People: Suzanne L. Saxman, Partner

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Suzanne L. Saxman

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5646
Fax: (312) 460-7646
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Ms. Saxman, a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.

Ms. Saxman counsels clients—from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held companies—through each phase of growth, during times of economic prosperity and economic downturn. She advises on the ideal form of organization, business plans, equity and stockholder agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies.  Ms. Saxman has extensive experience resolving owner disputes and negotiating settlements.

Ms. Saxman represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and other business development opportunities such as marketing, distribution and licensing agreements, and joint ventures. She strategizes on the business and legal aspects of negotiating transactions and corporate governance.  Ms. Saxman also represents clients on the purchase and sale of distressed assets.

Ms. Saxman advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital. 

Ms. Saxman works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology, business and professional services, construction, and packaging.  She handles matters “in scale” and uses her project management skills to deliver services on time and on budget.

Ms. Saxman, a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.

Ms. Saxman counsels clients—from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held companies—through each phase of growth, during times of economic prosperity and economic downturn. She advises on the ideal form of organization, business plans, equity and stockholder agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies.  Ms. Saxman has extensive experience resolving owner disputes and negotiating settlements.

Ms. Saxman represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and other business development opportunities such as marketing, distribution and licensing agreements, and joint ventures. She strategizes on the business and legal aspects of negotiating transactions and corporate governance.  Ms. Saxman also represents clients on the purchase and sale of distressed assets.

Ms. Saxman advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital. 

Ms. Saxman works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology, business and professional services, construction, and packaging.  She handles matters “in scale” and uses her project management skills to deliver services on time and on budget.

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (1981)
    with Honors
    Topics Editor and Member, University of Illinois Law Review
  • B.A., University of Michigan (1977)
    with Honors

Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Section on Business Law, Middle Market and Small Business and Commercial Financial Services Committee)
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (Executive Committee and Board Member 2010–present, President 2015–2016)
  • Austin Peoples Action Center
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Deans Advisory Board (Board Member 1998–2001; 2004–Present)
  • Institute of Illinois Business Law (2007–Present)
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Pension Committee

Presentations

  • Speaker, “What's Market in Middle-Market M&A Indemnity Deal Terms,” Association for Corporate Growth Chicago Chapter Sunrise Session (June 6, 2018)
  • Moderator, ACG Chicago's Women in Finance, Women CEOs, Women on Boards, and Women in Private Equity programs (2016–2017)
  • Moderator, “Economic and M&A Preview: A Middle-Market Perspective,” 8th Annual Seyfarth Shaw Briefing (2015, 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Law and Manufacturing: Hot Topics for Your Consideration,” Plastics Financial Summit, presented by Plastics News (June 16, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Market Trends Panel,” Association for Corporate Growth Chicago Chapter (February 2014)
  • Panelist, “Financing and Capital - Basics and Contemporary Issues,” Chicago Bar Association (February 2014)
  • Presenter, “Buying and Selling a Business - Engaging an Intermediary” (November 2013)
  • Presenter, "Getting Started - Business Formation Basics," Chicago Bar Association (February 2013)
  • Panelist, Business Transition:  “Time Waits For No One”, J.P. Morgan sponsored (April 2012)
  • Panelist, “Guiding the Private Company Board Meeting - Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls” American Bar Association (March 2012)

Publications

  • Managing Editor and Contributor, Illinois Corporate Practice and Forms: The Seyfarth Shaw Manual (2001 and supplements 2002–2018)

Accolades

  • Leading Lawyer, M&A/Corporate & Commercial (U.S.), Legal 500 USA (2017–2018)
  • Recognized Attorney, M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A Middle-Market (U.S), Legal 500 USA (2012–2018)
  • AV Peer Review Rated