Mark S. Vecchio

Partner
Vecchio Mark

Mark Vecchio co-chairs the New York Corporate Group. Mark is a corporate attorney who represents clients in corporate and commercial transactions, with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international project finance, international joint ventures, public-private partnerships, infrastructure development projects, and private equity transactions. His clients include U.S. and international corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, financial institutions, and governments.

Mark has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting documentation for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, privatizations, energy and natural resource development projects, intellectual property transactions, and inbound and outbound international direct investments and financing. He also counsels clients regarding infrastructure development projects, particularly those involving transportation, fossil fuels, and renewable and alternative energy.

Mark has lived and worked in Canada and in several European countries before joining Venable. He speaks English, French, German, Swiss-German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and Portuguese.

 

Experience

Representative Matters

Energy and Infrastructure

  • Represented a major Caribbean government-owned utility in major energy-related transactions, including financing and development of liquefied petroleum gas terminals, natural gas conversion projects, acquisition of power plants and other power generation facilities, long-term gas supply agreements, and operating and management agreements
  • Represented a joint venture between a Texas construction conglomerate and an Australian pension fund manager in connection with multiple transportation-related public-private partnerships and infrastructure development projects and in the acquisition and disposition of a multi-billion-dollar LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility
  • Represented a green energy technology company in connection with financing and development of waste-to-energy projects
  • Represented a clean coal technology company in connection with development of refinery project

Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented a U.S. maritime company in connection with the creation of an international joint venture with a Danish shipping conglomerate
  • Represented a Danish-American joint venture in connection with the disposition of a global maritime service provider
  • Represented an Italian telecommunications company in connection with the acquisition of a U.S. mobile technology business
  • Represented a Bulgarian media company in connection with the contemplated acquisition of a European television broadcasting company
  • Represented a UK/Italian telematics company in the acquisition of a U.S. telematics business
  • Represented a French consulting company in connection with the acquisition of a U.S. strategic management consulting business
  • Represented a U.S. IT consulting company in connection with the contemplated acquisition of a global technology platform
  • Represented U.S. entrepreneurs in the sale of an online compliance consulting business
  • Represented a U.S. digital media company in connection with the acquisition of multiple digital platform businesses

Corporate Governance and Commercial Transactions

  • Represented a European fine art foundation in a corporate governance dispute
  • Represented a Dutch real estate company in connection with a commercial dispute with a global real estate developer
  • Represented a U.S. consulting company in connection with the licensing of business concepts to Italian, Middle Eastern, and Russian licensees
  • Represented an Italian manufacturer of heavy equipment in connection with the structuring of U.S. and global distribution networks
  • Represented an Italian industrial manufacturer in connection with the creation of a U.S. joint venture 
  • Represented a Brazilian industrial manufacturer in connection with the structuring of a U.S. distribution chain
  • Represented a U.S. not-for-profit foundation in connection with the disposition of real estate assets in Europe and North Africa
 
 
 

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Columbia University School of Law
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

  • University of Munich, Germany
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship
  • B.A. magna cum laude, Distinction in Major (Russian and East European Studies) Yale University
  • University of St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Russian Language Certificate

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Adjunct professor, Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School — teaches a course, Strategic International Commercial Transactions, to upper-level J.D., LLM, and MBA students
  • Member, American Bar Association, International Law and Practice Section
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (City Bar)
 

Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Expert Guides: Banking, Finance and Transactional Law, 2014
  • Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award 2013