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A Tour of an Annual Report from a Lawyer’s Unique Perspective with Ed Adams

Clients today more than ever demand that their attorney understand their business.  We are increasingly not only lawyers but counselors to our clients.  This course surveys an annual report of a prominent public company—Target Corporation—to explore the business of the entity from multiple perspectives, including accounting, corporate finance, marketing, operations, and strategy.  In doing so, you learn both business jargon and concepts your clients learned in the top business schools.  Understanding “business speak” is a key to being valued as a business lawyer who makes—not breaks—deals and business for one’s client.  This course seeks to arm attorneys with the skills they need to compete successfully on the business playing field.
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Factual Investigation |  Legal Analysis & Reasoning |  Legal Research |  Edward S. Adams
Faculty:
Edward S. Adams
Duration:
1 Hour
Format:
Audio and Video

Description

Clients today more than ever demand that their attorney understand their business.  We are increasingly not only lawyers but counselors to our clients.  This course surveys an annual report of a prominent public company—Target Corporation—to explore the business of the entity from multiple perspectives, including accounting, corporate finance, marketing, operations, and strategy.  In doing so, you learn both business jargon and concepts your clients learned in the top business schools.  Understanding “business speak” is a key to being valued as a business lawyer who makes—not breaks—deals and business for one’s client.  This course seeks to arm attorneys with the skills they need to compete successfully on the business playing field.

Outline

I.The Business of Target Corporation

II.Accounting Overview of Target Corporation

III.Corporate Finance Overview of Target Corporation

IV.Marketing Overview of Target Corporations

V.Operational Overview of Target Corporation

VI.Strategy Overview of Target Corporation

VII.Employing the Tools/Concepts Learned Professionally

 

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A Tour of an Annual Report from a Lawyer’s Unique Perspective with Ed Adams

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The number of years that Ed Adams has been a faculty member with P.E.G.

145

The total number of programs presented by Ed.

8,580

Attorneys who have attended an Ed Adams presentation.

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 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 Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked in the Chicago office of Latham and Watkins.

Author & Scholar

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, a 1997 M.B.A. graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a 1998 Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, and a co-holder of the 1999 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law.

Practitioner

As an attorney, business advisor and consultant, Adams has more than $1 billion in 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.

Board Member

Adams has served on numerous private and public company boards of directors and acted as chairman of the Noteholders Committee of one of the largest steel industry bankruptcy reorganizations in American history, as well as a legal adviser to a group which sought to acquire one of America’s largest textile manufacturers.

Giving Back

Adams co-founded a project to provide free legal services to members of the community in New York, 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. He is a prolific lecturer who has spoken to legal, business and community groups throughout the United States and the world on a variety of legal and business topics.