Mark Hobson is the partner in charge of the firm’s Miami office and also works with Mike Halloran in the San Francisco and Jackson Hole offices. Mr. Hobson is an experienced securities, corporate, and transactional lawyer licensed in Colorado and Florida. Mr. Hobson’s legal work ranges from helping founders of startups or other entrepreneurs form their entity or enter into joint venture projects or other contractual arrangements, to representing companies acquiring other companies or being sold. During his career, Mr. Hobson has assisted clients in structuring and documenting mergers and acquisitions (including preparing and filing Premerger Notification Report Forms with the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission as required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 for large M&A deals that satisfy the applicable thresholds), complex purchase and distribution arrangements, commercial finance transactions, secured lending deals governed by Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, private placements (including EB-5 projects), joint venture deals, asset-based lending matters, cross-border transactional matters, corporate governance matters, and intellectual property matters, including technology transfer arrangements.
Mr. Hobson’s experience before joining HFK in December 2018 has been broad and diverse. After completing his studies, Mr. Hobson started his career in São Paulo, Brazil, where he worked in private practice and then in-house at Banco Citibank, N.A. After relocating to South Florida in November 1998, he worked for 12 years with the oldest law firm in Miami (over 250 lawyers) and then worked over 3 years with a boutique law firm in the heart of Miami’s financial district, before establishing his own firm in July 2014.
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, in Marketing and Management, Tampa College
J.D., with Honors, The Florida State College of Law
LL.M., Cum Laude, in International, European & Comparative law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Member of Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Business Law Section of the Florida Bar
Member of ABA BLS Middle Market & Small Business Committee, Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.
Former Editor-in-Chief (5 years) of Newsletter for Middle Market & Small Business Committee of ABA Business Law Section
Member of the ABA Task Force on Offering and Trading of Tokenized Securities.
Member of the ABA Task Force preparing Short-Form Asset Purchase Agreement and Short-Form Stock Purchase Agreement.
Member of the ABA Private Placement Broker Task Force
Author of article titled “How Small-Fund Advisors Can Mitigate Money-Laundering Risks,” published on March 13, 2018 in the ABA Business Law Today.
Co-Author with Gregory C. Yadley, Esq., of article titled “36th Annual SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation,” published in February 2018 edition of the Newsletter of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee of the ABA BLS.
Author of article titled “Election Impact on Exempt Offerings and Private Fund Advisers,” published on December 21, 2016 in the Daily Business Review, an ALM Publication.
Moderator of Program titled “Basics of Private Investment Fund Formation,” held on April 14, 2018, at the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
CLE program titled “Perfecting Your Security Interest Under UCC Article 9,” given at a seminar in Miami, Florida, held on July 19, 2005, sponsored by Lorman Education Services.
CLE program titled “Implications of Revised UCC Article 9 in Commercial Lending,” given at a seminar held in Miami, Florida, on June 26, 2002, sponsored by Lorman Education Services.