Seminoles honored for Hard Rock purchase

Apr 22, 2008 7:00 PM

Staff & Wire Reports | It may not have been the Deal of the Century, but the Seminole Tribe’s purchase of Hard Rock International was recognized last week as the Deal of the Year.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida bought the Hard Rock chain for $965 million, the first and largest major acquisition of an international corporation by a Native American tribe.

The award was bestowed by the Native American Financial Officers Association, which seeks to recognize banking and legal teams that distinguish themselves on behalf of their tribes.

The international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP was recognized for its role in the Seminole Tribe’s purchase of Hard Rock International.

The award was presented at NAFOA’s Spring Finance Conference for Indian Country.

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Marlon Goldstein Marlon was on hand at the award ceremony on behalf of the firm. Goldstein and the firm’s Corporate and Securities Department Chairman Gary Epstein, both based in the firm’s Miami office, led the Greenberg Traurig team in the acquisition and related financings.

"We are extremely proud of the Seminole Tribe’s accomplishments and are honored to have had the opportunity to represent the Seminole Tribe in this historic transaction," Goldstein said.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with more than 1,750 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The firm was selected as the 2007 USA Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners. The firm’s corporate and securities team has more than 350 members over three continents.