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Overview

For more than 25 years, Karl has provided legal and transactional advice to a broad group of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, commercial banks, investment banks, private equity firms, government agencies, developers and privately held borrowers in large, complex domestic and cross-border transactions such as leveraged financings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions, refinancings, project financings, public and private debt offerings and restructurings, equipment financings, derivatives transactions, debtor-in-possession financings and workouts.  Karl also regularly assists corporate borrowers in capital structure planning and in optimizing domestic and international cash and treasury management systems.

In addition to his finance work, Karl works closely with corporate clients in structuring and negotiating complex commercial transactions, including domestic and international supply and distribution agreements, purchase contracts, joint ventures and technology agreements.

Since 2007, Karl has been recognized for his work in Banking & Finance by Chambers USA. Most recently, in 2020, Karl was ranked in Band 2 in Banking &  Finance in Ohio. Clients reported to Chambers USA researchers that "[Karl has] strong knowledge of the law and vast experience in negotiating deals and financing," with sources commending his abilities in "bringing very complex matters to their practical essence." In 2020, he was also named Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland by The Best Lawyers in America.

Karl began his tenure with Calfee in 1992, and he was elected a partner in 2002.

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, Banking & Finance, Band 2, 2007-2020

The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law, 2006-2020

The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland, 2020

IFLR1000 – Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, “Highly Regarded Attorney” in Banking, 2019-2020

IFLR1000 Elite Dealmaker, Banking, 2018

Education

J.D., University of Idaho School of Law, magna cum laude, 1992

B.A., University of Utah, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989

Experience

Experience

Acted for RPM International Inc. (RPM) in a $400 million senior unsecured term loan, including a $100 million cross-border loan and related multicurrency fixed to floating rate swap transactions.

Acted for Installed Building Products, Inc. (IBP) in a $200 million senior secured asset-based credit facility, with related $300 million senior secured Term Loan B and unsecured $300 million high yield bond issuance.

Acted for a company in the minerals space in restructuring over $250 million in equipment purchase obligations.

Acted for a company in the minerals space in structuring $500 million in notional amount of multicurrency fixed to floating rate swap transactions.

Acted for The J. M. Smucker Company (JMS) in acquisition financing involving a Senior Unsecured $1.9 billion bridge financing commitment and Senior Unsecured $1.5 billion permanent term loan financing.

Acted for Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (AIT) and certain of its subsidiaries in a $175 million receivables securitization facility.

Acted for a large mining company in the restructuring of over $600 million in equipment lease obligations.

Acted for US subsidiaries of Continental AG in establishing a $500 million commercial paper facility.

Acted for Wells Fargo Bank in a $120 million syndicated secured loan facility with an automobile parts manufacturer.

Acted as counsel to RPM International Inc. (RPM) in the issuance of $350 million of senior unsecured notes and the concurrent redemption of $300 million in convertible notes.

Acted for a privately held manufacturer in the HVAC space with respect to a $120 million credit facility for the acquisition of a target with operations in the United States and Mexico. 

Acted for Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (AIT) in acquisition financing involving a Senior Unsecured $1.2 billion bridge financing commitment and Senior Unsecured $1.03 billion permanent term loan financing.

Acted for a private equity sponsor in $45 million senior secured credit facility and unsecured mezzanine loan to a home products manufacturer.

Acted for a national bank in the restructuring of a $60 million secured loan to, and the ultimate workout and liquidation of, a sponsor-owned automotive parts manufacturer with operations in the United States and Mexico. 

Acted for the agent bank in the restructuring of a $100 million syndicated secured loan to a sponsor-owned explosives manufacturer, leading ultimately to the sale of the company.

Acted for a national bank in the restructuring of a $40 million loan to a construction products company, resulting ultimately in a sale of the loan position at a discount.

Primary outside counsel to a national bank in connection with all distressed loan sales.

Acted as counsel to Chart Industries Inc. (GTLS) in a $450 million senior secured revolving credit and term loan financing.

Acted as issuer’s counsel to Chart Industries Inc. (GTLS) in an offering of $225 million of subordinated convertible notes (144A), with related call spread overlay.

Acted for the State of Ohio in connection with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s first (and only, to date) design/build/finance/operate and maintain procurement for a 16-mile, four-lane highway in southeast Ohio; the engagement included preparation of the procurement documents, including Public Private Agreement.

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

American Bar Association, Member

Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

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"Karl Beus receives plaudits for his 'strong knowledge of the law and vast experience in negotiating deals and financing,' with sources commending his abilities in 'bringing very complex matters to their practical essence.'"

Chambers USA 2020

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