Mark A. Bluhm
Mark Bluhm is Chairman of Lathrop Gage. He served as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer from July 2013 through December 2017. He previously served on the Executive Committee, as the liaison for the firm's National Offices to the Executive Committee, and as the firm's Marketing Partner.
Mark's practice comprises handling clients' business transactions and providing legal advice on clients' business matters. He possesses a broad range of experience involving stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and corporate and general business matters, including strategic alliances, equity capital investments and new business formations.
A few of the transactions in which Mr. Bluhm has been involved include:
- Represented Silpada Designs, Inc. in the sale of its business to Avon Products, Inc. for $650 million in cash, and the subsequent repurchase of the company.
- Represented buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures with an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion during the three years before becoming Chief Executive Officer.
- Represented BlueScope Steel North America Corporation in several acquisitions.
- Represented the stockholders of Ivy Animal Health, Inc. in their sale of the company to Eli Lilly and Company.
- Represented Sprint PCS in structuring its PCS Affiliate Program and negotiating management, services and license agreements with companies to build-out and operate Sprint PCS networks in specific geographic regions.
- Represented Sprint PCS in obtaining financing for its PCS Affiliates, including syndicated senior secured financing, subordinated debt and public offerings of equity and high yield bonds, aggregating more than $3 billion.
- Represented Sprint PCS in its swaps of FCC spectrum licenses with AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile.
- Represented Sprint Spectrum Holding Company, L.P. in its acquisition of a partnership that holds a broadband personal communications services license for the Washington, D.C./Baltimore major trading area, and in the subsequent sale of the GSM System owned by that partnership to Omnipoint Corporation (a predecessor of T-Mobile).
- Supervised and handled the sale, liquidation or other disposition of 17 subsidiaries of Franklin Savings Association during the three-year period after the Resolution Trust Corporation was appointed Franklin's conservator.
- Represented the shareholders of Russell Stover Candies, Inc. in their acquisition of Whitman's Candies from Pet Incorporated.
- Represented several companies and individuals in their investments in unaffiliated businesses.
- Selected as “Leading Lawyer” by Chambers USA, 2010-2016
- Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2018
- Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2013
- Washington University Law Quarterly, Executive Editor, 1979-80; Staff Member, 1978-79
- Master of Business Administration Scholar Award (awarded annually to two students by the Washington University MBA Faculty), 1978
- Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
- Norbank, Former Member of the Board of Directors
- Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Former Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
- The Children’s Place, Former Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
- The Bacchus Foundation, Past President and Former Member of the Board of Directors
- Kansas City Tomorrow, Year VIII Member
- October 23, 2017
- August 15, 2017
- August 16, 2016
- June 3, 2016
- May 20, 2015
- October 14, 2013
- August 15, 2013
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Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1980
Washington University, M.B.A., 1980
Stanford University, A.B., 1976