Akerman Closes $307 Million Portfolio Acquisition for GEO Group

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, represented long-time client The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), in a $307 million acquisition of eight correctional and detention facilities from LCS Corrections Services in an all cash transaction. The deal, which closed on February 17, is set to help GEO meet the demand for correctional and detention bed space in the United States.

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Gunster hires shareholder to private wealth services practice in Miami

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce Mary Karr has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Miami office.

Karr is a member of Gunster’s private wealth services practice and has experience in estate planning internationally and domestically, in probate and trust administration, litigation and tax controversy.

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Robinson+Cole Opens Office in Miami

Robinson+Cole, an Am Law 200 firm with 200 lawyers in nine offices serving clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, has opened an office in Miami. The new office is located at 801 Brickell Avenue. The firm also has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and California.

Eugene P. Murphy, a partner with the firm in the Insurance + Reinsurance Group, is overseeing the Miami location, where he is joined by associate Laura Farach, most recently with the firm of Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP, and paralegal Melanie Hoffman.

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Hogan Lovells Advises Republic of Ecuador in its US$509 Million Loan from Chexim

Hogan Lovells advised the Republic of Ecuador in the negotiation of a US$509 million facility agreement that was executed by the Export-Import Bank of China (Chexim) and the Ministry of Finance of Ecuador. Under the agreement, Chexim granted a loan to be used for the construction of the 500Kv transmission lines, which are strategically required to connect the three mega hydroelectric projects currently being built in Ecuador by Chinese construction companies.

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Firm Represents Brown Jordan in Acquisition Financing of Tropitone

Jenner & Block represented Brown Jordan International in financing matters related to Brown Jordan’s acquisition of Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc. Brown Jordan owns and operates companies that serve the indoor and outdoor furniture industries. The company offers a wide range of furniture products and accessories under various brands. The acquisition combines leading providers of outdoor casual furniture with the retail and hospitality markets into a company generating consolidated net sales of nearly $400 million. The combined company will be headquartered in Florida. News of the acquisition was reported in the Miami Herald and Furniture World, among other outlets.

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Akerman Broadens International Reach with Addition of Real Estate Partner Israel Alfonso

Akerman LLP, a leading law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced that Israel (“Izzy”) Alfonso has joined Akerman as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group in Miami. He joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig and is the fifth partner to join Akerman’s national Real Estate Practice Group since June and the 17th lawyer to join the Practice Group during the past twelve months.

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GrayRobinson Acquires Miami-Based Criminal and White Collar Defense Firm Hirschhorn & Bieber

GrayRobinson P.A. announces today its acquisition of the Miami-based criminal and civil white collar defense law firm Hirschhorn & Bieber. As a result of this partnership, GrayRobinson will now offer criminal and civil white collar defense legal services to existing and new clients, in addition to bolstering the ranks of lawyers with extensive trial experience. The merger comes on the heels of the firm opening its 11th statewide office earlier this year in Boca Raton – further expanding its presence in the growing South Florida market.

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