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John D. Owens, III focuses his practice on four key areas: (1) representing investors that finance and/or acquire growth stage and emerging companies, including venture capital firms, family offices, private equity firms and other corporate investors, (2) assisting entrepreneurs, early stage businesses, and emerging businesses in assessing, strategically planning, and managing their overall legal needs as they progress through critical periods of growth and challenge, (3) representing hedge funds, family offices, and other alternative investment funds in their direct capital market transactions with public companies, and (4) providing general counsel regarding compliance with federal securities laws.

John also provides guidance and transactional support to entrepreneurs, executive management and boards of privately held and public companies in relation to corporate governance practices, including public disclosure requirements, as well as conducting securities offerings and raising capital, national exchange uplistings, and negotiating and documenting corporate and commercial transactions. His experience includes seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, public offerings, and transactional work in various industries, including FinTech, medical technology, media, international shipping and parcel delivery, e-sports, e-commerce, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, beverages, opportunity zones, hospitality, sports, music, reality television, and entertainment.

He enjoys building long standing relationships with investors and companies beginning at their earliest stages and assisting them through the development process. John also advises on cross-border transactions, including assisting foreign companies investing in ventures and conducting business in the U.S., and representing domestic clients planning to engage in business abroad, particularly in emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Concentrations

  • Private equity transactions
  • Emerging growth and venture capital
  • Equity line transactions
  • Buyout or leveraged buyout transactions
  • Roll-up strategy acquisitions
  • PIPE transactions
  • Securities
  • Sports and entertainment transactions

Competenze

Esperienze Professionali - Attività Accademiche

  • Represented a European parcel delivery and freight forwarding company in its global M&A acquisition strategy.°
  • Represented a Washington, D.C.-based cybersecurity company in corporate formation matters, venture capital financings with a syndicate of institutional investors, and domestic acquisition strategy of portfolio companies.°
  • Represented New York, New Jersey, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Illinois-based private equity funds and family offices in multiple investments in private placement offerings of debt and equity securities, and equity line financings conducted by public companies.°
  • Represented a wine and spirits company in corporate formation matters and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.°
  • Represented a New York-based FinTech startup focused on developing cryptocurrency/digital trading technologies in corporate formation and financing projects.°
  • Represented a well-known international music festival in joint venture festival projects.°
  • Represented a Florida-based tech startup that develops precision monitoring unmanned aerial systems/drones in corporate formation and financing matters.°
  • Represented a Florida-based Mediterranean food restaurant chain in corporate formation matters and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.°
  • Represented a Virginia-based tech startup that developed a proprietary geospatial data platform in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing and $4 million venture capital financing transactions with a global investment firm.°
  • Represented a New Jersey-based private equity fund in multiple investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth stage public companies.°
  • Represented talent in negotiations with reality television and movie projects.°
  • Represented a California-based tech startup that developed an entertainment industry casting application in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.°
  • Represented a Florida-based provider of health care IT solutions in its sale to a competitor.°
  • Represented prominent sports figures and entertainers in investments in startups and growth stage companies.°
  • Represented a New York-based private equity fund in multiple investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth stage public companies.°
  • Represented a New York-based tech startup that developed an African fashion e-commerce platform in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing and $2 million venture capital financing transactions with a global investment firm.°
  • Represented a privately held entertainment company in an investment, takeover, and operation of popular Miami night club.°
  • Represented a New York-based importer and distributor of acai berry products in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.°
  • Represented a New York-based NASDAQ traded pharmaceutical company in a $10 million PIPE transaction with an equity sponsor and ongoing SEC compliance matters.°
  • Represented an engineering/technical assistance company in its acquisition by a publicly traded company. °
  • Represented a Florida-based investment firm in venture capital transactions with FinTech companies.°
  • Represented a Chicago-based private equity fund in multiple equity line of credit and PIPE investments in middle market public companies.°
  • Represented a motive battery company in a reverse takeover transaction with a publicly traded company.°
  • Represented an international shipping company in a reverse takeover transaction with a publicly traded company.°
  • Represented a Colorado-based publicly traded solar technology company in a $5 million PIPE transaction with an equity sponsor and ongoing SEC compliance matters.°
  • Represented a Colorado-based publicly traded mobile barcode technology company in private debt and equity offerings totaling more than $20 million and ongoing SEC compliance matters.°
  • Represented a Washington, D.C.-based tech startup that developed an energy financing platform in the distributed solar sector in Africa in corporate formation matters, and in a $4 million venture capital financing transaction with a global investment firm.°
  • Represented a Kansas City-based private equity fund in investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth stage public companies.°
  • Represented a China-based edible alcohol company in its $40 million initial public offering and ongoing SEC compliance matters.°
  • Represented a Florida-based NASDAQ traded beverage developer, manufacturer, and distributor in a $20 million private placement offering and ongoing SEC compliance matters.°
  • Represented a privately held renewable energy company in its $210 million sale to a NYSE traded waste solutions company.°
  • Represented a publicly traded homeland security company in its $20.4 million acquisition of an environmental services company.°
  • Represented U.S. distributor of telecommunications products in its $1.26 billion sale to an investor based in Japan.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Owens prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up and Comers,” 2017-2021
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2018-2019
  • Finalist, South Florida Business and Wealth Journal, “Up and Comer” Awards, 2017
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, “Rising Star,” 2016
  • Listed, Legacy Miami Magazine, “40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,” 2014
  • Recognized, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County,” 2012
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Florida Memorial University
  • Life Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Member, 100 Black Men of South Florida
  • Licensed Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Founding Member, Exit Planning Exchange, South Florida
  • Member, Princeton Club of South Florida
  • Member, National Black MBA Association
  • Member, National Bar Association

Formazione

Formazione
  • Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza, William & Mary Law School
    • Notes Editor, Journal of Women and the Law
  • M.B.A., William & Mary Mason School of Business
  • A.B., cum laude, Princeton University
Abilitazioni
  • Florida