Albert T. Adams

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7499  |  F 216.696.0740

Al Adams practices in the business and corporate areas with special emphasis on the structuring and financial aspects of business transactions. He has participated as lead counsel in numerous significant transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, project financings, and public offerings.

Al is a member of the Policy Committee, which is the governing body of BakerHostetler. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Select Experience

  • Has represented 10 issuers, including five real estate investment trusts, in connection with their initial public offerings. The real estate investment trust IPOs included the roll up of numerous limited partnerships to form the public companies.
  • Has served as general outside counsel to two public funds and eight public companies.
  • Has served as a director of six public companies and has chaired three nominating and governance committees, two compensation committees and one audit committee. Has been involved in all aspects of corporate governance, including matters relating to shareholder advocacy and litigation involving directors.
More »

Experience

  • Has represented 10 issuers, including five real estate investment trusts, in connection with their initial public offerings. The real estate investment trust IPOs included the roll up of numerous limited partnerships to form the public companies.
  • Has served as general outside counsel to two public funds and eight public companies.
  • Has served as a director of six public companies and has chaired three nominating and governance committees, two compensation committees and one audit committee. Has been involved in all aspects of corporate governance, including matters relating to shareholder advocacy and litigation involving directors.
  • Has acted as the engagement partner in connection with public offerings of more than $5 billion of various securities, including common stock, various debt obligations, and perpetual preferred stock.
  • Has served as lead regional counsel to one of the nation's largest banks. Prepared and negotiated various agented and single bank secured and unsecured credit facilities aggregating in excess of $100 billion, including international financings, derivatives, credit enhancements, and collateral agreements.
  • Has participated as lead company counsel in "greenfield" project financings in the steel industry aggregating more than $2 billion, including the 2009 international project financing transaction of the year. Has negotiated senior and subordinated credit arrangements, supply contracts, power contracts and various forms of equity arrangements. Currently representing clients in connection with the organization, financing, and construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill manufacturing facility, the organization, financing and construction of a $200 million silicon manufacturing facility and the organization, financing and construction of a $40 million e-waste recycling facility.
  • Has represented private equity providers and recipients in numerous transactions.
  • Has represented buyers and sellers in numerous mergers and acquisitions, including a $6 billion public company to public company merger.
  • Has acted as bond counsel in connection with the first compound interest bond issued to finance low income housing; has acted as underwriter’s counsel in the first "senior/subordinated" securitization rated by Standard & Poor’s Corporation; and has acted as issuer’s counsel in the first letter of credit enhanced grantor trust securities offering.

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (1999 to 2015)
    • Cleveland: Corporate Law
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977
  • Ohio, 1977

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977
  • M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1977
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1973