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Mark has been the Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts since January 2008. Mark has previously been legal counsel for an Australian Investment bank, a partner at a leading U.S. law firm and an associate at a magic circle firm in London.
Mark’s legal experience encompasses infrastructure, project finance, cross border mergers & acquisitions, energy & resources, PPPs and financial services. Mark has been a leading commentator on outsourcing legal work to New Zealand.
Mark has worked in jurisdictions all across the world, and is assisting with development of the firm's global offering. Mark was listed as one of the ALB Magazines hottest 40 lawyers in 2010, recognised for his innovative outsourcing strategy for the firm. Mark was also a recommended individual in the ALB Guide for his work in the Energy and Resources industry.
Mark has published a number of articles relating to client care, leading professional service firms, energy and resources, as well as acquisition finance matters. Mark has often been invited to speak at conferences on the topic of legal outsourcing.
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Mark has worked on transaction jurisdictions in all the major European and Eastern European countries as well as the Americas, the Middle East, South East Asia and Oceania. Minter Ellison continues to invest in the Asia region with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Mark has advised a range of consortia on a number of energy and resources projects. Mark has worked on the development or acquisition of several power stations including Ferrybridge, Rocksavage, Coryton and Bord na Mona stations in the UK. His experience also includes upstream assets such as north sea oil holdings, gas transportation facilities and bulk storage facilities. This work included review and advice on the suite of project and finance documents and bid strategy.
He has advised on acquisition finance projects in relation to publicly listed and private targets and financed by senior, mezzanine, second lien and high yield finance as well as private equity acquisitions. This included public to private transactions.
Mark has been a leading commentator on outsourcing UK based legal work to New Zealand and has spoken at conferences in relation to this topic. Minter Ellison has a strong outsourcing offering with more than half the partners having gained experience in international law firms.
Mark has a strong projects background with experience in advising on cross border M&A transactions, acquisition finance, public private partnerships, infrastructure, debt and alternate asset classes. Mark was previously a partner at a large U.S. firm and spent seven years in the UK and two years in Sydney doing projects work.
Mark has acted for both developers and financiers in relation to public private partnership transactions including facilities management services, road, rail, water and power developments.