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Mark M. Mendez
Mr. Mendez is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group. He advises investment banks, corporations and hedge funds in the structuring, negotiation and execution of high-yield debt, affiliate margin loans, equity derivatives and other structured financial products, including over-the-counter derivative products, registered and Rule 144A mandatory and optional convertible securities and variance and correlation swaps.

Work Highlights

  • Synovus Financial Corp. on SEC-registered offering of 13,800,000 Tangible Equity Units, or “tMEDS,” for gross proceeds of $345 million
  • Barclays Capital Inc. and RBS Securities Inc. as lead bookrunners on a Rule 144A offering by Telvent GIT, S.A. of $200 million aggregate principal amount of 5.5% senior subordinated convertible notes due 2015
  • J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as sole book-running manager and representative of the initial purchasers on a Rule 144A offering by Knight Capital Group of $325 million 3.50% cash-convertible senior subordinated notes due 2015
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, London Branch and Deutsche Bank, AG., London Branch as counterparties to call-spread transactions with Knight Capital Group in connection with the cash convertible senior subordinated notes offering described above
  • Westar Energy, Inc. in connection with an SEC-registered forward dribble-out offering of its common stock for up to an aggregate amount of $500 million
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with the SEC-registered offering by the UAW of 362 million warrants, each to purchase one share of common stock, for aggregate proceeds of $1.8 billion
  • J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. as sole book-running manager on a $208.7 million SEC-registered offering by Umpqua Holdings Corporation of 18,975,000 depositary shares, representing interests in Series B common stock equivalent
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with the SEC-registered offering $2.875 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.25% senior convertible notes due 2016
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with the negotiation and modification of the class action settlement agreement with the UAW and related issuance of a $6.7 billion amortizing guaranteed secured note due 2022, a $6.5 billion stock-settleable amortizing guaranteed secured note due 2022 and warrants to purchase 362 million shares of Ford common stock


Mr. Mendez is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Professional History

  • Partner, 2007-present
  • Associate, 2000-2007
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1999-2000


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    P: 212-450-4829
    F: 212-701-5829

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1996
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999
    • Articles and Commentaries Editor, Harvard Law Review