Alston & Bird continues to expand its California practice with the addition of Scott E. Adamson as corporate partner in Los Angeles. Adamson joins from Vedder Price P.C., where he was a member of the firm’s board of directors, founder and head of the Los Angeles office, and partner in the Finance and Transactions Group.
“With more than 25 years of experience, Scott brings a remarkable record of transactional work in middle-market acquisitions, dispositions, and other strategic transactions locally and internationally,” said Scott Ortwein, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice. “He defines what it means to be a trusted adviser and business partner for clients seeking an edge in getting their deals over the finish line.”
Adamson represents public and private strategic and financial buyers and sellers, emerging businesses, and family offices and business owners in transactions spanning leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, 363 asset sales, and going-private deals. His experience, which ranges from large transactions for multinational public companies and equity sponsors to smaller transactions involving family-owned and emerging businesses, includes cross-border work in Japan, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Among the industries he serves are health care, technology, manufacturing, services, and construction.
As part of his experience, Adamson has structured and executed many of the largest and most complex corporate transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). He has represented ESOP-owned companies, institutional trustees, and equity sponsors in ESOP transactions and matters ranging from $10 million to more than $200 million in value.
“Scott is one of the best-known and well-regarded dealmakers in Los Angeles,” said Thomas Wingard, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office. “He knows M&A inside and out and significantly deepens our corporate bench locally while opening up new opportunities and extending our reach to serve clients nationally and globally.”
Adamson joins an Alston & Bird West Coast corporate practice that has been involved in several recent noteworthy deals, including advising CommScope Inc. in its $7.4 billion acquisition of ARRIS International plc, Fair.com in its $385 million financing led by SoftBank Group, and Bitstrips in its $100 million acquisition by Snapchat.
Adamson is the latest addition to Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office and the firm’s continued West Coast expansion. In 2017, the firm extended its California presence by opening a new office in San Francisco and expanding in Los Angeles with nine new litigation attorneys, including partners Bo Phillips and Michael Agoglia, who The American Lawyer named among the top 25 laterals of 2017. Also that year, the firm added construction and government contracts partner John Hanover in Los Angeles. The hiring continued throughout 2018 with the additions of environmental partner Jeffrey Dintzer and counsel Matt Wickersham and class action partners Jeffrey Rosenfeld and Grant Alexander and counsel Rachel Lowe in Los Angeles, and products liability and commercial litigation partner Steven Selna in San Francisco.