Mark Tasker

Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial

Recommendations

  • ‘Very commercial’ practice head Mark Tasker is ‘calm under pressure’

    Legal 500 2017

  • 'Stellar' Mark Tasker is praised for his 'commercial acumen'

    Legal 500 2016

  • "Straightforward and plain speaking, he takes responsibility for getting the job done, as opposed to just going through the motions."

    Chambers 2016

  • Selected as a super lawyer 2014.

    Super Lawyers Magazine

  • Mark Tasker leads a ‘tightly knit’ team whose advice is ‘always clear and comprehensive’.

    Legal 500 2013

  • ...he can roll his sleeves up and go deep into the details to make sure nothing slips through the cracks - a rare combination.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • His proactive approach and willingness to take the initiative are mentioned by sources as just two of the reasons behind his success.

    Chambers UK 2012

Experience

I head the firm’s Corporate and Commercial department and have more than 25 years’ experience of advising clients on corporate transactional work.

My focus is advising on both cross- border and domestic private company transactions including M&A, venture capital and private equity deals. I also work extensively on corporate fundraising including equity capital markets work, in particular AIM.

In addition, my experience includes handling joint ventures, shareholder agreements and group reorganisations and issues relating to shareholder disputes and share rights held by senior executives.

I am valued by clients for being commercial and pragmatic, avoiding the usual “shades of grey” advice and for making firm recommendations.

  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mecmesin Limited to Physical Testing Properties Limited, a portfolio company of US private equity firm, Battery Ventures
  • Advised national retailer F Hinds on its rescue of Chapelle jewellery stores from administration
  • Advised Eyoto Limited on its £5m Series A investment round
  • Advised on the sale of cyber security business Netsparker to US based private equity firm Turn/ River
  • Advised on the sale of Eos Wealth Management Limited to Close Brothers Asset Management
  • Advised Research Views Limited and its shareholders on the international pre-sale reorganisation and subsequent £67m sale of the GlobalData healthcare business and simultaneous acquisition of a print business

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • I am a non-executive director of the national charity, Starlight Children’s Foundation, which grants wishes for terminally and critically ill children

Publications & Lectures

  • Wrote a number of articles that have been published online and in the national press, on such issues as shareholder disputes/agreements and raising capital
  • Undertook key speaking roles for the American Bar Association on the international private company M&A (Atlanta) and joint ventures (Paris)
  • Chaired a conference in Dallas on comparative alternative investment markets
  • Organised and regularly spoke at seminars on raising capital for an e-business; exits for e-businesses; and investing in tech-focused businesses
  • Spoke as an outside speaker on international mergers & acquisitions