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John D. Owens III

Partner
+1.305.539.3328
Fax +1.305.358.7095
John Owens focuses his practice on the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of startup, growth-stage, and emerging companies with operations based both domestically and abroad. Mr. Owens enjoys building long-standing relationships with companies beginning at their earliest stages, and assisting them through critical periods of growth and challenge. His experience includes seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of securities and transactional work across a variety of industries, including technology, FinTech, telecommunications, e-commerce, financial services, medical technology, health care, manufacturing, retail, media, agriculture, hospitality, sports and entertainment. Mr. Owens has significant experience advising issuer clients in compliance with the requirements of federal securities laws.

Mr. Owens also regularly represents the investors that finance startup, growth-stage and emerging companies, including angel investors, venture capital firms, private equity firms, and corporate investors. He regularly counsels clients in domestic and cross-border transactions in emerging markets.

For all of his clients, Mr. Owens provides day-to-day client support and coordination of corporate governance issues, transactional needs and specialty counsel. He also has extensive experience in the negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions.

Achievements

  • Top Up and Comers, Honoree, South Florida Legal Guide, 2018
  • Up and Comer Awards, Finalist (Law-Miami-Dade), South Florida Business and Wealth Journal, 2017
  • Top Up and Comers, Honoree, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017
  • Rising Star, Honoree, Daily Business Review, 2016
  • 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Honoree Miami-Dade County, Legacy Miami (Miami Herald), 2014
  • 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2012
  • Member of practice group honored as “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, 2014
  • Member of practice group honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s M&A Mid-Market Awards, 2012

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Princeton Club of South Florida
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.
  • National Black MBA Association
  • Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Formerly licensed by the National Football League Players Association as a certified contract advisor
  • National Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Publicly Traded Cannabis Companies and Critical Legal Issues, March 2017
  • Guest Speaker, “Formation and Financing of Startup and Growth Stage Companies”, WBRN Pete de la Torre Business Hour, January 2017
  • Panelist, “Securing & Deploying Capital to Build Wealth”, ICABA Business Forum Wealth Summit, October 2015
  • Panelist, Nu You Empowerment Seminar, July 2015
  • Panelist, “Big Law Bootcamp: Everything the Young Lawyer Needs to Survive at a Large Law Firm,” National Bar Association, July 2012
Recent Startup/Venture Capital Representation
  • Represented a NY based FinTech startup focused on developing cryptocurrency/digital trading technologies, in corporate formation and financing projects.
  • Represented a VA based tech startup that developed a proprietary geospatial data platform in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing and $4M venture capital financing transactions with a global investment firm.
  • Represented a NY based tech startup that developed an African fashion e-commerce platform in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing and $2M venture capital financing transactions with a global investment firm.
  • Represented a DC based IT security solutions provider in corporate formation matters, and in a $2M venture capital financing transaction with a syndicate of institutional investors.
  • Represented a NY based importer and distributor of acai berry products in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.
  • Represented a DC based tech startup that developed an energy financing platform in the distributed solar sector in Africa in corporate formation matters, and in a $4M venture capital financing transaction with a global investment firm.
  • Represented a CA based tech startup that developed an entertainment industry casting application, in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.
  • Represented a FL based tech startup that develops precision monitoring unmanned aerial systems/drones in corporate formation and financing matters.
  • Represented a FL based Mediterranean-food restaurant chain in corporate formation matters, and in seed financing transactions with angel investors.
  • Represented an international letter and parcel delivery service company in investments in U.S. and Hong Kong based e-commerce companies.
  • Represented a FL based investment firm in venture capital transactions with FinTech companies.
  • Represented prominent sports figures and entertainers in investments in startups and growth-stage companies.
Public Company Investment Transactions
Emerging Company Side
  • Represented a China based edible alcohol company in a $40M initial public offering and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a FL based publicly traded pathology services company in a $37M public offering and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a CO based publicly traded mobile-barcode technology company in private debt and equity offerings totaling over $20M and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a FL based NASDAQ traded beverage developer, manufacturer and distributor in a $20M private placement offering and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a NY based NASDAQ traded pharmaceutical company in $10M PIPE transaction with an equity sponsor and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a FL based cancer-genetics testing company in a $10M underwritten public offering and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a CO based publicly traded solar technology company in a $5M PIPE transaction with an equity sponsor and on-going SEC compliance matters.
  • Represented a FL based NASDAQ traded network infrastructure solutions provider in a $3M private placement transaction with institutional investors and on-going SEC compliance matters.
Investor Side
  •  Represented a NY based private equity fund in multiple investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth-stage public companies.
  • Represented a Chicago based private equity fund in multiple equity line of credit and PIPE investments in middle-market public companies.
  • Represented a NJ based private equity fund in multiple investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth-stage public companies.
  • Represented a KS based private equity fund in investments in convertible debt securities issued by middle market and growth-stage public companies.
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Represented a U.S. based distributor of telecommunications products in its $1.26 Billion sale to a Japan-based investor.
  • Represented a Florida based provider of specialized and comprehensive cancer genetic testing services in its $310M acquisition of a competing company.
  • Represented privately held renewable energy company in its $210M sale to a NYSE traded waste solutions company.
  • Represented a NASDAQ traded pathology services company in its acquisition of a privately held pathology laboratory company.
  • Represented a Florida based network infrastructure solutions provider in $75M acquisition of NY based construction management services company.
  • Represented a publicly traded homeland security company in its $20.4M acquisition of an environmental services company.
  • Represented a diesel engine/fuel injector company in a reverse takeover transaction with a publicly traded company.
  • Represented an engineering/technical assistance company in its acquisition by a publicly traded company.
  • Represented an international shipping company in a reverse takeover transaction with a publicly traded company.
  • Represented a motive battery company in a reverse takeover transaction with a publicly traded company.
  • Represented a Florida based provider of healthcaree IT solutions in its sale to a competitor company.
Entertainment Industry Transactions
  • Represented well-known international music festival in joint venture festival projects.
  • Represented a privately held entertainment company in an investment, takeover and operation of popular Miami night club.
  • Represented talent in negotiations with reality television and movie projects.
General Corporate and Federal Securities Law Compliance
  • Represents publicly traded companies, and their officers and directors, in federal securities law compliance matters.
  • Provides general corporate counseling to private and publicly held corporations and their boards of directors on a broad range of issues, including the duties of directors, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley and other corporate governance matters.
  • Provides guidance on structuring and conducting annual and special stockholder meetings, forming, migrating corporate entities, drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements and settlement agreements.