Mark M. Mendez
  1. Partner

As a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Mendez is co-head of the firm's 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
  • The dealers in connection with $3 billion accelerated share repurchase transactions to be entered into between each and Monsanto Company
  • J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as joint book-running managers and representatives of the initial purchasers on a Rule 144A offering by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. of $345 million 1.25% cash convertible senior notes due 2020
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Citibank, N.A. as counterparties to call-spread transactions with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. in connection with the cash convertible senior notes offering described above
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters on an SEC registered offering by Molycorp, Inc. of $345 million 5.50% convertible senior notes due 2018
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Services LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC in connection with a share lending agreement with Molycorp, Inc. and related SEC registered common stock offering in connection with the convertible senior 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
  • 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


Mr. Mendez is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA
  • IFLR1000

Professional History

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

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • 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