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Bernadette Senyana

Bernadette Samali Senyana


Bernadette Samali Senyana provides legal expertise that helps clients create value and solve problems. Bernadette focuses her practice in the area of corporate law supporting the execution of corporate transactions and strategic business objectives.

Bernadette has experience assisting clients in a variety of industries with domestic and international matters including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, corporate restructurings, aerospace and defense government contracts, and global non-profit initiatives.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bernadette worked in finance for over six years which provided a strong foundation for understanding and advancing business operational and financial objectives. Her combined legal and business experience increases her effectiveness in identifying and meeting clients' needs.

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  • $11 billion merger of two industrial software businesses, and related corporate governance updates, involving 41 entities across 26 jurisdictions.
  • Cross-border restructuring to relocate intellectual property assets of a fortune 100 company.
  • Global restructuring and spin-off of a Fortune 500 company's key business lines into independent publicly traded companies.
  • Multi-year sole-source contracts for major original equipment manufacturers ranging from a $160 million to $2 billion annual revenue.
  • Merger of two multi-million-dollar non-profit organizations.
  • U.S. non-profit registration in Tanzania and resolved registration issues in Nigeria.
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. and B.A., University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management

  • International Business Program, BEM Bordeaux Management School

Civic and Charitable

  • EqualHealth – Nonprofit Board Member, 2021 - Current
  • Friends of St. Paul College - Foundation Board Member, 2021 - Current
  • Minnesota Federal Bar Association – Newer Lawyers Co-Chair, 2021 - 2022