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Susan L. Welsh

Partner

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • with distinction

Prior Employment

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Partner, 2009-2013; Associate, 2005-2009
  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Associate, 2001-2005
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Paralegal, 1995-1998

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Women's Network Committee 

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section

Michigan Women in Finance

Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Susan Welsh is a corporate attorney with experience representing private equity groups and other private and public companies in connection with financing transactions, including secured, unsecured, senior, mezzanine, and subordinated debt transactions, leveraged acquisition financings, working capital facilities and loan restructurings.

  • Experience advising clients on transactions ranging from $1.0 million to $3.0 billion
  • Represents clients in a diverse range of industries, including energy, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food services, transportation, restaurant franchises, hospitality, communication, technology, education and other services
  • Advises private equity funds in senior and mezzanine financings in connection with acquisitions of privately held companies and refinancing of portfolio company debt
  • Provides general advice regarding corporate governance issues
  • Serves as a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Experience

  • Represented a client with respect to $3,000,000,000 exit facility in connection with its emergence from Chapter 11
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in connection with $1,500,000,000 revolving credit facility
  • Counseled technology company in connection with $655,000,000 credit facility
  • Counseled client in connection with $500,000,000 issuance of secured bonds
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in connection with $295,000,000 credit facility
  • Assisted food manufacturer in connection with amending and restating $135,000,000 secured revolving credit and term loan facilities
  • Represented private equity group in connection with $126,000,000 secured acquisition credit facilities for a restaurant chain
  • Represented lender with respect to $103,000,000 debtor-in-possession credit facility to a manufacturer
  • Counseled medical products manufacturer in connection with $93,000,000 secured credit facilities and a related $32,000,000 unsecured mezzanine debt facility
  • Represented industrial equipment manufacturer in connection with amending and restating $90,000,000 secured credit facilities
  • Represented private equity group in connection with $58,000,000 secured acquisition credit facilities for an equipment distributor and a related $17,000,000 unsecured mezzanine debt facility
  • Assisted private equity group in connection with $53,000,000 secured acquisition credit facilities for a group of radio stations and a related $19,250,000 unsecured mezzanine debt facility
  • Represented retail chain with a refinancing consisting of $40,000,000 first-lien asset-based credit facilities and a related $41,000,000 second-lien term loan
  • Represented clothing manufacturer in connection with $37,000,000 first-lien asset-based credit facilities and a related $6,000,000 second-lien term loan
  • Assisted transportation company with respect to restructuring of its credit card processing arrangements and customer loyalty programs

Community

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, Mentor in Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

TutorMate, Volunteer Reading Tutor

University of Illinois Alumni Association

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

News & Resources

Press Releases

Seminars & Events

  • Featured speaker, Northwestern University, Chicago Field Studies: Contemporary Issues in Law

  • Panelist, The University of Michigan Law School, A Lawyer’s Life: Private Equity

  • Speaker, corporate law training seminars, Honigman LLP Corporate Department

Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2009