Kaoru Christopher Suzuki
Kaoru (Christopher) is a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice. He represents public and private companies in a variety of public and private securities offerings and general corporate matters.
He has advised startup companies, investment funds, stockholders and management across various industries, including energy and clean technology, life sciences and information technology, on general corporate and securities matters, including entity formation, debt and equity financings, and recapitalizations.
He has also advised public companies in various transactions, including registered public offerings (including IPOs and shelf offerings), private placements, and registered direct offerings. His experience also includes drafting and filing annual and quarterly reports, current reports, Section 16 reports, and sales and transfers of securities under Rule 144.
Prior to joining the firm, Kaoru worked as a corporate associate at another national law firm.
Examples of prior experience include:
- Representing a life sciences company in an $18 million three-tranched Series C financing.
- Representing a solar development company in a $ 25 million growth equity financing.
- Representing an energy efficiency application provider in a $10 million stock purchase acquisition.
- Representing a biotech company with a focus on oncology in a $50 million Series C financing.
- Representing a life sciences company in a follow-on public offering of $345 million of common stock.
- Representing a public life sciences company in a sell-side merger with a private company for $87 million in cash, stock and redeemable notes.
- Representing a deicing service provider in a sell-side private equity buyout for $95 million in cash.
- Advising startup companies on formation and corporate structure, including drafting certificates of incorporation with provisions to protect founders’ rights, form of equity incentive plans and stock option agreements, nondisclosure, noncompetition and invention assignment agreements, stock restriction and stock purchase agreements, and filing 83(b) elections.
- “Launching a Startup? Consider Forming a Corporation Instead of a Limited Liability Company,” Thompson Hine Business Law Update, Spring 2018
- “Spin-Offs: Key Considerations,” Thompson Hine Business Law Update, Winter 2018
- Ohio’s Crowdfunding Bill,” Thompson Hine Business Law Update, Spring 2017
- “The Role of Nuisance in the Developing Common Law of Hydraulic Fracturing,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 2014