Mark Crean, who leads the Firm's Australian M&A team, has 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.
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- Inns of Court School of Law, Gray's Inn (Called to the Bar 1981); Leeds University (LL.B. Hons. 1980)
- Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia and High Court of Australian Capital Territory
Acritas "Star Lawyer" (2018)
Best Lawyers Australia 2017 — corporate/governance, defamation and media, M&A, private equity, and telecommunications law
Best Lawyers International — M&A, private equity, corporate governance, media, and telecommunications
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 — leading individual, corporate and M&A
Doyle's Guide — leading corporate/M&A lawyers
Dealmaker of the Year 2013 — Lawyers Weekly
Chambers Asia-Pacific — Australia: corporate/M&A (2021)