Susan Morita's practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, with an emphasis on domestic and international business transactions, including strategic acquisitions and investments, divestitures and complex joint ventures. Ms. Morita represents domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, electronics, information technology, chemicals and industrial manufacturing.

Ms. Morita is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She received a Master's degree in public administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University, where her principal focus was international political economy and trade policy.

Ms. Morita has significant experience in advising Japanese corporations in corporate transactional matters and serving as general outside counsel, coordinating counseling and advice on a wide range of areas of relevance to their businesses.

Experience

  • Perseus, LLC, a private equity firm, in its sale of its investment funds to Centre Lane Partners.
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with respect to a joint venture between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to create a common securitization platform.
  • Komatsu Ltd. in a research and development joint venture with General Electric Company.
  • CML Healthcare (Canada) in its acquisition of American Radiology Services and follow-on acquisitions.
  • Savvis, Inc. in its acquisition of Fusepoint, Inc.

  • Major Japanese company in the acquisition of an industrial machinery manufacturing business with assets in Europe and the Americas.
  • Major Japanese industrial company in its investment in a Silicon Valley venture capital fund.
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation in connection with investments in US businesses.
  • Manufacturer of industrial chemicals in the divestiture of its packaged gas business and the acquisition of a high purity electronic chemicals business with assets in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
  • Financial institutions in the acquisition and disposition of various financial services businesses.
  • Major regional financial institution in a joint venture with a information technology company to provide business-to-business electronic bill paying services.

Perspectives

USA Corporate M&A Chapter
Chambers Global Practice Guides 2017

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m) (2017)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988
  • MPA, Princeton University, 1987
  • BA, Stanford University, 1982
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Activities
  • Member, Board of Directors, US-Japan Council

  • Member, Board of Governors, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Member Representative, Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC

Languages
  • Japanese
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