December 12, 2023

Venable Adds International Tax Counsel to San Francisco Office

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San Francisco, CA (December 12, 2023) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Susan Keeler has joined the firm as counsel in the Transactional Tax Group and is based in the San Francisco office. Ms. Keeler concentrates her practice on domestic and international tax law, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, pre- and post-merger integration, and other global reorganizations.

Ms. Keeler advises clients on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, pre-transaction structuring and post-acquisition integrations, and other global reorganizations. She also counsels companies on tax reform issues, including financial reporting, tax reporting, and tax-efficient strategies.

Ms. Keeler has significant international experience, including practicing at international law firms in Chicago and California, and in-house as tax counsel and tax planning coordinator for a major multinational energy corporation. As both external and in-house counsel, she has coordinated multi-jurisdictional teams around the globe to plan and implement divestitures, acquisitions, and restructurings.

Friedemann Thomma, a co-chair of the Transactional Tax Group, said, “Susan’s experience with cross-border mergers and acquisitions and global reorganizations will be a wonderful addition to our team and will deepen our wide offering to our clients. We look forward to integrating Susan into the firm and seeing our clients benefit from her knowledge.”

“We are delighted to welcome Susan to the firm. She adds another layer of expertise to our talented attorneys here in the Bay Area,” said Jim Nelson, partner-in-charge of the firm’s San Francisco office.

Commenting on her move to Venable, Ms. Keeler said, “The collaborative culture and robust transactional team with its sophisticated client base attracted me to Venable. I am delighted to start the next chapter of my career here.”

Ms. Keeler received her LL.M. in taxation and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, her M.S in accounting and B.S. in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her B.S. in biology and classical civilizations from Duke University.


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