Mark Duedall is in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group.  Mark represents various parties in restructuring matters, including acquirers, debtors, secured and mezzanine lenders, creditors' committees, receivers, and other financial advisors.  He has also handled traditional corporate matters such as acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and finance transactions.

Previously, Mark was a partner with another large international law firm.  In addition, he served as head of the Southeast Financial Restructuring Group with the investment bank Houlihan Lokey, where he represented clients in capital markets transactions, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed sales. Mark is also a contributing editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the leading treatise in his field; he is also a co-author of a chapter in the Norton’s treatise entitled "Depositions." 

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Chambers USA, Georgia (Bankruptcy/Restructuring - 2006, 2010 - 2013)
    • Georgia Super Lawyer (2013 - 2018)
    • Georgia Rising Star (2005, 2010 - 2011)
    • Georgia Trend Magazine's "Georgia's Legal Elite" (2011 - 2012, 2017)
    • Georgia Rising Star (2005, 2010 - 2011)
    • Georgia Trend Magazine's "Georgia's Legal Elite" (2011 - 2012, 2017)
    • Georgia Trend Magazine's "Georgia's Legal Elite" (2011 - 2012, 2017)
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association - Member (2000 - present)
    • American Bar Association - Chair of Bankruptcy and Workouts Subcommittee (Tax Committee, Business Law Section) (2006 - present)
    • Bench and Bar Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Ga. - Member (2013 - present)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member (2001 - present)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Executive Board, Investment Banking Subcommittee (2010 - 2012)
    • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Advisory Board (2003 - present)
    • Bench and Bar Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Ga. - Member (2013 - present)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member (2001 - present)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Executive Board, Investment Banking Subcommittee (2010 - 2012)
    • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Advisory Board (2003 - present)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Executive Board, Investment Banking Subcommittee (2010 - 2012)
    • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Advisory Board (2003 - present)
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Representative Experience

Restructurings

  • Headed the complete recapitalization and out-of-court restructuring of a major fragrance/cosmetics manufacturer with debts in excess of $225 million
  • Headed the out-of-court restructuring of a major recreational boat manufacturer with debts in excess of $125 million
  • Represented an international textile manufacturer in its successful bankruptcy restructuring of over $250 million in debt

Distressed Acquisitions

  • Headed the acquisition of eight distressed apartment complexes for a publicly traded REIT

Distressed Sales

  • Headed the distressed sale of Premier Bank, a $300 million community bank headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Represented the Receiver for International Estate Brokers, in the distressed sales of substantially all of its assets
  • Headed multiple bankruptcy sales of individual brands of a publicly-traded beauty/bath products manufacturer with sales in excess of $200 million
  • Headed the divestiture of six foreign and domestic subsidiaries by a distressed cosmetics/consumer products manufacturer for total consideration in excess of $120 million
  • Negotiated and structured the bankruptcy sale of a publicly-traded plastics manufacturer for total consideration in excess of $140 million

Conventional M&A

  • Represented the largest shareholder in a buyout and recapitalization for major food distributor

Lenders/Significant Creditors

  • Represented the largest unsecured creditor in a contested confirmation fight in the Southern District of New York, defeating plan confirmation after expedited discovery and trial
  • Represented senior secured lenders in multiple distressed engagements resulting in payment in full after expedited sales processes

Creditors' Committees

  • Represented the official creditors committee in the successful reorganization of a Tier 1 auto supplier

Publications

  • "Emerging Trend for Bank Holding Companies Using Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code," Industry Trends from Industry Leaders, Spring 2013
  • “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Taxation,” Taxation Committee, Business Law Section of the ABA, Washington D.C., April 2013
  • “Current Developments in the Restructuring and Distressed M&A Market,” Houlihan Lokey Client Advisory, April 2009
  • “Adventures in Due Diligence in the Distressed Sale Environment, Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions (ICLE), January 2008
  • “Introduction – Judicial Discretion and the Balance of Power Between Debtors, Creditors, and Judges: Some Relevant Statutory Changes Since 1978,” Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, 2006
  • “The (Adverse?) Effect of the New Administrative Claim of Section 503(b)(9) on Preference Actions,” Preference Quarterly Law Journal, January 2006
  • “The Interaction Between the Bankruptcy Code and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act,” Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2006 Edition
  • “The Implications of Securitization in Bankruptcy: A Looming Problem,” The Bankruptcy Strategist, December 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • "Defending Depositions," West LegalEdcenter (Thomson Reuters), March 2016
  • "Taking Depositions," West LegalEdcenter (Thomson Reuters), February 2016
  • "Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Taxation," Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the ABA, Washington, D.C., April 2013
  • "Tips and Traps for Section 363 Sales," Annual Meeting of the Bankruptcy Law Section of Georgia Bar Association, Lake Oconee, GA, November 2012
  • "Ethical Issues in Chapter 11 Cases," Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Amelia Island, FL, July 2010
  • "An Open Debate on Government Bailouts," Annual Meeting of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, Orlando, FL, June 2009
  • "Current Developments in the Restructuring and Distressed M&A Market," Emory University School of Law, April 2009
  • "Issues on Acquiring Troubled Companies," ICLE Workshop on Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions, January 2008