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Mark is a senior transactional partner, who serves as Global Chair of Reed Smith's Private Equity Group. He is an elected member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Advisory Board. He specializes in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions and fund formation.


  • St. John's University School of Law, 1992, J.D., cum laude
  • Georgetown University, 1988, B.S.F.S., School of Foreign Service

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia

  • Co-Founder, The Lifelong Water Project, Inc. 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Youth, INC.
  • Director, Ghana-American Community Development, Inc.
  • Advisory Board Member, Centurion Intelligence Partners
  • Advisory Board Member, Saigon Asset Management
  • Member, U.S. Delegation, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Hanoi, Vietnam, November 2006
  • Co-Chair, Pacific Century Institute, Annual Award Dinner, February 2007 and 2008

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020  – Legal 500 USA, Private Equity Buyouts. Recognized as co-team leader of PE buyouts practice “active in upper middle-market transactions, representing funds engaged in investments in several industries including healthcare, financial services, technology, and consumer products.”
  • 2017 - BTI Client Service All-Star, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2015 - Chambers NY – M&A / Corporate. Recognized as a “Noted Practitioner”
  • Selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list for Mergers & Acquisitions (2011, 2014-2019). The New York Metro Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • 2010 - Recognized in Legal 500 US as a "Leading Lawyer" for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Middle-Market ($500M-$999M); "Highly recommended M&A lawyer and team leader"
  • 2009 - Highlighted in Legal 500 US as highly sought after by clients for his M&A experience; "Knowledgeable, connected, thoughtful, responsive, and always available during important matters", and has "deep business understanding of law as well."

In The News

  • 14 November 2019 “EW Healthcare Partners’ Investment in Cognate BioServices” Global Legal Chronicle
  • 7 November 2019 “Venus Concept Completes Merger With Restoration Robotics and Combined Company Raises $28 Million in Private Placement” Globe Newswire
  • 12 June 2019 “Leeds-backed Exterro buys Jordan Lawrence Group” PE HUB
  • 15 March 2019 "Restoration Robotics and Venus Concept Announce Merger to Create a Leading Global Medical Aesthetics Company" Globe Newswire

Representative Clients

Private Funds

  • AEA Investors
  • Apax Partners
  • Blackstone Group
  • CITIC Group
  • Coller Capital
  • CT Ventures
  • EW Healthcare Partners
  • GHO Capital
  • GSO Capital Partners
  • Investcorp International
  • Leeds Equity Partners, LLC
  • Lumira Ventures
  • Marathon Asset Management
  • Nakheel PJSC
  • Saigon Asset Management
  • SEDCO Capital
Financial Services
  • Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
  • American Express
  • BlackRock
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • MUFG Bank, Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Corporation of America
  • US Trust

Life Sciences and Healthcare

  • Bioventus
  • Centessa Pharmaceuticals
  • DJO Global
  • FairJourney Biologics
  • MiMedx Group
  • Venus Concept