Mark specialises in alternative investment funds (PE, RE, VC, hedge, etc.), banking and finance, and corporate and commercial law, together with financial services, listings and regulatory law and M&A transactions. His practice encompasses start-ups all the way through to large scale/multi-billion dollar businesses, and includes acting in relation to contested matters. He has also developed a niche in providing legal services to family offices.
Mark advises on both Jersey and Cayman law matters.
Mark was educated at Cambridge University, and then qualified as an English solicitor in 1995 with Linklaters. After an in-house role with Arup (a 13,000 strong professional consultancy for the built environment), Mark then joined Maples and Calder, first in London and then in the Cayman Islands, and became a partner in 2005. He relocated to Jersey in 2011 as a group partner of Collas Crill and in joining Hatstone strengthens and develops the firm’s funds and corporate team.
Mark regularly presents at conferences and client in-house seminars and has published various articles in the professional press.
Mark holds a English law practising certificate.
Mark spends much of his time with his children, and enjoys travel (most recently to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands), cooking and gardening. He also badly and occasionally plays golf.
“I have nothing but good things to say about Mark. I have known, and worked closely with, Mark since 2007, including working through many issues during some of the more difficult times the industry has seen (2008/2009). He has always been extremely reliable, responsive and effective. He is not only a superb technical lawyer but also has sound judgment, a great commercial sense and can be expected to routinely come up with creative solutions to difficult problems, often spontaneously. “ Aubry Smith – Paul Weiss