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Akerman Senterfitt Represents Carrols Restaurant Group in Public Offering
December 11, 2012
Akerman Senterfitt announced it has represented Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., the largest Burger King franchisee, in an underwritten public offering of 4,085,109 shares of its common stock held by funds managed by Jefferies Capital Partners, a private equity firm, in which Raymond James & Associates Inc. acted as the underwriter.

The Akerman team was led by shareholder Wayne Wald and of counsel, Palash Pandya, both of the New York office. They were assisted by shareholder Phil Schwartz of the Miami office and associates John Lee and Dalia De Leon of the New York office. The transaction was completed December 7.

"Whether for acquisitions, spin-offs, financings or securities offerings, Wayne has demonstrated time and again his ability to gather the right players for a critical team effort," said Mary Carroll, chair of the Akerman Corporate Practice Group. "The smooth execution of this public offering is evidence of his and the firm's dedication to our clients' success." 

Akerman represented Carrols in several other transactions completed earlier this year including the acquisition of 278 Burger King Corporation (BKC) company-owned restaurants and related financing transactions, and in the spin-off of its wholly owned subsidiary, Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., which owns, operates and franchises the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurant brands.

Akerman is recognized by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as a leading U.S. law firm for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, and Securities Regulation Law. In addition, Akerman's Corporate Practice Group is recognized by The Legal 500 within the National Firms - Middle Market category and is ranked #1 by Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity in Florida. Akerman's Corporate Practice Group advises public and private companies, including private equity funds, in mergers & acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market.

About Akerman Senterfitt
Akerman is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 550 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 19 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The National Law Journal NLJ 250 (2012). Akerman also is ranked among the top 100 law firms for diversity by MultiCultural Law magazine (2012) and recognized as the Law Firm of the Year for Diversity – South by Benchmark Litigation (2012). More information can be found at or

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