Susan S. Hassan
Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law and Securities Law
Susan S. Hassan has a diverse corporate practice with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters. She advises Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies on corporate, securities and business-related matters and in a variety of 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, consumer products, health care and biotechnology 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 has been a guest lecturer on mergers and acquisitions at Harvard Law School. In 2009, Ms. Hassan was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Ms. Hassan has advised clients on numerous significant transactions, including Diversey Holdings, Inc. in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Sealed Air Corporation; Sara Lee Corporation in the spin-off and redomestication of its international coffee and tea business into two publicly-traded companies and in its prior $1 billion disposition of its subsidiary, Coach, Inc., through a global exchange offer; Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. in its $10.6 billion merger with CBOT Holdings (Chicago Board of Trade) to create the world’s largest financial market, and in its joint venture with Reuters Group PLC to form FXMarketSpace, a centrally cleared global foreign exchange marketplace; CME Group Inc. in its $11.5 billion acquisition of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. (New York Mercantile Exchange); Wisconsin Energy Corporation in the $1.5 billion sale of its nuclear power business to FPL Group, Inc., and in the $850 million sale of its water business to Pentair, Inc.; Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. in its $6.9 billion sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.; the special committee of Johnson Outdoors, Inc. in a proposed going-private transaction; Ameritech Corporation in its $62 billion merger with SBC Communications Inc.; and SBC Communications Inc. in the sales of its security businesses to Tyco International Ltd. and to a buyout group led by GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC.
In the corporate finance area, Ms. Hassan has represented numerous clients in IPO transactions, public and private securities offerings, private placements and venture capital financings. She counsels clients on a broad range of general corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance, corporate compliance and disclosure issues.
J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, 1996
B.A., University of Michigan, 1992 (with distinction)
Member, Board of Directors, The Clean Energy Trust
Trustee, Women's Sports Foundation
Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Public Library