Mark is a director in our Restructuring & Insolvency Practice based in our Manchester office.

    His particular expertise covers restructuring, corporate recovery and turnaround.

    Mark has more than 15 years’ experience in preparing and negotiating legal documentation for the sale or purchase of businesses and assets, either as part of a restructuring or in the course of a formal insolvency, and is also known for his work in distressed property portfolios. He has advised on all insolvency processes and also advised directors on trading issues. He has prepared several cases for court, ranging from complex recovery claims to injunctive relief proceedings. In addition, he provides security and restructuring advice to clients.

    Mark has developed a strong presence in Manchester’s restructuring and insolvency community and works with directors, major clearing banks, financiers and accountants. He has delivered a number of presentations to various organisations on key topics of insolvency law and practice.

    Mark is recommended by The Legal 500 UK.

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    • Urban Splash – Advised Urban Splash on its acquisition of loss-making SIG Building Systems’ business and assets. SIG Building Systems previously constructed and supplied modular housing to Urban Splash and the move allowed Urban Splash the opportunity to expand its offsite construction capacity and control the production of its houses.
    • CNG Holdings – Part of the team advising CNG with its global restructuring in the US, UK and Poland and, in particular, to act for it in the sale of its UK subsidiaries, including Cash Generator and the struggling Cheque Centres helping an international client extract itself from its UK subsidiary businesses.
    • Must Have – Advised the administrators of Must Have (the northwest-based company behind the well-known “VIP” brand of electronic cigarettes) who entered administration with more than US$100 million in secured debt due to financiers across the UK and US on the legal aspects of trading the business, as well as the complex security position and distribution arrangements between the secured parties.
    • Appe (UK) – Retained by the trustees of Appe’s pension scheme with regard to the formal insolvencies of Appe's group and its parent La Seda de Barcelona based in Barcelona, Spain. The LSB Group turnover is in excess of £1.5 billion. Appe is headquartered in the UK and is a market leader in designing and manufacturing PET preforms, bottles and containers for a wide range of markets such as food, beverages and household products. Its pension scheme was under funded, with an estimated deficit in the region of £30 million. This matter involved working with the trustees to protect the UK pension scheme's position and involved complex cross border analysis of Spanish insolvency procedure, and international law and its effect on the UK pension scheme.
    • Klarius Group and Quinton Hazell Automotive – Acted for the directors in relation to one of the largest aftermarket car parts businesses in Europe, and was part of a team advising on sales, creditor issues and the various cross-border issues.
    • Printpack Enterprises – Part of the team which agreed the £60 million sale of the assets of Printpack to an MBO team. Printpack was part of the global conglomerate Printpack Inc, a £1.5 billion turnover packaging manufacturer. Enterprises needed to urgently restructure its debt and protect the rights of the beneficiaries of its pension scheme.
    • Silentnight group of companies – Part of the team which acted for the administrators (and the subsequent liquidators) of Silentnight, which involved strategic insolvency advice, a sale of its market-leading £120 million turnover bed manufacturing business and advising on contractual claims and issues arising.
    • Firstcity Partnership – Acted for the administrators and subsequent liquidators of Firstcity, an FCA regulated company. Dealt with various issues in connection with the Financial Services and Market Act 2000, FCA CASS Rules and high worth debt recovery litigation.

    Education

    • College of Law, Chester, L.P.C., 2001
    • University of Leicester, LL.M., 2000
    • University of Leicester, LL.B., 1999

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2003
    • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 UK
    • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017

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