Aaron D. Suh serves as a trusted adviser to public companies, private equity sponsors, private firms, and sovereign wealth funds in the structuring and negotiating of their domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, majority and minority investments, corporate venture investments, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures, and corporate governance matters. His clients come from a broad array of industries, including high tech, security, telecommunications, retail, SaaS, artificial intelligence, public safety, life sciences, pharmaceutical, healthcare providers, financial services, specialty lending, food and beverage/spirits, and energy.
Aaron is listed as a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500 US 2020 for his work in M&A in the United States. He has served as a board fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and maintains an active pro bono practice focused on strengthening corporate governance for small non-profit organizations in the greater Philadelphia area.
GIC on substantial equity investments in private equity sponsor transactions with aggregate investment value over $5 billion
Smart & Final Holdings, Inc., an operator of over 260 grocery warehouse stores and an affiliate of Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), in its $620 million sale to Grupo Comercial Chedraui, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: CHDRAUI)
Smart & Final Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), in its $970 million sale of its Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores business to US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD)
Cerberus Capital Management and PaxVax in connection with the sale of PaxVax, a company focused on specialty vaccines that protect against existing and emerging infectious diseases, to Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS)
Lovell Minnick Partners LLC in connection with their investment in a majority interest in Inside Real Estate, a leading end-to-end SaaS platform serving the residential real estate market
An affiliate of Quilvest Private Equity in the acquisition of approximately 55% of the equity interests in American Franchise Capital, which operates as a significant and leading franchisee of Applebee’s and YUM! Brands restaurants (NYSE: YUM)
Entrepreneur Partners in its sale of Northern Brewer, a leading home brewing and wine making supplier, to Zx Ventures, the venture capital unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD)
Jacobs Private Equity LLC in its approximately $150 million control-PIPE acquisition of XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: XPO)
DKSH (DKSH.SH), a Swiss public holding company specializing in market expansion services, in the $360 million acquisition of Terra Firma, a distributor of specialty chemicals in North America
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON) in its acquisition of Foundry 45, an industry-leading virtual reality (VR) studio focused on developing immersive training modules
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON) in its acquisition of Occam Video Solutions, a provider of forensic video solutions software
Navient (NASDAQ: NAVI) in the transfer of its US Department of Education-owned student loan accounts to Maximus (NYSE: MMS)
WE Soda Ltd in the $450 million sale of a 60% interest in Ciner Resources (NYSE: CINR), its North American soda ash business, to Sisecam and a $4 billion joint venture with Sisecam to develop the world’s largest integrated soda ash facility in the Green River Basin in Wyoming
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center, Inc. in their partnership and affiliation agreement to form a new governing parent company, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.
iSolar, LLC, a leading community solar power sales firm in its sale to Arcadia Power, Inc., a market leader in providing community solar solutions
Deacom, Inc., the producer of DEACOM ERP, a comprehensive ERP platform, in its sale to ECI Software Solutions, a cloud-based business management solutions company
Qualia, a digital real estate closing platform valued at more than $1 billion, in its acquisition of Adeptive Software, the developer of ResWare, a complementary title and escrow production software firm
IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) on multiple divestitures and acquisitions, including the approximately $2.3 billion sale of itsx86 server business to Lenovo Group Limited (0992.HK) and the approximately $850 million sale of its point-of-sale systems business to Toshiba TEC Corporation, an affiliate of Toshiba Corporation (6502.T)
Casa Cuervo (CUERVO.MX) in connection with an asset swap with Diageo plc (NYSE: DEO) in which Casa Cuervo acquired The Old Bushmills Distillery Limited, including the Bushmills Irish Whiskey brand, and Diageo acquired full ownership and control of Don Julio Tequila plus cash in the amount of $408 million
Eurovia SAS, a VINCI Group (DG.PA) subsidiary and global leader in transport infrastructure and urban development, in its $555 million acquisition of the Lane Asphalt Plants & Paving division of Lane Construction from Salini Impregilo Group (SAL.MI)
ECN Capital Corp. (ECN.TO) on the sale of its US-based commercial and vendor finance business to PNC (NYSE: PNC) for approximately $1.3 billion in cash
Unilever (NYSE: UN) in its sale of the Slim‑Fast brand to Kainos Capital
First Solar Inc. (NYSE: FSLR) in its acquisition of the $75 million solar asset portfolio from General Electric (NYSE: GE) and the establishment of a technology partnership to advance thin-film solar cells and modules
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON) in its strategic partnership and minority investment with Fūsus, the market leader in providing real-time crime center feeds and investigative workflows for public safety agencies in the U.S.
GIC on substantial venture capital direct investments with aggregate investment value over $1 billion
GIC as lead investor in the $240 million Series D round of investment for Grafana Labs, a leading developer of open and composable operational dashboards
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON) as lead investor in the $30.5 million Series C financing of Dedrone Holdings, Inc., the leading drone security company in the world
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON) in its $90 million investment in Cellebrite, a market leader in digital investigations, in connection with Cellebrite’s business combination with TWC Tech Holdings II Corp.
Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXON), the law enforcement market leader in on-officer body, in-car cameras and evidence management software, in its Series B investment in Flock Safety Inc, a leading provider of automated license plate reader (ALPR) solutions
Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors LLC, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX), in connection with an equity investment in BTIG LLC, an independent US-based financial services firm
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2010, J.D.
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2010, M.B.A.
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, 2004, B.B.A.
University of Michigan, 2004, B.A., History, with Distinction
Awards and Affiliations
Best of the Bar, Corporate, Philadelphia Business Journal (2022)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+), The Legal 500 US (2020)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow, 2019
Pro Bono Partnership, Volunteer Honor Roll, 2018
Member, New York City Bar Association Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Control Contests Committee
Executive Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, 2009-2010