Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders | Corporate Lawyer | Arthur Cox | Dublin, Ireland


Mark has a broad practice, advising on public and private M&A transactions, financial and corporate restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance issues, with a particular emphasis on cross-border transactions and the financial sector. He also has extensive experience in advising on leveraged finance, structured finance and debt capital markets transactions. Mark headed up the firm’s London office for a number of years and has also served on the firm’s Management Group. He is member of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Restructuring Groups and is also the firm’s country partner for Italy.


Recent M&A, restructuring and financing transactions that Mark has advised on include the following:

  • acted for Chartered Land on its financial and corporate restructuring, including the sale of Dundrum Town Centre, Ireland’s largest shopping centre;
  • acted for Centrica plc on the acquisition by way of privatisation of Bord Gáis Energy;
  • acted for Green REIT plc on its flotation and listing on the main markets of the Irish and London stock exchanges and its subsequent €400 million placing and open offer;
  • acted for General Electric [NYSE: GE] on its $16.9 billion acquisition of Alstom’s thermal, renewables and grid businesses;
  • acted for American Express on the establishment of its global business travel joint venture with an investor group led by Certares;
  • acted for Becton Dickinson [NYSE: BDX] on its acquisition of GenCell Biosystems;
  • acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the US$880 million sale to Julius Baer Group of BAML’s non-US wealth-management operations, largely headquartered in Ireland;
  • acted for daa plc (formerly Dublin Airport Authority plc) on various M&A and joint venture transactions in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America and the group’s financing and capital markets issuance arrangements;
  • acted for Musgrave on the sale of its Budgens and Londis businesses to Booker Group plc, on its acquisition of the Superquinn business out of receivership and on the group’s US private placement and bank syndicate financing;
  • various financial and corporate restructurings, including the €1.4 billion restructuring of the Quinn group, the Northern Rock good bank / bad bank restructuring, the €2.7 billion Actavis group restructuring, the £600 million Alliance Medical group restructuring and the restructuring of the EMPG group;
  • acted for the Department of Finance, the National Treasury Management Agency and the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on issues relating to the banking crisis, including (i) the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank; (ii) the demutualisation and nationalisation of Irish Nationwide Building Society and of EBS Building Society; and (iii) the establishment of NAMA and its acquisition of €74 billion of loans from a number of participating institutions;
  • acted for a number of major international financial institutions on the establishment and transfer of operations to Ireland, various intra-group restructurings and the establishment of financial services joint ventures;
  • advised on Ireland’s first building society mortgage securitisation, Ireland’s first whole business securitisation and the first investment grade eurobond issue by an Irish corporate outside the financial sector; and
  • regularly advises borrowers/issuers and arrangers on a range of leveraged and structured finance and debt capital markets transactions.


  • LL.B, 1990, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1994