Mark E. Thierfelder


Mark E. Thierfelder


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
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Mark E. Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group and chair of the global private equity practice. He concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In particular, Mr. Thierfelder represents leading private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a full range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, leveraged financings, restructurings, and reorganizations. In addition, he negotiates, structures, and executes corporate transactions on behalf of strategic buyers and sellers, and has significant experience representing banks and other institutional lenders in leveraged financings and restructurings.

Mr. Thierfelder is consistently recommended by legal directory Chambers USA, where he is listed as a leading Corporate/M&A lawyer in New York and recognized for Nationwide Private Equity Buyouts. Recent editions of Chambers have described him as “a businessperson's attorney,” who “has a great sense of deal dynamics and what's really going on” is “very knowledgeable and understands the nuances involved in everything he handles” and “gets the best deal possible.” Clients have noted he is “a fantastic leader” and “one of the most sophisticated lawyers” who “possesses a command of the entire deal process, has great commercial awareness and a good temperament for negotiating with the other side.” He has also been listed as a top private equity and mergers and acquisitions lawyer for the past ten years by The Legal 500 (U.S.), which singled him out as an “outstanding business lawyer,” “exceptional strategist” and a “recognized expert in private equity transactions.” The Legal 500 (U.S.) has also stated that he does a “stellar job” with “very good commercial sense” and that clients “value his advice and his commitment greatly.” In addition, Mr. Thierfelder is recognized by the IFLR1000, where he is one of only 36 lawyers in the United States named a Market Leader for Private Equity and M&A.

He is also a frequent speaker and author on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate and securities topics. He has been published or featured by CNBC and Bloomberg Markets as well as in The Deal Pipeline, New York Law Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, Investment Dealers’ Digest, Law360, Private Equity Online and other prominent media outlets. In addition, Mr. Thierfelder was recently selected to attend the Harvard Law School Leadership in Law Firms conference, a six-day intensive program for senior law firm leaders around the world to develop perspectives and skills necessary to be effective law firm leaders.

Mr. Thierfelder has extensive industry experience representing clients in sectors including technology, consumer products, defense, energy, infrastructure, retail, media and communications, healthcare, restaurants, life sciences, fishing, semiconductors, software, manufacturing, financial services and food and beverage. As a result, he can anticipate and address industry-unique issues that often arise in the transaction process and structure the transactions efficiently.

  • Bregal Partners L.P. in connection with its investment in American Seafoods Group, LLC and its affiliates, the largest harvester of wild-caught fish for human consumption in the United States, as part of a broader deleveraging recapitalization.
  • Bregal Partners L.P. in the acquisition of US Community Behavioral LLC as a platform to create a national provider in community-based behavioral health followed by the acquisition of ReMed Recovery Care Centers LLC, a provider of brain injury rehabilitation services. 
  • Bregal Partners L.P. in the acquisition of Shock Doctor, Inc., a provider of athletic performance and protective equipment. Subsequently advised Shock Doctor, Inc. in its merger with McDavid, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of performance and protective athletic equipment.
  • Bregal Partners L.P. on the formation of Aqua Terra Water Management, L.P., an acquisition and organic growth platform providing water management and disposal services to onshore oilfield customers in North America, and numerous acquisitions of saltwater disposal facilities and related assets throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Centre Partners Management in the sale of Monte Nido, a leading provider of treatment for eating disorders and exercise addiction to adults and adolescents, to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
  • Centre Partners Management in the acquisition of Captain D’s, a fast casual seafood restaurant chain, from Sun Capital Partners. 
  • Cerberus Capital Management in the sale of real estate interests of nine acute care hospitals operated by Steward Health Care System LLC to Medical Properties Trust, Inc. and a related equity investment for US$1.25 billion.
  • Connors Bros., L.P., a portfolio company of Centre Partners Management, in its US$980 million sale to affiliates of Lion Capital, of its operating subsidiaries comprising the largest branded seafood company in North America, including leading brands such as Bumble Bee® and Clover Leaf®, and affiliates of Centre Partners in the prior US$600 million acquisition of Connors Bros. Income Fund.
  • GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, in its US$350 million investment in Kronos Inc., a company focused on delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud, as part of a broader US$750 million recapitalization of Kronos.
  • GIC in its acquisition of a substantial equity stake (along with Silver Lake) in
  • Mood Media Corporation as US counsel in connection with its US$305 million cross-border acquisition of Muzak Holdings LLC, a leading provider of “elevator music,” and its US$86 million cross-border acquisition of DMX Holdings, Inc.
  • NOVADAQ Technologies Inc. in its US$701 million acquisition by Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK), one of the world's leading medical technology companies.
  • Public Pension Capital (PPC) on its acquisition of Viteos Fund Services, a leading provider of middle- and back-office technology and services for the investment management industry.
  • Quilvest in the acquisition of ST Products, LLC, a producer of precision redrawn, small diameter, thin wall copper, and specialty alloy tubes, and in an equity investment in Tiway Oil AS, a private Norwegian company engaged in exploration and production in oil and gas basins in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Quilvest in the acquisition of Crown Health Care Laundry Services, LLC, a full-service health care laundry processor and linen rental company.
  • Quilvest in the acquisition of approximately 55% of the equity interests in American Franchise Capital, which operates as a significant and leading franchisee of Applebee’s and YUM! Brands restaurants.
  • Command Alkon, a portfolio company of Quilvest, in its acquisition of FiveCubits Inc., a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) fleet management and mobile computing solutions.
  • Affiliates of Versa Capital Management in the acquisition of the operating businesses of Hatteras Yachts/CABO, makers of sport fishing and luxury motor yachts, from Brunswick Corporation.
  • Affiliates of Versa Capital Management in the acquisition of Ohio Community Media.
  • Affiliates of Versa Capital Management in the acquisition of Canada-based Allen-Vanguard Corporation (TSX: VRS).
  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1992, with Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Duke University, B.A., 1986
  • New York
  • Member, Advisory Board, YaLa Academy
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Trustee, Chair of Institutional Advancement, Executive Committee, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Trustee, Treasurer, Executive Committee, Princeton Day School, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Former Member, Advisory Committee, The Deal
  • Former Member, Corporation Law Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Former Member, Private Equity Editorial Advisory Board, Law360