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

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.


The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2014, Listed in Florida for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/ Capital Markets Law, and Venture Capital Law
Chambers USA 2006-2013, Ranked in Florida for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2010, 2012, 2013, Listed in Florida for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, and Securities & Corporate Finance
The Legal 500 2009, 2011-2013, Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: M&A National Middle Market
PLC Which Lawyer?, Listed for Corporate/M&A Law
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2012, 2013, Listed for Business Law
Who's Who Legal, Listed in Madison
University of Florida, 2001, MBA Alumni of the Year and Commencement Speaker
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated

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
VCExperts, Co-Author, "Purchase Price Adjustments: How True is Your True-Up?" March 18, 2013
Pipeline's The Deal, Co-Author, "Judgment Call: So True," March 18, 2013
Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "M&A, Private Equity, and Capital Markets Update," Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, 2012
Association for Corporate Growth, Speaker, "Mergers and Acquisitions," Boca Raton, 2011
Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "M&A Market and Legal Update," Miami, 2011
Strafford CLE Webinars, Speaker, "Leveraging Defined Value Clauses to Mitigate Estate and Gift Tax," May, 31, 2011
ACG, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Update," Orlando, 2010
ACG M&A Conference, Moderator, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Update," St. Petersberg, 2010
IMAP Spring M&A Conference, Panelist, "How to Get Your M&A Transactions Closed in 2010," Miami, 2010
Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "Distressed M&A and Investment Opportunities," Tampa & Orlando, 2010
Florida Venture Conference, Panelist, "Exit Strategies, Strategic or Financial Buyers or Public Offerings," Orlando, 2010
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Speaker, "Estate Planning Pitfalls and Traps for the Unwary," July 13, 2010
Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Speaker, "Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples," June 4, 2010
ACG Florida M&A Capital Connection, Moderator, "Getting M&A Deals Done in 2010," Orlando, November 2009
Akerman M&A Roundtable Series, Moderator, "Distressed M&A and Investment Opportunities," Miami, 2009
Miami Finance Forum, Speaker, "Looking for the Silver Lining in the Distressed Corporate Environment," Miami, 2009
ACG M&A Conference, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Deal Environment," Ponte Vedra, 2008
Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Private Equity and Growth Capital," Boca Raton, 2007 and 2008
Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Growth Capital, Mezzanine Financing & Private Equity," Ponte Vedra, 2006
Florida Venture Conference, Moderator, "Private Equity & Mezzanine Alternatives and Strategic Alliances," Orlando, 2004 and 2005
Moderator, "Going Private Transactions and Other Strategic Alternatives...," Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, 2003
NASDAQ Sponsored Conference, Speaker, "Corporate Accountability After Sarbanes-Oxley, Enron, WorldCom...," September 2002
CLE International Venture Capital Financing Conference, Speaker, Tampa, 2001
Private Equity Seminar, Speaker, Gainesville, 2001
Florida Venture Forum, Speaker, "Mergers & Acquisitions for Maximizing Value," Miami, 2001
Raymond James/Ernst & Young, Speaker, "Innovative Business Strategies for Growth," Orlando, 2000
CLE International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference, Speaker, Miami, 1999
American Bar Association, Speaker, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Toronto, 1999
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

Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, Board Member, 2010
Ernst & Young, Judge, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 2005-2008
BioFlorida, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, General Counsel and Secretary, 2004-2005
Florida Venture Forum, Chairman, 2004 and Florida Venture Conference, Co-Chairman, 2008
Florida Venture Forum, Board Member, 2000-present, Vice-Chair, 2003
Florida Research Consortium, General Counsel, 2001-2004
Governor Jeb Bush's IT Task Force, Legal Venture Capital Advisor, 1999-2000
South Florida Business Journal Technology Awards, Judge, 2001-2003
University of Florida Technology Commercialization, Advisory Council
United Way of Miami Dade, Trustee, 1996-Present
University of Florida Foundation, Private Equity Advisory Council, Chairman, 2001-2009, Member 2009-Present and Corporate/Foundation Advisory Council, 2001-Present
University of Florida Foundation, Board of Directors, 2001-2009
University of Florida, MBA Advisory Board, 1995-Present and Chair, 1999-2000
Association of Public Corporations, Board of Directors, 1994-2000
Florida Blue Key

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Carl D. Roston


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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