Bloomberg Law has awarded partner Mark Bekheit, Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice, with its “They’ve Got Next: The 40 under 40” award, which recognizes the accomplishments of 40 young lawyers across the United States. The honorees were selected by Bloomberg Law’s editors based on their records of success with clients, how they achieved those successes, and their leadership contributions to their firms and communities, and represent “the best of the future of the legal profession.”
Bekheit provides strategic advice to technology and life science companies at all stages in connection with mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, and other strategic corporate transactions. In his profile, Bloomberg Law recognized Bekheit’s work on several “transformational” deals, including representing enterprise communications platform Slack Technologies in its US$27.7 billion acquisition by Salesforce and enterprise data cloud company Cloudera in its US$5.3 billion acquisition by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and KKR.
In the profile, Bud Jerke, Director and Corporate Development Counsel at Okta, Inc., described hiring Mark and his Latham team to work on the company’s US$6.5 billion acquisition of customer identity provider Auth0 as “the best decision I’ve made since joining Okta.”
A first-generation American, Bekheit credits the values his parents instilled in him from a young age – hard work and the importance of education – along with a strong familial and professional support network and mentors willing to go above and beyond with helping him reach where he is today. That’s why, Bekheit says, he gets so much joy from mentoring junior lawyers, adding, “I have learned that a good partner is always willing to help by stepping in wherever needed and working toward collective success.”