Mara Garcia Kaplan
Director Counsel at Target Corporation
Mara Garcia Kaplan is Director Counsel at Target Corporation, a Minneapolis-based retailer with over $75 billion in sales. Mara is responsible for the legal aspects of Target’s merger and acquisition activity. She provides strategic guidance and transactional support on M&A activity, including the recent sale of Target’s pharmacy and clinics business to CVS. Mara is also responsible for all legal aspects of Dermstore.com, an online beauty retailer and a subsidiary of Target Corporation.
Prior to joining Target, Mara was with the law firm now known as Faegre Baker Daniels where she advised multinational clients on cross-border transactions, including global M&A, restructuring, joint ventures and market entry strategies. She also counseled clients on international compliance matters including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to her legal career, Mara spent 5 years in the financial services industry.
Mara was named in 2015 by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR) as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever and was nominated as one of two of Target’s 2013 fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She has served in various leadership roles both at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Minnesota Hispanic National Bar (MHBA) since 2004, including serving as President of the MHBA and Regional President of the HNBA. She has also served as a member of Advisory Board of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, a decentralized agency of the Mexican Foreign Ministry.