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Mark J. Kelson is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. Mark leads multi-disciplinary transaction teams in complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private and public offerings, securities matters, leveraged buyouts, strategic collaborations and joint ventures. Mark’s clients include private equity sponsors, investment banks, specialty finance companies and REITs, and private and public companies in fintech, healthcare, technology, aerospace, energy, consumer products and food and beverage.  Mark also regularly advises boards of directors and their committees with respect to corporate governance best practices, transaction strategy, regulatory compliance, fiduciary duties and executive compensation issues. 

Mark has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/M&A: Private Equity. In the 2021 edition of Chambers, commenters said that Mark “is very experienced and extremely effective in advising all of us on the best way to go” and “is very commercial and always in the details, and does it all with a smile on his face.” 


  • Private equity
  • Domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Public and private offerings of equity and debt
  • Corporate governance and strategic advice
  • Leveraged buyouts, carve-outs and divestitures
  • Strategic transactions, licensing and joint ventures
  • General corporate, strategic and transactional matters


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Corporate/M&A Private Equity, 2021
  • Listed, IFLR1000, "Highly Regarded," M&A, 2020-2021
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law, "Corporate Firm Attorney of the Year," 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005, 2016-2017
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Corporate Counsel
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of Cedar Sinai Medical Center
  • Co-Chair, St. Jude Invest in Hope Committee
  • Member, Emeritus Council, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1991
    • Order of the Coif
    • St. Thomas Moore Honors Society
    • Executive Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
  • California