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Adina Lord
Adina M. Lord
Washington +1 202 662 5885 alord@cov.com Download V-card

Adina Lord represents clients in strategic, high-value transactions, including debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex commercial agreements, with a particular focus on transactions involving real estate or telecommunications. She also advises clients on general corporate and strategic matters, including corporate governance issues and SEC compliance issues. She has advised telecommunications clients on a wide range of corporate matters, from acquisitions and sales of FCC licenses and related stations, negotiations with cable and OTT distributors and complex arrangements related to the FCC’s Incentive Auction of broadcast spectrum. Her real estate practice includes representation of local, national and international owners, developers, property managers, tax-exempt organizations and other users in all aspects of real estate transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, financing, management and leasing of office and other commercial buildings, tower and transmission broadcasting facilities, and manufacturing facilities.

  • Acquisition of Los Angeles Clippers. Represented Steve Ballmer in his acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise for a record-breaking $2 billion purchase price amid protracted and highly publicized battle between the previous owners.
  • National Football League Financing Programs. Represents the National Football League in connection with various league and team financings, including its league-wide term note and revolving credit facility programs and in its “G-3” and “G-4” stadium funding programs. Her representation has included funding for the construction of two new stadiums as part of public-private construction programs and funding for major renovations of two existing stadiums.
  • FCC Incentive Auction. Provides strategic guidance to commercial and noncommercial television station owners and industry associations regarding the FCC’s “once-in-a-lifetime” auction of broadcast spectrum; represents television station owners in the negotiation of spectrum-sharing arrangements to advance specific business objectives within the FCC’s complex regulatory scheme.
  • Graham Media’s Acquisition of Divested Stations from Nexstar and Media General. Represented Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company, with regard to corporate and real estate matters in the $120M acquisition of two television stations divested by Nexstar Broadcasting and Media General as part of a merger transaction.
  • Securitized Mortgage Financing. Represented Washington, DC-based real estate investment firm to obtain mortgage and mezzanine financing in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market.
  • Media Rights. Represents national sports leagues in connection with the negotiation of media rights agreements providing traditional television distribution rights, digital streaming rights and “over the top” rights with major television networks. Notable representation includes the National Basketball Association (NBA) in connection with their simultaneous re-negotiation of television and digital rights between 2016-2024 with ABC, ESPN and Turner, including negotiation of a new OTT offering framework with ESPN and extension of a joint partnership between NBA Digital and Turner Sports to manage the NBA’s digital properties.
  • Content Distribution. Represents The MLB Network and the NFL Network in the negotiation of distribution agreements and affiliation agreements across a variety of platforms (including cable and satellite, IPTV, mobile and Internet) and business models (from linear to subscription, transactional video-on-demand and interactive applications). This practice extends to due diligence and contractual analysis in connection with most favored nations review, analysis and interpretation.
  • Debt Market Offerings. Represented Eli Lilly & Company in a $1.0 billion registered offering of notes, consisting of $600.0 million of 1.950% notes due 2019 and $400.0 million of 4.650% notes due 2044.
  • Acquisition Financing. Represented a New York-based mezzanine fund in the acquisition financing for the acquisition of a restaurant chain.

Pro Bono

  • Advises non-profit organizations in connection with leasing office space, as well as acquisitions and dispositions of real estate.
  • Represents nonprofit organizations with formation, tax exemption and corporate governance matters.
  • Represented a local nonprofit organization in the development and implementation of a new crowdfunding initiative -- called “localvesting” -- designed to take advantage of federal and state exemptions from registration. The program encourages community investment by offering business-specific notes with a modest rate of return to support a below-market rate, short term loan to a local business that has limited access to commercial credit.  

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Emeritus Board Member of The D.C. Center, Washington D.C.’s Center for the LGBT Community

Previous Experience

  • The Brookings Institution, Senior Operations Manager, Office of the Controller (2007-2009)
  • Brookings Center for Executive Education, Enrollments and Operations Manager (2005-2007)
  • Common Good, Development Office (2004-2005)