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Mark Kelly recently represented Ute Energy on a $250 million IPO and a $300 million debt offering. Sources say he is a “practical” and "outstanding attorney.” - Chambers USA 2013
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T. Mark Kelly

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Kelly, T. Mark

Mark's principal areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, public financings, and private placements. His clients include public companies; venture capital funds; start-up companies; manufacturing companies; medical technology companies; oil field service companies; gas marketing, exploration and production companies; and investment banking firms. He has represented clients listed on the NYSE, ASE, and NASDAQ National Market.

Mark has extensive experience in public offerings of equity securities, and public and private debt securities. He also acts as general counsel for several public and private corporations. He has assisted in structuring and negotiating stock and asset acquisitions, and in negotiating bank financings. Mark also has extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions, representing clients in transactions totaling over $6 billion in the last two years.  He has represented clients in over 100 domestic and cross-border debt and equity offerings since 2004.

Mark has held numerous positions with the firm, serves as a member of V&E’s Management Committee and is Chairman of the firm.

Education and Professional Background
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1981 (Editor, SMU Law Review; Phi Delta Phi)
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A. Accounting magna cum laude, 1978 (Beta Alpha Psi; Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Eta Sigma; President, Sigma Chi; Province Balfour Award recipient)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1981
Professional Recognition
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  • Legal 500 U.S., Capital Markets: Equity Offerings and M&A: Large Deals (National Firms), 2008; Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2009 - 2014; Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2011 - 2014; Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2014; Technology: Transactions, 2013
  • Chambers USA – Nationwide Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2011 - 2014; Texas Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2013 and 2014; Texas Corporate/M&A, 2003 - 2014
  • Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (USA), 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2014; Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (USA), 2014
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Director: State Bar of Texas; Greater Houston Partnership; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Board of Visitors: MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Past President: Houston Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association
Publications and Presentations
  • Lecturer at numerous continuing legal education seminars
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Mark Kelly recently represented Ute Energy on a $250 million IPO and a $300 million debt offering. Sources say he is a “practical” and "outstanding attorney.” - Chambers USA 2013