Overview

Susan focuses her practice on financing transactions. She represents clients in connection with the negotiation, structuring, and documentation of secured, unsecured, senior, mezzanine, and subordinated debt transactions, leveraged acquisition financings, working capital facilities, and loan restructurings. Business leaders regularly turn to Susan for general corporate legal counsel, including advice regarding contract compliance and corporate governance issues.

Susan has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including energy, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food services, transportation, restaurant franchises, hospitality, communication, technology, and education.

  • Experience

    • Represented client with respect to $3 billion exit facility in connection with its emergence from Chapter 11
    • Represented pharmaceutical company in connection with $1.5 billion revolving credit facility
    • Counseled technology company in connection with $655 million credit facility
    • Counseled client in connection with $500 million issuance of secured bonds
    • Represented pharmaceutical company in connection with $295 million credit facility
    • Assisted food manufacturer in connection with amending and restating $135 million secured revolving credit and term loan facilities
    • Represented private equity group in connection with $126 million secured acquisition credit facilities for a restaurant chain
    • Represented lender with respect to $103 million debtor-in-possession credit facility to a manufacturer
    • Counseled medical products manufacturer in connection with $93 million secured credit facilities and a related $32 million unsecured mezzanine debt facility
    • Represented industrial equipment manufacturer in connection with amending and restating $90 million secured credit facilities
    • Represented private equity group in connection with $58 million secured acquisition credit facilities for an equipment distributor and a related $17 million unsecured mezzanine debt facility
    • Assisted private equity group in connection with $53 million secured acquisition credit facilities for a group of radio stations and a related $19 million unsecured mezzanine debt facility
    • Represented retail chain with a refinancing consisting of $40 million first-lien asset-based credit facilities and a related $41 million second-lien term loan
    • Represented clothing manufacturer in connection with $37 million first-lien asset-based credit facilities and a related $6 million second-lien term loan
    • Assisted transportation company with respect to restructuring of its credit card processing arrangements and customer loyalty programs
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2001, magna cum laude
      Illinois Bar Journal
      , Illinois Law Update, Associate Editor
    • University of Michigan, A.B., Political Science, 1995, with Distinction
      James B. Angell Scholar Award
      Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Michigan
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

          Professional Memberships

          • Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Women’s Network
          • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
          • Michigan Women in Finance
        • Insights

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          News Release

          Schiff Hardin’s National Finance and Restructuring Group Expands With Two New Partners in Chicago & New York

          Schiff Hardin LLP today announced the addition of two new partners in the firm’s finance and restructuring practices.

          Speeches & Presentations

          • Chicago Field Studies: Contemporary Issues in Law (featured speaker), Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
          • A Lawyer’s Life: Private Equity (panelist), The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich.
        • Citizenship

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Women’s Board
          • University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago, Executive Board
          • Junior League of Chicago, Sustaining Member
          • University of Illinois College of Law, Alumni-Student Mentoring Program, Mentor
          • TutorMate, Volunteer Reading Tutor
          • University of Michigan, Alumni Association