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

  • L Brands announces partnership with Next PLC for Victoria's Secret UKJones Day is advising L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria’s Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland ("Victoria’s Secret UK").
  • 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.
  • 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 millionJones 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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