Susan Mac Cormac
Morrison & Foerster
Susan “Suz” Mac Cormac is a Corporate Partner at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and Chairs the Firm’s Energy and Impact/Social Enterprise practices. Her practice focuses on late stage financings, secondaries, and other corporate transactions for investors such as SoftBank and Temasek, and on investments for some of the top investors dedicated to impact, from “impact first” foundations to family offices to private equity funds. She co-led the drafting group for the first of the new corporate forms (the Social Purpose Corporation in California), has created hybrid/tandem corporate structures and crafted debt and equity instruments that blend impact with traditional financial terms, and has used corporate law to develop creative capital market solutions to pressing environmental problems. She also advises the boards of public and private companies on corporate governance and fiduciary duties as applied to sustainability and climate change.
She was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) in 2012 and 2016 by Daily Journal and the Most Innovative Lawyer in North America in 2015 by the Financial Times. She is an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law School, teaching a course on social enterprise, specifically the intersection of corporate law, governance and sustainability. She also has taught at the Stanford Director’s College on fiduciary duties, disclosure and ESG, focusing on climate change. She is on the Board of Business for Social Responsibility; President’s Council of CERES and was a former Board member SASB. She is a graduate of Duke Law School (JD/LLM) and Williams College. She lives in the Presidio National Park with her husband and three boys.