Types of representations:
- Representing boards of directors (or committees)
- Part time general counsel
- Offers and sales of securities
- Common or preferred stock
- Bonds or other debt securities
- Limited partner or limited liability company interests
- Venture capital investments
- Acquisitions of companies
- Sale of the company or of divisions
- Purchase or sale of minority interests
- Negotiating strategic partnerships or joint ventures
- Shareholder matters (selling shareholders, shareholder agreements, etc.)
- Stock option plans (or other equity incentive plans)
- Negotiating contracts of various types
Focus of Practice:
The focus of my practice is to represent investors and privately-held companies.
Investments: After doing private-placement and venture deals during my years at Preston and BGI, I know the ins-and-outs of preferred stock transactions (as well as alternative structures). Those transactions fit well with my practice as I’m able to efficiently draft documents for my clients (time is always of the essence!). If we need a specialist (IP lawyer or tax specialist), I know where to get that expertise (I’ve been chair of the state bar’s securities committee for the last five years, so I have ties to all the major firms in Seattle).
Companies: I help my business clients make better decisions in contracts and planning their futures in the face of what often seems like a maze of laws, regulations, customs, and practices. Having started my legal career with the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., I understand the complexity of the securities laws and how they affect both investors and companies.
Approach to Practicing Law
Mark is a problem solver.
- Looks at the big picture
- Thinks about clients’ goals
- Anticipates issues
- Presents alternative solutions.
- Individualized attention without delegation to inexperienced attorneys
I combine practical legal advice with business insight to help solve problems and achieve the client’s long-term objectives. Clients benefit from the insights I’ve gleaned from my private practice and general counsel backgrounds.
My clients use me as a sounding board and to think strategically about their options. My years as Bill Gates’ general counsel taught me to think from an investor’s perspective and how to leverage and manage the expertise of other lawyers. I can serve as a part-time general counsel to help clients finish and manage their legal work, and be an advocate with their lawyers. I also bring a myriad of relationships, contacts and resources to bear for my clients.