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Andrew B. Freeman

Partner in Charge, Mobile

Our clients want advisors who understand their end goal and risk tolerance and have the creativity and strategic focus to achieve both.  My approach is holistic – I try to see the big picture from all angles and seek pragmatic results to advance our clients’ interests and get the deal across the finish line.

Andy Freeman is a transaction lawyer representing private equity firms, family offices, large banks and other companies in mergers, acquisitions and sophisticated financing transactions across the United States. His particular industry experience includes manufacturing across a variety of verticals, commercial real estate, timberland and forestry, and solar power farms. He has negotiated and closed numerous middle market acquisitions throughout the Southeast. In addition, Andy helps business owners strategize and identify the smartest options for the generational transfer of wealth, management and ownership, ensuring business continuity after their exit. He functions as the advisor who gets the first call from clients, regardless of the issue or opportunity they encounter.

Representing lenders, whether the lead arranger in a regionally syndicated loan or a commercial group in a local corporate financing, Andy’s experience spans numerous financing structures and deals in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including construction, oil and gas, real estate, manufacturing, vessel and other financings.

The strength of Andy’s practice and his team enables him to lead and assist on transactions across the entire firm. The consistency, efficiencies and knowledge base benefit firm clients in several ways, not the least of which is its regional rate structure.

Andy is the Partner in Charge of Adams and Reese’s Mobile office.

The more I understand the relationships and outcomes that are important and drive growth for our clients, the better advisor I can be. Our clients’ strategies and goals are critically important –these are the underpinning to every milestone and decision we need to make.

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Alabama, B.S. / B.A., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Mergers & Acquisitions 2010, 2016-2017
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class of 2015
  • Leadership Mobile, Class of 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Mobile Bay Magazine, 2013
  • Greater Mobile MS Leadership Class of 2016

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Baldwin County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Forestry Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program - Wills for Heroes, Volunteer
  • Farrah Law Society
  • Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center - Junior Advisory Board
  • Mobile United
  • Mobile Downtown Rotary
  • Alabama State Bar Business Section, At-Large Council Member
  • Representation of national agricultural Lender in numerous credit facilities typically ranging between $20M and $125M+, each secured by timberland assets across numerous states (Finance; Forestry industry)
  • Representation of timberland investment management organization (TIMO) and other timber clients in negotiating solar options, leases and sales for large-scale power projects (Forestry industry)
  • Representation of TIMOs and REITs in sales and acquisitions and sales of hundreds of thousands of acres of forestry land, handling title services and the drafting of deeds and closing documents, and working closely with opposing counsel to resolve various issues for successful closings. (Forestry Industry)
  • Representation of timberland investment management organization in its $120 million acquisition of timberland assets, including HSR analysis, negotiation of assumption of new market tax credit-based loans and related legal opinions, real estate and title diligence, and negotiation of acquisition agreement and related closing documents. (Finance; Forestry industry)
  • Representation of a private company in its sale of a $250 million++ business line consisting of approximately 100 tow vessels and barges in the inland liquid product transportation market in the Southeastern United States, including tax structuring, employment and incentive counsel, HSR and related advice and counsel, the drafting of complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents. (Marine Transportation; Oil and Gas industry)
  • Representation of a high performance material manufacturer in its $170 million sale to a strategic private equity buyer, including diligence, tax structuring, HSR and related advice and counsel, and the drafting of complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents. (Manufacturing industry)
  • Representation of national stone product wholesaler and distributor in its $40 million acquisition of additional retail locations across the Southeast, including the relocation and expansion of its corporate headquarters, preparation of extensive non-competition and licensing arrangements for various states, drafting of complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents, and negotiation of acquisition financing, credit facility documents and related legal opinions. (Wholesale Stone industry)
  • Representation of a private equity group in its $20 million co-investment in a sawmill as a strategic platform add-on in the mid-south, including drafting of complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents, formation of acquisition subsidiaries and related structuring for the equity acquisition, title diligence and other real estate and environmental advice and counsel. (Private Equity; Forest Products industry)
  • Representation of a private equity group in several of its restructuring/spin-offs of various platform businesses, including formation of subsidiaries and preparation of inter-company contracts for restructuring and negotiation of sale agreement and related closing documents for spin-offs. (Private Equity; Forest Products industry)
  • Representation of a private equity group in its $33 million acquisition a lumber company in the southeast, including drafting of complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents, formation of acquisition subsidiaries, management/rollover equity investment company and related structuring for the acquisition, environmental, title diligence and other real estate advice and counsel. (Private Equity; Forest Products industry)
  • Representation of international agricultural company in its $25 million acquisition of a farm management software solutions company. (Agriculture industry)
  • Representation of food manufacturer in its $42.5 million sale of sauce division to a strategic buyer, including advice and counsel on intellectual property, real estate, and employment issues, and the drafting of complex acquisition agreement, IP license, lease agreement, supply agreement, transition services agreement, consulting agreement, and related closing documents. (Food Manufacturing industry)
  • Representation of construction supply company in various strategic acquisitions (avg $1M ea) to add retail locations to its national platform. (Construction Retail industry)
  • Representation of manufacturer in its $36 million sale of potato and bean divisions to a strategic buyer, including advice and counsel on intellectual property, real estate, and employment issues, and the drafting of complex acquisition agreement, IP license, non-competition agreement, and related closing documents. (Food Manufacturing industry)
  • Representation of an oil and gas services company in its $37 million joint venture with a private equity firm, drafting a complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents. (Oil and Gas industry)
  • Representation of a marine transportation company in its $455 million sale to a private equity firm, drafting a complex acquisition agreement and related closing documents. (Marine Transportation; Oil and Gas industry)
  • Representation of Lead Arranger/Administrative Agent/Lender in its $18.75 million syndicated credit facility for its borrower's construction of a healthcare facility. (Finance; Healthcare industry)
  • Representation of Lead Arranger/Administrative Agent/Lender in its $100 million syndicated credit facility for its borrower's construction of logistics/warehousing facilities. (Finance; real estate development industry)
  • Representation of borrower in negotiating its $60 million syndicated credit facility (Finance; Food Manufacturing industry)
  • Represented various financial institutions in vessel finance transactions (avg loan $1-7 million), including the bank’s acquisition of a vessel with bareboat charter back to the borrower. (Finance)
  • Representation of an oil and gas exploration development company in its credit facility restructuring out of bankruptcy and its subsequent $127.5 million public senior secured corporate note offering. (Finance; Oil and Gas industry)
  • Represented Borrower in a $54.6 million public senior secured corporate note offering (Finance; Oil and Gas industry)
  • Represented Borrower in a $25 million public senior secured corporate note offering add-on (Finance; Oil and Gas industry)
  • Representation of a Fortune 200 company in the sale of several million acres of forestry land, handling title services and the drafting of deeds and closing documents, and working closely with purchaser's counsel on various issues at closing. (Forestry Industry)
  • Representation of a shipping company in the negotiation of a construction agreement and loan documents for the construction of tanker vessels and implementation of a credit facility to fund the construction project. (Oil and Gas Industry)
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 company's financial services unit in its friendly foreclosure of oil and gas royalty collateral, and subsequent sale thereof. (Finance; Oil and Gas Industry)
  • Negotiation on behalf of an Alabama municipality for the renewal of a long-term airport lease with its airport authority and other contract negotiations with municipalities.