Julio C. Esquivel


Julio serves as a trusted advisor to companies seeking a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to business law matters. Clients value his depth of knowledge and unfaltering commitment to their business goals.

Having been in private practice now for more than 20 years, Julio has vast experience representing buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. He has represented buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceutical distributors to international manufacturing companies, as well as  trucking companies, software firms and service providers (such as engineers). While he prides himself in handling complex transactions and has represented strategic and financial buyers, he especially finds it gratifying to work on sell-side engagements for entrepreneurs that have poured their heart and energy into building their companies from the ground up, many of whom have never experienced an M&A transaction. While Julio has been involved with small company sales, he has also handled sophisticated and international transactions in excess of $500 million.

Having started his career in Washington, DC, working for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Julio also is an experienced securities lawyer. He represents various public companies and assists with their public company filings and securities law issues. He also represents both private companies and investors in private securities transactions and he has experience assisting with investment advisor and investment company issues.

Julio likes to say that the third leg of his legal stool is “general corporate work”. Many of his clients rely on Julio as their outside general counsel, calling on him for all of their needs. If Julio can directly handle the issue, such as the review of financing/loan agreements, franchise documents and general contract reviews, he will tend to them himself. Otherwise, he ensures that the right attorney at Shumaker is brought into the assignment (while he continues to oversee the project to ensure that client expectations and needs are met).

In January, 2018, Julio finished a six-year term on Shumaker’s firmwide Management Committee (MC), which is the committee that oversees the entire firm. The experience of serving on the MC and running an Am Law 200 firm, with more than 260 lawyers, has made Julio a better business lawyer, allowing him to provide greater practical advice to clients. He continues to serve on other firm governance committees.

Julio and his wife, Betsy, are passionate about their community. He serves on the boards of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Theatre, the Gasparilla Musical Festival Foundation, and the Public Art Alliance.

  • Recently completed, on behalf of the issuer, an underwritten, public offering of approximately $240 million.
  • Part of a team that represented a U.S. public company in its acquisition of a significant European manufacturer of hydraulic components from its private equity owner.
  • Primary M&A counsel to a large, private company that is continually looking to acquire office equipment dealers throughout the Southeast. He has handled over 20 acquisitions for this client.
  • In 2016, represented a family-owned pharmaceutical business in its sale of that business, for approximately $100 million, to a private equity group.
  • In 2017, represented a newly-formed fund that raised over $20 million to provide financing to a Florida newspaper, which allowed the newspaper to refinance its debt.