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Mark Crean leads the Firm's Australian M&A team with more than 20 years of experience in M&A, restructurings, and private equity. He is highly accomplished at helping clients on complex transactions and finding solutions to difficult issues. He covers many industry sectors, particularly financial services and financial institutions, media, telecommunications, funds, and real estate.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Mark was deputy senior partner at a leading international law firm. Prior to that, he was chair of one of Australia's preeminent law firms and instrumental in negotiating their international merger. In 2006, he was seconded as group general counsel to ASX-listed, global real estate and development group Lend Lease Corporation at the request of its CEO. When Mark won the Lawyers Weekly "Dealmaker Award" at the 2013 Australian Law Awards, a client was quoted saying: "in the heat of battle, Mark's ability to distil and communicate the key points and create a consensus around the table exceeds any other lawyer I have worked with…"

Mark is a member of the Corporations Committee and the Foreign Investment Committee of the Law Council of Australia and the Advisory Committee of the Asia Society Australasia.


  • Sasser Family Holdings sell CF Asia Pacific

    Sasser Family Holdings on the sale of rail locomotive and rolling stock business, CF Asia Pacific, to funds associated with Anchorage Capital Partners.

  • Centuria acquires Heathley Limited

    Centuria Group on the acquisition of a controlling interest in specialist healthcare funds manager, Heathley Limited, now Centuria Healthey.

  • Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) unsuccessful takeover proposal from PropertylinkJones Day advised Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) in the attempted A$755 million ($548.3 million) unsolicited indicative and non-binding proposal from Propertylink Group to acquire all of the units in Centuria Industrial REIT by way of an agreed off-market takeover offer.
  • KPMG Australia acquires Ferrier HodgsonJones Day advised KPMG Australia in its acquisition of Ferrier Hodgson, a leading independent restructuring, turnaround and insolvency firm in Australia.
  • Pepper Group acquired by KKR in A$675.9 million scheme of arrangementJones Day advised Pepper Group Limited ("Pepper") on the acquisition of a controlling interest in Pepper by way of scheme of arrangement by an affiliate of KKR, a leading global investment firm.
  • CIC Capital part of A$9.05 billion (US$6.75 billion) consortium for takeover of Asciano, one of the most complex transactions in Australia in recent times and largest deal in 2016Jones Day acted for CIC Capital Corporation on the A$9.05 billion (US$6.75 billion) takeover of rail and ports operator, Asciano, by a consortium including Brookfield, Qube Holdings, CPPIB, GIP, CIC Capital, GIC, Qatar Investment Authority, and bcIMC.
  • Highlands Pacific Limited defeats Board spill motionsJones Day advised Highlands Pacific Limited (HIG) on a Board spill requisition and subsequent special meeting of shareholders where the Board spill motions were defeated.
  • Cardinal Health acquires leading patient product portfolio from Medtronic for $6.1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health on the acquisition of Medtronic's Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses for $6.1 billion in cash.
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