Jonathan Awner has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and public and private securities transactions. He has been recognized as a leading corporate lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America (since 2005), Chambers USA (since 2003), and The Legal 500 (since 2009). Jonathan serves as chair of Akerman's national Corporate Practice Group.
Jonathan's M&A practice primarily involves representation of strategic and financial buyers of private and public companies. Akerman's corporate practice has a particular focus on middle market companies across a broad range of industries.
Jonathan regularly serves as counsel to boards of directors, audit and special board committees, and senior executives of public companies with respect to corporate governance issues, management succession, relationships with institutional and activist investors, compensation practices for directors and officers, conflict of interest matters, and change-of-control transactions. His committee representations include leading investigations of alleged management misconduct, whistleblower complaints, stock option backdating, accounting irregularities, auditor resignations, violations of securities laws including insider trading, and in response to shareholder concerns involving lack of operating performance or excessive compensation.
Jonathan has served as lead counsel to issuers in numerous underwritten public equity and debt offerings, including a $1.5 billion IPO, the largest initial public offering ever of a Florida-based company. In addition, he has been counsel to public and private companies and investor groups in private placements of equity and debt securities, including numerous early stage and other venture capital financings.