Overview

Germaine Gurr is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. Ms. Gurr advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities offerings, capital raising opportunities, joint venture and commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. She also regularly advises global companies on legal and business considerations in corporate and commercial transaction negotiations, operational structuring and management, compliance considerations and governance matters. Ms. Gurr has experience in the energy industry, as well as the infrastructure, software, information technology, retail, healthcare, education and telecommunications sectors.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Gurr worked at Schneider Electric, a global Fortune 500 energy management and automation company where she served as a vice president and deputy general counsel. In that role, she was responsible for and managed all of the company's corporate transactions and corporate governance matters. Ms. Gurr also served as the general counsel for the industrial software business of the company as it was undergoing a reorganization and spinoff.

Ms. Gurr previously practiced with two international law firms focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, asset management and general corporate matters.

Ms. Gurr serves as an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law. In the community, Ms. Gurr works closely with Edesia Global Nutrition, a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on treating severely malnourished children.

Experience

  • Representation of Schneider Electric in the acquisition of Larson & Toubro Electrical & Automation Division (in partnership with Temasek)
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in the merger of its industrial software business with AVEVA Group plc, wherein Schneider Electric will acquire a 60 percent stake in the enlarged group with a valuation of approximately 3 billion British pounds
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its global reorganization of its industrial software business
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its $1.25 billion acquisition of ASCO Power, a leading manufacturer of automatic transfer switches
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its sale of its nuclear automation assets to Framatome Inc.
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy Inc., a provider of renewable energy and carbon offset related products and services
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its $900 million divestiture of Telvent DTN, a leader in providing information services, supply chain connectivity tools and decision support solutions to the agricultural, energy and environmental industries, to TBG AG, a private Swiss holding company
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its sale of Conlog, a provider of prepaid and smart meters in the African marketplace, to Consolidated Infrastructure Group
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of nxtControl in Austria
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its agreement to sell its transportation business to Kapsch TrafficCom AG for 30 million euros
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its take private acquisition of Invensys plc., a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its sale of Invensys Appliance division to an affiliate of Sun European Partners LLP for approximately 150 million British pounds
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in the sale of its custom, sensors and technologies division to Carlyle and PAI, based on an enterprise value of $900 million, and its reinvestment of approximately $100 million
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of InStep Software, a leading provider of real-time performance management and predictive asset analytics software and solutions
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Applied Instruments Technologies Inc.
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of SCL Elements, a company based in Montreal that works with third parties in the provisioning of wired and wireless building automation technologies
  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Viconics Electronics Inc., a Montreal-based company that is an industry leader in electronic controls for building automation and energy management
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its acquisition of Clear Channel Television Group for approximately $1.2 billion
  • Representation of Berkshire Partners and Summit Partners in their sale to Harvest Partners LP of Barlett Holdings Inc. (BHI Energy), a leading specialty energy services company, providing critical services needed to support the daily operations, routine maintenance and capital investment requirements of nuclear, fossil an renewable power facilities
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its acquisition of Decision Resources Inc. for approximately $356 million
  • Representation of Survey Sampling International in its merger with Opinionology
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its acquisition of World Endurance Holdings, and its subsequent roll-up of various athletic and triathlete related businesses in connection with the Ironman global organization
  • Representation of Advent International in its acquisition of Charlotte Russe
  • Representation of Advent International in its acquisition of 100 percent of Dominican Republic airport group Aerodom
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its take private acquisition of Virtual Radiologic Corporation for approximately $294 million
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its cross-border tender offer and acquisition of eTelecare Global Solutions
  • Representation of Sigma Alimentos, S.A de C.V. in its acquisition of Mexican Cheese Producers Inc., a manufacturer of cheese and other dairy products

  • Representation of Schneider Electric in its Rule144A offering of investment grade notes
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its investment in The YES Network
  • Representation of Providence Equity Partners in its investment in Hulu
  • Provide legal advice to Schneider Electric and various private equity portfolio clients on corporate governance, investments, reorganization, commercial, and compliance matters, including advice to executive management teams and board of directors

Credentials

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Simmons College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 USA: GC Powerlist: United States Rising Stars, 2016
  • Global Lead Program, Schneider Electric, 2014
  • Best European Legal Department of the Year, International League Alliance-Leaders League, 2013

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