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
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.
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.
- 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 ConferenceApril 25, 2009
- "Fractionalizing Individual Homes," Ragatz Associates Fractional Interest ConferenceMarch 10, 2009
- "Financing the Acquisition and Construction," Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education SeminarJune 27, 2008
- "Opportunities & Lessons Learned in a Mixed Use World," American Resort Development Association ConventionApril 9, 2008
- "Fractionalizing One Off Homes," Ragatz Associates Fractional Interest ConferenceMarch 19, 2008
- "Development Constraints and Financing the Acquisition and Construction," Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education SeminarJune 27, 2007
- "Acquiring Financing," Fundamentals of Real Estate Development, Continuing Legal Education SeminarJune 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
- August 15, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- December 1, 2015
- August 17, 2015
- February 20, 2015
- December 1, 2014
- August 18, 2014
- February 21, 2013
- Corporate and Business
- Financial Institutions
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Lending and Corporate Finance
- Real Estate
- Restaurant, Food and Beverage, and Licensing
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, 2013-2016
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Business Law and Corporate Law, 2013-2015
Member, The University of Miami Law Review