John Cacomanolis is an experienced general commercial lawyer, with an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions (having completed over 400 individual M&A transactions), joint ventures (ranging in size from a few million to over $25 billion), securities compliance, capital-raising, shareholder and board compliance, private equity firm formations and operations, and both public and private company operations.
Prior to joining Legal and Compliance, from 2007 to 2015 Mr. Cacomanolis was a Partner and General Counsel at Grain Management, LLC, a private equity firm based in Sarasota, FL and Washington, D.C., which focused on investments in the telecommunications industry. At Grain, he was part of the team that took the company from start-up mode to almost $1B in AUM. He managed all legal functions for the company and its subsidiaries, including, with the CEO and CFO, development and implementation of the strategic plan for the company’s operations and growth. He oversaw all HR matters, partnership agreements, etc., and had primary responsibility for the firm’s investment/asset acquisition program; including the sourcing, evaluation, due diligence and financial modeling of properties and investments and the day-to-day operations following acquisition.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Cacomanolis was Associate General Counsel at Global Signal, Inc., an NYSE-listed company which owned and operated cellular communication sites. At Global Signal he had primary responsibility for the company’s 1933 Act and 1934 Act compliance, as well as its M&A function and oversight of Internal Audit, and also general corporate matters and operations. During such time he helped grow Global Signal’s asset base by 300%, and oversaw the merger of the company into a larger competitor.
Prior to Global Signal, Mr. Cacomanolis was with the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P., from 1999 to 2004, mainly based in its New York City offices, but also working in Washington, D.C.; Jacksonville, FL; London, England and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At LeBoeuf, Lamb, Mr. Cacomanolis focused on all facets of corporate and transactional practice, mainly for clients in the energy and the internet/communications industries, including dozens of U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as IPOs and secondary stock and debt offerings.
Mr. Cacomanolis earned his B.S. from Florida State University in 1996 (With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa), and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1999, where he was a Note and Article Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. He is admitted to the Bars of New York and Florida.