Mr. Morton's practice involves corporate counseling, governance and opinion work. He regularly advises clients regarding all aspects of the Delaware General Corporation Law, governance of Delaware corporations, and fiduciary obligations, both in the context of daily business affairs and with respect to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He also authors opinion letters on a wide range of matters of Delaware corporation law. In addition, he frequently is engaged to serve as counsel to Special Committees in connection with various conflict transactions, including M&A transactions.
Mark is a frequent speaker at corporate law seminars and symposia around the country, including the Harvard School of Law, the Northwestern Law Securities Regulation Institute, the University of Texas Securities Regulation Institute, the University of Texas Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, and the ABA National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions. In addition, he has participated in a number of programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association and a host of other state and city bar associations. In addition, Mark has been a speaker for a myriad of programs sponsored by the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the ABA, and he has served as a speaker on Delaware corporate law issues for a number of international and national law firms as part of their internal continuing education programs.
Mark is a member of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and, in that capacity, participates in the annual review of, and preparation of amendments to, the Delaware General Corporation Law. He is the immediate past Chair of the M&A Committee, a committee that, with more than 5,000 members, is one of the largest in the Business Law Section of the ABA. He also is a past Co-Chair of the Delaware Business Law Forum, an invitation-only event sponsored by the ABA for leading corporate law practitioners.
- Representation of Volterra Semiconductor Corporation in connection with its sale in one of the first transaction to utilize new Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law.
- Representation of Softbank in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Sprint Corp.
- Representation of Merz Pharma Group in connection with its topping bid for Obagi Medical Products, Inc.
- Representation of Palomar Medical in connection with its sale.
- Representation of Young Innovations, Inc. in connection with its sale.
- Representation of Coventry Health Care in connection with its sale.
- Representation of the Special Committee of Quest Software in connection with its sale to Dell, Inc.
- Representation of a special committee of Hughes Telematics in connection with the company’s sale.
- Representation of Sagard Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition of IntegraMed America, Inc.
- Representation of the conflict committee of ETE in connection with its acquisition of Southern Union Company and its participation in the acquisition of Sunoco, Inc.
- Representation of ISTA Pharmaceuticals in connection with its sale.
- Representation of Apollo Global Management in connection with its acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
- Representation of a special committee of C&D Technologies in connection with the controlling stockholder’s acquisition of the company’s minority interest.
- Representation of Ecolab, Inc. in connection with its sale.
- Representation of a conflicts committee of Vanguard Natural Resources in acquisition of Encore Energy Partners LP.
- Representation of a special committee of Blackboard, Inc. in connection with the company’s sale.
- Representation of a special committee of BJ Wholesale Club, Inc. in connection with the company’s sale.
- Representation of Compellent, Inc. in connection with its sale.
- Representation of a special committee of Prospect Medical Holdings in connection the company’s sale.
- Representation of Hospira, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Javelin Pharmaceuticals.
- Representation of Astellas Pharma Inc. in connection with its hostile bid for OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Representation of CKE Restaurants, Inc. in connection with its sale.
In addition to the matters listed above, in recent years Mark has served as special Delaware counsel for special committees of the Boards of Directors for such corporations as: Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., Dreamworks Studios, Eon Labs, G.P. Strategies, Inc., Hotels.com, IGEN, Inc., Insituform East, Inc., iPass, Inc., Kenetech Corporation, National Steel Corporation, Rare Medium, Sodexho Marriott, TDK Mediactive, Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Company, LLC, Unico Corporation, and Venoco, Inc.
- July 26, 2013
- First Principles for Addressing the Competing Interests of Common and Preferred Stockholders in an M&A TransactionOctober 1, 2010
- December 10, 2009
- June 14, 2008
- May 1, 2008
- March 1, 2008
- February 1, 2008
- September 6, 2006
- Do Directors Have Reason to Worry?November 1, 2005
- November 1, 2005
- November 1, 2005
- August 1, 2005
- October 1, 2004
- April 1, 2002
- A recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision raises two interesting points concerning the obligations of corporations that undertake mergers with subsidiariesJune 1, 2000
- May 1, 2000
- March 1, 2000
- Potter Anderson Advises ETE Conflicts Committee on Simplification Transaction to Create ~$90 Billion EnterpriseAugust 17, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- May 30, 2018
- May 29, 2018
- May 3, 2018
- March 7, 2018
- August 15, 2017
- August 1, 2017
- Donald Wolfe Ranks in the Top Ten 2017 Delaware Super Lawyers; 10 Attorneys in Five Practices RecognizedJune 5, 2017
- May 19, 2017
- Three Potter Anderson Attorneys Named “Lawyers of the Year” and 21 Attorneys Named as "the Best Lawyers in America" for 2017August 15, 2016
- Potter Anderson Partner, Donald J. Wolfe, Jr., Tops 2015 Delaware Super Lawyers Rankings; 17 Potter Anderson Attorneys in Eight Practice Areas RecognizedMay 15, 2015
- April 16-18, 2015
- 18 Potter Anderson Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Delaware Super Lawyers; Chairman Donald J. Wolfe, Jr. Ranked in Top ThreeMay 27, 2014
- New York Times, December 26, 2012
- March 9, 2012
- September 28, 2011
- June 29, 2011
- March 29, 2011
- December 15, 2010
- September 1, 2010
- May 4, 2010
Events & Speaking Engagements
- March 15, 2018
- September 15, 2017
- April 8, 2017
- Two Potter Anderson Attorneys to Speak at the 38th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business LawDallas, TX, February 11-12, 2016
- Potter Anderson Partner, Mark Morton, to Speak at PLI's Mergers & Acquisitions 2016: Trends and DevelopmentsNew York, NY, January 14-15, 2016
- Two Potter Anderson Partners to Speak at the 37th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business LawDallas, TX, February 12-13, 2015
- University of Delaware, November 19 - 20, 2014
- Austin, TX, February 10, 2012
- Dallas, TX, January 10, 2012
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989; The Tax Lawyer, 1987-88
Dickinson College, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
- Delaware, 1989
Professional Activities and Honors
- Named by Chambers, USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading Delaware Corporate/M&A practitioner, by Best Lawyers as the 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Wilmington, Delaware for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, as one of the leading M&A lawyers by the International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers, and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America
- Member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Law and Economics
- Delaware State Bar Association
- American Bar Association; Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section; Task Force on Public Companies
- Member, Planning Committee, Tulane Corporate Law Institute
- Adjunct Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2009-2013) and the University of Virginia Law School (2010-Current). Co-teach with Myron T. Steele, former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court