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Akerman Expands Domestic, Cross-border M&A and Private Equity Practices

August 01, 2018, 08:00 AM

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has bolstered its core strengths in domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions with partners Peter Eccles from Foley & Lardner in New York and Karyn Koiffman from Baker McKenzie in Washington, D.C. and New York. Prior to that, she was at Kirkland & Ellis. Their arrival signals the continued growth of the Corporate Practice Group, which has welcomed nine partners in Austin, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. since January. Their experience also builds upon Akerman’s capabilities for clients involved in inbound and outbound ventures across Latin America, with an emphasis on Brazil.
“Peter and Karyn are consummate corporate lawyers with decades of combined experience handling highly complex transactions,” said Jonathan Awner, co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group. “With them, we continue to expand our robust New York presence while adding significant bench strength to our national team of M&A and private equity lawyers, who represent clients in all facets of their transactions across markets sectors and jurisdictions.”
“Despite the upcoming presidential elections and political uncertainty, we at Akerman are bullish on Brazil and believe opportunities abound for clients to take advantage of competitive asset valuations to drive international deal flow,” said Brazil trade and transactional partner Felipe Berer. “Peter and Karyn are great additions to our Brazil team and will strengthen our ability to advise corporate and individual investors, private equity and venture capital funds involved in cross-border transactions and financings in Brazil, the U.S. and beyond.”

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