Suzanne K. Hanselman

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7090  |  F 216.696.0740

"[Suzanne Hanselman] is smart as smart can be, she is very assertive and detail-oriented, and builds confidence in her clients as she knows what she is talking about."

— Chambers USA 2014

Bringing a holistic view to her practice, Suzanne Hanselman counsels companies on day-to-day corporate issues, ensures compliance with federal securities law, and provides guidance to general counsel. Because Suzanne sees her connection with her clients as a partnership, clients feel that she is part of their team while she works to navigate their needs and concerns.

Suzanne is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©. She is the Business Group Coordinator and Business Development Leader for BakerHostetler's Cleveland office and chair of the firm's Women's Committee.

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  • Represented long-standing client of the firm in a $500 million debt securities offering. Client priced a deal less than a week after seizing an opportunity to take advantage of public debt markets, giving team minimal time to prepare and file a registration statement with the SEC, finalize offering materials and negotiate an underwriting agreement, while also coordinating with client, the underwriter and its attorneys, and the trustee on underlying documentation. With an ability to draw resources together quickly and an understanding of the way in which client operated, addressed necessary matters within the limited timeframe.
  • Advised company on its governance, structure, and corporate policies, as well as executive corporation matters, for its initial public offering. Team involved in this representation were chosen due to their extensive IPO experience, as well as their ability to work with the issuer’s counsel that had been hired by a private equity firm to ensure that all the client's constituencies were protected. Helped client put structure policies in place to make the transition into a public company, and the subsequent functioning as a public company, as easy as possible.
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Experience

  • Represented long-standing client of the firm in a $500 million debt securities offering. Client priced a deal less than a week after seizing an opportunity to take advantage of public debt markets, giving team minimal time to prepare and file a registration statement with the SEC, finalize offering materials and negotiate an underwriting agreement, while also coordinating with client, the underwriter and its attorneys, and the trustee on underlying documentation. With an ability to draw resources together quickly and an understanding of the way in which client operated, addressed necessary matters within the limited timeframe.
  • Advised company on its governance, structure, and corporate policies, as well as executive corporation matters, for its initial public offering. Team involved in this representation were chosen due to their extensive IPO experience, as well as their ability to work with the issuer’s counsel that had been hired by a private equity firm to ensure that all the client's constituencies were protected. Helped client put structure policies in place to make the transition into a public company, and the subsequent functioning as a public company, as easy as possible.
  • Designed executive compensation programs and disclosures around initial public offering for long-time BakerHostetler client. Representation of client required an understanding of corporate governance, shareholder views, tax issues, and SEC disclosure and reporting issues within the industry.
  • Performed work as member of team serving as primary legal counsel to interrelated family trusts. Provided advice associated with trust administration and fiduciary compliance matters, as well as advised trusts on consolidated investment policy under applicable law, securities matters related to investments held in sub-trusts, decanting the situs change issues associated with revocable trust entities, and income sifting analysis under domestic and foreign tax accounting rules.

Recognitions

  • Hanselman, Suzanne KChambers USA: Corporate/M&A in Ohio (2007 to 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • Cleveland: Corporate Compliance Law (2009 to 2015)
    • Cleveland: Corporate Governance Law (2009 to 2015)
      • Best Lawyers® 2015 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Cleveland: Corporate Law (2009 to 2015)
      • Best Lawyers® 2013 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Cleveland: Securities/Capitals Markets Law (2015)
    • Cleveland: Securities Regulation (2015)
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2008 to 2014)
  • BTI Transactions All-Star Team (2008)

Memberships

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Securities Law Section: Past President
  • Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State: Advisory Board

Community

  • Leadership Cleveland: Class of 2013
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: Adjunct professor, securities and corporate law
  • Greater Cleveland YWCA: Board
  • Menlo Park Academy: Board

Services

Admissions

  • Ohio, 1991

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1991, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Miami University, 1985