Mark C. Dietzen

Partner

dietzenm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.2452
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis

Mark Dietzen regularly represents agents, lenders, borrowers and private equity groups in all aspects of leveraged financings, agricultural lending, project financings, syndicated loan transactions, structured financings, and other related loan and project transactions.

Mark also represents financial institutions in connection with mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, regulatory matters, and capital-raising transactions.

Over the past decade, Mark has closed more than 100 financing transactions and assisted more than 35 financial institutions in whole bank or branch sale transactions.

Representative Experience

Lender Transactions

  • Represented a large financial institution in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $200 million to an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of domestic onshore crude oil and gas reserves.
  • Represented a large financial institution as agent in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $245 million to an energy company engaged in the development, acquisition and management of oil and gas properties in the United States.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $600 million to be used to develop a solar electric generating project.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $100 million to be used to refinance a credit facility for an operating wind farm.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $195 million to be used to refinance a credit facility for an operating natural gas plant.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $900 million to a solid waste management company.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $350 million to be used to refinance a credit facility for a regulated natural gas distributor.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $250 million to be used to refinance a credit facility for a natural gas/oil generation company.
  • Represented Farm Credit System lenders in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $700 million to be used to construct a natural gas combined cycle project.

Borrower Transactions

  • Represented private equity fund in credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $14,000,000 to be used to acquire a manufacturer of custom storage products.
  • Represented a portfolio company of a private equity fund engaged in the business of industrial metal fabrication in the refinancing of multiple credit facilities with commitments in excess of $65,000,000.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $36,000,000 to be used to acquire a health club business.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a credit facility with loan commitments in excess of $28,000,000 to be used to acquire a manufacturer of children’s toys.

Acquisition Transactions

  • Represented a registered bank holding company in the sale of a holding company located in the Bakken oil field region of North Dakota to regional competitor.
  • Represented a national bank in the acquisition of a Minnesota chartered bank in its trade territory.
  • Represented a Wisconsin bank in an acquisition of multiple branch offices from troubled bank as part of dissolution process.
  • Represented a Minnesota bank in the sale of a branch office to a federally chartered credit union.
  • Managed the acquisition of the assets and liabilities of failed banks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Advised on a capital raise by Montana bank through the issuance of subordinated debentures.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Bank Holding Company Association, Member

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance law, 2018-2020

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2010, 2012-2014

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013, 2014

Publications

"Practice Spotlight," Business Law Currents, Thomson Reuters/Westlaw, July 1, 2012

Speaking Engagements

2017 Advanced Lending Seminar, Complimentary Seminar, May 11, 2017

2016 Advanced Lending Seminar, Complimentary Seminar, April 21, 2016

"Current Trends in Community Bank M&A," Bank Holding Company Association, October 6, 2015

"Current Loan Documentation Trends," Lindquist & Vennum Advanced Lending Seminar, May 1, 2014

Lindquist & Vennum 7th Annual Advanced Lending Seminar, Complimentary Seminar, April 24, 2014

"Selected Legal Issues in Project Finance," FCS Commercial Finance Group, Credit & Marketing Meeting, November 1, 2013

"Capital Raising with Convertible Subordinated Debentures," Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota Legal Webinar, January 1, 2010

Community Activities

Local Non-Profit, Tax Exempt Foundation, President and Board Member, 2009-2013

Local Youth Hockey Association, Assistant Coach, 2010-present

William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) (J.D., cum laude, 2000)

University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1996)

Minnesota