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

  • 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 million (US$546.3 million)Jones 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 (US$546.3 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.
  • 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.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries to acquire InvertekJones Day is advising Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Modern Media Acquisition completes merger agreement with Akazoo Ltd.Jones Day advised Modern Media Acquisition Corp. ("MMDM"), a special purpose acquisition company, in its business combination with Akazoo Limited, a U.K.- based digital music streaming platform specializing in emerging markets.
  • Hill-Rom sells surgical consumable products to Audax Private Equity for $170 millionJones Day advised Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), which recently rebranded as Hillrom, in its $170 million sale of certain surgical consumable products and related assets to an affiliate of Audax Private Equity.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • AGIC Capital acquires majority stake in Farsound for £115 million (US$143 million)Jones Day advised Asia-Germany Industrial Promotion Limited ("AGIC Capital"), a European-Asian private equity fund focused on investments in high quality industrial and medical companies, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Farsound Limited and its subsidiaries, a leading provider of technology enabled supply chain solutions, from its current owner Rubicon Partners at a total enterprise value of £115 million (US$143 million).
  • Euroports acquired by consortium consisting of R-Logitech, PMV, and FPIMJones Day advised the management team of Euroports Holdings Sarl, in relation to the acquisition of Euroports by a consortium consisting of R-Logitech, a subsidiary of Monaco Resources Group as majority shareholder, and PMV and FPIM, two Belgian investment firms, each for an equal share and as minority shareholder.
  • EagleTree Capital portfolio company acquires Centaur MediaJones Day advised EagleTree Capital in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Northstar Travel Media, LLC of Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Ltd.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Park Place Technologies acquires UK-based third-party maintenance provider MCSA Group LimitedJones Day advised Park Place Technologies in its acquisition of MCSA Group Limited, a UK-based, business-critical IT services and solutions provider.
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • GE Digital sells majority stake in ServiceMax to Silver LakeJones Day provided labor and employment advice to General Electric Company with respect to the sale of GE's majority interest in ServiceMax to private equity firm Silver Lake.
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8 billionJones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
  • Independent financial services firm sells One Poultry in LondonJones Day advised an independent financial services firm subsidiary in its sale of a special purpose vehicle which owns One Poultry, London.
  • 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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