Gary M. Epstein

Gary M. Epstein ^

Shareholder

Gary M. Epstein is Senior Chair of the Global Corporate and Securities Practice, Co-Chair of the Israel Practice, and Managing Shareholder of the Tel-Aviv Office. Gary counsels corporations in all phases of their transactional and financing activities.

He is consistently recognized as a leader in the legal profession by both business and legal industry publications, including Corporate Board Member, Business Leader, The Legal 500 United States and Practical Law Company's "Which Lawyer?"

Highly ranked by well-known independent legal industry directory Chambers & Partners Guide, (recognized as a "star performer," a category that surpasses a #1 ranking for individual lawyers), clients and peers called him "an extraordinary lawyer who has made his name through hard work, not through marketing" and stated "there is virtually no one like him for big-ticket M&A" (2008 edition of the Chambers USA Guide). He has also been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995.

Named the leader of the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice in 1996, Gary also Co-Chairs the firm's Israel Practice, founded the firm's Tel Aviv office, and often serves as a speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and Israel.

Concentrations

  • Public and private offerings of securities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate planning and governance
  • Financing transactions
  • Regulatory investigations
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented The Seminole Tribe of Florida and its subsidiary, Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc., in the $1 billion acquisition of Hard Rock International, Inc. and other related entities from The Rank Group PLC, the first purchase of any major international corporation by a Native American tribe.
  • Represented IVAX Corporation in its merger with TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which created the largest generic drug company in the world.
  • Represented the owner of a professional sports franchise in connection with its sale for the (then) highest cash price ever paid for a sports team.
  • Represented Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. in its $3.5 billion merger agreement with Fortress Investment Group LLC.
  • Represented Amaya in its $5 billion acquisition of Rational Group, creating the world’s largest publicly-traded online gaming company.

  • Represented Raymond James in numerous public offerings.
  • Served as lead counsel to the team which represented Broward County, Florida in its negotiation of a $500 million resource recovery project, and in similar capacities for resource recovery projects in other areas, including Puerto Rico.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed,The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation, 1995-2018
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Securities Regulation, Miami, 2011-2012, 2015 and 2018
    • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Securities/Capital Markets Law, Miami, 2013
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2002, 2005 and 2010-2017
  • Listed, Chambers Global
    • Corporate/M&A (USA, Foreign Experts - USA, and Experts Based Abroad, Israel), 2015-2016
    • Corporate/M&A, 2008-2009, 2011-2014
    • Corporate/M&A (Foreign Expert and Eminent Practitioner), 2016
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2017
    • "Eminent Practitioner," 2014-2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2008-2016
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - M&A - Large Deals ($1bn-5bn), 2014
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year" – Corporate International Category, 2015
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member and Team Chairman, 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. (10th year), 2002-2009, 2011-2012
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Former Chairman of the Board, American Israel Chamber of Commerce, Florida
  • Former President, Miami Beach Jewish Community Center
  • Member, American Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980
  • M.A., English and American Literature, New York University, 1970
  • B.A., Yeshiva University, 1969
Admissions
  • Florida
^ Attorneys in the Tel Aviv office do not practice Israeli law.
Languages
  • Hebrew