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Akerman Senterfitt Represents Swisher Hygiene in Securities Sale
December 12, 2012
Akerman Senterfitt announced it recently represented Swisher Hygiene Inc., a NASDAQ and TSX listed company, in the sale of voting securities of Choice Environmental Services Inc., for $123.5 million. The purchaser is Waste Services of Florida Inc., a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.

Akerman shareholder Ed Ristaino was lead lawyer for Swisher Hygiene for the sale.

"We congratulate Ed and the team on their excellent execution for the client," said Mary Carroll, chair of the Akerman Corporate Practice Group. "It is a testament to Ed's leadership and a hallmark of the Akerman team that we were able to serve our client so well across so many areas of securities and capital markets law." 

Swisher Hygiene is a company that provides hygiene and sanitation solutions to customers throughout North America and internationally, and Choice Environmental Services is its waste collection and recycling subsidiary.

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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