Mark E. Bonham

Mark E. Bonham

Partner & Co-Chair: Technology & Life Sciences Group
Salt Lake City, UT
Overview

About Mark

Mark Bonham serves as co-chair of the firm’s Technology & Life Sciences industry group and is located in the Salt Lake City office where he focuses his practice on providing legal counsel to technology, life sciences, software, and Internet-based companies and the venture capital funds and strategic investors that finance these emerging businesses. A member of the Corporate group, Mark is well-known in the Salt Lake City region due to his emerging business and venture capital experience. With a depth of knowledge in startups, venture financing, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, equity compensation, business strategy, corporate governance, IPOs, SEC reporting, and exit strategy, Mark has deep relationships with tech startups and emerging businesses.

Mark was formerly a partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he served corporate law clients for 20 years in California and Utah. He co-managed a group of 16 lawyers, and at various times served on the Compensation and Investment Committees, co-chaired the Recruiting Committee, and co-chaired the Knowledge Management Committee for that firm.

Later, Mark and four other executives formed a business consultancy, SageCreek Partners LLC, which advised technology companies in all stages of business from startup to growth and succession. Mark also served as a director of an NYSE-listed software company, where he was chairman of its Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, and where he developed an innovative director survey and rating methodology.

A magna cum laude graduate and Trustees Scholar of Brigham Young University, Mark earned a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics. He has been listed in Chambers & Partners USA, has achieved an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell®, and is listed among the Legal Elite and Utah Super Lawyers®. In addition, he has been awarded Utah Corporate “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City-area Venture Capital Law “Lawyer of the Year” and Salt Lake City-area M&A “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®.

In the last few months, transactions Mark has advised include (over $80 million): a start-up 3D modeling software company; venture fund investments in three separate entities (two healthcare, one fintech); a recapitalization for a software security firm; a merger of two fintech companies; a Series D financing of a drug discovery company; and formation of a company developing scramjet technology (yes, really)! Mark’s largest recent transaction was being part of a team advising a transportation equipment company in the placement of more than $350 million of securities led by J.P. Morgan.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represented and advised hundreds of public and private companies since 1987.
  • Counseled boards and C-suite on legal and business transactions and decisions, including acquisitions, public offerings, governance, strategy, compliance, SEC reporting, venture financing, equity compensation, and other matters.
  • Worked on more than 25 completed IPOs, more than 80 completed M&A transactions ranging from single-digit millions to multibillion-dollar public/public transactions, and over 200 venture financings for both companies and investors.
  • Prepared for and contributed in hundreds of board and executive critical decision meetings.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Utah Super Lawyers®, Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney, Alpine, Utah, 2007, 2008 and 2013
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Venture Capital Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2019; Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2010; and Corporate “Lawyer of the Year,” Utah, 2009
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law, Venture Capital Law), 2007–2022
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, most recently in 2018–2020
  • Selected by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets) 2004, 2006
  • Top 100 Legal Elite™ Utah, 2003

Civic Activities

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President, Washington Everett Mission, 2013–2016
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Forming A Cleantech Company,” Cleantech Bootcamp & Founder Meets Funder Matchmaking Event, Aug. 29, 2018
  • Co-presenter, “What Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Forming and Growing a Life Sciences Company,” BioUtah Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19, 2017
  • Co-organizer and presenter for many years at the Directors and Officers Summit Conference, Park City, Utah; video presentation on the fiduciary duties of “two hats” directors such as venture capitalists



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