Adam Colman is a counsel in the London office of Crowell & Moring. He focuses on distressed debt and claims trading and lending transactions. Adam frequently represents investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other financial institutions on the purchase and sale of distressed assets. Adam has also had experience working on CLOs and other loan-related products.

He serves on the Loan Market Association (LMA) secondary documentation committee which continually reviews and updates the market standard documentation for par and distressed debt transactions and addresses other issues affecting the European loan market. Adam advises clients on the full range of LMA secondary trading documentation, including confidentiality agreements.

Adam has represented various secondary market participants trading claims in a number of high-profile insolvencies, including the Icelandic banks (Kaupthing, Glitnir, and Landsbanki), Lehman Brothers, and MF Global. In addition, Adam regularly advises clients on the acquisitions of performing and non-performing loans made to borrowers in jurisdictions such as Australia, France, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, and Switzerland.

He served as a secondee for a private equity firm, where he assisted with the set-up of a distressed debt investing desk. He was also a secondee for a tier one investment bank,  where he performed due diligence on a portfolio of aviation-related loans being divested by a regional European bank.

Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney with Kibbe & Orbe LLP.

Prior to entering legal practice, Adam spent three years working in the loan trading team at Deutsche Bank AG in London.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a lender in connection with a bilateral loan facility to a pan-African financial services provider.
  • Represented a tier one investment bank in relation to a loan portfolio transaction relating to the purchase of part of regional European bank’s commercial property book.
  • Represented a distressed fund with acquisition of a company owning certain litigation claims.
  • Counselled on pre-CLO warehouse financings for tier one investment bank in its capacity as arranger.


  • Nottingham Trent University, B.A. (2006)
  • BPP Law School, London, Graduate Diploma in Law (2011)
  • BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course (2013)


Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2014)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Secondary Documentation Committee, Loan Market Association

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