NEW YORK — March 30, 2016 — Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, today announced the expansion of its Corporate Practice Group with New York partners Lorenzo Borgogni and Jack Habert. Joining from Proskauer Rose and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, respectively, they enhance Akerman's core strengths in complex M&A and capital markets transactions.

"Growing client needs in New York and other key markets are driving the expansion of our practice across the United States," said Mary Carroll, Corporate Practice Group Chair. "Lorenzo and Jack are highly accomplished lawyers who have been involved in a variety of high profile domestic and international transactions. Their combined backgrounds and cross border experience support the work of our clients across diverse markets."

In addition to Borgogni and Habert, Akerman's Corporate Practice Group recently welcomed partner Mason "Max" Drake, co-resident in Chicago and New York, and partner Paul Quinn, co-resident in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale. Drake joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP, Quinn from Paul Hastings LLP.

Lorenzo Borgogni
Borgogni represents public and private companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on Italian buyers. He has structured, negotiated and completed more than $40 billion worth of M&A transactions for deal principals, including funds and strategic buyers and financial advisors. His experience includes cash and stock-for-stock mergers, tender offers, stock and asset purchases, leveraged/management buyouts, spin-offs, going-private transactions, and joint ventures and divestitures across multiple sectors, including financial services and healthcare. 

He also advises clients in connection with takeover defense initiatives and corporate governance matters, including proxy fights, consent solicitations and activist matters. In addition, Borgogni represents domestic and foreign issuers in connection with offerings of debt and equity securities.

Jack Habert
Habert concentrates his practice on negotiating and documenting structured finance and complex derivatives transactions and the regulatory analysis of securities, commodities and insolvency issues relating to such transactions. He advises major financial institutions, investment advisers, mutual funds, hedge funds and other corporate entities as either providers or end users of such financing and derivatives transactions.

From September 2010 through January 2012, Habert served as an attorney fellow at the SEC's Division of Trading and Markets. In this role, he advised and assisted the agency with drafting rules that implemented various provisions of Dodd-Frank, including joint rules with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on the definitions of swap and security-based swaps, swap and security-based swap dealers, and major swap and security-based swap participants, as well as SEC rules about business conduct standards, new trading platforms, clearing and reporting security-based swaps and conflicts of interest in asset-backed securities.

About Akerman LLP
Akerman LLP 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 600 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 20 offices, it is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2015). Akerman also is ranked among the top 50 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard (2015).

The Akerman Corporate Practice Group advises public and private companies, including private equity funds, on M&A, capital markets transactions, financings, and other transactional matters, with a strong focus on the middle market. Akerman is top-ranked nationally for mergers, acquisitions and buyouts: middle market by The Legal 500 and is recognized as a leading U.S. law firm by U.S. News - Best Lawyers for corporate, M&A, private equity, securities/capital markets, securities regulation and banking and finance law.
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