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, while also serving as President of Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (2015-2016). 

Ms. Saxman works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, gaming, alternative energy and cleantech, 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, while also serving as President of Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (2015-2016). 

Ms. Saxman works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, gaming, alternative energy and cleantech, 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 (Member, Section on Business Law, Middle Market and Small Business and Commercial Financial Services Committee)
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (Board Member 2010 to present, President 2015)
  • Austin Peoples Action Center
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • The Entrepreneurship Institute, Chicago Chapter (Board Member, 2000 to Present)
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Deans Advisory Board (Board Member 1998-2001; 2004-Present)
  • Institute of Illinois Business Law (Member, 2007- Present)
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Pension Committee.

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Economic and M&A Preview: A Middle-Market Perspective,” 9th Annual Seyfarth Shaw Briefing (November 15, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Women in Private Equity,” Association for Corporate Growth Chicago Chapter (November 10, 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Law and Manufacturing: Hot Topics for Your Consideration,” Plastics Financial Summit, presented by Plastics News (June 16, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Economic and M&A Preview: A Middle-Market Perspective,” 8th Annual Seyfarth Shaw Briefing (November 10, 2015)
  • 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)
  • Speaker, “Business Entity Formation - Post Formation Representation” (December 2011)
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Speaker, “What You Need To Know About LLCs - Illinois State Bar Association (October 2011)
  • Speaker, “Drafting LLC and Partnership Documents”, Chicago Bar Association (September, 2011)
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments with Limited Liability Companies”, Chicago Bar Association (February 2011)
  • Moderator and Speaker, “Cleantech Opportunities for the Entrepreneur: Navigating the Legal Issues,” sponsored by the Middle Market and Small Business Committee, American Bar Association, Section on Business Law (April 2010)
  • Speaker, “Buying and Selling a Business,” Business Law Seminar, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (March 2010)
  • Speaker, “Social Networking,” The Presidents’ Symposium, sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Business Law (December 2009)
  • Speaker, “Limited Liability Company Update: Important Issues in Uncertain Times,” sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section of Business Law (2005-2010)
  • Speaker, “Starting Points! Fundamentals or Organizing a Business Entity—Post Formation Representation: What to Expect,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (June 2009)
  • Speaker, “Serving on a Board of Directors,” Boardroom Bound’s Boardology Institute Pipeline Seminar (May 2008, 2009)

Publications

  • Managing Editor and Contributor, Illinois Corporate Practice and Forms: The Seyfarth Shaw Manual (2001 and supplements 2002-2017)
  • Featured in, “Directors to Watch,” Boardroom Bound’s Directors & Boards (August 2008)

Accolades

  • Leading Lawyer, M&A/Corporate & Commercial (U.S.), Legal 500 USA (2017)
  • Recognized Attorney, M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A Middle-Market (U.S), Legal 500 USA (2015–2016)
  • AV Peer Review Rated