Susan Keeler

Susan Keeler

Susan Keeler concentrates her practice on domestic and international tax law, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, planning for pre-transaction structuring and post-acquisition integrations, and other global reorganizations. Susan advises clients on tax structuring and implementation, and the tax aspects of transactions in countries around the globe. She also counsels companies on tax reform issues, tax aspects of financial reporting, tax reporting, and tax-efficient strategies.

Susan has significant international tax 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, Susan has coordinated multi-jurisdictional teams around the globe to plan and implement divestitures, acquisitions, and restructurings. As in-house counsel, Susan has worked closely with local country business and finance teams to manage a variety of tax and tax-related issues, including general tax planning, tax compliance, and financial reporting of tax matters.

Related Practices


Representative Matters

  • Represented EMZ portfolio company FotoFinder Systems, Inc., a Germany-based global leader in skin imaging solutions, in connection with its acquisition of DermLite LLC, a U.S.-based handheld dermoscopy device company
  • Advised a U.S. parented agribusiness and a specialty chemicals company on the restructuring of its Asia-Pacific specialty chemicals distribution business and the subsequent €3 billion revenue combination with a Netherlands parented group
  • Represented a German online fashion retailer’s separation from a U.S. parented fashion retailer and subsequent IPO at a U.S.$2.2 billion valuation
  • Represented the sale of an online platform for music and musicians to a video game and software developer
  • Advised the de-SPAC of a casino resort in the Philippines at a U.S.$2.6 billion valuation
  • Advised multiple U.S. parented technology companies on cross-border acquisitions
  • Advised on the tax implications of and coordinated the implementation of business line restructurings and divestitures in South Africa, Pakistan, Egypt, and the United States




  • LL.M. Taxation with honors Northwestern University School of Law 2012
  • J.D. cum laude Northwestern University School of Law 2009
    • Federal Taxation Committee Outstanding Tax Student Award, Chicago Bar Association
    • Managing editor, Journal of International Law and Business
  • M.S. Accounting University of Colorado at Boulder 2004
  • B.A. Business Administration University of Colorado at Boulder 2004
  • B.S. Biology and Classical Civilizations Duke University 2001

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association


Pro Bono

  • Volunteered for the nonpartisan group Election Protection, assisting voters with questions regarding registering to vote, requesting absentee or mail-in votes, or in-person voting
  • Volunteered at legal clinics assisting domestic violence victims with certain legal matters

Personal Activities

  • Former member, Duke Women's Swimming and Diving team
  • Member, Walnut Creek Masters Swimming – competing at the national and international levels