Mark H. Lucas
is a partner in Fried Frank's Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in the New York office. Mr. Lucas regularly acts for industry leading private equity firms and public and private companies on a variety of corporate and M&A transactions across a broad range of sectors, including industrials, technology, energy and infrastructure. He also regularly advises clients on major media, healthcare, consumer and financial services transactions.
Mr. Lucas was previously Vice President & Associate General Counsel of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He focused on private equity transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and capital raising activities as well as other principal investments made by Goldman Sachs. Clients appreciate Mr. Lucas's invaluable perspective of having worked on both the client and outside counsel side and across the full life cycle of private equity investing. This skillset, including a profound understanding of the inner workings of sophisticated institutions and the complex regulatory environment in which they operate, allows him to provide tailored client service that addresses the unique needs of each individual client and scenario. Mr. Lucas was an associate at Fried Frank from 2004 to 2010.
His recent representations include:
- West Street Energy Partners, West Street Infrastructure Partners and West Street Capital Partners, alongside Riverstone Holdings, in the US$1.6 billion acquisition of Lucid Energy Group II.
- West Street Energy Partners, alongside Baker Hughes Incorporated and CSL Capital Management, in the transaction involving the creation of BJ Services, a pure-play North American land pressure pumping company.
- West Street Energy Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners in their convertible preferred unit investment, alongside TPG Capital, in EnLink Midstream Partners, in connection with EnLink Midstream's US$1.55b acquisition of subsidiaries of Tall Oak Midstream.
- West Street Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Aviation Facilities Company (AFCO) and AFCO AvPorts Management.
- Lee Equity Partners in multiple engagements including the acquisition of WealthTrust from Falcon Investment Advisors, the subsequent sale of WealthTrust to HighTower Advisors, and in the sale of Edelman Financial Services to Hellman & Friedman.
- Yellow Wood Partners in its acquisition of Paris Presents, Inc., a provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories, from EagleTree Capital and its co-investors.
- Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in its acquisition, alongside Thomas H. Lee Partners, of GCA Services Group.
- Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in its preferred equity investment in MDC Partners.
- MertzCo in its acquisition by CardConnect, a payment processing technology platform.
- Razor & Tie in its agreement with Concord Music to form a new company, Razor & Tie Enterprises LLC and subsequent sale to Concord Music.
- Via Transportation in its joint venture with Daimler to create on-demand shuttle services powered by Via's technology across Europe.
- Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in over 50 engagements including investments in Cheddar, Vast Data, Uber, Marqeta, NewTV and Minute Media.
- Goldman Sachs Growth Equity in numerous engagements including investments in ScienceLogic, KnowBe4, and Automation Anywhere.
- Transcendia, Inc., a West Street Capital Partners portfolio company, in numerous engagements including its acquisition of Spire Flexpack Inc., the parent company of Precision Poly.
- Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in its acquisition of McJunkin Corporation (n/k/a MRC Global) and McJunkin's subsequent combination with Red Man Pipe & Supply Co., and numerous add-on acquisitions.
- Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Centerbridge Partners in the acquisition of The Kenan Advantage Group and the subsequent sale to OMERS Private Equity.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Lucas’s work has been recognized by The Legal 500 in Private Equity Buyouts. He has co-authored articles published in various publications including Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and Transaction Advisors, among others.
He is also a multiple USA Triathlon All-American and has represented Australia at ITU World AG Triathlon Championships.
He serves as a Legal Advisory Committee Member to the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council, supporting the collaboration between tech startups and business leaders in New York City and is a member of the American Bar Association.
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
New York; Victoria, Australia