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Mark C. Witt

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Milwaukee
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  • Biography
  • Representative Experience
  • Admissions, Activities & Honors
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Mark is a shareholder in the firm’s Milwaukee office and member of the Corporate Practice Group. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financings, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures and strategic commercial relationships for a number of public and private companies and private equity funds.

In the transactional area, Mark is known for his strong technical ability, his breadth of middle market experience, his commitment to excellent client service and his practical approach focused on resolving issues and reaching closing.

Mark joined the firm in 1994 and was elected a shareholder in 2001. He serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as well as its Management Committee.

Representative Experience

2015

Represented the owners of Trachte, Inc. (Oregon, Wisconsin) in the sale of their shares to Morgenthaler Private Equity (Boston, Massachusetts)

Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with the divestiture of a substantial division to a private equity buyer (transaction not public)

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:  QUAD) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its purchase of the assets of Wright Printing Co.

Represented Magneto Power, LLC (Mequon, Wisconsin) in the sale of its distribution business to Power Distributors, LLC (Cleveland, Ohio)

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its purchase of the assets of Direct Communications, Incorporated (Des Moines, Iowa)

Represented private equity firm in a tender offer involving one of its portfolio companies (transaction not public)

Represented Fortis Management Holdings, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the acquisition of certain assets and leases of Extendicare's (Toronto, Ontario) United States operations

Represented Gardner Denver, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the acquisition of Tri-Continent Scientific, Inc. (Grass Valley, California)

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:  QUAD) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its purchase of the stock of Copac Global Packaging, Inc.

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its purchase of the assets of Signal Enterprise Corporation and Tire and Dealer Systems and Services Corporation (Wexford, Pennsylvania)

Represented the owners of Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc. (Monroe, Wisconsin) in their sale of stock to Industrial Opportunity Partners, LLC (Evanston, Illinois)

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:  JCI) (Glendale, Wisconsin) in its purchase of equity in its Colombian joint venture with MAC (Colombia)

2014

Represented American Finishing Resources, LLC (Chilton, Wisconsin) in the sale of its business to DuBois Chemicals, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDQ: ARIS) (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Tire Company Solutions, LLC (Cookeville, Tennessee).

Represented Franklin Energy Services, LLC (Port Washington, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Resource Action Programs, LLC (Sparks, Nevada).

Represented Phoenix Nuclear Labs (Madison, Wisconsin) in its negotiation of a long-term supply agreement with SHINE Medical Technologies (Madison, Wisconsin)

Represented Gardner Denver, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its negotiation of numerous global commercial agreements.

Represented Solaris, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the sale of its business to LRUS Medical, Inc. (Rengsdorf, Germany)

Represented Quad/Graphics (NYSE: Quad) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of UniGraphic (Boston, Massachusetts).

Represented QuadMed, a subsidiary of Quad/Graphics (NYSE: Quad) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its investment in Stat Health Services (Scottsdale, Arizona).

Represented Quad/Graphics (NYSE: Quad) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of certain printing operations from Gannett Co. (Maple Grove, Minnesota).

Represented management of EMTEQ, Inc. (New Berlin, Wisconsin) in the sale of EMTEQ’s business to BE Aerospace Inc. (Florida).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) (Glendale, Wisconsin) in a joint venture transaction (not publicly disclosed).

2013

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) (Glendale, Wisconsin) in its purchase of equity of MAC-Johnson Controls-Delaware, LLC, a joint venture between EMA Holdings (Yumbo, Colombia), S.A.S./Procaribe S.A. (Panama) and Johnson Controls, Inc.

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its investment in Pixability (Boston, Massachusetts).

Represented management team of Medical Security and Card Company (dba “ScriptSave”) (Tucson, Arizona) in the sale of its business to MedImpact (San Diego, California).

Represented ARI Network Services (NASDAQ: ARIS) (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its sale of shares of common stock and warrants to certain institutional and accredited investors in a private placement.

Represented private equity firm (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the acquisition of a manufacturing business (Kansas) (transaction did not close).

Represented a health care provider (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its joint venture with another health care provider (Chicago, Illinois) (transaction not public).

Represented Dynamis Software Corporation (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the issuance of securities to investors.

Represented Families International (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its merger with the Alliance for Children and Families and the reorganization of their affiliates.

Represented Andrew Gronik (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the redemption if his equity in AccuVal Associates and LiquiTec (Mequon, Wisconsin).

Represented Hard and Soft Fishing, Inc. (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin), in its purchase of the assets of Acme Tackle Company (Rhode Island).

Represented My Health Direct, Inc. (Brookfield, Wisconsin) in its issuance of equity to Arboretum Ventures (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Chrysalis Ventures (Louisville, Kentucky).

2012

Represented Affinity, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its issuance of debt and equity.

