MarkTaylor

Of Counsel

London + 44.20.7039.5243

For more than 25 years Mark Taylor has advised employers on resolving their key strategic HR issues and challenges.

Mark advises employers of all sizes and works across many different industry sectors and covers the full range of employment law issues. In particular, his practice has evolved to focus on key strategic HR projects, including handling sensitive executive departures, difficult terminations, events of major workplace change, restructuring matters, and transactional employment law issues. Much of Mark's work is highly sensitive counseling work. His experience in transactional matters is widely recognized, particularly in the field of transfer of undertakings, and he regularly coordinates advice on the HR aspects of cross-border M&A. As part of Jones Day's extensive European employment law practice, Mark regularly works with colleagues on providing and coordinating advice to multinational employers.

Mark has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers UK since 2002 and its latest edition refers to his "excellent and pragmatic advice" and a "fantastic ability to cut through to the important points."

Experience

  • Macquarie acquires Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management companyJones Day is advising Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 in the acquisition of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Signature Aviation to sell Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day is advising Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria's Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • ZapGo sells business and assets in administration saleJones Day advised David Buchler of Buchler Phillips Ltd and Darren Edwards of Aspect Plus Limited in their capacity as joint administrators of ZapGo Ltd (in administration), in connection with the marketing and sale of the company's business and assets.
  • Joint administrators of Onwatchmultifire Limited (in administration) complete pre-pack sale of company's businesses and assetsJones Day advised Anthony Wright and Phillip Armstrong of FRP Advisory in their capacity as joint administrators of Onwatchmultifire (UK) Limited in connection with the pre-pack sale of the company's security services and fire protection businesses.
  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • GCA Altium acquires Stella EOCJones Day advised GCA Altium in the acquisition of Stella EOC, a technology and media investment banking boutique with coverage in the UK and Europe.
  • Western Digital sells ActiveScale™ business to QuantumJones Day advised Western Digital Corporation's subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the sale of its ActiveScale™ business to Quantum Corporation.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries invests $46 million into Highview PowerJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., a technology leader in industrial machinery and environmental and power technologies, in its $46 million investment into Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions.
  • Pepper Group to sell Pepper European Servicing to Link Group for €165 millionJones Day is advising Pepper Group Limited, a leading diversified global consumer finance business, in connection with its sale of Pepper European Servicing (PES) to Link Group.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Truck-Lite receives significant investment from Genstar CapitalJones Day advised Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a leading provider of safety lighting, filtration systems, and telematics services for commercial vehicles, in connection with Genstar Capital's significant investment in Truck-Lite.
  • Delancey and APG Joint Venture acquires Earls Court for £425 millionJones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between a fund advised by Delancey and APG on behalf of its pension fund clients, in connection with its £425 million acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • CBRE acquires Laxfield CapitalJones Day represented CBRE Global Investors in connection with its acquisition of Laxfield Capital, a real estate debt investment business with £818 million of assets under management in the United Kingdom.
  • Western Digital sells IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®)Jones Day advised Western Digital Corp. in the sale of its IntelliFlash™ business to DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN®), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries acquires InvertekJones Day advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • BBA Aviation sells Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day advised BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • Northstar Travel Group acquires CAT MediaJones Day advised Northstar Travel Media UK Limited, a company owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital, in its acquisition of Conference and Travel Publications Limited ("CAT Media"), a leading global multiplatform business-to-business marketing services, information, and events business serving the meetings and incentive industry.
  • Northstar Travel Media acquires Buying Business Travel from Panacea MediaJones Day advised Northstar Travel Media UK Limited, a company owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital, in the acquisition of Panacea Publishing International Limited (trading as Buying Business Travel), the leading business-to-business brand in the UK serving the corporate travel industry with online media, events, and a magazine brand.
  • The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

    Transactions:

    • Advising a private equity house on the disposal of a packaging business from within one of its portfolio companies. The transaction required the co-ordination of complex consultation issues in several jurisdictions.
    • Advising Morley Asset Management on the outsourcing of certain back office functions to JP Morgan.
    • Advising Swiss Re on successive outsourcing projects passing claims handling process to a third party and then taking the service back in-house.
    • Advising a UK bank on the outsourcing of a mortgage processing business involving moving 600 unionised staff to a third party provider.
    • Advising a UK fund manager on outsourcing back office functions in several jurisdictions to JP Morgan.
    • Advising a private equity house on the acquisition of a listed manufacturing business and effecting substantial management change post-acquisition.
    • Advising Royal Mail Group Plc on the outsourcing of its facilities management business to a consortium (this involved complex issues surrounding the negotiation and interpretation of collective agreements).

    Advisory and Litigation Matters

    • Advising a venture capital house on complex issues surrounding the interpretation of its "carried-interest" long-term incentive plan including resolving a dispute as to its terms through mediation.
    • Advising a print business on lifting a team of employees from a competitor, including interpretation of detailed restrictive covenants.
    • Advising several businesses on the employment law and employee relations issues arising from the closure of final salary pension schemes.
    • Advising a large fund manager on the contractual issues arising from the introduction of a flexible benefits scheme.
    • Advising financial institutions on their obligations to provide references in the light of the regime under the Financial Services and Markets Act.
    • On behalf of an investment bank, successfully mediating a complex whistle-blowing claim alleging regulatory infringement.
    • Numerous highly sensitive senior executive terminations for high profile employers.

    Speaking Engagements

    • May 21, 2015
      Jones Day’s European Labor & Employment Conference 2015: Managing Change Across Europe
    • May 15, 2014
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2014: Managing Today’s Employment Relationships Across Europe
    • April 18, 2013
      2013 Annual European Labor & Employment Conference
    • June 21, 2012
      European Labor & Employment related compliance issues: The latest developments in Labor law impacting local or multi-national employers
    • January 25, 2011
      Now That's What I Call Employment Law 2010
    • November 2009
      Workplace Behaviour: Do's and Don'ts, Client seminar
    • April 28, 2007
      Emerging Trends in European L&E Law and their Impact on Multi-National Corporations
    • April 26, 2007
      European Labor and Employment Issues Facing the Financial Services Industry
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