Corporate & Securities

Our Corporate and Securities Practice focuses on the business objectives of our clients. We utilize the depth of our experience and resources to help clients achieve their goals notwithstanding the constantly changing business landscape. We believe that no other law firm offers corporate clients the combined benefits of local presence and global resources. We may be next door, but our reach extends to everywhere our clients want or need to be. From raising capital, to doing deals, to complying with regulations, to managing risk, to implementing best practices, our cumulative experience is extraordinary, and our commitment to service is unmatched.

GT's Corporate and Securities Department is well situated to provide advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, in Europe and Asia, in locations where you are already doing business, or where you want to be in the future. Our group of more than 400 corporate and securities lawyers brings together the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close the most complex transactions as well as provide savvy yet practical counsel on day-to-day operations. We don't only read law journals and advance sheets; we read trade and industry journals.

We recognize that our clients needs often demand work beyond a standard workday. So we make sure that we are accessible to clients, providing the responsiveness of a small, local law firm, together with the resources of a global firm. We stay abreast of evolving laws and regulatory issues and we make sure that our clients are prepared to address them.

We advise public and privately held companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions and general corporate matters. Our industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, energy, health care, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Our practice groups and attorneys have been recognized as No. 1 in their respective geographic regions by The National Law Journal, Chambers & Partners, Corporate Board Member magazine, The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, Latin Lawyer magazine, and a number of regional and local professional publications. We believe that we add value beyond that customarily afforded by most law firms, and we would welcome the opportunity to partner with you and assist you in addressing the new challenges that you face.

Banking & Finance

Our Banking & Finance group has extensive experience representing clients in many types of financing transactions. We understand the typical objectives of financial institutions’ lending programs and offer an experienced perspective through our lawyers’ knowledge of the financial services industry, market conventions, and business cycles. Our clients include domestic and international banks, finance companies, hedge funds, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers.  We represent lead arrangers, agents and lenders in structuring, documenting and closing a variety of complex loan transactions. We also have a strong practice representing borrowers in all types of commercial loans and other financial transactions. Our experience and understanding of market standards and the expectations and concerns of various types of lenders with regard to a variety of financing transactions contribute to our ability to assist borrower clients effectively and efficiently.

Typical transactions include U.S. and international asset-based and cash-flow secured and unsecured credit facilities, acquisition financings and other leveraged buyouts, first and second lien and unitranche credit facilities, and debtor-in-possession financings and exit financings. We have vast experience with complex credit transactions, including multicurrency and cross-border lending arrangements. Our Banking & Finance group attorneys also regularly work on matters involving loan participations, intercreditor agreements, subordinated and mezzanine debt financings, letters of credit, loan workouts and debt restructurings. Transaction sizes range from middle-market single lender and club deals to multibillion-dollar investment-grade widely syndicated credit facilities. Our experience spans a wide variety of industries and types of collateral, including energy, natural resources, health care, food and agribusiness, retail, media/telecom, transportation, fine art, technology, and gaming.

Global Securities

Greenberg Traurig’s global securities attorneys collaborate across office locations and industries to represent U.S., foreign and international issuers, underwriters, placement agents, financial institutions, venture capital funds, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, investment companies and private investment firms in all aspects of securities offering transactions in the capital markets, including initial and follow on equity public offerings, registered debt offerings, high yield offerings in the Rule 144A market, private placements and specialized matters such as PIPE, SPAC and REIT transactions.  Our clients include a wide range of companies, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar NYSE listed issuers, across the full spectrum of industries and markets, from high tech and life sciences, to retail and infrastructure.  In addition, we have broad experience with cross-border transactions, leveraging our international talent resident both in our US offices as well as our offices in Mexico, Israel, England, the Netherlands, Poland, China and Korea.

Our attorneys also help a wide variety of enterprises to fulfill their securities reporting and compliance obligations and to cope with constantly emerging regulations and the latest market trends.  In addition, the Global Securities group collaborates with professionals from our litigation and executive compensation practices to advise our clients in all aspects of public company governance structures, policies and procedures, executive compensation, internal investigations, responses to activist shareholders, proxy contests, special committee assignments and other vital corporate governance practices and responsibilities, always with a view to promoting corporate integrity and shareholder value with legal advice grounded in business reality.  We also collaborate with attorneys from our Investment Regulation Group to advise investment companies, investment managers and business development companies with their specialized regulatory needs.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our mergers and acquisitions practice includes negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions; sales and purchases of assets, subsidiaries and divisions; election contests and dissident shareholder proposals; tender and exchange offers; going-private transactions; MBOs; spin-offs; anti-takeover defenses and initiatives; special committee, fairness opinion and corporate governance matters; and related transactional and M&A advisory engagements.

Our attorneys represent buyers, sellers, investors, shareholders, boards of directors and special committees, financial advisors and investment banks, broker-dealers and lenders in structuring, negotiating and consummating complex international and domestic change-in-control transactions, stock-for-stock exchanges, mergers of equals, cash-out mergers and other methods of business combination for large, mid and small cap companies, as well as privately held businesses.

Private Equity

Greenberg Traurig’s team of private equity lawyers have decades of experience representing private equity funds and other transaction sponsors, portfolio companies, management teams, co-investors and other participants in all aspects of private equity transactions. Based in key private equity markets in the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, our private equity team regularly represents clients in:

  • structuring and organizing investment funds;
  • evaluating, negotiating and consummating acquisition, financing and exit transactions; and
  • providing transactional and general corporate representation to private equity funds and their portfolio companies.

Conflict Minerals Compliance

We have a multi-disciplinary conflict minerals compliance team that helps public companies navigate the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently issued rule requiring U.S. and non-U.S. SEC-reporting companies that manufacture (or contract to manufacture) products using any of the four conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold) and their derivatives. If conflict minerals are used in their products, and if those conflict minerals are sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country, a company will be required to disclose that information and submit their due diligence process to a third-party audit. The rule impacts companies in industries including retail, medical devices, high tech, aerospace, electronics and communications, among others.

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Diversity

At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.


* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners


* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)


Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
 
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association

 

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