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its purchase of the assets of 50 Below, Inc. (Duluth, Minnesota) in a transaction under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Ready2Ride, Inc. (Floyd's Knob, Indiana).

Represented ATF, Inc. (Lincolnwood, Illinois) in its acquisition of Header Products, Inc. (Romulus, Michigan).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its sale of a division of Johnson Controls Denmark ApS to Emerson Electric Co. (St. Louis, Missouri).

Provided advice to Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its creation of a joint venture in Australia and New Zealand with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Sydney, Australia).

Represented KI Capital (El Segundo, California) in the recapitalization of its investment in Unified (New York, New York).

Represented K1 Capital (El Segundo, California) in its investment in a web based services company.

Represented My Health Direct, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its issuance of equity to private equity investors.

Represented Pinstripe, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in recapitalization transaction and investment by Accel-KKR (Menlo Park, California).

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its investment in a production facility.

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (Sussex, Wisconsin) in its equity investment in a technology company.

2011

Represented IGC Technologies, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its sale of equity to Prince Minerals, Inc. (New York, New York).

Represented Golden Angels Investors, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its additional investment in AquaMost, Inc. (Madison, Wisconsin).

Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with an additional investment in a strategic partner.

Represented My Health Direct, Inc. (Brookfield, Wisconsin) in an investment by Arboretum Ventures (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Chrysalis Ventures (Louisville Kentucky).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its sale of certain electronic data interchange assets to Globalrange Corporation (Alpharetta, GA).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its investment in Odyne Systems, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its investment in MAC, S.A. (Yumbo, Columbia).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the redemption of its interest in Iconics, Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Energy Connect Group, Inc. (OTCBB:ECNG) (Campbell, California).

Represented Greens & Gills, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its fundraising.

Represented Fi-Med Management, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its fundraising.

Represented Pacon Corporation (Appleton, Wisconsin) and Superior Specialties, Inc. (Appleton, Wisconsin) in the sale of the companies to Mason Wells (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Represented The Marek Group (Waukesha, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Brandspring Solutions (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Represented K1 Capital Advisors (Los Angeles, California) in its investment in Unified Media (New York, New York).

Represented Affinity, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in the redemption of one of its stockholders.

Represented CableCom LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in a bridge round of investment.

Represented certain members of management of Dematic North America (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in their investment in the company.

2010

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in formation of strategic alliance with IBM (Armonk, New York).

Represented Franklin Energy Services, LLC (Port Washington, Wisconsin) in its sale of equity to Cortec Group (New York, New York).

Represented management of HK Systems, Inc. (New Berlin, Wisconsin) in the sale of the business to Dematic Corporation (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Represented Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its sale of the equity of Firehouse Ventures, LLC (Denver, Colorado) to VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) in its sale of F&I Smart to EZ Dealer Finance LLC (Old Bridge, New Jersey).

Represented Macadam Consultants, Inc. (Portland, Oregon) in redemption of a founding shareholder.

Represented Golden Angels Investors, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its investment in Ratio, Inc. (Monona, Wisconsin).

Represented company in proposed $1B+ acquisition of strategic target (transaction did not close).

2009

Represented CableCom LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Midwest Fiber Network LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in redemption of member.

Represented Brass Ring Capital, Inc. in its recapitalization of IGC Technologies, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in acquisition of Channel Blade Technologies Corp. (Virginia Beach, Virginia).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in acquisition of distressed debt, and subsequent voluntary surrender of assets, of Powersports Outsourcing Group, LLC (Schenectady, New York).

Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with an additional investment in a strategic partner.

Represented Quad/Graphics, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in acquisition of assets of Capitol Color Mail, Inc. (Bonita Springs, Florida) out of receivership.

Represented Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in additional investment in Firehouse Ventures, LLC (Denver, Colorado).

Represented My Health Direct, Inc. (Waukesha, Wisconsin) in investment by Chrysalis Ventures III, L.P. (Louisville, Kentucky).

Represented Fenix Outdoor AB (Stockholm, Sweden) in acquisition of The Brunton Company (Riverton, Wyoming) from Fiskars Brands, Inc. (Madison, Wisconsin).

Represented Golden Angels Promentis Investors, LLC (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in investment in Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

2008

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in acquisition of PWI Energy, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in acquisition of Gridlogix, Inc. (Edmond, Oklahoma).

Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with the acquisition of a strategic supplier.

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. in acquisition of Info Access, the micropublishing division of Eye Communications, Inc. (Hartland, Wisconsin).

Represented management of CTC Consulting, Inc. (Portland, Oregon) in purchase of CTC from Bank of America.

Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with a US$200 million joint venture in China.

2007

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in purchase of Metro Mechanical, Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona).

Represented Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in strategic supply relationship with USAir Conditioning, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).

Represented EMSystem, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in management buyout of company.

Represented Brass Ring Capital, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of Franklin Energy Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Represented ARI Network Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in its acquisition of OC-NET, Inc. (Cypress, California).

