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Mary V. Carroll

Partner 
Chair, Corporate Practice Group
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.982.5561
Fax:
305.349.4764
 
350 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Mary Carroll is the chair of Akerman’s Corporate Practice Group, a top-ranked legal team advising public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, securities offerings, spin-offs, and other corporate matters, with a concentration on the middle market.

Mary represents a diverse roster of companies and private equity funds operating in the healthcare, life sciences, aviation, restaurant, and technology sectors. An experienced negotiator, she guides companies through sophisticated strategic and financial transactions, divestitures, recapitalizations, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, and equity financing partnerships. Mary has advised on numerous transactions for B/E Aerospace, Brockway Moran & Partners, The Comvest Group, The Frost Group, H.I.G. Capital, Kitson & Partners, OPKO Health, Resolute Forest Products, and Steiner Leisure Limited, among others.

Mary's work is recognized by The Legal 500, which ranks her among the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in the United States.
 
Representative Experience
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Represented a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, OPKO Health, in two major deals: its $480 million acquisition of PROLOR Biotech and its $290 million acquisition of Cytochroma.
 
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Representation of B/E Aerospace in its acquisitions of LT Energy Services and Wildcat Wireline for an aggregate purchase price of $265 million and its $145 million acquisition of Houston-based Vision Oil Tools, LLC.
 
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Representation of Resolute Forest Products Inc. in its $156 million acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products.
 
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Representation of Tiger Media, a leading nationwide multi-platform media company, in its acquisition of Interactive Data, a data solutions provider delivering data products and services to the accounts receivable management industry.
 
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Representation of Ideal Image Development, Inc., an H.I.G. Capital portfolio company and the nation's largest dedicated laser hair removal provider, in its sale to a strategic buyer for $175 million.
 
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Representation of Carrols Restaurant Group in its acquisition of 278 Burger King® locations, making it the largest Burger King® franchisee globally.
 
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Representation of Maplewood Partners in the sale of the Uncle Julio's restaurant chain to another private equity fund for a sales price in excess of $100 million.
 
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Representation of America Aero Group in its control acquisition of VAS Aero Services, an aviation aftermarket component firm, from an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.
 
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Representation of The Comvest Group in the sale of Velocity Express, a provider of customized, same-day regional delivery solutions.
 
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Representation of Woodstream Corporation, a Brockway Moran & Partners portfolio company, in its acquisition of Iron Stop, Inc.
 
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Representation of H.I.G. Capital in its platform acquisition of Cardell Cabinetry.
 
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Representation of Ideation Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation, in its acquisition of SearchMedia International Limited, one of the largest operators of integrated outdoor billboard and in-elevator advertising networks in the People's Republic of China.
 
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Representation of real estate developer partner in joint venture formation and acquisition of the Babcock Ranch, one of the largest land transfers in Florida history.
 
Awards & Recognition
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South Florida Business Journal, Recognized as one of 2012's Most Influential Business Women
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2016, 2017 Listed in Florida for Mergers & Acquisitions
 
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The Legal 500 2012-2017, Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: M&A National Middle Market
 
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Daily Business Review 2013, Top Dealmaker Finalist for International Corporate
 
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Daily Business Review 2010, Top Dealmaker Finalist for International Corporate
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Florida Institute of CFOs, Moderator, "Driving Growth: The Art of the Deal and Mastering Execution," May 2017
 
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Florida Institute of CFOs, Moderator, "Cybersecurity Symposium," Fort Lauderdale, September 2016
 
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Mary Carroll quoted in Law360, "3 Hottest Industries For Deal-Making In 2016," January 5, 2016
 
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Mary Carroll quoted in Pensions & Investments magazine, "As sun sets on investment cycle, some wonder what to do next," December 28, 2015
 
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Mary Carroll quoted in Law360, "Strategic Dealmaking To Face Headwinds In 2016," December 24, 2015
 
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Mary Carroll quoted in Law360, "5 Firms Top $300B In Deals During 1st Half Of 2015 M&A Boom," July 6, 2015
 
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Miami Finance Forum Power Breakfast, Panelist, "Characteristics of Success: Perspective of Accomplished Women," September 20, 2013
 
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ACG South Florida and The Commonwealth Institute, Moderator, "Paying it Forward: The Power of Mentoring," Miami, February 2013
 
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ACG Florida Capital Connection Conference, Moderator, "M&A, Private Equity and Capital Markets Update," Amelia Island, FL, November 2012
 
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ACG South Florida, Speaker, "A View from Both Sides of the Negotiating Table," Fort Lauderdale, April 2012
 
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Business Law Today, Author, "Working With the Locals: Some Hints for Setting Up a Deal Halfway Around the World," Vol. 13, No. 3, January/February 2004
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Member
 
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National Association of Corporate Directors, South Florida Chapter, Advisory Board, 2016-2017
 
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Association for Corporate Growth, South Florida, Board of Directors, 2012-2015
 
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South Florida Business Journal Women's Leadership Group
 
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The Commonwealth Institute, Advisory Board Member, 2009-2014; Treasurer, 2011-2014; Annual Leadership Luncheon, A Conversation With Madeleine Albright, Co-Chair, 2009; Top 50 Women-Led Businesses in Florida Luncheon, Co-Chair, 2010
 

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Mary V. Carroll

Practice
Corporate
Representative Clients
Atlas Paper Holdings
B/E Aerospace
Brockway Moran & Partners
The Comvest Group
The Frost Group
H.I.G. Capital
Kitson & Partners
OPKO Health
Resolute Forest Products
Steiner Leisure Limited
Education
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1998; cum laude, Order of the Coif, Northwestern University Law Review, Articles Editor
B.A., Loyola University, New Orleans, 1990; summa cum laude, Cardinal Key Award for Outstanding Female Graduate
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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