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Mark Heyl

Mark A. Heyl


200 Page Mill Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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  • Bar Admissions
    • State Bar of California (1992)
    • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Court Admissions
    • California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Education
    • Juris Doctor
      Santa Clara University
    • MBA; BA, Commerce
      Santa Clara University

Mark Heyl is the Chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Corporate, Tax & Business Transactions department and Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.  Businesses across various industry sectors seek Mark Heyl’s counsel for complex and sophisticated transactions and business law issues.  These include formation, operation, acquisition, and restructuring of business entities, with an emphasis on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Stock option plans
  • Restricted stock sales
  • Tax and securities
  • Sales and distribution
  • Distressed company counseling
  • Debt financing
  • E-commerce, and
  • Technology development, maintenance, protection, and licensing

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Mark had a corporate transaction and corporate reorganization bankruptcy law practice. “It helps our clients that I’m a corporate lawyer with a lot of first-hand experience with debtor-side bankruptcy law,” Mark said.

“Even though bankruptcy isn’t what I do today, it helps transactional clients to have me in the room when we’re dealing with a scenario that might include bankruptcy or debtor-creditor problems. They’re able to get a much more realistic view of the what-ifs.”

Loyalty Rewarded
Most of Mark’s clients are private, closely-held businesses in the Bay Area. These include manufacturers, tech companies, software designers and developers, machine shops, social media entrepreneurs, and a nationally-recognized winery.

“The firm has an estate planning client for whom I started performing corporate work years ago,” Mark added. “This led to the formation of several closely-held businesses. Eventually, my client’s business was purchased by a Singapore company and is now international. “I’m still his corporate attorney. It’s all based on the relationship. I understand him, and he trusts me.”

Mark notes, “The strength of my client relationships derives from loyalty and trust. I care about what’s best for my client and that shows in the kind of advice and guidance I provide. My goal is to build a long-term relationship, and you just can’t do that without a strong sense of loyalty and trust.”

Client Successes
  • Represented Manchester Pharmaceuticals LLC in relation to its sale to Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) for $62,500,000.  The transaction closed on March 26, 2014 and included complex tax, structure, and timing issues.  Hopkins & Carley were brought in to provide tax and mergers & acquisitions expertise and worked with the client’s regular general counsel. 
  • San Jose Jet Center, Inc. and ACM Aviation, Inc., which operated a fixed based operation (FBO) at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport successfully sold the business for over $130 million in an equity transaction.
  • A successful business serving as qualified intermediary for Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges acquired and became the industry leader in a transaction with JP Morgan Chase Bank. The transaction was transformative for the client.
  • The successful merger of two non-profit corporations, each operating a school within Santa Clara County, California.
  • Glasforms, Inc., a leading manufacturer of glass and carbon fiber reinforced polymers and advanced composite products, was successfully sold to PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions for $34 million.
  • Bay Area Internet Services (BAIS), a colocation provider in Santa Clara with a Tier IV facility, was successfully acquired by The Stephens Group (partnered with the vXchnge management team on the transaction).  
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