As chair of the firm's Corporate Practice, Mark Leipold leverages his extensive experience in distressed businesses and insolvency to advice on mergers and acquisitions, with specific expertise in distressed and value-added transactions and debt purchases, corporate restructuring, and secured lending transactions. He aggressively represents businesses and lenders to maximize values and accomplish specific strategic and financial goals. He advises clients on commercial deal-making and financial affairs with a focus on closely-held businesses, entrepreneurs of all stripes, and alternative energy sector.

Mark’s counsel considers the impact transactions and corporate changes may have not only on a client’s bottom line but the client’s overall business goals. Mark believes clients appreciate both his legal skills and his common sense business approach. For example, for a closely held producer of ethanol, Mark negotiated the purchase of a distressed property within a tight timeframe and from a difficult and uninterested seller. Mark’s negotiations with the secured lender added an unusual degree of liquidity to the transaction, allowing the owner to operate his business more efficiently.

Biofuels and Alternative Energy Industries

Mark also provides counsel to biofuel and alternative energy industries on issues ranging from transactions, structurings to operational concerns. Attuned to the fluid and urgent nature of deal flow that has become the norm in these industries, Mark works flexibly and strategically to ensure clients, in the heavily regulated and fast-paced industries, achieve compliance and optimal business conditions.

Acquisition of Distressed Businesses, Financial Restructuring, and Equity Funding

Many of Mark’s clients face a dizzying array of financial ups and downs, as well as market pressures. To help propel companies to the next level of success, Mark uses his experience in financial restructuring, consolidation, refinancing, negotiation, and issue-spotting to guide clients in their critical financings and deals.

Additionally, Mark represents parties in equity funding transactions. His background ranges from advising a private equity group on ways to protect itself and recoup its investment in a broken deal to negotiating complex equity financings. For example, Mark represents a Chicago-based firm of independent investors on investing in and growing companies in the middle market.

Service to the Profession and Legal Leadership

Mark has been recognized as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” and by Illinois Leading Lawyer magazine over multiple years. His professional commitments include legal education and leadership roles in several business and legal associations. He is frequently invited to speak to groups of business professionals on the topics of commercial finance, asset acquisition and disposition, and loan restructuring.

He has taught secured transactions at DePaul University College of Law and co-taught In the Real Estate master’s degree program on real estate and bankruptcy at John Marshall Law School. Mark also served in several different roles on behalf of the Turnaround Management Association’s Chicago/Midwest Chapter, including vice president. Mark is an active member of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Section. Currently, he co-chairs the Trustee and Examiner Subcommittee. Mark is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Private Directors Association.

Credentials

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Moot Court Board, 1986
  • Northwestern University, B.S., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    – Chair of the Contracts & Property Rights Subcommittee of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, 2010
    – Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Business Law Section, 2010
  • Adjunct instructor, DePaul University College of Law, 2005-2008
  • Adjunct instructor, John Marshall Law School, 2009-2010
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
    – Vice President of Communications, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, 2010
    – Vice President of Programming, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, 2009
    – Secretary, Chicago/Midwest Chapter, 2008
  • Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005-2007