Mark Knight practices primarily in the securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and partnership areas. Mark is also the leader of the firm's corporate practice group. He has served as M&A counsel in nearly $1 billion worth of business acquisitions and combinations, and has handled more than 50 capital formation transactions. He was named 2010 "M&A Lawyer of the Year", 2012 "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" and 2013 "Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year" for Columbia, SC by Best Lawyers and is listed among the five top-tier corporate/M&A lawyers in South Carolina by Chambers USA.
Mark has been an active leader in the South Carolina Bar's legislative committees involving limited liability company, limited partnership and securities law issues. He is a frequent speaker on various merger and acquisition, corporate, and securities topics. Mark also published an article on limited partnerships in the USC Law Review.
A summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, Mark was twice published in the law review as a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude.
Mark has been a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and member of the Sanctuary Choir at St. Andrews Baptist Church; and is a co-founder of Vista Fellowship and Midtown Fellowship.
· Special Hearing Officer for the South Carolina Securities Commission (2003-2004)
· InnoVenture regional venture capital and innovation pipeline conference - Legal Chair (2004-Present); Planning Committee (2004); and Selection Committee (2004-2006)
· Przirembel Prize for Southeastern Collaborative Innovations - Steering Committee (2010 - Present)
· South Carolina Investor Network - President (2006); Founding Board Member (since 1999)
· Best Lawyers in America - Corporate, M&A and Securities Law since 2003
· Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers - Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions
· South Carolina Bar - Corporation, Banking and Securities Section, Chair, Securities Committee Chair (1985); Ad Hoc Limited Partnership Committee, which drafted and sponsored the 1986 Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act in South Carolina, Chair (1986); Securities Legislative Study Committee, Chair (1990)
· American Bar Association - Corporate Law Committee, State Liaison (since 1998)
· Center for Global Strategies - Participant in an Exploratory Business and Goodwill Delegation to Vietnam and Myanmar (2006)
· "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Corporate Business Law, 2012
Ten Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014
Best Lawyers in America has named ten Nexsen Pruet attorneys "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014.
77 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that 77 attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
Nexsen Pruet Ranked Among Top in the Carolinas; Legal Guide Recognizes Sixteen Attorneys and Six Practice Areas
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce its ranking in the 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners USA.
16 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Listed in "Legal Elite of the Midlands" for 2012
Sixteen Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been listed in Columbia Business Monthly's 2012 "Legal Elite of the Midlands."
13 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013
Thirteen Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named as a "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America®.
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named to the Best Lawyers in America® list for 2013.
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys and Practice Groups Ranked Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet attorneys and practice areas have been recognized by a leading legal directory in both North and South Carolina.
Mark Knight on the Jobs Act
Nexsen Pruet attorney Mark Knight discusses the Jobs Act, which significantly changes securities law in America.
Eight Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2012
Legal publication The Best Lawyers in America ® has named eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys to its list of the "2012 Lawyers of the Year." They are Cherie Blackburn, Henry Brown, Mark Knight, Susi McWilliams, Rick Mendoza, Ed Menzie, David Senter and Mary Shahid.
62 Attorneys Named to the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 62 of its attorneys have been named to the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers®.
(VIDEO) Mark Knight Addresses InnoVenture Southeast 2011
Nexsen Pruet attorney Mark Knight speaks about High Impact Innovation at InnoVenture Southeast 2011.
Przirembel Prize Presentation
Nexsen Pruet is proud to be the presenting sponsor of The Przirembel Prize.
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys and Practice Groups Rated Among Top in the Carolinas
The newly released 2011 edition of Chambers USA lists fourteen attorneys as "Leaders in their Field" and gives high marks to the firm in six practice areas.
Magazine Names Twelve Attorneys to "Legal Elite" List
Twelve Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been listed in Greater Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite" for 2010.
Fifty-nine Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®; Five Practice Areas Listed Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®.
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys and Practice Groups Rated Among Top in South Carolina
A leading legal directory has ranked Nexsen Pruet attorneys and practices among the top in South Carolina.
