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Mark Knight


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  • (F) 803.727.1428

Efficient and responsive service are fundamentals of Mark Knight's practice. This philosophy has guided his counsel on mergers and acquisitions worth more than $1 billion and more than 50 capital-formation transactions.

Typical engagements include:

  • Structuring and implementing acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, reorganizations, dissolutions, control contests, recapitalizations
  • Development of, and compliance for, private securities offerings
  • Structuring and negotiating licensing of intellectual property and related rights
  • Commercial contract preparation and review, including supply chain agreement
  • Managing other highly complex business transactions

Outside of Nexsen Pruet, Mark is an active leader in the South Carolina Bar’s legislative committees involving limited liability company, limited partnership, and securities law issues. He frequently speaks on various topics related to his practice and has published articles on limited partnerships and commercial law in the USC Law Review.

Innovation and Accolades


  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1981, cum laude
  • Furman University, B.A., 1978, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • 2004-2014: Legal chair for InnoVenture innovation and resource platform
  • 2011-2013: Steering Committee for Przirembel Prize for collaborative innovation
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Investor Network
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Corporate Business Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, South Carolina 2003-2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation, Since 2003
  • Listed in Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Securities / Capital Markets Law in Columbia, S.C. in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 
  • Recognized by IFLR1000, 2019

Each year from 2004-2014, Mark has taken part in the InnoVenture Conference in Greenville, SC.  In May of 2012 and 2013, he presented on the Jobs Act, which provides for significant changes to America's securities law.

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Mark and his family have been SCUBA diving for years. They travel to dive locations like Bonaire at least once a year.  When he's not under water, you might find Mark in the Upstate cheering on the Furman Paladins.  He was a high school athlete and actively follows Furman as well as Clemson, Oregon and the University of South Carolina where his children attended. Says Mark, "After you write enough tuition checks, you find your sports loyalties tag-along."

Mark has been a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and member of the Sanctuary Choir at St. Andrews Baptist Church, and is a co-founder of Vista Fellowship and Midtown Fellowship, all located in Columbia, South Carolina. He also leads a missional community (house church) initiative in Columbia.

"I strive to partner with business clients to develop and implement legal architecture that helps their enterprise grow and create lasting, portable value."