Represented NeuWave Medical, Inc. (Madison, Wisconsin) in connection with venture financing by Venture Investors LLC (Madison, Wisconsin).

Prior Years

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Debt Restructuring
Acquisition of Powercom 2000
Acquisition of Network Dynamics Incorporated
Acquisition of Empart Technologies

Asyst Technologies, LLC
Creation of joint venture in Mexico (Intec Mexico) with Intec Group

Banc One Stonehenge Capital Fund Wisconsin, LLC
Investment in Up-N-Atom, Inc.
Investment in Felins, Inc.
Investment in D&J Machining Services
Investment in BuySeasons.com
Investment in Instrument Development Corporation
Investment in Silicon Logic Engineering
Investment in House of Harley-Davidson
Investment in Arrowhead Systems, LLC

Blue, Scott
Purchase of Wilson Industrial Doors, Inc.

Brass Ring Capital, Inc.
Acquisition of IGC Technologies, Inc.

DCI Cheese Company, Inc.
Sale of company to GTCR Golder Rauner LLC

Diageo North America, Inc.
Strategic supply and investment relationship with City Brewing Company, LLC
Production Agreement and Co-Pack Agreement with High Falls Brewing
Brewing Services Agreement with Boston Beer Corporation
Distillate Supply Agreement and Co-Pack Agreement with Angostura US Holdings Limited and Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, LLC

JSI Industries, Inc.
Sale of Digi-Star, LLC to Capital for Business
Sale of Roto-Mix, LLC to management

Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC
Purchase of 5 Alarm Fire & Safety, Inc.
Investment in Firehouse Ventures

Magneto Power, LLC
Acquisition of Wisconsin Magneto, Inc.
Acquisition of Grayson Company
Acquisition of Engine Warehouse
Acquisition of Praefke Air-Cooled Engines
Acquisition of Mezzenga Distributing Company

Manitowoc Custom Molding, LLC
Purchase of Manitowoc Custom Molding, Inc.

Marshall and Ilsley Corporation
Acquisition of Security Capital Corporation (US$1.0 billion)
Acquisition of Advantage Bancorp, Inc. (US$240 million)

Mason Wells Biomedical Fund I
Investment in Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Investment in Mezzia, Inc.
Investment in NameProtect, Inc.
Investment in AnVil Informatics, Inc.

Meili, Jay E.
Sale of Molded Dimensions, Inc.

Quad/Graphics, Inc.
Purchase of OpenFirst, LLC
Sale of Parcel Direct division to FedEx Corporation (US$120 million)
Purchase of PaQFasT, LLC
Purchase of PressTech Controls
Purchase of ink plant from Siegwerk, Inc.

Rohrbach, Nelson J.
Sale of Coating Excellence, Inc.

Saunders Karp & Megrue
Purchase of Factory Card Outlet

Stark Investments
Investment in Harmony Investments (Distressed Asian Debt Hedge Fund)
Investment in 211 West Wisconsin Avenue project
Investment in Wells Real Estate Investment Trust

The Mark Travel Corporation (Funjet Vacations)
Purchase of Sun Country Airlines

TKO Dock Doors
Sale to United Dominion Industries

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1994

Professional Associations

Milwaukee Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin

Activities

Association for Corporate Growth, Wisconsin

President Elect (2015 - current)
Member of Board of Directors (2010 - current)
Chair of ACG Awards Committee (2010 – 2013, 2016)

Children’s Hospital and Health System Wisconsin

Member of Board of Directors (2009 - current)
Chairman-Elect (2016)
Member of Quality Committee (2009 - current)
Chairman of Quality Committee (2016 - current)
Member of Governance Committee (2015 - current)
Member of Finance Committee (2010 - 2014)

Friends of Holton, Inc. (a.k.a. Holton Youth and Family Center), Member of Board of Directors (2010 - 2014)

United Way Emerging Leaders Council, Member of Board of Directors (2008 - 2009)

YMCA Holton Youth Center, Chairman of Board of Directors (2005 - 2008)

Curative Care Network, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member (2000 - 2007)

WIN-Milwaukee, Advisory Board (2006 - 2007)

Milwaukee Curling Club, Board of Directors (2004 - 2006), Men’s President (2006), New Site committee (2008 - 2011)

Honors

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, M&A, 2009 – 2016; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2015 – 2016, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Milwaukee)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate/M&A, 2007 - 2016)

Included in the top 2-5% of M Magazine's "Leading Lawyers" (Corporate/Incorporation, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012 - 2015)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2010 - 2015)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2007 - 2008)

YMCA of Greater Milwaukee Volunteer of the Year Award 2006

Honored as one of The Business Journal's 40 Under Forty winners (2005)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Education

Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 1994, cum laude

Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University, 1991 (Berlin, Germany campus January - June 1990)

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