Douglas Adler

Douglas Ochs Adler joined Vedder Price in 2008 as a member of the firm’s Equipment Finance Group. He has significant expertise in both the U.S. and abroad in the areas of project and structured finance, aviation finance and maritime finance.

Mr. Adler most recently served as Lead Counsel for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the official Export Credit Agency of the United States. He provided legal advice to loan officers in the financing of large aircraft as well as complex project finance transactions and was also instrumental in the development of derivative products for use in a wide range of financing structures.

At Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Adler was the liaison in the Office of General Counsel to Ex-Im Bank’s Transportation Division and was responsible for business development of sea and airport projects. He was the coordinator for the agency’s Task Force on Aviation Insurance Issues established immediately following the events of September 11, 2001 and represented Ex-Im Bank on the Project Finance Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

In the last five years, Mr. Adler supervised the structuring and closing of many of the more than $20 billion of aircraft financings supported by Ex-Im Bank. This includes the largest hard currency deal to take place in Pakistan ($1.4 billion order for Boeing aircraft by its flag carrier PIA). An integral component of that transaction was the adoption and implementation of The Cape Town Convention by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In addition, he closed an innovative $358 million financing of 10 aircraft that was complemented by an Indian Rupee securitization. It was the largest transaction of its kind ever successfully consummated in India. In the area of project finance, he actively participated in the negotiation of multi-Export Credit Agency support for a complex private joint venture project launched in the PRC ($4.2 billion petrochemical plant in Guangdong Province). Prior to entering government service, he represented an international joint venture in the design, construction and operation of a modern container terminal in the port of Karachi. The project was financed with several currencies, including an Islamic-law compliant Pakistan Rupee component.

Since 2001, he has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Washington College of Law of the American University, where he teaches project and structured finance. Mr. Adler is also a member of the Project Finance Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2001–Present) and Co-President of the Phillips Academy and Abbott Academy Regional Association in Washington, D.C. (September 2002–Present). He formerly served as the Secretary and General Counsel, and Trustee of the Lowell School (1990–1993 and 1999–2001). Mr. Adler is a member of the American Bar Association (International Law Section) and the US-India Business Council.

Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services
  • Project Finance

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 1979
  • B.A., The George Washington University 1974