Susan S. Hassan



Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Governance


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Susan S. Hassan has a diverse corporate practice with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance and strategic advice matters. She advises Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies on a variety of corporate and capital markets transactions, including private equity transactions, public and private acquisitions and dispositions, strategic alliances, public and private securities offerings, and venture capital financings. She has substantial experience in advising family-controlled companies and has worked extensively in the financial services, energy, technology and health care industries.

Ms. Hassan repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She was named one of Investment Dealers’ Digest’s "40 Under 40" and one of Chicago’s "40 Under 40" by Crain’s Chicago Business. She regularly serves as a guest lecturer on mergers and acquisitions at Harvard Law School. Ms. Hassan serves on the boards of directors of The Clean Energy Trust and The Women’s Sports Foundation, and she is a member of the executive committee of the Ray Garrett Institute. Ms. Hassan also serves as a hiring partner for the Chicago office, is a member of Skadden’s Diversity Committee and has been active with Skadden’s women’s initiatives. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Hassan is a member of the Fortune Most Powerful Women community and a member of The Chicago Network. In 2009, she was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

Ms. Hassan has represented, among others:

  • Wisconsin Energy Corp. in its $9.1 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group, Inc.;
  • Hillshire Brands Company (formerly Sara Lee Corporation) in connection with the $11 billion spin-off of its international coffee and tea business into two publicly traded companies;
  • Diversey Holdings, Inc. in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Sealed Air Corporation;
  • Johnson Financial Group in its $235 million infusion of new capital from the Johnson family;
  • Citigroup Inc. as financial advisor to Ferrara Pan Candy Company, Inc. in its merger with Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc.;
  • private equity firms, Valor Equity Partners L.P., BDT Capital Partners, LLC and True North Venture Partners, L.P., in connection with various aspects of their businesses;
  • Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. in its $265 million acquisition of the diagnostics business of Genzyme Corporation;
  • Qwest Communications International Inc. in its $22.4 billion merger with CenturyTel, Inc.;
  • Wisconsin Energy Corporation in its $62 million sale of Edison Sault Electric Company, Inc. to Cloverland Electric Cooperative Inc.;
  • Equity Group Investments, L.L.C. in its $100 million acquisition of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals;
  • CME Group Inc.:

    • in its $9.5 billion acquisition of NYMEX Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. In connection with the transaction, CME Group also completed the sale of the CBOT Metals Complex to NYSE Euronext; and
    • in connection with its $700 million cross-investment agreement with the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange S.A., in which CME Group acquired a 10 percent equity stake in the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange in exchange for a 2 percent equity stake in CME Group. This agreement is the first cross-equity arrangement between a U.S. and Latin American stock exchange; and
  • Kemper Corporation in its $150 million high-yield offering of 7.375% subordinated debentures due 2054.

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J.D., The University of Michigan Law School

B.A., University of Michigan (with distinction)


Member, Board of Directors, The Clean Energy Trust

Trustee, Women's Sports Foundation

Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Public Library