Mark Crean, who leads the Firm's Australian M&A team, has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, restructurings, and private equity. He is highly accomplished at helping clients on complex transactions and finding solutions to difficult issues. He covers many industry sectors, particularly financial services and financial institutions, media, telecommunications, funds, and real estate.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Mark was deputy senior partner at a leading international law firm. Prior to that, he was chair of one of Australia's preeminent law firms and instrumental in negotiating their international merger. In 2006, he was seconded as group general counsel to ASX-listed, global real estate and development group Lend Lease Corporation at the request of its CEO. When Mark won the Lawyers Weekly "Dealmaker Award" at the 2013 Australian Law Awards, a client was quoted saying: "in the heat of battle, Mark's ability to distil and communicate the key points and create a consensus around the table exceeds any other lawyer I have worked with…"
Mark is a member of the Corporations Committee and the Foreign Investment Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
The following represents selected experience prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised Telstra, the 50% partner in FoxTel, on FoxTel's acquisition of a strategic 14.9% shareholding in Network TEN, and associated commercial arrangements.
Advised Macquarie Bank and Pepper Group on their bid for GE's Australian consumer finance business.
Advised Pepper Group on: its listing on the Australian Stock Exchange; the $5 billion acquisition of GE's mortgage business in Australia and New Zealand; the acquisition with Goldman Sachs of GE Money in Ireland; and the acquisition of Citigroup's commercial loan portfolio.
Advised Resimac on the successful contested takeover of RHG Mortgage Corporation by scheme of arrangement.
Advised CHAMP and oOh!media Limited (Australia's only national provider of airport advertising) on the dual track process leading to the ASX listing of oOh!media.
Advised Austar on its $1.9 billion merger with FoxTel by scheme of arrangement (Finance Asia's M&A Deal of the Year for 2012/Australian Legal Business M&A Deal of the Year for 2013).
Advised Therese Rein on the sale of Ingeus and the joint sale, with Deloitte, of Ingeus UK to Providence Services Corporation.
Advised Varde Partners on the acquisition of Redcape by scheme of arrangement by Varde, Goldman Sachs, and York Capital.
Advised the senior lenders and hedge funds on the recapitalization and acquisition of iMed Group.
Advised Perpetual on its response to an unsolicited takeover approach by KKR.
Advised Tinkler Sports Group on the acquisition by demutualization of the Newcastle Knights rugby league franchise.
Advised Lend Lease on the exclusivity arrangements with Crown relating to a major hotel development at Barangaroo and on the acquisition of Valemus, including the Baulderstone and Abigroup construction businesses.
Advised Lend Lease on its $1 billion acquisition of major construction groups Abigroup and Baulderstone.
Advised the Australian Federal Government on T3, the $15.5 billion public offering of its 51.8% stake in Telstra.
Advised National Australian Bank on its $800 million acquisition of Aviva Australia.
Advised nabInvest on its acquisition of a strategic stake in funds manager Pengana Holdings.
Advised Pepper Group on its $5 billion acquisition of GE’s residential mortgage businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
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- Inns of Court School of Law, Gray's Inn (Called to the Bar 1981); Leeds University (LL.B. Hons. 1980)
- Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia and High Court of Australian Capital Territory
Acritas "Star Lawyer" (since 2018)
Best Lawyers Australia — M&A, private equity, corporate law, corporate/governance, commercial law, investment law, defamation and media, and telecommunications law
Best Lawyers International — M&A, private equity, corporate law, corporate/governance, commercial law, investment law, defamation and media, and telecommunications law
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 — leading individual, corporate and M&A
Doyle's Guide — leading corporate/M&A lawyers
Chambers Asia-Pacific — Australia: corporate/M&A (2021)