For over 40 years, Mark Cassanego has provided legal advice to privately owned businesses and business owners, including venture-backed and other privately owned entities. His work with clients spans their entire growth cycle, from start-up phase to exit strategies. Mark has handled scores of M&A transactions during his career, equally adept at negotiating and documenting small as well as larger, complex transactions, whether working alongside investment bankers or as the client’s principal representative of its negotiating team. While Mark represents clients across industries, he has a specialty focus on the food industry.
Mark often serves as general counsel for clients, directly handling many legal matters or working alongside in-house team members and outside counsel. In this role, he acts as an integral member of the business’s management team and works with colleagues in specialty areas such as real estate, employment, IP, tax, and dispute resolution matters.
With each client, Mark builds an in-depth understanding of the business operations, strategic growth plans and industry issues so he can anticipate issues and deliver timely, pragmatic solutions. Clients rely on his counsel in areas ranging from complex financial analysis and strategic initiatives to tax-efficient structuring opportunities.
Mark is active in his community, having served on the boards and committees of national and local non-profit organizations. He also served as President of the firm from 1996 to 2014.
- M&A transactions
- Venture capital transactions
- Private placements of securities
- Debt financing
- Entity formation, including start-ups
- General counsel services
- Joint ventures
- Employee incentive plans