Mark A. Carter has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson as a partner in the Commercial Transactions Practice in the Chicago office.

With almost three decades of experience, Carter adds depth to Hinshaw’s corporate governance, transactional and bankruptcy teams, bringing a specific focus on advising companies with regard to insolvency preparedness.

“Mark’s significant experience in preparing companies for potential insolvency serves to broaden our corporate capabilities and positions us for any upcoming change in economic conditions,” said Dean Parker, head of the Commercial Transactions Practice. “We’re excited that he’s joined our team here in Chicago.”

Previously a partner at a Chicago-based business and securities law firm, Carter’s addition compliments Hinshaw’s strong corporate practice. He has advised public and private companies, start-ups and emerging businesses in a wide array of industries including food and beverage, telecommunications, financial services and construction.

Carter’s experience is rooted in Chapter 11 bankruptcy law, offering a valuable perspective for Hinshaw’s clients, whether it is a business in distress or a high performing business with distressed partners or vendors. He has spent a large part of his career as a partner with a Chicago bankruptcy boutique firm handling “debtor side” Chapter 11 matters as well as “lender side” loan workouts and secured transactions. Carter adds a debtor side, transactional presence to Hinshaw’s established bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group.

A native of Chicago, Carter began his legal career as the law clerk to the Hon. Richard N. DeGunther, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, Western Division.