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About Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh is an entrepreneur and an investor. Currently, Mr. Walsh is the CEO and chairman of GeniusRocket, a provider of user generated advertising media. Prior to GeniusRocket, Mark served as Chairman and CEO of VerticalNet, as a Senior Vice President and corporate officer at America Online, Inc., and as President of GEnie, General Electric's online service. He first got into the ÂâÂÂœonline servicesÂâ business in 1986, serving as General Manager or CEO of several internet and technology start ups. Since 2001 Mark has been active in politics, serving as the first Chief Technology Advisor to the Democratic National Committee during 2001 and 2002, and as the Head of Internet Strategy for John Kerry for President. He was the founding CEO of Air America Radio in 2003-4 where he remained an investor and director until 2009. In 2006, Walsh began serving as co-host of XM Satellite Radio's ÂâÂÂœLeft JabÂâÂÂ, a weekly political radio show. Since 2000, Mr. Walsh has managed a small angel-investment fund, Ruxton Ventures. At this venture capital company, he has invested in a number of small to medium technology/startup companies and serves on a number of their boards. Mark graduated from Union College (where he serves as a trustee) and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Latest Mark Walsh News

‘Stable’ Ireland to attract more M&A activity this year, says legal expert

Mar 22, 2023

A leading lawyer has predicted an acquisitions “push” into Ireland this year as investors and firms seek to release parked cash. Mark Walsh, the head of the Irish arm of UK law firm Addleshaw Goddard – which bought 130-year-old Irish practice Eugene F Collins last year – said “Ireland is looked upon as very stable”. While mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the next 12 months will be “driven” by tech and pharma deals, he said Ireland’s housing and other infrastructure needs will attract more attention as interest rates stabilise. “There was a pause for a couple of months while people were waiting to see what was happening with interest rates going up and down, but I think now there’s an opportunity,” Mr Walsh said. He was speaking to the Irish Independent before the rescue of Credit Suisse at the weekend and the ensuing market wobble. “We can see a top in terms of interest rates. There’s an awful lot of money still there. There is also a lot of money coming from Europe. "They are looking very actively at Ireland. You’ve got to come back to what’s on offer in Ireland: we’ve got a housing shortage, we need infrastructure, we need all that stuff in terms of wind energy, battery power and renewables. "They are all things we need. So there is going to be a big push throughout those areas.” The number and value of Irish M&A deals dropped last year compared with 2021, part of a global trend and after a record year that is now considered an outlier. Almost two-thirds of Irish company bosses told consultants PwC in a recent survey that they are not planning to delay deals this year. A year on from acquiring Eugene F Collins, Addleshaw Goddard itself is on a push into Ireland, seeking to double its lawyer headcount to around 120 and create a new energy practice to add to its bread and butter work on tax and financial regulation. Brexit was not a decisive factor in the merger, but the UK’s impending move away from EU law – particularly on data protection – is one to watch for the legal profession, with Ireland able to act as “a stepping stone of a country between the EU, the UK and the US”. “There’s a good chance you’re going to have a divergence between the UK and Ireland over time on data laws, as we implement more directives,” he said. However, he doesn’t see the UK becoming ‘Singapore on Thames’ or engaging in a wide-ranging bonfire of the regulations, and the, yet to be rubber-stamped, deal on the Northern Ireland-Windsor framework is a case in point. “To date, what we’ve seen is flying the flag. There hasn’t been divergence so far in an awful lot of these areas. Certainly, the UK seems to be moving towards a softer Brexit and maybe some of this might be just rhetoric.” For companies seeking to invest in Ireland, housing, rather than tax, is now a bigger consideration, he says. “A bigger priority for those clients is, can you sort out your housing problem? They’re saying: ‘Have you got a good workforce? Is there good education?’” Most Watched

Mark Walsh Investments

4 Investments

Mark Walsh has made 4 investments. Their latest investment was in LOOP88 as part of their Seed VC on February 2, 2015.

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

2/17/2015

Seed VC

LOOP88

$0.2M

Yes

2

7/11/2011

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

1/15/2010

Series A

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$99M

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Angel

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$99M

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Date

2/17/2015

7/11/2011

1/15/2010

Round

Seed VC

Seed VC

Series A

Angel

Company

LOOP88

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Amount

$0.2M

$99M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

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Sources

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