Sulee Stinson Clay, Chair of the Corporate Group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office, is a business lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising companies, investors, institutional lenders, sponsors and entrepreneurs in the areas of corporate finance, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, commercial transactions, secured and unsecured debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions, among others. Ms. Clay also provides day-to-day legal advice to businesses of all sizes across a variety of industries including technology, cannabis, global manufacturing, education, franchise and government contracting, and in many cases serves as outside general counsel. Ms. Clay provides advice on organizing and structuring start-ups, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, establishing strategic partnerships, raising capital, negotiating commercial arrangements, managing employment issues and negotiating contracts and leases. In addition, Ms. Clay has extensive experience representing institutional lenders and borrowers in connection with senior secured and subordinated debt financings, negotiating sponsored leveraged buy-outs and advising “angel” and institutional investors with respect to equity investments. Ms. Clay also advises nonprofits and their boards of directors on issues related to corporate governance, board fiduciary duties and other matters.
Ms. Clay began her legal career in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis and later joined the Washington, DC office of global law firm DLA Piper US where she was a partner in the Corporate Finance and Private Equity departments and served on the firm’s Policy Committee.
Ms. Clay is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars.
Direct Dial: (202) 681-0343
Education: Harvard Law School, J.D.; Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude.
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