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Alonzo L. Llorens

Counsel
Atlanta | 678.690.5724
Fax | 404.869.6972

Alonzo Llorens has substantial experience in corporate law and represents clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His legal career started with the federal government, as he worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Honors Program and later with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its Division of Corporation Finance. Today, he focuses his corporate practice on capital markets and finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, corporate governance, minority business enterprise (MBE) certification, and structuring and navigating compliance with MBE transactions.

Alonzo also has substantial experience in the sports and entertainment industry, including advising athletes, actors, film production companies, authors, and sports leagues on corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, and other legal needs.

Alonzo is a frequent speaker on numerous topics, including corporate finance, venture capital, film financing, crowdfunding, and MBE transactions. He is also an author. His first book was a novel entitled, The Mirror, which is a political thriller. His second book, The MBE’s Guide to Raising Capital, is a financial guide explaining the various stages of the capital raising process and the steps minority business enterprises should consider taking in order to successfully pursue such an endeavor. Alonzo has also written for various publications, including a chapter for Thomson Reuters' Inside The Minds series entitled “Private Equity and Venture Capital Trends in a Turbulent Economy." He co-authored volume 83 of the Bureau of National Affairs' Corporate Practice Series entitled “Shareholder Proposals.” He has also has written columns on topics relating to business transactions for Diversity and The Bar Magazine.

Alonzo earned his law degree from Howard University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Howard Law Journal. He earned his bachelor's degree in international trade and finance from Louisiana State University (LSU).

Representative Experience

Securities

Public Companies

  • Represented technology companies in their initial public offerings.
  • Represented real estate investment trust in its initial public offering.
  • Represented issuer in its rights offering.
  • Represented technology company in tender offer transaction.
  • Represented technology company in its spin-off from a publicly traded company to become its own publicly traded company.
  • Represented underwriters in initial public offerings.
  • Prepared and filed period reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Private Companies

  • Prepared private placement memoranda for issuers raising capital.
  • Negotiated and drafted purchase agreements for issuers raising capital.

Investors

  • Represented institutional investor in its investments in venture capital funds, private equity funds, and hedge funds.
  • Represented investors that invest in private offerings.

Crowdfunding

  • Obtained approval from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the SEC for a client with respect to a crowdfunding platform formed under Regulation CF.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented California-based company with $7 billion in revenue in its divestment of assets.
  • Represented a North Carolina-based health care company in its sale of assets.
  • Represented a Georgia-based cosmetic surgery practice in its sale of assets.
  • Represented a Georgia-based asset management firm in multiple transactions involving the sale of affiliated entities.
  • Represented a Georgia-based food distributor in its acquisition of a company.
  • Represented a Georgia-based accounting firm in its sale of the company.

Sports & Entertainment

  • Represented film production company in relation to an independent movie entitled “The Lena Baker Story.”
  • Represented actress with respect to the negotiation and structuring of a joint venture transaction to have her own wine label.
  • Represented multiple entertainment and professional sports figures with respect to their investments in private company transactions.
  • Represented multiple film production companies with respect to independent film projects.
  • Represented client in relation to franchise transaction with internationally renowned entertainment figure.
  • Represented New York-based sports league and provided analysis relating to issues arising under Georgia law.

Joint Ventures

  • Represented large property owner in joint venture transactions relating to the commercial development of real estate.
  • Represented entities in joint venture transactions to become franchisees.
  • Structured joint venture transactions for companies certified as minority business enterprises.

Corporate Governance

  • Represented the board of a large New York-based nonprofit entity with respect to certain governance issues.
  • Drafted governance documents for both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Provided counsel and advise to these entities relating to governance issues.

Minority Business Enterprises

  • Assisted minority business enterprises (MBEs) in being certified as MBEs.
  • Counseled MBEs and structured transactions to ensure that they maintain their MBE status.

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Honors & Awards

  • Atlanta Business League, Leadership Award
  • Atlanta Business League, Men of Influence Award

Memberships

  • Leadership Atlanta, 2007-present
  • 100 Black Men of Atlanta, 2010-present
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2007-2008
  • The Ron Clark Academy, Board of Directors, Chair, 2007-2014
  • Atlanta Business League, Board of Directors, 2006-2009, 2016-2018
  • 1st Choice Credit Union, Board of Trustees, Vice Chair, 2014-present
  • Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, Board of Directors, 2004-2006
  • Accion, Board of Directors, 2007-2008
  • Norcross High School Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2016-2019