MinterEllison RuddWatts -
Mark is a highly regarded mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience advising corporates and private equity investors on all aspects of M&A, capital markets transactions, and commercial and business transactions. Mark is a ‘hands on’ lawyer who is available as and when required to help clients navigate transactions in the New Zealand market.
Mark assists both local and international private equity investors with their cross-border acquisitions, and companies looking to sell their businesses to private equity investors. He has recently acted for leading international private equity funds including Platinum Equity Partners, Allegro Private Equity, Affinity Equity Partners, Sun Capital Partners, Fidelio Capital, Certares Private Equity, and Knighthead Capital Management on acquisitions in New Zealand.
Corporates, SMEs, and start-up companies also seek Mark’s guidance on practical governance issues, director responsibilities, and strategic issues. He regularly acts for a range of listed public companies, analysing and reporting on key corporate governance matters relevant to the board.
Top legal directories, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific, rank Mark as a leading individual in corporate and commercial law. He is praised for his commercial acumen and pragmatic approach to complex corporate issues. He has been described by clients as a “very knowledgeable practitioner” who is “responsive, dedicated, thoughtful, proactive and smart.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2021. Other clients note Mark is “a great guy and a very capable lawyer” and “an astute lawyer who effectively manages the most difficult of circumstances in a calm and confident manner” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.