Mark J. Kelson

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Chair, Los Angeles Corporate & Securities Practice
Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Emerging Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 310.586.3856
Fax: 310.586.7800
University Order of the Coif; St. Thomas Moore Honors Society
Law SchoolLoyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1991; Executive Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Admitted1991, California
Memberships Century City Bar Association; American Bar Association.

BornLos Angeles, California, September 19, 1959

Mark J. Kelson is the Chair of the Los Angeles Corporate & Securities Practice. Mark maintains a diverse corporate and securities law practice across industry groups, emphasizing complex corporate transactional work, including private and public offerings of equity and debt, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. Mark's work extends to complex regulatory reporting and compliance issues arising in connection with his transactional work and representation of acquirers, underwriters and public and private issuers. In addition, he acts as corporate counsel to a number of publicly and privately held businesses, in domestic and cross-border transactions, and he advises boards of directors with respect to corporate governance, strategy and executive compensation issues. Mark regularly serves as counsel to leading regional and global investment banks, private equity firms, financial institutions and REITs, as well as companies in the technology, consumer products, aerospace, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Mark has published numerous articles covering topics that include strategies in merger and acquisition transactions, corporate governance, laws pertaining to securities trading by corporate officers and directors and trends in proxy requirements.

Areas of Concentration

· Capital Markets

· Mergers & Acquisitions

· Private Equity

· Financial Services & Banking

· Corporate & Finance

· Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center

· Member, Advisory Board of the Institute for Corporate Counsel

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, Century City Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

· Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications


· "A Sure Thing Versus the Peak Price: Courts Take a Real-World View on this Historic Balance," Mergers & Acquisitions: The Dealmaker's Journal, June 2006

· "Will Your Defensive Line Be Too Strong? Designing M&A Defensive Strategies," Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, December 2005

· "Updating Insider Trading Policies and Procedures," Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, March 2004

· "Shareholder Activism in the 2003 Proxy Season," Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, January 2003

· "Recent Developments Related to Stock Options," Securities Litigation & Regulation Journal, December 2002

· "New Requirements and Responsibilities for Audit Committees," Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, October 2002

· "Delegation of Option Granting Authority In Delaware," Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, April 2002

· "The Fundamentals of Rule 10b5-1: A Practical Guide to Understanding the New Rule that Permits Corporate Insiders to Buy and Sell Securities Pursuant to Pre-Arranged Trading Plans," Securities Regulation Law Journal, Fall 2001

· "Choice of Law and Consent to Jurisdiction Provisions in Lending Agreements," Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 1990.


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Mark J. Kelson

1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900
Los AngelesCA 90067-2121


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