Manchester, United Kingdom
Mark is a Partner in the corporate team at his firm and qualified in 2008. He has over the years built a strong client base and acts on behalf of private investors, owner-managedbusinesses and SME’s across a variety of sectors within the North West. Mark’s extensive corporate and commercial expertise includes advising clients across a variety of sectors, including the dental profession. He regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals, new start ups, MBO’s, joint ventures, private equity investment, share option schemes (including EMI schemes), re-structuring, refinancing and corporate governance matters. Mark also advises private investors on SEIS and EIS investment structures.
Solicitor in the Corporate/Commercial Team
Solicitor in the Corporate/Commercial Department
Mark is practical and commercial in his approach to legal matters, placing great emphasis on providing his clients with an exceptional service. He believes by regularly keeping in touch with his clients, he’s adding value to the businesses he works with. Recent highpoints for Mark include acting for an IT software company with several acquisitions together with their general commercial contracts on an on-going basis as well as obtaining venture capital funding for an up and coming music festival, including negotiating on an on-going basis.
1999 - 2002
LL.B (Hons), Law
1992 - 1997
Mark is a highly competent solicitor; having used him for numerous projects his work is of a consistently high quality and is always prompt and accurate. Mark also goes out of his way to provide advice and guidance on issues as and when they arise, rather than simply fulfilling the requirements and handing them back.
Mark helped us buy our first business. We'd never done this before, and without Mark I don't think we would have carried on to completion. A difficult sale with a difficult solicitor and sellers, Mark had more challenges than normal just dealing with the personalities! He remained patient and understanding, incredibly knowledgeable about his subject and always ready to listen to both sides and find a way through. Always accessible, Mark was keen to act in our best interests and was extremely thorough and detailed in his approach to everything. I was extremely impressed with Mark's work and would recommend him to anyone.
Acted on behalf of sellers in sale of two separate divisions of its organisation to two different purchasers for a total equity value exceeding £19.5m. Following the sales, the company repaid its outstanding loan notes and completed a buyback of shares from the Pension Protection Fund. The sales included complex strategic planning to utilise historic losses within the group and to ensure the shareholders' receive entrepreneur’s relief on the distribution when the group is collapsed following the sales.
Acted on behalf of a company in relation to a complex restructure and capital reduction demerger of a group of companies with a total asset value of £55m.
Advised sellers on sale of company to a PE fund for an equity value of £8.7m. The sellers rolled part of their consideration as an investment back into the group by way of loan notes and shares in the acquiring company together with sweet equity based on the ultimate exit value achieved by the PE fund.
Advised a new start tech company in relation to the establishment of a joint venture and multi-million dollar investment with two major sector operators based in Asia, to exploit and develop a new concept that has been developed by the client.
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