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Mark is a partner in the Corporate and M&A Group.  He advises on public and private corporate and M&A matters, equity and DCM transactions and complex restructuring and financing matters.

In addition to his core M&A and equity and debt capital markets practices, Mark has extensive experience advising on private equity transactions and complex financial/corporate restructurings.  He also advises arrangers and sponsors on a range of financing matters.  He regularly acts on Irish State-related matters, in addition to advising boards on corporate governance and strategic matters.  Mark previously headed up the firm’s London office and has also served on the firm’s Management Group.  He is the firm’s country partner for Italy.  Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Mark worked for a leading international law firm in London and Hong Kong.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised Green REIT plc on its recommended public takeover by Henderson Park
  • Acted for the Irish government on Ireland’s bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023
  • Acted for the EPH Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Tynagh Energy Limited
  • Advised the Irish government on the State’s response to the financial crisis, including various bank and building society nationalisations and the establishment of NAMA; acted for Chartered Land on its financial and corporate restructuring; acted for Musgrave Group plc on the acquisition of the Superquinn business, Ireland’s first major pre-pack receivership sale; acted for the British government / UK Treasury on the Northern Rock good bank / bad bank restructuring; acted for the senior creditor groups on the €1.4 billion restructuring of the Quinn group, the €2.7 billion Actavis group restructuring, the £600 million Alliance Medical group restructuring and the restructuring of the EMPG group
  • Acted for Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of a majority stake in Imagine Communications
  • Acted for Centrica plc on its acquisition by way of privatisation of Bord Gáis Energy
  • Acted for daa plc (formerly Dublin Airport Authority) on its financing arrangements generally, including various bond issues and liability management exercises; led the firm’s advisory teams on a range of securitisations, including Ireland’s first building society securitisations and Ireland’s first whole-business securitisation; acted for Musgrave Group plc and Grafton Group plc on various US private placements; and advised on multiple leverage / acquisition financing transactions, both for sponsors and arrangers
  • Advised American Express on the establishment of its global business travel JV with investors led by Certares
  • Acted for Oaktree Capital on its acquisition of the Square Shopping Centre from NAMA
  • Acted for Becton Dickinson on its acquisition of GenCell Biosystems


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Dublin 2
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  • LL.B, 1990, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 1992
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1994

Mark Saunders is a “great tactician, a superb negotiator, commercial and pragmatic.”

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018

Mark Saunders is “pragmatic, commercial, willing to fight for the client and level-headed.”

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017

Mark Saunders “is very responsive and generates a good relationship between lawyer and client.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015

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