Innoventure Southeast 2010
InnoVenture's goal is to connect customers, capital, talent and technology. Attendees will have opportunities to meet and share their thoughts about the future of businesses they are creating here.
Mark Knight Named "M&A Lawyer of the Year"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Mark Knight has been named "Columbia, SC Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year" for 2010 by Best Lawyers®. In various specialty areas, the publication recognizes one attorney from large legal communities as the "Lawyer of the Year."
Nexsen Pruet Earns Designation as 'Midlands Green Business'
Nexsen Pruet has earned designation as a Midlands Green Business, joining other Columbia-area organizations that are committed to environmentally responsible practices in the workplace.
Nexsen Pruet Represents CAIC in $100 Million Purchase by AFLAC
Nexsen Pruet attorneys played a critical role in Aflac's recent $100 million acquisition of Continental American Insurance Co. (CAIC). The transaction closed effective October 1, 2009.
Fifty-eight Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®
Fifty-eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys will be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Nexsen Pruet: Only Law Firm Listed for North and South Carolina in "Trade Allies" Directory
The new edition of Southern Business & Development magazine features the "1st Annual Trade Allies Directory." Nexsen Pruet is the only law firm listed in both North and South Carolina.
Wall Street Journal quotes Nexsen Pruet attorney Rick Mendoza
A June 30th article in The Wall Street Journal entitled "At Chicken Plant, a Recession Battle" quotes Nexsen Pruet attorney Rick Mendoza.
Legal Directory Publisher Ranks Four Nexsen Pruet Practice Areas Among Top in State; Eleven Attorneys Rated for Excellence
The 2009 edition of Chambers USA ranks four of Nexsen Pruet's practice areas and eleven attorneys among the best in South Carolina.
Nexsen Pruet to Sponsor 6th Annual Innoventure Conferences
When entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators, and business leaders gather for the 6th annual InnoVenture Conference in Greenville, they'll have the full support of Nexsen Pruet. The law firm is a founding sponsor of the event, which brings together global thought leaders from the corporate, technology, and higher education worlds in a day-long event scheduled for March 24 at the Carolina First Center.
Nexsen Pruet Moves into New Office Space in Greenville
Nexsen Pruet has moved into new office space in Greenville.
Nexsen Pruet Creates Distressed Property and Workout Practice Group
The new group will provide clients with resources, skills and experience to help navigate issues that emerge during periods of economic and financial uncertainty.
45 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers
Columbia, SC - Forty-five Nexsen Pruet attorneys will be included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The publication also ranks Nexsen Pruet #1 in eleven practice areas in South Carolina and three in North Carolina.
Legal Directory Publisher Ranks 11 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys for Excellence; Four Practice Areas Rated Among Top in State
Video Produced for Innoventure 2008
Learn more about Nexsen Pruet from our video for InnoVenture - a conference bringing together entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
38 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Names To "The Best Lawyers in America 2008"
Thirty-eight attorneys from Nexsen Pruet, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008 - including six who have now earned the honor for 10 years or more.
Legal Publisher Recognizes Ten Nexsen Pruet Attorneys For Excellence; Three Practices Areas Again Rated No. 1
Ten Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named among the top legal practitioners in their fields in the 2007 edition of the Chambers USA Guide, and three of the firm's practice areas were rated No. 1 in South Carolina.
Nexsen Pruet's Innovation Team To Focus on Start-Up and Emerging Businesses
Nexsen Pruet today announced the establishment of an Innovation Team that combines the capabilities of four key practice areas vital to start-up and emerging businesses.
Growth: The Lifeblood of a Franchise System
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Ted Pearce and Corby Anderson discuss the paths to growing a franchise.
International Law Update
Appeals court says international contract requires litigation in England.
InnoVenture Southeast 2011: High Impact Innovation: The Legal Perspective
Innoventure Southeast 2012
10th Annual Ethics CLE for In-House Counsel
Innoventure Southeast 2010
Sixth Annual CLE Ethics Seminar
Civic & Professional Memberships
· American Bar Association
· InnoVenture regional venture capital and pipeline conference
· Richland County Bar Association
· South Carolina Bar
· South Carolina Investor Network
(Also at Greenville Office)