Mark is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. His diverse practice includes representing businesses and individuals in a range of corporate and general business law issues in industries such as insurance, healthcare, investment advisory, manufacturing and hospitality.
Mark’s transactional experience encompasses more than 37 years and over 130 transactions, with an aggregate value in excess of $9 billion.
He has advised on stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, affiliations, corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. His objective is to protect the client’s interests while driving the transaction to a favorable conclusion. Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of the transaction process: due diligence, drafting transaction and ancillary documents, preparing and filing HSR filings, approving necessary regulatory or third-party consents, and analyzing and minimizing clients’ risks.
During his career, Mark has been involved with the purchase or sale of more than 30 insurance companies; formed various types of insurance companies, including life, property and casualty, home warranty, and health; drafted reinsurance, assumption, distribution, agency, broker and intercompany agreements; and provided counsel on insurance regulatory matters. He has worked on various alternative risk mechanisms, including the formation and licensing of purchasing groups and captive insurance companies. Mark was a key stakeholder in initiating and drafting legislation that led to the enactment of the Ohio Captive Insurance Law in 2014, and is one of the founders and a director of the Ohio Captive Insurance Association.
In addition, Mark advises individuals and businesses engaged as investment advisors or otherwise working in the securities area. He counsels clients regarding whether registration as an investment advisor at the federal or state level is required, and assists in the preparation and filing of Form ADV as well as drafting necessary compliance manuals and related documentation. Mark also drafts private placement memoranda, and advises clients about the various regulatory matters to consider when raising capital.
Mark’s experience in the healthcare sector includes analyzing the formation of a purchasing coalition joint venture and the formation of several insurance joint ventures. Mark successfully negotiated a joint venture that resulted in the formation of a rehabilitation hospital, establishing a precedent for that client to follow a prudent transactional approach, instead of leading with healthcare issues, which increased the sense of urgency and sharpened the focus of all parties involved.
Before joining Porter Wright, Mark was a vice president and associate general counsel of a Fortune 100 company. He draws on this experience to help inside counsel make sound business judgments and effectively manage pressures they face in performing their responsibilities.
- University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., 1980)
- The Ohio State University (B.S., 1977)
- Captive Association Leadership Council, Member
- Ohio Captive Insurance Association, Founding Member and Trustee
- Columbus Bar Association, Business Law Committee
- Ohio State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Committee
- Central Ohio Compliance Association
- Association of Corporate Growth, Columbus Chapter, Board Member
Honors & Awards
- Chambers USA®, Corporate/M&A, Ohio
- Association of Corporate Counsel, ACC Value Champion Award, 2012