Greenberg Traurig Expands its Corporate and Securities Practice in South Florida with the Addition of Kara L. MacCullough and Jennifer D. Westerlund

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The international law firm of Greenberg Traurig P.A. announced that Kara L. MacCullough and Jennifer D. Westerlund have joined the firm as shareholders in its

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We are pleased to have Kara and Jennifer join what we feel is the preeminent corporate and securities practice in the region.

The international law firm of Greenberg Traurig P.A. announced that Kara L. MacCullough and Jennifer D. Westerlund have joined the firm as shareholders in its Fort Lauderdale office, further expanding the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice in South Florida. MacCullough was formerly with Holland & Knight in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, while Westerlund was formerly with Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale.

"We are one firm globally, have accomplished many things in many places and are not done," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, the firm's Chief Executive Officer. "We will never be complacent or take our long-term leadership in South Florida for granted. We are constantly focused on doing everything possible to further our clients' interests with a very strong team across our range of practices on our original home turf."

"The addition of Kara and Jennifer, two top-notch veteran attorneys, to our Fort Lauderdale office further enhances our corporate and securities capabilities in South Florida and beyond,“ said Matt Gorson, President of Greenberg Traurig. “They will complement the recent additions to our corporate group in Miami, Shareholders Barbara Alonso and David Wells.”

“We are pleased to have Kara and Jennifer join what we feel is the preeminent corporate and securities practice in the region,” said Gary Epstein, chair of the firm’s Global Corporate & Securities Practice. “We expect that they will be able to further expand their practices and serve their clients by utilizing our resources and platform.”

While at her previous firm, MacCullough was selected in the 2011 “Top Dealmakers of the Year” by the Daily Business Review for the $4.3 billion sale of Burger King to 3G Capital, converting the international fast-food chain to a privately owned firm. In addition to Burger King, she lists Ryder Systems Inc. and SBA Communications Corporation, among others, as her clients. MacCullough was listed in the 2009-2010 editions of Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, for Corporate M&A and Private equity work.

"I'm excited about the opportunities that Greenberg Traurig's worldwide presence will offer my expanding practice," said MacCullough.

“Kara has handled notable deals for various public clients based in South Florida with business locally and abroad,” said Bruce March, chair of the Fort Lauderdale Corporate Practice. “Her experience in securities offerings and corporate finance transactions will expand our practice and help meet our clients’ needs.”

MacCullough advises public and private companies on corporate and securities law issues surrounding corporate finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including private and public securities offerings, exchange/tender offers, asset and stock purchases and other commercial transactions in the United States and abroad. She has served as issuer's counsel in connection with over $5 billion in equity and debt offerings and debt tender offers by public companies in the past three years. MacCullough also counsels public companies on corporate governance, executive compensation, director responsibilities and fiduciary duties.

Westerlund recently represented APR Energy in connection with a $250 million strategic investment by private equity funds managed by George Soros and Madeleine Albright. Her practice focuses on corporate advisory and transactional work for middle-market established companies nationally and internationally. Her clients also include foreign companies establishing a presence in the U.S., entrepreneurs and start-ups. Westerlund currently acts as outside general counsel and advises on strategic transactions to clients in a variety of industries and sectors including healthcare, energy, technology, insurance, and logistics services. Her previous experience includes practicing in the Legal and Compliance Department of Paine Webber in New York and London and at Sidley Austin, LLP in London.

"I look forward to leveraging Greenberg Traurig's reputation and the skill set of lawyers to grow my business and provide a broader scope of services to clients," said Westerlund.

MacCullough received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Miami School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Wellesley College. Westerlund received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Boston University.

In a 2011 study of the top 25 corporate law firms, Greenberg Traurig was named the top corporate law firm in the Miami metro area in Corporate Board Member’s “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms.”

Comprised of 350 lawyers in more than 30 offices, Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate and Securities/M&A Practice provides advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and India. Greenberg Traurig’s Latin America Practice received the "Corporate & Finance Law Firm of the Year (Florida-based)" Award at the second annual Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence in 2010 and Chambers’ "Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-based)" Award in 2009. Additionally, the Latin America Practice was selected among "the leading international law firms that handle work across the continent, specifically high-end cross border M&A and general corporate work for major clients" by Chambers & Partners according to its 2009 Chambers Latin America Guide.

About Greenberg Traurig:
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal’s 2010 NLJ 250. In the U.K., the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Greenberg Traurig has a strategic alliance with the independent law firm, Studio Santa Maria in Milan and Rome. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

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