Dentons, the global law firm, today named Mark Wege as a partner in the Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy practice. He will be resident in the Firm’s fast-growing Houston office.
Wege advises corporate clients on reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings and formal bankruptcy proceedings. His career includes extensive work with clients in the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production and petrochemical companies, oil field service companies and renewable energy manufacturers and providers.
“We are pleased to welcome Mark to our Firm and the Houston office,” said Dentons US managing partner Mike McNamara. “Mark’s blend of legal experience in restructuring, coupled with his deep knowledge of the energy sector, will add a critical capability to our Firm and enhance our client service offering.”
In Chapter 11 cases, Wege regularly represents debtors, DIP lenders, creditor committees, purchasers and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy courts across the United States, as well as in international proceedings. Wege also counsels distressed health care and distressed commercial real estate projects and clients in the transportation, telecommunications, retail grocery and convenience store, wholesale product production and distribution, and retail restaurant industries.
Wege received his JD from Baylor University School of Law and earned a BBA, with high honors, from the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier in his career he clerked for Judge William Greendyke, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
The past year has been a period of unprecedented growth for Dentons’ Houston office, with the addition of two high-profile members of the Houston legal community. Glenn Ballard, a former president of the Houston Bar Association (HBA), joined Dentons as office managing partner. Under Ballard’s leadership, the HBA launched the Equal Access to Justice Program, which doubled the number of pro bono cases handled by Houston lawyers and received the Tweed Award from the American Bar Association for the most outstanding pro bono program in the country.
Earlier this year, Laura Gibson, immediate past president of the HBA, joined Dentons as a partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Gibson heads up the Houston Labor and Employment practice and works with clients involved in complex commercial disputes, as well as arbitration pertaining to banking, energy, securities, copyright and communications law.
Dentons’ Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy practice has been ranked second in Law360’s 2015 Largest Practice Groups Report, and first in The Deal Pipeline’s Top Bankruptcy League Tables. Dentons’ bankruptcy partners are consistently recognized as market leaders and have been praised by Chambers USA 2016 for being “responsive and expert in their areas.” With more than 240 bankruptcy lawyers worldwide, Dentons offers fully integrated services and knowledge at every juncture within the industry.