Saint Louis University School of Law,
J.D., cum laude, 2005
University of Arkansas,
B.A., magna cum laude, 2002
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Thompson Coburn LLP
Quinpario Partners LLC
General Counsel and Vice President, 2014-2016
Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2
General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary, 2014-2016
Sara represents lenders, community development entities and investors in tax credit and financing transactions.
For more than a decade, she has advised clients on a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including serving for several years as general counsel, vice president and corporate secretary of a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. In that role, Sara learned firsthand the type of responsive, practical legal guidance that executives need to make decisions quickly and effectively and played a direct role in advising a public company board of directors. During her time with Quinpario Partners and Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2, she led the company's internal legal efforts on its $350 million IPO and $2.8 billion acquisition to form Exela Technologies, Inc.
Sara has extensive experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing and securities compliance. She drafts and negotiates a variety of commercial contracts and provides day-to-day counsel on general business matters. Additionally, Sara has represented corporate creditors in loan workouts, out-of-court restructuring transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and lender liability litigation. She also has experience representing health care entities.
Sara has successfully litigated a variety of commercial disputes in federal and state trial courts in Missouri and Illinois, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Missouri.
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