Shareholder William L. Rafferty, Jr. focuses his practice on domestic and international corporate matters. Bill’s experience includes finance and business, negotiations, structuring and documenting complex commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial loan transactions, venture capital and real estate deals.

Before joining Gunster, Bill was a partner in the corporate department of the Miami office of Kelley Drye & Warren, an international law firm based in New York, NY. During this time, he served as President of the Florida State University Boosters for two years. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Zoological Society of Florida. Prior to his legal career, Bill was a CPA at Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accounting organizations.

  • Represented purchaser of oil refinery
  • Assisted lender in financing of sale and leaseback of bank branch facilities
  • Represented private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of software developer
  • Represented lender in asset based loan to international engineering firm
  • Acted as lead counsel in the purchase and sale of various refinery and distribution assets
  • Represented buyer of professional football franchise
  • Represented community bank in connection with loans to developers and buyers of commercial properties
  • Assisted seller regarding sale of ranch and other properties
  • Represented seller of manufacturing company of products for electric utility industry
  • Represents U.S. subsidiary of foreign manufacturer and distributor of hair care and beauty products
  • Represented seller in connection with sale of oil tank farm
  • Assisted with the sale and purchase of commercial vendors
  • AV Preeminent rating as independently determined by Martindale Hubbell
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers in South Florida”
  • The Florida Bar
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, former trustee
  • Florida State University Alumni Association
  • Seminole Club of Miami, past president
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association
  • Zoological Society of Florida, former trustee
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

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