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Elizabeth R. Gonzalez-Sussman

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Honors

  • Since 2011, Elizabeth has been named to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service for lawyers under 40.
  • Elizabeth was named one of The Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area by Super Lawyers.

Education

J.D., Columbia Law School, 2004

B.A, cum laude, New York University College of Arts and Science, 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 2005
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As a member of Olshan's corporate group, Elizabeth R. Gonzalez-Sussman counsels clients in the areas of corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder activist situations.

Elizabeth regularly assists both public and privately-held companies in capital raising transactions, tender and exchange offers, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and securities law matters, including SEC reporting and corporate governance. 

Elizabeth also represents and provides strategic guidance to hedge funds and other investors in proxy contests and other shareholder activist situations.

Prior to joining Olshan, Elizabeth practiced in the corporate finance group of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where she gained experience in leveraged buyouts and high yield debt finance, and in the corporate group of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.

Activist Matters
  • Represented Glacier Peak Capital in its nomination of directors to the Board of Directors of Volt Information Sciences Inc. and subsequent negotiation of a settlement agreement resulting in two Glacier Peak nominees to the Board.
  • Represented a stockholder group led by Legion Partners Asset Management in a proxy contest for representation on the Board of Directors of RCM Technologies, resulting in the election of two Legion nominees. Subsequently negotiated a settlement agreement with RCM relating to future annual meetings and certain corporate governance matters.
  • Potomac Capital Partners
    • Represented Potomac in the successful negotiation of a nomination and standstill agreement with Meru Networks, resulting in the appointment of two Potomac nominees to the Board.
    • Represented Potomac in a proxy contest for representation on the Board of Directors of PLX Technology, resulting in the election of three Potomac nominees.
    • Represented Potomac in a proxy contest for representation on the Board of Directors of Sigma Designs, resulting in the appointment of two out of five Board seats and a mutually agreeable fifth director through a settlement agreement.
  • Represented Cadian Capital Management in a proxy contest and the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement with Comverse Technology (CMVT), resulting in the appointment of three Cadian nominees to the Board of Directors of CMVT's majority-owned subsidiary, Verint Systems Inc., and the appointment of three Cadian nominees to the Board of Directors of CMVT's wholly-owned subsidiary, Comverse, Inc., immediately prior to its planned spin-off.
  • Represented Nanes Balkany in a proxy contest and the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement with Toreador Resources Corp., resulting in the appointment of two Nanes Balkany nominees to the Board and the termination of the company's poison pill.
  • Represented Foxhill Capital Partners, LLC in a proxy contest and the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement with iPass Inc., resulting in the appointment of two Foxhill nominees to the Board.
  • Represented Legacy Housing, LTD. in a proxy contest and the successful negotiation of a settlement agreement with Cavalier Homes., resulting in the appointment of two Legacy nominees to the Board.
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Acted as M&A and securities counsel to EMRISE Corporation in the sale of substantially all of its assets and dissolution. 
  • Acted as M&A and corporate finance counsel to Steel Energy Ltd. in its acquisition of Black Hawk Energy Services, Inc., a work over and completion rig company, and the related financing.
  • Represented Landry's, Inc. in the acquisition of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants through a tender offer and merger.
  • Represented Landry's, Inc. in the acquisition of Beso LLC, a Las Vegas steakhouse whose primary investor is Eva Longoria, in a Section 363 asset sale.
  • Represented ADPT Corporation in the sale of assets to PMC-Sierra, Inc.
  • Represented BNS Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition of assets of Sun Well Services, Inc. and the subsequent transfer of such assets to Steel Energy.
  • Represented a SPAC in the proposed acquisition of Frontier Bank with locations in Washington and Oregon.
  • Represented Xinhua Finance Ltd., a global media company, in a series of transactions to sell substantially all of its U.S. assets, including Market News International.
  • Represented a competing bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the sale of substantially all of the assets of Palm Harbor Homes, a builder of manufactured homes.
  • Represented DIP lender and purchaser of assets in Retail Pro, Inc.
 Corporate & Securities Work
  • Acted as U.S. counsel to FirstService Corporation and Colliers International Group, Inc. in a spin-off transaction resulting in their separation into two independent, publicly traded companies.
  • Represented Steel Partners Holding LP in a modified Dutch auction tender offer for its common units.
  • Acted as securities counsel to Quinpario Acquisition Corp. in connection with its agreement to acquire Jason Incorporated from a group of investors for a purchase price of $538.65 million.
  • Represented FalconStor Software in a private placement of newly created preferred stock with Hale Capital Partners, LP.
  • Represented Steel Energy, Ltd. in connection with an $80 million senior secured credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, that was subsequently upsized by an additional $25 million.
  • Represented GAMCO Investors in its reincorporation into Delaware.
  • Represented GAMCO Investors in a modified Dutch auction tender offer for its 0% Subordinated Debentures due 2015 and Class A common stock.
  • Represented CIBL, Inc. in a private placement and third party tender offer of ICTC Group.
  • Represented a venture capital firm in the financing of several privately held companies.
  • Represented a restaurant group in various cooperation and service agreements.
  • Represented GenCorp in the issuance of $200 million in convertible debt to qualified institutional investors.

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