Adam H. Dittman

Adam H. Dittman

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Adam

I counsel businesses in diverse industries across a wide range of corporate and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, contract negotiation and drafting, entity selection and formation, general corporate governance and financing transactions. Clients also regularly rely on me to assist them in real estate transactions and real property matters.

I have dedicated over a decade of my career to representing timberland owners and forest products manufacturing businesses, and I am committed to delivering practical, solutions-oriented counsel to industry clients. Clients regularly entrust me to help them navigate many aspects of their timber and forest products operations, including forest industry mergers and acquisitions, timberland and timber resource transactions, credit and financing transactions, and operational issues affecting their businesses. I regularly help industry clients structure, negotiate and complete purchase and sale transactions, purchase options, easements and right of way agreements, licenses and permits, product sales agreements, log and fiber supply agreements, independent contractor agreements, logging contracts, timber deeds, timber sale contracts, service agreements and other operational agreements. I also provide corporate counsel and general advice regarding other issues facing the timber and forest products industries.

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Experience

Experience

Representative Timberlands and Forest Products Industry Work

  • Represented private timberlands company in the acquisition of approximately 600,000 acres of timberlands in southern Oregon and northern California and related operating assets.
  • Represented private timberlands company in the sale of over 170,000 acres of timberlands in multiple counties in California.
  • Represented timberlands purchaser in the acquisition of over 158,000 acres of investment-grade timberlands in 18 counties spanning coastal North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
  • Represented timberland investment management organization (TIMO) in acquisition of membership interest in entity owning over 115,000 acres of investment-grade timberlands in Ohio and Kentucky.
  • Represented private timberlands investment fund and its strategic industry partner in acquisition of approximately 112,000 acres of timberlands and related assets in northern California.
  • Represented private timberlands company in the acquisition of approximately 29,000 acres of timberlands and related property in northern California.
  • Represented TIMO in sale of over 18,000 acres in southern Oregon.
  • Represented private timberlands company in the acquisition of approximately 17,500 acres of timberlands in Washington.
  • Represented TIMO in sale of over 15,500 acres in northern Washington.
  • Represented private timberlands company in the acquisition of approximately 9,300 acres of timberlands in Oregon.
  • Represented TIMO in the auction sale of approximately 5,600 acres of timberlands and related assets in northwest Oregon.
  • Represented private lumber products manufacturer in a corporate restructuring and follow-on sale of the entire ownership interest in a treated pole and lumber business in Washington.
  • Represented forest products manufacturing business in acquisition of Douglas fir sawmill facility in western Oregon.
  • Represented forest products manufacturing business in acquisition of remanufacturing facility and related real property in Idaho.
  • Represented integrated forest products company in title, closing and corporate structuring aspects of a timberlands securitization and related financing transactions involving over 400,000 total acres of timberlands and aggregate debt obligations exceeding $550 million.
  • Represent multiple private forest products companies in corporate and real property title aspects of ongoing financing arrangements and secured loan transactions.

Representative Mergers and Acquisitions Work

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of food processing business and related assets.
  • Represented private telecommunications provider in the sale of substantially all of its cable system, high-speed internet, telephone, broadcast television and data center assets and businesses to strategic buyer.
  • Represented private capital equipment manufacturer in a leveraged buyout of the controlling interest in its sawmill equipment manufacturing business by a private equity purchaser.
  • Represented Fortune Global 500® manufacturing company in the sale of its diesel engine and power systems distributorship business to strategic buyer.
  • Represented private equipment manufacturer in the sale of all outstanding ownership interests in its specialty cooling products business to a private equity purchaser.
  • Represented buyers in a purchase of an Oregon-based vineyard and winery business and related real property.

Other Representative Work

  • Act as outside corporate counsel to large agricultural producer.
  • Represented self-storage services company in its limited liability company formation and capitalization through secured membership loans.
  • Represented majority owners of a financial services company in the negotiation, structuring and documentation of a contested minority shareholder buyout transaction.
  • Represent architectural services and design firms in connection with corporate governance and firm professional licensing matters.
  • Regularly represent businesses and individuals with entity formations, organizational documents, commercial contracts and other corporate matters.
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Author, Stoel Rives LLP Sponsor’s Note, Portland Business Journal, “How Oregon Works: Oregon’s Workforce and the Job Skills Gap, Agriculture & Natural Resources Issue,”  October 2018
  • Presenter, “Contracts,” Oregon State University College of Forestry, Forest Business Solutions Group, Forest Products Management Development Series, Corvallis, Oregon, April 16, 2018
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Timberland Transaction,” Pacific Northwest Timberlands Management, The Seminar Group, March 16, 2018
  • Presenter, “Contracts,” American Society of Consulting Arborists, 2017 Annual Conference, Stevenson, Washington, December 1, 2017
  • Presenter, “Contract Concepts,” Oregon State University College of Forestry, Forest Business Solutions Group, Forest Products Management Development Series, Corvallis, Oregon, May 2, 2016
  • Co-Author, 2015 Supplement to Chapter 8, “Timber and Timberlands,” Real Property Deskbook Vol. 3, Real Property Interests & Duties of Third Parties, Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (4th Ed. 2009)
  • Speaker/Author, “Timber and Logging Law,” National Business Institute™ CLE Live Teleconference (simulcast online via West LegalEdCenter®), Portland, Oregon, October 29, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Contracts: A Practical Primer,” North American Wholesale Lumber Association, Executive Management Institute, Corvallis, Oregon, September 23, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Contracts: Tips and Traps,” Oregon State University College of Forestry, Forest Business Solutions Group, Forest Products Management Development Series, Corvallis, Oregon, April 6, 2015
  • Panelist, “Insurance Market Update: Forest Products/Building Materials Industry,” Marsh USA, Inc., Feb. 26, 2015
  • Presenter, “Would You Sign It?: A Practical Exercise in Documenting Business Agreements,” Oregon State University College of Forestry, Forest Business Solutions Group, Forest Products Management Development Series, Corvallis, Oregon, May 5, 2014
  • Presenter, “How to Make Good Contracts: A Basic Introduction to Business Agreements,” Oregon State University College of Forestry, Forest Business Solutions Group, Forest Products Management Development Series, Corvallis, Oregon, Apr. 29, 2013



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