Mark R. Wilson
Mark Wilson is a corporate and business attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. Many businesses look to Mark to lead their companies through complex transactions, navigate important corporate governance issues, and provide trusted counsel in a number of areas of their businesses. Such matters often include organizational risk issues, capital raising, equity compensation, technology transactions, partnership disputes, and mergers and acquisitions. Mark works with companies at all stages of the business life cycle and frequently works with closely held businesses and high growth companies across a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, real estate, hospitality, and lifestyle businesses.
Mark assists startups, founders, and entrepreneurs in initial entity selection and formation, and later in negotiating strategic commercial partnerships and joint ventures, as well as leading them through growth initiatives, acquisitions, and ultimately the sale of their businesses. Startups also frequently look to Mark to guide them through early stage debt or equity financing rounds and venture capital fundraising.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mark represents buyers and sellers of small and middle market businesses in a number of industries, including technology, healthcare, real estate, financial services, hospitality, and consulting services. Clients look to him for strategic guidance through all stages of the acquisition process, from the letter of intent stage, through due diligence and definitive agreement negotiation, to closing and post-closing matters.
Outside General Counsel
Many businesses also look to Mark as their outside “general counsel” for day-to-day legal needs. Mark supports business clients in this capacity in the following areas:
- Negotiating key software development partnerships and SAAS agreements
- Commercial contract drafting, review, and negotiation
- Drafting and negotiating commercial lease transactions
- Developing key employee and executive compensation plans like stock option or profits interest plans
- Developing and managing vendor risk management programs and records management programs
- Advising boards of directors and management teams on emerging risks and compliance issues
Many of these businesses benefit from the expertise Mark gained as in-house corporate counsel for a large publicly-traded company where he served as lead attorney on strategic commercial and technology transactions and data privacy matters. Mark’s unique in-house background also furthers the primary goal of his practice—to be a problem solver first. Mark believes in developing an intimate understanding of the businesses he serves, and as a result, often helps clients navigate the broader landscape of the difficult decisions they face.