Taylor English is a client-first-focused law firm that affords me the flexibility to structure and deliver efficient, creative and result-oriented solutions for my clients’ everyday, “bet the company” and everything-in-between legal and business needs.
Mark I. Sanders is an experienced transactional attorney whose primary focus is on business and real estate law. Mr. Sanders’ practice is national in scope and he has an extensive background in the areas of real estate and finance, such as asset-backed loans and securitization transactions (including capital markets transactions), warehouse lines of credit, accounts receivable sale and hypothecation/loan transactions, real estate and related asset secured loans and other complex credit facility transactions. In addition, his practice also encompasses general corporate and commercial law, inclusive of business entity formation and governance, contracts, beverage alcohol and related licensing and permits, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt transactions, secured transactions, trade practice law, marketing law and litigation counseling related to these practice areas. He has had experience in a variety of business and finance transactions for both private and public companies, as well as on behalf of individuals.
Mr. Sanders’ clients have included, for example, developers, lenders, borrowers, restaurateurs, hotel owners and operators, contractors, distributors, professional service providers and entrepreneurs. These clients collectively represent numerous industries, such as hospitality, restaurant, travel, leisure and resort, marketing and promotions, construction, distribution, retail, health care and others. He has published articles and spoken on a variety of topics related to the work that he performs on behalf of his clients.
Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Sanders was a shareholder in a midsized Atlanta-based law firm where he practiced for many years and was the co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate and Finance group.
State Bar of Georgia, Business and Real Property Law Sections, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
District of Columbia Bar, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Member
American Resort Development Association, Chairman’s League Member
- Resort developer vacation ownership receivable securitization transactions and other financings in excess of $1 billion
Represented national and regional resort developers as lead and/or local counsel in connection with the financing of vacation ownership receivables through numerous term securitization, warehouse lines of credit, receivables hypothecation and whole loan sale transactions with combined transaction sizes/commitments in excess of $1 billion including the following: (1) Representation of a national resort developer in connection with a term ...
Represented a receivables management and purchasing firm in connection with all senior and subordinated financings/credit facilities with combined transaction values in excess of $50 million. An example of a recent representation for this client includes a recapitalization transaction in which we served as lead counsel in all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting a senior and mezzanine debt refinance and a concurrent third party equity ...
Served as lead counsel to a national developer (and certain subsidiaries) in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a private offering of $75 million senior secured notes. The note issuance was a highly significant event in the life of this client providing a part of the financing ultimately necessary for a subsequent merger transaction resulting in this client’s becoming a private company.
Served as outside counsel for one of the leading private restaurant groups in the Southeast formerly helmed by one of a select group of certified Master Chefs in the United States and regularly listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a Top 100 in Atlanta Hospitality. A recent hospitality related engagement includes the following: Representation of the licensor in a license arrangement with a joint venture for the Fly Burger restaurant concept in the Atlanta ...
Representation of a full service steel center in connection with a steel business plant acquisition and approximately $3 million working line of credit.
Representation of a master distributor of weld fittings, flanges and forged steel in a $23 million ABL credit facility.
Represented specialty finance company lender in connection with structuring, negotiation and documentation of several commercial real estate secured loan transactions, primarily in the Southeastern United States.
Represents multiple restaurateurs and restaurants, in connection with all legal matters, such as entity structuring and formation, contracts, trademark registration and licensing, alcohol beverage and related licensing, acquisitions and other general corporate matters.
- Fractional real estate development in resort locations within the United States, including "one off" single family homes
Represented and counsel to multiple developers of fractional real estate products in various resort locations within the United States, including the development of fractional single family residences.
Representation of a shopping center developer as Georgia counsel in a multi-state, multimillion dollar defeasance and commercial loan transaction.
Representation of a hotel company as Georgia counsel in a multi-state, multimillion dollar hotel property refinancing.
Represented a specialty finance company resort lender in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting a vacation ownership receivables loan sale program.
Represented a national resort developer in connection with a $30 million loan consolidation of multiple real estate and resort secured loans.
Represents numerous small businesses in connection with a variety of general corporate, contract and transactional matters across different industries, including healthcare, publishing, promotional/marketing, restaurant, travel, retail and others.
Represents two of the largest franchisees (with more than 100 combined locations) of a major national quick serve restaurant company in connection with the financing of the transfer of franchise ownership to new owners.
Represented a bank resort lender in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of the conversion of a construction loan to a vacation ownership receivables hypothecation loan.
- December 1, 2014
Taylor English is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Georgia Trend’s 2014 Legal Elite. The list, in its 12th edition, ranks Georgia’s top attorneys as selected by their peers. To compile its Legal Elite, Georgia Trend polled several thousand members of the State Bar of Georgia asking them to nominate the most effective attorneys in 10 different practice areas. The complete list is available on the Georgia Trend website.
- August 18, 2014
Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce the inclusion of 14 of its attorneys among The Best Lawyers® in America for 2015. One of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys in 128 practice areas in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The entire list of 2015 Best Lawyers is available at www.bestlawyers.com.
The Taylor English attorneys selected for inclusion ...
- February 21, 2013
11 Taylor English Duma attorneys have been included on this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers list, with an additional nine attorneys being recognized on the Georgia Rising Stars list.
The Super Lawyers selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards and have demonstrated a degree of achievement in their field. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the ...
- February 20, 2015
Taylor English is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys have been included on this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers list, and nine attorneys have been recognized on the Georgia Rising Stars 2015 list. In addition, Henry M. Quillian III has been selected to the 2015 Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers list for the sixth consecutive year. The Super Lawyers selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained ...
- Co-Moderator, Taylor English Hospitality Law Breakfast Series2012-2015
- March 12, 2013
- “Liquor Licenses: Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog,” Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys ConferenceSan Francisco, Calif., April 25, 2009
- “Fractionalizing Individual Homes,” Ragatz Associates Fractional Interest ConferenceSan Francisco, Calif., March 10, 2009
- “Financing the Acquisition and Construction,” Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education SeminarSavannah, Ga., June 27, 2008
- “Opportunities & Lessons Learned in a Mixed Use World,” American Resort Development Association ConventionLas Vegas, Nev., April 9, 2008
- “Fractionalizing One Off Homes,” Ragatz Associates Fractional Interest ConferenceSan Francisco, Calif., March 19, 2008
- “Development Constraints and Financing the Acquisition and Construction,” Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education SeminarSavannah, Ga., June 27, 2007
- “Acquiring Financing,” Fundamentals of Real Estate Development, Continuing Legal Education SeminarAtlanta, Ga., June 21, 2005
- July 2, 2014
- "The Availability and Cost of Capital: At the Center of Structuring Developer Fee-Based Service Arrangements," Perspective MagazineMarch/April 2014
- “Lessons from the Marketplace: Evolution of Developer Financing in Fee-Based Service Arrangements,” Developments MagazineOctober 14, 2013
- “Fractional Hotels: The Emerging Hybrid,” DevelopmentsOctober 2006
- Corporate and Business
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Real Estate
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
- Financial Institutions
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Real Estate
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage
University of Miami School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1994
University of Michigan, BA, 1991
District of Columbia
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
All Georgia State Courts
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Business Law and Corporate Law, 2013-2014
Member, The University of Miami Law Review