distributor of its products
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its $85 million acquisition of a leading managed hosting services provider that is a pioneer within the virtualization arena providing utility-enabled managed solutions
  • Represented a major public utility in connection with its acquisition of approximately $80 million of wind power projects from Enron Corp
  • Represented large Canadian application services provider in connection with its acquisition of a Miami-based software development company
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded electronic security services company in connection with its $40.2 million acquisition of the electronic security services business of Adelphia Communications in Adelphia’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding
  • Represented syndicate of private equity funds in connection with a $1.275 billion LBO syndicated credit facility, consisting of a $150 million revolving credit facility, an $815 million first lien secured credit facility and a $310 million second lien secured credit facility
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its $40 million syndicated credit facility
  • Represented a Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its $250 million credit facility consisting of a $150 million loan provided by a syndicate led by Credit Suisse and a $100 million loan provided by a syndicate led by Tennenbaum Capital Partners secured by a collateral package, including complex technology and real estate parcels in several states in the United States, Belgium, Spain, Brazil and the UK
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded orthopedic implants manufacturer in connection with its $12 million revolving credit facility with Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services, including a later amendment to this credit facility increasing available amounts under the facility to $30 million
  • Represented Miami-based merchandise distributor in connection with its $15 million revolving credit facility with UPS Capital
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded solid waste disposal equipment and recycling systems manufacturer in connection with its $61 million revolving credit facility provided by a syndicate of lenders led by General Electric Capital Corporation, including numerous amendments and debt restructurings ultimately resulting in a principal amount equal to $68.5 million
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded solid waste disposal equipment and recycling systems manufacturer in connection with negotiating its $5 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with General Electric Capital Corporation to provide funds to continue operations during the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding
  • Represented NYSE-traded railroad in connection with its $625 million credit facility provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Morgan Stanley Senior Funding
  • Represented NYSE-traded railroad in connection with its $100 million credit facility provided by a syndicate of lenders led by UBS AG.
  • Represented Nasdaq-traded international IT infrastructure provider in connection with its $49 million project finance facility to provide funds for the purchase of a leading internet exchange facility in Miami, Florida
  • Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management/Accelerated Growth Partners, Angel Investing Series lecturing on various aspects of angel and venture capital investing, 2015-Present
  • Intern, Offices of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Miami, Florida, 1995

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, South Florida Business Journal, "Power Leaders in Law," 2017
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Venture Capital Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2016-2018
  • Recognized, Dade County Bar Association, “Legal Luminary-Mergers & Acquisitions,” 2016
  • Recipient, “African-American Achievers Award – Business & Entrepreneurism,” JM Family Enterprises African-American Achievers, 2016
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer,” 2015-2017
  • Recipient, “Entrepreneurial Catalyst Award,” Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) South Florida, 2015
  • Listed,“Techweek 100 - Miami,” Techweek, 2014
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, “Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category,” 2013
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, “Rising Stars 40 Under 40,” 2013
  • Recipient, “Distinguished Young Leader Award,” Thurgood Marshall College Fund,2013
  • Recipient, “OBABL Power 100” Award - 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in the Nation, 2013
  • Selected, Legacy Miami magazine and Miami Herald, “Corporate Executive of the Year,” 2013
  • Member, team ranked as a top corporate law firm in Miami as selected by corporate directors, in the annual “Legal Industry Research Study” by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc. (11th year), 2002-2009, 2011-2013
  • Selected, Daily Business Review, “Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate (Domestic) Category,” 2012
  • Recipient, South Florida Business Journal, “Key Partners” Award, Corporate Finance/M&A, 2011
  • Recipient, The M&A Advisor, “40 Under 40,” 2011
  • Recipient, The National Law Journal, “Minority 40 Under 40,” 2011
  • Selected, Daily Business Review, “Top Deal maker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category, 2010
  • Selected, Success South Florida magazine, “One of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals,” 2010
  • Selected, The Miami Herald, Inaugural “Top 20 Under 40,” 2010
  • Listed, South Florida Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2009
  • Profiled, Who’s Who in Black South Florida, “South Florida’s Most Influential,” All Editions
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

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Professional

  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council
    • Chair, 2016-2017
    • Chair-Elect, 2015-2016
  • Board Member, University of Miami Law Review, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Board Member, University of Miami School of Law Moot Court, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Chair, University of Miami School of Law, Dean's Circle
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Muslim Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Regional Minority Business Council
  • Member, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, The Beacon Council, Executive Committee
  • Member, University of Miami, Citizen's Board
  • Member, University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association
    • President-Elect
    • Vice President, Fundraising
    • Board Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association
  • Master of Ceremonies, Dade County Bar Association Officer Induction Ceremony, 2008
  • Member, Leadership Florida, Class XXX, 2011-2012

Community

  • Alumnus, Leadership Miami
  • Board Member, City Year, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Friends of Little River, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Miami Children's Initiative, Board of Trustees
  • Vice Chairman, Miami Children's Hospital, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Audit Committee
    • Member, Compensation Committee
    • Member, Technology Committee
  • Board Member, SEED Foundation, South Florida Division, Board of Trustees
  • Member, American Diabetes Association, Income Development Committee
  • Member, Barack Obama '08 Presidential Campaign
    • Florida Finance Committee
    • Miami Steering Committee
  • Member, Iron Arrow Honor Society Council of Elders
  • Sponsor, RCIA - St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • Co-Chair, Generation Barack Obama Young Professionals Group, 2008

Greenberg Traurig

  • Co-Managing Shareholder, Miami Office, Present 
  • Administrative Shareholder, Miami Office, 2009-2010
  • Co-Hiring Shareholder, 2007-2010
  • Shareholder Paralegal Supervisor, Corporate & Securities Practice, 2005-2010

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1999
    • Executive Board, University of Miami Law Review
    • Board Member, Moot Court
    • Honors: Order of the Coif; Iron Arrow Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa; Winner of First Year Moot Court Competition; Soia Mentschikoff Scholarship Recipient; Phi Delta Phi; Recipient of Honors Designation, Litigation Skills I Workshop, Pretrial Skills; Bar and Gavel Honor Society; Alpha Epsilon Lambda; and Chief (President), Iron Arrow Honor Society, the Highest Honor Attained at the University of Miami (first African-American Chief in the Organization's History)
    • Catsman Fellow, University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service
  • B.A., Economics, cum laude, University of Miami, Finance and Computer Information Systems, 1996
    • Recipient, Top honors designation from the Department of Economics, 1995 (only junior to ever receive such designation) and 1996
Clerkships
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Southeast Regional Office, 1997

Admissions
  • Florida