F. Ronald O'Keefe

Of Counsel
frokeefe@hahnlaw.com 216.274.2396


Ron has represented buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions involving both publicly and privately held companies and associated financings and issuances of securities. As a corporate and securities  lawyer, he has represented public and private corporate clients in a number of acquisition and divestitures of lines of business or business divisions, including by means of asset sales, mergers and spinoffs.

Ron enjoys taking a concept such as a merger and making it into reality by dealing with the various business, financing, regulatory and personnel issues along the way. He finds satisfaction in solving client challenges and brings 37 years of corporate experience to his clients.

At Hahn Loeser

Ron has broad experience supervising and handling many aspects of federal and state securities work. This includes registration statements, prospectuses and related documentation for exempt and nonexempt offerings of various securities such as common stock, preferred stock, debentures and Regulation D offerings; Securities Exchange Act of 1934 reports, including proxy statement and Form 10-K disclosures, tender offers, Ohio control share acquisition compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate equity and debt finan­cings.

Ron also has wide-ranging experience in financial institution regulation and in interacting with financial institution regulatory bodies on behalf of clients. He has assisted clients in preparing and filing regulatory applications, responding to changes in control applications, reports of examination and proposed supervisory agreements. He has also advised clients regarding compliance with regulatory capital requirements and investment limitations and provided research and advice regarding all aspects of financial institution operations.

In addition to mergers and acquisitions, his corporate experience includes representing special committees of boards of directors of publicly held companies, as well as providing counsel directly to boards of directors on major corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights, related party transactions, changes in control and going private transactions. Ron also has significant experience in advising Ohio and other nonprofit organizations with respect to corporate governance issues.


Ron is a member of the Deans’ Circle of the Georgetown University Alumni Association and is a Life Member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association.

A Few Clients

  • Winthrop Realty Trust
  • FineMark Holdings, Inc.
  • MAK Capital One, L.P.



Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977. Honors and activities: Editor, Cleveland State Law Review, 1976-77; recipient: Delta Theta Phi Award for law review article most useful to practicing attorneys, 1977; Sindell Torts Competition Prize for best paper in Torts or Evidence, 1977


Georgetown University, A.B., cum laude, 1972. Honors and activities: Honors Program in English 1969-72; recipient, University Scholarship, 1968-72

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section: member, 1977 to present


Ohio State Bar Association, Corporation Law Committee: member, 1977 to present


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Corporation, Banking and Business Law and Securities Law Sections: member, 1977 to present; Securities Law Institute Planning Committee, 1991 to 2001


Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals: member, 1986 to present

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1977; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1978; U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Awards & Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law, 1999-2016 (17 years)


Ohio Super Lawyers, Mergers and Acquisitions, 2005


AV® Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell