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Carl D. Roston
Carl D. Roston
Partner 
Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.982.5628
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Carl Roston represents private equity funds and public and private companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate, and securities transactions. He serves as co-chair of the Akerman M&A and Private Equity Practice, co-leading the team that is recognized nationally by U.S. News - Best Lawyers for its work in Private Equity Law and by Chambers USA as #1 for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity in Florida. Carl concentrates his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, going private transactions, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings, and securities offerings. He regularly represents portfolio companies of private equity clients and other companies with respect to all of their corporate transactions, and effectively serves as their outside general counsel. Carl also represents investors and companies in a broad variety of distressed corporate situations, including out of court and in court distressed acquisitions (including under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code), investments, restructurings, recapitalizations, reorganizations, and workouts.

 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2015, Listed in Florida for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/ Capital Markets Law, and Venture Capital Law
 
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Chambers USA 2006-2014, Ranked in Florida for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2010, 2012-2014, Listed in Florida for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, and Securities & Corporate Finance
 
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The Legal 500 2009, 2011-2014, Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: M&A National Middle Market
 
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PLC Which Lawyer?, Listed for Corporate/M&A Law
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2012, 2013, Listed for Business Law
 
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Who's Who Legal, Listed in Madison
 
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University of Florida, 2001, MBA Alumni of the Year and Commencement Speaker
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Bank of America Conference for Business Owners: M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies, Speaker, "Pre and Post Sale Planning for You, Your Company, and Your Family," Ft. Lauderdale, September 12, 2013
 
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VCExperts, Co-Author, "Purchase Price Adjustments: How True is Your True-Up?" March 18, 2013
 
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Pipeline's The Deal, Co-Author, "Judgment Call: So True," March 18, 2013
 
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Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "M&A, Private Equity, and Capital Markets Update," Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, 2012
 
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Association for Corporate Growth, Speaker, "Mergers and Acquisitions," Boca Raton, 2011
 
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Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "M&A Market and Legal Update," Miami, 2011
 
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Strafford CLE Webinars, Speaker, "Leveraging Defined Value Clauses to Mitigate Estate and Gift Tax," May, 31, 2011
 
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ACG, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Update," Orlando, 2010
 
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ACG M&A Conference, Moderator, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Update," St. Petersberg, 2010
 
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IMAP Spring M&A Conference, Panelist, "How to Get Your M&A Transactions Closed in 2010," Miami, 2010
 
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Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "Distressed M&A and Investment Opportunities," Tampa & Orlando, 2010
 
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Florida Venture Conference, Panelist, "Exit Strategies, Strategic or Financial Buyers or Public Offerings," Orlando, 2010
 
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U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Speaker, "Estate Planning Pitfalls and Traps for the Unwary," July 13, 2010
 
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Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Speaker, "Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples," June 4, 2010
 
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ACG Florida M&A Capital Connection, Moderator, "Getting M&A Deals Done in 2010," Orlando, November 2009
 
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Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "Distressed M&A and Investment Opportunities," Miami, 2009
 
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Miami Finance Forum, Speaker, "Looking for the Silver Lining in the Distressed Corporate Environment," Miami, 2009
 
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ACG M&A Conference, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Deal Environment," Ponte Vedra, 2008
 
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Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Private Equity and Growth Capital," Boca Raton, 2007 and 2008
 
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Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Growth Capital, Mezzanine Financing & Private Equity," Ponte Vedra, 2006
 
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Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Private Equity & Mezzanine Alternatives and Strategic Alliances," Orlando, 2004 and 2005
 
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Moderator, "Going Private Transactions and Other Strategic Alternatives...," Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, 2003
 
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NASDAQ Sponsored Conference, Speaker, "Corporate Accountability After Sarbanes-Oxley, Enron, WorldCom...," September 2002
 
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CLE International Venture Capital Financing Conference, Speaker, Tampa, 2001
 
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Private Equity Seminar, Speaker, Gainesville, 2001
 
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Florida Venture Forum, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions for Maximizing Value," Miami, 2001
 
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Raymond James/Ernst & Young, Speaker, "Innovative Business Strategies for Growth," Orlando, 2000
 
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CLE International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference, Speaker, Miami, 1999
 
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American Bar Association, Speaker, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Toronto, 1999
 
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Florida Bar Journal, Co-Author, "Law Firm Liability Under the Insider Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act of 1988," Vol. 63, No. 9, October 1989
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, Board Member, 2010
 
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Ernst & Young, Judge, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 2005-2008
 
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BioFlorida, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, General Counsel and Secretary, 2004-2005
 
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Florida Venture Forum, Chairman, 2004 and Florida Venture Conference, Co-Chairman, 2008
 
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Florida Venture Forum, Board Member, 2000-present, Vice-Chair, 2003
 
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Florida Research Consortium, General Counsel, 2001-2004
 
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Governor Jeb Bush's IT Task Force, Legal Venture Capital Advisor, 1999-2000
 
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South Florida Business Journal Technology Awards, Judge, 2001-2003
 
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University of Florida Technology Commercialization, Advisory Council
 
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United Way of Miami Dade, Trustee, 1996-Present
 
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University of Florida Foundation, Private Equity Advisory Council, Chairman, 2001-2009, Member 2009-Present and Corporate/Foundation Advisory Council, 2001-Present
 
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University of Florida Foundation, Board of Directors, 2001-2009
 
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University of Florida, MBA Advisory Board, 1995-Present and Chair, 1999-2000
 
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Association of Public Corporations, Board of Directors, 1994-2000
 
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Florida Blue Key
 

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Education
M.B.A., University of Florida, 1988; MBA Teaching Fellow
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1988; cum laude, Order of the Coif; The Florida Law Review, Managing Editor and Associate Tax Editor
B.S., University of Florida, 1985; cum laude
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