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Edward Adams

University of Minnesota

Edward S. Adams is the Howard E. Buhse professor of finance and law, co-director of the Kommerstad Center for Business Law and Entrepreneurship, and director of CLE Programs at the of University of Minnesota Law School, where he specializes in corporate law, corporate finance, secured transactions, commercial paper and bankruptcy.

Following graduation cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School (where he served as managing editor of the Law Review), Adams clerked for the Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked in the Chicago office of Latham and Watkins.

He is the author of 15 books and more than 30 articles on business-related issues; the two-time recipient of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Award; an M.B.A. graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota; a Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar; and a co-holder of the 1999 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law.

As an attorney, business advisor and consultant and principal, he has more than $50 billion of transactional experience in public and private offerings of equity and debt, mergers and acquisitions of public and closely held corporations, loan restructurings, receivables financing, structured finance, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy liquidations and reorganizations.

He co-founded a project to provide free legal services to members of a New York community; was a founding member of a project to provide free legal services to families of servicepersons serving in the Persian Gulf; and created a program at the University of Minnesota Law School to introduce disadvantaged high school students to potential career opportunities in the legal field.