Chicago, IL. In response to the ongoing surge in M&A and corporate transactions, Nixon Peabody has expanded its Corporate practice with the arrival of Conrad Adkins as counsel in the firm’s Chicago office. Conrad spent the past seven years as in-house counsel at James Hardie Industries, an Irish-domiciled, multi-national building products manufacturer dual-listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
At Nixon Peabody, Conrad will provide strategic corporate counseling related to M&A, corporate finance, securities regulation, corporate governance, and complex domestic and international commercial transactions. He has in-depth experience advising on compliance and disclosure matters relative to US, Australian, and Irish corporate and securities laws, including preparation and review of earnings releases, quarterly and annual reports, advising on ASX and NYSE listing rules and disclosure obligations, US federal securities and regulations, and associated filings.
“During his time at James Hardie Industries, Conrad was involved in international corporate finance, restructuring and commercial transaction projects across the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand,” said David R. Brown, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Chicago office, who is also a member of the firm’s Corporate practice. “His international, in-house experience will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”
Conrad represents clients on all aspects of the M&A deal cycle, including negotiation, transaction financing, and coordination of due diligence teams, among other areas. He also advises on complex internal restructurings of global organizations to address tax, intellectual property, and financing considerations.
“Conrad is known in the industry for being a pragmatic, business-minded, corporate transactional attorney,” said Todd Tidgewell, leader of Nixon Peabody’s Corporate practice. “He’s keenly adept at advising companies how to capitalize on their strategic imperatives while operating within their defined risk tolerances, and we look forward to introducing him to our clients.”
Conrad attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned a bachelor of arts from Michigan State University.