Carl D. Roston

Carl D. Roston

Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2007

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Corporate Law

International Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Venture Capital Law

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Carl Roston serves as Co-Chair of Akerman’s Corporate Practice Group. Ranked by Chambers USA, which notes Carl does “very sophisticated, high-level deals,” he represents private equity funds, public and private companies and large family offices in domestic and cross border acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, joint ventures, co-investments, growth capital investments, debt and equity financings, and securities offerings. He represents portfolio companies of private equity clients and other companies in their corporate transactions, and effectively serves as their outside general counsel. Carl also represents investors and companies in 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. He represents clients in sectors such as aerospace, aviation, defense, technology, software, telecommunications, distribution, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing, retail, energy, healthcare, financial services, consumer products, and industrial and business services.

Carl’s clients include leading middle market private equity funds and their portfolio companies, a publicly-traded company that is the world’s leading distributor and value added service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables, a provider of services and products for the oil and gas industry, a publicly-traded diversified holding company, a publicly-traded global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of aerospace, defense, and electronic-related products and services, the largest branded manufacturer of tobacco in its category in North America, and a global leader in private markets investing with more than $300 billion under management and advisement.

  • Three Brickell City Centre, Suite 1100
    98 Southeast Seventh Street
    Miami, FL 33131
  • University of Florida, MBA, graduated 1988
  • University of Florida, BS, cum laude, graduated 1985
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • Association of Public Corporations - Board of Directors, 1994-2000
  • BioFlorida - Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, General Counsel and Secretary, 2004-2005
  • Ernst & Young - Judge, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 2005-2008
  • Florida Blue Key - Member
  • Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research - Board Member, 2010
  • Florida Research Consortium - General Counsel, 2001-2004
  • Florida Venture Forum - Board Member, 2000-present, Vice-Chair, 2003
  • Florida Venture Forum - Chairman, 2004 and Florida Venture Conference, Co-Chairman, 2008
  • Governor Jeb Bush's IT Task Force - Legal Venture Capital Advisor, 1999-2000
  • South Florida Business Journal Technology Awards - Judge, 2001-2003
  • United Way of Miami Dade - Trustee, 1996-Present
  • University of Florida - MBA Advisory Board, 1995-Present and Chair, 1999-2000
  • University of Florida Foundation - Board of Directors, 2001-2009
  • University of Florida Foundation - Private Equity Advisory Council, Chairman, 2001-2009, Member 2009-Present and Corporate/Foundation Advisory Council, 2001-Present
  • University of Florida Technology Commercialization - Advisory Council

Akerman LLP
Miami, Florida

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Corporate Law
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • University of Florida, 2001, MBA Alumni of the Year and Commencement Speaker
  • Who's Who Legal, Listed in Madison
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2012, 2013, Listed for Business Law
  • PLC Which Lawyer?, Listed for Corporate/M&A Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2010, 2012-2016, Listed in Florida for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, and Securities & Corporate Finance
  • The Legal 500, 2009, 2011-2016, Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: M&A National Middle Market
  • Chambers USA, 2006-2016, Ranked in Florida for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

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