Mark is a founding partner of TKN Tyson. He focuses his practice on representing startups and closely-held companies on a range of matters, including formation, corporate governance, angel and venture capital financings, securities, M&A, IP, and commercial contracting.
Mark has advised venture-backed and bootstrapped companies in a variety of sectors, including SaaS, FinTech, AI/ML, AR/VR, AgTech, CleanTech, Blockchain, E-Commerce, and more. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in each year since 2020.
Mark frequently writes about startups and the legal issues they encounter. Taking inspiration from his clients and his own experience, he also provides guidance and mentoring to other lawyers looking to make their practices more entrepreneurial.
Venture Capital: Represented startups and investors in financings ranging from $100,000 to $60 million.
Commercial/IP Negotiations: Advised companies in negotiating numerous enterprise software and IP licensing agreements with Fortune 500 and other blue chip companies.
M&A: Represented buyers and sellers in numerous 7 and 8 figure M&A transactions.
International Transactions: Advised US companies on investment, partnership, and commercial deals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
During our initial consultation with Mark, he took time to learn about our business and asked smart questions about our goals and challenges. Since completing our incorporation, Mark has advised us on a range of issues including fundraising and employee equity. Mark is thorough and responsive to each new problem we throw his way, and having him on our team is a big source of confidence as we navigate the challenges of growing our business.
The Ultimate Guide to SAFEs
This SAFE guide covers not only the basic mechanics of SAFEs, but also provides insight into when a SAFE may be a good choice for a startup and when it may be better to use a different financing structure to raise money.
Where Should I Incorporate My Startup?
If you plan to raise venture capital, you should plan to incorporate your startup in Delaware.
Stock Options: ISOs vs. NSOs
What may seem like a bland choice (whether to grant ISOs or NSOs) can have massive tax implications down the road for startup employees and contractors.