Suzi Clawson leads the Firm’s corporate securities and financial institution regulatory practices. She represents both public and private issuers with respect to securities registration and reporting compliance issues. She also advises public and private company clients on both sides of merger and acquisition transactions. Her clients range in size from small companies with only around $150 million in assets to large companies with over $12 billion in assets, including a Fortune 500 company, and they represent a broad spectrum of businesses, ranging from financial services to manufacturing to utility services. They are variously listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and some only trade over the counter. Their corporate activities (as opposed to business operations) are governed and regulated primarily by state business corporations law, federal securities law and the rules of the stock exchanges on which they are listed.
Clawson has participated as SEC and corporate counsel in numerous IPOs and other registered offerings. She routinely advises public companies about SEC annual and quarterly reporting requirements, proxy matters and insider trading issues, as well as stock exchange listing and reporting requirements. Clawson has also acted as counsel in going private transactions and tender offers.
Clawson also advises on corporate governance matters, including corporate structure, committee charters and governance principles, director and committee independence, related transaction issues, and fiduciary duties of director.
Clawson also represents organizers of banks, thrifts and bank holding companies in connection with organization and applications to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the South Carolina State Board of Financial Institutions, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Office of Thrift Supervision, and in connection with stock offerings to raise required capital.
Clawson has served as the chair of the Corporate, Banking & Securities Section of the SC. Clawson has published an article in the book Inside the Minds: Updating Your Company's Corporate Governance Policies, entitled “A Practical Approach to Formulating and Updating Corporate Governance Policies and Documents,” Aspatore Books, 2007.
Clawson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif and Wig and Robe, and was an Articles Editor for the South Carolina Law Review. Clawson is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and has served on its Board of Governors and a graduate of Leadership Columbia and has served on its board, including as Chair. She has also served on the Board of Visitors of the University of South Carolina.