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  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1990, with honors; Order of the Coif; Member, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1985, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Baker Scholarship; Foley Medal
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Dionne Rousseau
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Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.248.2026 tel
504.582.‎8191 tel
225.248.3026 fax

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Dionne Rousseau has served as the lead outside corporate and securities counsel for 12 public companies, and as boardroom lawyer for three of those companies. She has more than 25 years of experience handling corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions for public and private companies. Representative transactions handled as lead counsel include two $1-billion at-the-market common stock offerings for a Fortune 500® Company; a $1-billion debt refinancing, including $300 million in senior subordinated notes and a $200-million debt tender offer; a $250-million senior convertible note offering (Rule 144A); a $1.4 billion public company cash-for-stock merger; initial public offerings (IPOs); taking a private company client public in an $80-million reverse merger transaction; a $40-million acquisition by a public company of private company assets; a $45-million sale of a division of a public company; and a management leveraged buyout of a publicly traded company through a negotiated cash tender offer.

Ms. Rousseau is ranked in the first band (top tier) in the area of Corporate/M&A in the 2015 edition of "Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business."  

Ms. Rousseau provides ongoing corporate and securities law advice to public companies and their boards of directors, including compliance with the corporate governance and disclosure requirements of the securities laws and trading markets, reviewing Forms 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, proxy statements and press releases, handling board and executive compensation matters, handling proxy contests and activist investors, and implementing takeover defenses. She also represents companies and funds in connection with private equity transactions. 

Ms. Rousseau regularly makes presentations on corporate, securities, finance, and mergers and acquisitions topics, and has made presentations to the National Investor Relations Institute, Young Presidents' Organization, SEC Institute, Institute of Internal Auditors, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International, among others.

Ms. Rousseau has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, teaching corporations and business organizations. Prior to practicing law, she was an investment banker with PaineWebber (now UBS) in New York City.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in the 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (listed annually since 1999)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge
  • Named by Profiles in Diversity Journal as 2017 "Women Worth Watching"
  • Recognized by "Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Corporate/M&A (listed annually since 2005; Band 1 since 2015)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Securities & Corporate Finance (also listed in 2007-2008, 2013 to present)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the leading 50 attorneys in New Orleans in 2005 and 2007, and as one of New Orleans CityBusiness' 2003 Women of the Year

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  • City Year Baton Rouge Advisory Board of Directors (Board Member, 2015 to date) 
  • Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (Board of Directors, 2017 to date)
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana (Big Sister)
  • Bureau of Governmental Research (Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member, 2001–2003; Board Member, 1998–2003)
  • Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (Board Member, 2003–2007)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association