About Mark D. Rasmussen

Mark Rasmussen works closely with leading middle market lenders, debt investors and credit managers to help them deliver specialized capital solutions to help their customers' businesses grow or their own portfolio investments accelerate value creation.

20+ years' experience closing private credit deals

Clients turn to Mark with their often time-sensitive needs to provide their customers or investors with customized credit structuring and creative financing solutions. By respecting, adhering and bringing a practical perspective to clients' disciplined approaches to originate, process and close deals with speed, consistency and reliability, Mark is able to help clients further build and solidify their lending relationships throughout the market and provide their customers or investors with transparency, flexibility and service that sophisticated market participants demand. By tapping into more than 20 years' experience in business and loan restructurings and closing deals on behalf of lenders, Mark is further able to bring that unique perspective when negotiating front-end deals as well as when guiding clients through changing market cycles.

Mark is a member of Katten's nationally recognized Private Credit group, which is widely known and respected in the market for its breadth and knowledge of the middle market finance industry. With the benefit of that knowledge and resources, Mark advises senior secured, first lien, second lien and mezzanine lenders, as well as lead arrangers, administrative agents, funds and other debt investors, in all aspects of private credit deals involving both emerging and established businesses across a diverse spectrum of industries. Mark's broad base of experience includes cash flow lending deals in the sponsor finance space as well as assisting lenders in setting up and building out warehouse lending facility platforms and other specialty finance and ABL deals and negotiating intercreditor and subordination arrangements. While primarily focused on domestic debt financing transactions, Mark has also been involved in deals involving international components or facilities, including in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Africa and other jurisdictions around the world.

Prior to joining Katten, Mark spent nearly 20 years advising clients exploring strategic alternatives involving distressed businesses, including representing foreign and domestic banks, secured lenders, administrative agents for lender groups, financial institutions, funds, insurance companies, indenture and corporate trustees, and shareholder and bondholder groups in commercial loan workout, restructuring and bankruptcy matters, including negotiation and documentation of related loan documents.

Mark additionally spent his first five years out of law school in a national litigation firm as a commercial litigator focusing on business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

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Practice Focus

  • Commercial finance transactions — senior secured facilities, incremental and accordion commitments, first lien/second lien credit facilities, unitranche loans and AAL structures and unsecured financings
  • Sponsor finance — cash flow financings, leveraged buyout and acquisition financings, add-on acquisitions and growth capital facilities
  • Specialty finance — warehouse and consumer, small business and fin-tech lending and financing platforms
  • ABL financings
  • Mezzanine and subordinated debt financings
  • Refinancings

Presentations and Events

  • September 17–18, 2015
    Midwest Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets Forum on Real Estate, C&I and SBA Loans
    Moderator | ABI Proposed Reforms to the Bankruptcy Code
  • March 18, 2015
    Monthly Meeting of the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
    Panelist | Recent Developments in Bankruptcy
  • September 29–30, 2014
    Midwest Bank & Financial Institutions Special Assets Executive Conference on Real Estate Workouts
    Chair and Moderator | The Sale and Credit Bidding of Bankrupt or Foreclosed Asset