Mark D. Pihlstrom



Mark Pihlstrom advises on mergers and acquisitions and represents emerging companies and venture capital investors as they expand enterprises.

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Mark represents emerging companies, venture capital funds and corporate venture arms in private placements of debt and equity securities. He advises clients from startups to public companies on corporate matters, including corporate governance, contract preparation and negotiation, financing issues, restructurings, and ongoing strategic and transactional matters.

On significant venture capital investments, Mark has worked with clients including General Mills, Target, Xcel Energy, Zimmer Biomet, 3M Company, TT Capital Partners, UnitedHealth Group and Hormel.

Mark leads Faegre Drinker's venture capital practice.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mark represents buyers and sellers, strategic and private equity, in mergers, stock- and asset-based transactions, and leveraged buyouts ranging from less than $200,000 to more than $1 billion.

Clients he has advised in significant M&A transactions include Proto Labs, Zimmer Biomet, Thomson Reuters, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group and Bright Health Group.

Section 363 Bankruptcy Acquisitions

Mark also represents purchasers in Section 363 bankruptcy sales. Clients have included Baxter International and Wayzata Investment Partners.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York


American University Washington College of Law
J.D. International Law Review (1996)

Carleton College
B.A. (1992)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022

Civic Activities

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design — Trustee


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015, 2018
Awards Methodology
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