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Karl has helped clients for more than 25 years with their complex commercial financing needs, including syndicated financings, secured financings, acquisition financings, asset-based loans, securitizations, structured financings, mezzanine placements, private placements, factoring transactions, letters of credit and other credit enhancement devices.

Karl also represents creditors and debtors in pre-bankruptcy restructurings, reorganizations and workouts. Additionally, he 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. In 2019, Chambers USA researchers reported that "[Karl Beus] gives absolutely impeccable advice that is always water-tight, logical and easy to digest." This feedback was based on interviews and survey responses received from clients and attorney peers across the state.

He began his tenure with Calfee in 1992, becoming a partner in 2002.

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, Banking and Finance, 2007-2019

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


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

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

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

American Bar Association, member

Ohio Bar Association, member

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, member

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  • Ohio

“Karl Beus works for both financial institutions and borrowers on corporate financings. His experience includes handling acquisition financings and syndicated and secured loans. [He] is a very intelligent, reasonable and a careful lawyer." Peers describe him as a "hard worker who definitely has a bright future ahead of him.”

Chambers USA

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