Mark A. Bonenfant is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group, and a former member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. He has been with the Buchalter for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Bonenfant served with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. (1980-1982). He is a former Deputy Legislative Counsel with the California Office of Legislative Counsel (1978-1980).
Mr. Bonenfant focuses his practice on public company representation, corporate securities, public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and other corporate and capital market transactions. His clients include public and private business entities and financial institutions, emerging growth companies, private equity and venture capital funds. Mr. Bonenfant was selected as 2018 and 2019 “Leader in Law” Nominee by the Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers five times from 2007 through 2012, and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Bonenfant regularly advises a range of listed companies in SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance issues, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, establishment of corporate compliance programs and other corporate and securities matters. He counsels clients on matters relating to corporate structure, board and committee duties governance, regulatory compliance and corporate best practices. Mr. Bonenfant serves and has served as the principal outside general corporate counsel for a number of public companies including Heritage Commerce Corp (Nasdaq-bank holding company), OP Bancorp (Nasdaq-bank holding company), Central Valley Community Bancrop (Nasdaq-bank holding company), Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq-bank holding company), and former public companies, The Cheesecake Factory (Nasdaq-restaurant), Mossimo, Inc. (Nasdaq-apparel), The Cherokee Group (Nasdaq-apparel), Lorimar-Telepictures (Nasdaq-entertainment), Faroudja, Inc. (Nasdaq-technology), Textone, Inc. (Nasdaq-manufacturing), Earl Scheib (Amex-manufacturing and retail), The Foothill Group (NYSE-financial), and Barco (Nasdaq-apparel)
Mr. Bonenfant represents issuers in public and private securities transactions across a wide range of industries generally, providing them the most current advice on disclosure and corporate governance matters, corporate and securities regulatory issues, SEC guidance, and transactional structuring. These transactions include initial public offerings, secondary offerings, direct registration offerings, shelf offerings, private-public equity financings, Rule 144A financings, private venture capital financings and public and private exchange offers and recapitalizations.
Mr. Bonenfant has extensive experience advising clients engaged in a full range of public and private acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, corporate spin-offs, management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. These transactions are across industry lines including community banks, retail and hospitality, consumer products, apparel, technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, insurance, and health care.
Mr. Bonenfant is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions and the American Bar Association Committee on Federal Securities Law Regulation. He is a former member of the California State Bar Corporations Committee.
Mr. Bonenfant was an adjunct professor at USC Law School from 2002 -2006 and at Loyola Law School from 1999-2001 and 2007-2008 teaching courses on Securities Regulation and Mergers & Acquisitions.
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