Adam Wyll serves as the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of American Assets Trust Inc. AAT is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered REIT that owns, operates, acquires and develops high quality retail and office, multifamily and mixed-use properties in dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Washington, Hawaii and Oregon. AAT has been trading on the New York Stock Exchange since its successful IPO in January 2011.
Prior to his current position with AAT, Wyll held officer positions with an affiliated investment group in which his responsibilities included structuring and managing complex corporate transactions, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings, as well as private equity investments. Prior to joining American Assets, Wyll was an attorney with a national law firm based in Dallas, where he specialized in representing institutional lenders in financial transactions, restructurings and other corporate matters.
Wyll was the lead in-house counsel at AAT managing the roll-up and tax structuring of approximately 200 partnership vehicles and 20-plus class A commercial real estate assets into an UPREIT vehicle for purposes of listing on the New York Stock Exchange. AAT was successful in raising more than $600 million in its Jan. 19, 2011 IPO. Since the IPO, Wyll has quarterbacked the acquisition of approximately $500 million of class A assets, more than $100 million in conduit debt financings, and continues to manage AAT’s legal department including with respect to acquisitions, dispositions, financings, leasing, operations, compliance, NYSE, SEC, shareholder and board matters.
Wyll is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, a board member of the San Diego Volunteers Lawyer Program, and belongs to various real estate trade associations. He also serves on the board of a venture-backed San Diego-based business intelligence software company, IQ for Business. He received his degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2000. He is admitted to practice law in California and Texas.
Wyll enjoys an active lifestyle, including exercise, golfing, swimming and snow skiing. He lives in Encinitas with his wife, Nikki (a lawyer at DJO Global and fellow finalist, congrats babe!), 3-year-old son, Tobin (future PGA tour member, current yellow-belt in karate) and newborn daughter, Lyla (future member of the sleep-through-the-night club, current member of the sleep-for-less-than-3-hours-at-a-time club).