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Holland & Knight LLP

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

8 ranked lawyersBand 2FloridaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Handles a diverse range of work across North and South Florida offices. Capable of handling transactions not just statewide, but nationally and across borders, with a focus on Latin America and Canada. Significant knowledge advising a range of clients, from startups to large companies on both the public and private sides. Boasts particular expertise in securities regulatory matters. Additional representative experience in private equity transactions and corporate governance matters.


A client says: "It is the go-to firm in the Tampa Bay area."

Commentators say: "Their work is very consistent and of a high quality."

Work highlights

Represented Canadian company Exchange Income in its acquisition of Window Installation Specialists.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Slavens often handles acquisitions and corporate financing issues for public and private companies.
"He is a detailed and commercial adviser." "He is a very knowledgeable lawyer."

Chester Bacheller has experience representing clients in M&A, as well as advising on securities law. He handles both national and international deals.

David Barkus is highly sought after to advise clients on M&A and private equity transactions. He handles matters for companies across various industries, ranging from construction to healthcare.
"He is a phenomenal practitioner who drives deals in the best interests of his clients and gets them great results." "David is an excellent relationship partner and has a very strong and well thought-out grasp of legal issues."

Ira Rosner handles transactions across a range of industries, with recent work including advising clients in the construction market.
"He understands how securities laws impact companies and delivers valuable advice." "He has extensive public M&A experience."

Michael Mills frequently acts in M&A and divestitures. He has further expertise in securities offerings and corporate governance.

Robert Grammig is well versed in a range of corporate matters including acquisitions and investments, with notable recent work for clients in the fintech and retail sectors, among others.
"He is an incredible worker and viewed as the finest corporate guy in town. He's as good a securities lawyer as he is in M&A and is experienced in international transactions."

Steven Lear draws upon his knowledge as a licensed CPA to advise clients on M&A and joint ventures, among other transactions.
"He can take the most complicated structured matters and manoeuver through them." "He's efficient, knowledgeable and does a good job of summarizing issues from several perspectives."

Tom McAleavey is sought after by clients for his knowledge of securities and M&A law.
"He is a bright, organized, customer service-oriented transactional attorney who takes a practical approach to deals."

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With more than 350 attorneys on our Corporate, M&A/Private Equity and Securities team, Holland & Knight provides comprehensive corporate counsel to a diverse client base of Fortune 500 companies and public and privately held businesses of varying sizes involving small, middle-market and large businesses, financial services institutions, investment banks and private equity funds across more than 20 industries. Our team counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions (including joint ventures and strategic alliances), private equity, securities matters, corporate governance and emerging business and technology transactions.

Unique among our competitors, we have considerable strength throughout the state. With offices in seven Florida cities, we have corporate lawyers in north, central and south Florida, and are part of the fabric of its economy.

Our industry immersion, coupled with our HK Deal Flow program, Representations & Warranty Practice, many established relationships throughout the investment banking and financing communities further enhances the support we provide clients when they partner with our Mergers and Acquisitions Team.

HK Deal Flow®. we offer our unique HK Deal Flow® program which supplements deal-sourcing strategies, opens doors and generates leads before they hit the market. This proprietary program successfully sourced more than 500 deals and made more than 600 introductions for our clients in the last two years.

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Holland & Knight LLP


100 North Tampa Street

Suite 4100




FL 33602

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Florida: North & Central

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Chester E Bacheller
Band 4
Michael Mills
Band 4
Robert J Grammig
Band 1
Tom McAleavey
Band 4
Florida: South

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Aaron Slavens
Band 5
David A Barkus
Band 1

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