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

  • MassMutual partners with Low Carbon to accelerate transition to renewable energyJones Day advised Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) on its debt and equity investment in Low Carbon Energy Holdings Limited (“Low Carbon”), a subsidiary of Low Carbon Limited, an established pan-European renewable energy developer and fund manager.
  • Sun Communities to acquire Park Holidays UK for $1.3 billionJones Day is advising Sun Communities, Inc. on its acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • Goldman Sachs acquires The Belfry Hotel & ResortJones Day advised Goldman Sachs in the acquisition and financing of The Belfry Hotel & Resort from an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners.
  • True Capital acquires majority stake in SneakJones Day advised True Capital Ltd in the acquisition of a majority stake in D2C zero sugar, energy drink business, Sneak.
  • Macquarie acquires Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management companyJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 in the acquisition of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Arc acquires Farmers Guardian and LAMMA Ltd from AgriBriefingJones Day advised Arc, a business partnership between EagleTree Capital and Simon Foster, in its acquisition of Farmers Guardian Ltd and LAMMA Ltd, the UK agriculture division of AgriBriefing.
  • ARA Asset Management Limited acquires InfraRed Capital Partners' European Real Estate Investment Management businessJones Day advised ARA Asset Management Limited in the acquisition of InfraRed European Real Estate Investment Management, a specialist discretionary fund manager in the real estate sector, from InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • NEP acquires Prysm Collective, Lux Machina And Halon EntertainmentJones Day advised NEP Group in the acquisition of Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment.
  • Signature Aviation sells Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day advised 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.
  • Creed Perfumes' majority investment from BlackRock LTPCJones Day acted as counsel to the management team of Creed Perfumes, one of the world’s leading artisan fragrance companies, following a transaction in which BlackRock Long Term Private Capital ("BlackRock LTPC") became the majority shareholder in the luxury brand.
  • Victorian Plumbing Group completes largest to date IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM marketJones Day represented Victorian Plumbing Group plc, the UK’s leading online specialist bathroom brand and the second largest retailer of bathroom products in the UK, in connection with its £850 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
  • 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.
  • 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