Fred Summer is a corporate and commercial finance lawyer who focuses his practice on debt and equity finance transactions and related regulatory matters. Fred’s transactional practice includes public offerings and private placements of a wide variety of debt, equity and hybrid securities, as well as secured senior and subordinated debt financings. In addition, he has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, including acquisition financing, and asset securitization.

Fred is also actively involved in various securities regulatory matters including 1934 Act compliance, broker-dealer regulation, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Fred is frequently involved in transactions with regulatory implications. For example, he recently led several financing and strategic transactions affected by the Volcker Rule and regulatory capital and liquidity rules.

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  • Representing large bank holding companies with public offerings of debt and equity securities, and exchange offers to enhance regulatory capital.
  • Providing offerings of hybrid trust preferred securities by bank holding companies on behalf of issuers and underwriters.
  • Representing issuers and underwriters in connection with initial public offerings and follow-up offerings.
  • Representing private equity funds in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio companies.
  • Representing super-regional banks in connection with securitizing various classes of assets.


  • University of Michigan, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1973, research editor, The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 1973
  • Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1968


  • Ohio, 1974


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of the American Bar Association’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and its Structured Financing Subcommittee
  • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Corporation Law Committee and the Columbus Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee
  • Former adjunct professor at Capital University Law School where he taught a securities regulation course
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets Law in Columbus
  • Received the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings for the 20th year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007
  • Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securities/Capital Markets Law – Columbus

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