Miami office grows with Gunster’s newest attorney addition

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

Belt is a member of Gunster’s real estate, corporate and construction practices. He has represented owners, lenders and developers of real estate, condominium, marina and hospitality projects domestically and internationally.

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Stroock Bolsters Litigation Practice Further with Two Partners and Special Counsel in New York and Miami

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC, announced the addition of two new partners and a special counsel. Joining the firm are Michael C. Keats, a litigation partner in New York, and Laura Besvinick, an insurance litigation partner in Miami. Julie Nevins, who focuses on complex commercial litigation, has joined the firm as special counsel in Miami.

The continued expansion of the firm includes two recent additions in the Los Angeles office, Steven D. Atlee, a financial services/class action partner in the Litigation Practice Group, and Yousuf I. Dhamee, an investment management partner.

“The addition of these talented and experienced lawyers will bolster the firm’s strong national litigation practice in key practice areas – insurance, securities, commercial litigation and commodities,” said Alan M. Klinger, Stroock’s co-managing partner and co-chair of Stroock’s Litigation Practice Group.

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Dentons US and McKenna Long to Combine

A merger of Dentons US LLP (“Dentons US”) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (“McKenna Long”) has been approved by the partners of both firms. The news builds on the momentum of the previously announced combination between Dentons and 大成, creating the world’s largest law firm. Clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world, and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US

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Fowler White Burnett Adds Attorneys

Fowler White Burnett has hired Bruce S. Liebman and Juan C. Zorrilla as shareholders in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Joshua C. Kligler has also joined as an associate in the Group. As part of the firm’s expansion, Fowler White Burnett has added 18 attorneys since the beginning of 2014.

Liebman has more than 15 years of experience practicing in the areas of labor and employment law, representing management in hundreds of matters before federal and state agencies and in federal and state court, working with dozens of EPLI and D&O carriers in the representation of their insureds.

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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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