MarkJones

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5719

Mark Jones has over 25 years of experience advising on complex and high-profile competition/antitrust issues. He has obtained competition clearances for M&A transactions and joint ventures and has represented clients in cartel, monopoly, and market investigations. Mark advises on UK, EU, and multijurisdictional matters. Sectors in which he has particular experience include financial institutions, technology, pharma, energy and infrastructure, entertainment and media, and retail and consumer. Mark has been described in legal directories as an "excellent technician and tactician" and a "fantastic competition lawyer."

Mark also regularly advises on foreign direct investment regimes, the economic regulation of utilities, and subsidy control rules. Mark's experience includes a secondment to the Office of Fair Trading, the predecessor to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2022, Mark's recent cases include: CMA merger clearance for Kustomer, Inc. of its acquisition by Facebook; CMA and European Commission merger clearance for ASM Global, a joint venture between AEG and SMG, to establish a leading worldwide venue management and services company; representing OFGEM, the UK energy regulator, in its successful defense against appeals before the CMA by nine energy companies relating to its RIIO-2 price control decisions for the United Kingdom's electricity and gas transmission and gas distribution networks; successfully defending a generics pharmaceutical company in a cartel investigation by the CMA in relation to the supply of two generic pharmaceutical products in the United Kingdom; and advising a major UK retail bank on the State aid aspects of the UK government's COVID-related support loan schemes.

Experience

  • FLEETCOR acquires Global Reach GroupJones Day advised FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Global Reach Group, a UK-based cross-border payments provider.
  • Greystar and GIC joint venture acquires Student RoostJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on the joint venture and antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Student Roost, the UK’s third largest purpose-built student accommodation provider, from one of Brookfield’s real estate private funds, through a joint venture partnership with GIC.
  • J.F. Lehman sells offshore support vessel Global SymphonyJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company and its portfolio company, Global Marine, in the sale of the Global Symphony offshore support vessel to Jan de Nul Group, and sale of other related assets to another strategic investor.
  • Macquarie acquires Euston Solar FarmJones Day advised Macquarie in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Euston Solar Farm Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.
  • Avient acquires DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day advised Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in the $1.485 billion acquisition and financing of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • Macquarie agrees to acquire Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group for approximately €2.4 billionJones Day is advising Macquarie Asset Management in the execution of a put option agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group, for approximately €2.4 billion.
  • Macquarie Asset Management acquires 50% shareholding in Island Green PowerJones Day advised Macquarie Asset Management ("MAM"), via Macquarie Green Investment Group Renewable Energy Fund 2 ("MGREF2"), in its acquisition of 50% of the shares in Island Green Power Limited, a UK-based renewable energy developer focused primarily on the development of utility-scale solar plants.