Mark Burnett, of counsel in the firm's Corporate, Private Equity, M&A/Corporate Governance and Technology Companies groups, focuses primarily on business, corporate and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and corporate finance and venture capital transactions. His clients include public and private companies in a range of industries (including software, Internet services, telecommunications services, healthcare services and water purification), venture capital and private equity firms, and investment banks.
Mr. Burnett has extensive experience representing public and private companies in a wide variety of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, as well as counseling on business, corporate, governance and securities law matters. He regularly represents companies in public-to-public mergers, acquisitions of public and private companies, buyouts, tender offers, corporate divestitures, cross-border transactions and spin-offs. Mr. Burnett also works with clients to successfully implement acquisition programs, and has extensive experience in representing these clients in a broad range of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on public offerings, private placements (including PIPE and Rule 144A transactions), and venture capital and debt financings.
Mr. Burnett's recent transactions include Ionics' merger with General Electric for $1.4 billion, Ionics' $373 million acquisition of the Ecolochem group of companies, and Ionics' $220 million sale of its Aqua Cool Pure Bottled Water business in the U.S., U.K. and France to Nestle; Red Diamond Capital's acquisition of Milton's Baking Company; DSL.net's $30 million debt and warrant PIPE financing; PCI Holding's $70 million buyout of Patient Care from Chemed, including related debt and equity financings; and Accord Networks' (an Israeli company publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market) $291 million stock-for-stock merger with Polycom.
In addition, Mr. Burnett represents investment banks in connection with underwritten public offerings, including numerous initial public offerings, and financial advisory services engagements. He also represents numerous venture capital and private equity firms, and regularly represents these clients in connection with their investments in portfolio companies, which range from investments in start-up and early-stage companies to providing expansion capital and liquidity for founders for later-stage companies. Mr. Burnett's experience includes structuring and implementing complex financings and cross-border investments, and advising clients regarding the sale of portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Burnett was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he co-chaired the Mergers and Acquisitions Core Competency Group. Before that, he was an associate at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland and also helped to establish that firm’s New York office.
The George Washington University Law School
Recognition & Awards
Mr. Burnett has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2022-2023.
Mr. Burnett has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S. and Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Burnett has appeared as a speaker on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and other business and legal issues at various programs, including programs sponsored by Practising Law Institute and MCLE. In addition, he has appeared as a guest at the Harvard Business School course on Entrepreneurial Management on legal topics.