Alston & Bird, SGR & DLA Piper Get Big Client Wins; Sutherland Launches Business Blog

Big Deals, Big Wins, Big Clients

For Alston & Bird, which acted as counsel to Credit Suisse, the financial advisor to legal software company Epiq Systems Inc., which agreed to be acquired by OMERS Private Equity Inc. and Harvest Partners in a cash transaction valued at $1 billion. Partner Aaron Dixon assisted on the transaction.

For Smith, Gambrell & Russell, whose client, Cherry Street Energy, executed the first Solar Energy Procurement Agreement under HB 57, The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015. The agreement contracts Cherry Street Energy to construct multiple solar arrays to power county buildings in Macon, Georgia.

For DLA Piper, which represented private equity firm ABRY Partners in the sale of Emerging Market Communications, a provider of services to maritime and other difficult-to-reach mobility markets, to Global Eagle Entertainment for $550 million. The DLA Piper team representing ABRY included partners Brian Gordon and Jamie Konn.

Memo from the Executive Committee

Sutherland has launched the Eleventh Circuit Business Blog. The blog reports and offers perspectives on newly issued decisions of interest to business clients by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Big Law Honors

For Morris, Manning & Martin’s Paul Arne, named chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Section. Arne was sworn in July 1 for a one-year term.

For Arnall Golden Gregory’s Teri Simmons, elected to the Sister Cities International Board of Directors. Simmons formerly chaired Atlanta’s Sister Cities Commission for more than 10 years.

For Greenberg Traurig’s Joel Katz, who was recognized by Billboard as one of the music industry’s 2016 top lawyers. Katz was also recognized in Billboard’s “Nashville Power Players” List,  along with Jess Rosen. Katz and Rosen have been included on the list for the second consecutive year.