Susan M. Hendrickson
Senior Counsel |
Susan M. Hendrickson

Susan M. Hendrickson has been practicing in the healthcare area her entire career and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of healthcare transactional and regulatory matters.

Ms. Hendrickson’s practice focuses on transactions involving healthcare companies and managing the complicated interplay of all aspects of healthcare regulatory issues, including fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, licensing, and government payment programs, within the context of mergers and acquisitions, and sophisticated finance of healthcare companies. She has recently represented several private equity firms in their acquisitions and dispositions of healthcare companies. Ms. Hendrickson led a team of Dechert attorneys that was “commended” for its innovation related to strategy and implementation in connection with a major multi-billion transaction by the 2011 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report. In addition, Ms. Hendrickson was recently named a "Highly regarded" lawyer for M&A in the IFLR1000.

Early in her career, Ms. Hendrickson served as deputy attorney general for New Jersey as legal counsel to the New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services and to the New Jersey Department of Health and also served as the director of the Certificate of Need Program for the New Jersey Department of Health and was responsible for the administration of the program totaling US$400 million in requests annually. Ms. Hendrickson has also worked as a healthcare consultant concentrating on healthcare regulatory matters. In this capacity, she authored legislation regulating preferred provider organizations. Ms. Hendrickson has extensive experience in healthcare regulatory and legislative matters.

Ms. Hendrickson is a member of various professional associations, including the Health and Hospital Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the National Association of Healthcare Facilities, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

  • Columbia Pacific Management, Inc. and its affiliate China Senior Housing, L.P. in negotiations for the formation of joint venture companies that will own and operate hospital and senior living facilities in China and also in the development of a company that will provide management and support services to health care facilities in China.
  • Bregal Partners L.P. on its acquisition of a leading multi-state provider of community-based residential and behavioral services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the western U.S.
  • Ventas, Inc. in its US$7.4 billion acquisition of Nationwide Health Properties Inc. to create the biggest healthcare real estate investment trust in the U.S.
  • Universal American Corp. in its US$1.25 billion sale of its Medicare Part D business to CVS Caremark Corporation.
  • Ventas, Inc. in its US$3.1 billion acquisition of the real estate assets of Atria Senior Living Group, the fourth largest operator of assisted living properties in the U.S.
  • Fillmore Capital Partners in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Beverly Enterprises and the restructuring and privatization of the company.
  • Prodigy Health Group, the nation’s largest independent third party administrator of self-funded health care plans, in its US$600 million sale to a subsidiary of Aetna Inc.
  • Brandywine Senior Living, Inc. in its US$610 million sale of 19 senior housing facilities to Health Care REIT Inc.
  • Arizant Inc. in connection with Court Square Capital Partner’s US$810 million sale of the company to 3M Company.
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of health care companies.
  • Select Medical Corporation in its US$2.3 billion sale to EGL Holdings Company.
  • Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center in the structuring of its network of outpatient off-site hospital based services.
  • Abington Memorial Hospital in the restructuring of its ambulatory surgical centers to include physician investors.
  • Merrill Lynch in its financings of senior care company multi-facility acquisitions.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • President Trump's Potential Impact on Business — ACC GNY Signature CLE Program, New York, NY (March 21, 2017)

    Speaker, "President Trump's Potential Impact on Business" panel looked at the Trump campaign promises, the Republican party platform and recent developments and explore a wide range of topics, such as how the Trump administration might impact the M&A environment, including deal activity, types of deals, and antitrust. 
  • Current Models for Senior Living/Senior Care Communities and How to Structure Investing, Owning and Operating Them — Retirement Living World India Conference, New Delhi, India (December 8, 2011)

    Speaker, "Current Models for Senior Living/Senior Care Communities and How to Structure Investing, Owning and Operating Them" panel discussed successful models for establishing, investing in and operating senior care communities.
  • 2007 Strategic Investing in Healthcare — Presented by Argyle Executive Forum with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (December 13, 2007)
  • Financing Techniques Available to Health Care Companies — Argyle Executive Forum (December 13, 2007)
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    • Villanova University, B.S., 1976, Nursing
    • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1982
    • New Jersey
    • Health and Hospital Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
    • National Association of Health Care Facilities
    • American Health Lawyers Association