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Susan Oakes

Partner

6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 500, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Sue Oakes is an experienced corporate finance and M&A lawyer helping clients navigate M&A transactions and equity financings.

With both law firm and corporate management experience, she understands that managing internal constituencies – from the executive team to the board of directors to investors to employees – can be as important to the deal process as negotiating with the other side. Sue and her team focus on mid-market deals, typically ranging from $25 million to $2 billion.

Sue is a seasoned boardroom and executive team advisor, often acting as outside general counsel. She advises management teams and boards of directors with respect to strategic and financial transactions and other relationships, board and shareholder fiduciary obligations, general corporate matters, business and intellectual property strategies, executive compensation and employment agreements, and formation of new business entities.

Clients benefit from Sue’s experience as the Chief Legal Officer of a software company with global operations where she also managed the Human Resources department.

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Private Equity M&A Transactions
  • Financing and Restructuring
  • Joint Ventures
Equity and Debt Financings
  • Debt and Equity Financing
  • Restructurings, Reorganizations and Recapitalizations
Emerging Growth and Venture Capital
  • Angel/VC/PE Financings
  • Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Client Results

Recent Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Contractors Equipment Center in $124 million sale of membership interests to H&E Equipment Services.
    • MDU Resources' WBI Energy Midstream subsidiary in multiple transactions, including the sale of the Dakota Prairie Refinery to Tesoro Refining & Marketing, the sale of the Belfield Gas Plant facilities to QEP Field Services, and the sale of certain gathering assets to an undisclosed buyer.
    • Electrical Consultants Inc. in connection with the sale by current owners of a significant interest to a newly-formed Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Trust.
    • SSR Mining Inc. (f/k/a Silver Standard Resources Inc.) (TSX and Nasdaq: SSRM) in its $275 million acquisition of Marigold Mining Company from Goldcorp USA, Inc. and Homestake Mining Company of California (a Barrick affiliate).
    • SSR Mining in connection with other acquisitions and divestitures of U.S. mining assets.
    • Uranium Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisition of AUC LLC (the Reno Creek uranium project).
    • Uranium Energy Corp. in connection with its acquisiton of certain other assets in the Reno Creek North area from a subsidiary of Energy Fuels Inc.
    • Private equity fund in their evaluation and negotiation of lithium mining projects.
    • LDRV Holdings (Lazydays) in connection with the acquisition of three RV dealerships in Colorado.
    • Several European companies in North American acquisitions.
    • A publicly traded company in multiple acquisitions in the oil & gas services industry.
    • U.S. counsel for the buyers of foreign companies with significant U.S. operations, including KGHM's $2.87 Billion acquisition of Quadra-FNX.
    • A Fortune 50 corporation in strategic joint ventures and acquisitions of oil shale projects in the U.S.
    • Swiftpage in the sale of its Saleslogix software division to Infor.
    • Two financial services companies in several recent acquisitions.
    • A private equity fund in connection with multiple acquisitions.
    • A private-equity backed client in its follow-on acquisition of a competitor.
    • A large engineering services company in its acquisition of a Colorado firm.
    • A venture-capital backed company in its acquisition of several companies in a roll-up strategy.
    • Several technology companies being acquired, including the sale to Twitter of the developer of a major iPhone app.
    • Technology, consulting, media, and consumer product companies being acquired by private equity firms, including significant management team rollover components.
    • The sale of an energy company to a large competitor.
    • The sale of an engineering company to a Fortune 100 aerospace firm.
Recent Private Equity/Venture Capital Financing
  • Represent management team in connection with the $280M acquisition of their company by a private equity fund and roll-over of their equity into the new entity.

  • Represent private equity funds in connection with potential acquisition of mining properties and processing facilities in Nevada.

  • Represent private equity fund in connection with multiple investments and acquisitions across several industries.

  • Clean energy, IT consulting, software and consumer products companies in their venture capital or private equity financings ranging in size from $2.5M to $75M.

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Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law, 2015-2018

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association, Board President and Member, 2008-present
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee Hate Crimes Education Task Force, Member, 2016-present
  • Center for Hearing, Speech and Language, Board of Directors and Member, 2012-2014
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member
  • Women in Mining, Member
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Member
  • Women in Energy, Member
  • American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations, Member
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