Mark's practice covers cross border syndicated lending, structured export credit finance, structured trade and commodity finance, debt restructurings and asset finance. Mark is recognized in The Legal 500 UK as "excelling" in structured export credit transactions (2018) and is praised for his "commercial and user-friendly approach" (2018). Mark also advises on financial crime, modern slavery, bribery and corruption issues in connection with trade and export finance. Mark led Sullivan’s response to the UK Government's consultation on UK Export Finance (UKEF)'s anti-bribery and corruption policy. Many of Mark’s recommendations were specifically accepted by the UK Government. 

He has advised financial institutions, funds, corporate borrowers, agents and trustees, and national and supranational sovereign/quasi-sovereign organisations on award-winning finance transactions throughout Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS and the Middle East.

Mark has lived and practised in the Czech Republic (Prague), England (London), Germany (Düsseldorf and Frankfurt) and Russia (Moscow).

Mark holds graduate and post-graduate degrees with honors from the London School of Economics.

Representative Client Work

  • Advising J.P. Morgan on landmark UK Export Finance loan facility with the Kurdistan Regional Government ("Best Deals" 2016)
  • Advising Dints International on its UK Export Finance supported innovative supply chain resolution for one of West Africa's largest gold producers ("Best Deals" 2016)(Export Excellence Awards 2017 "Best use of Export Finance")
  • Advising on UK Export Finance supported power project financings in the Middle East
  • Advising on UK Export Finance's direct lending facility
  • Advising on UK Export Finance's bond support scheme
  • Advising on UK Export Finance guaranteed financings in Africa, the Middle East and Asia
  • Advising a leading UK corporation on structured export credit agency financings in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Advising a number of international banks on the regulatory impact of Basel III and the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive
  • Advising a London-based international bank on metals finance transactions
  • Advising a London-based international investment bank on UK and EU sanctions with regard to Russia
  • Advising a London-based international investment bank on the structuring of its medium and long term structured trade finance transactions
  • Advising a London-based international bank on short term export credit agency backed trade finance products
  • Advising a London-based international investment bank on commodity trading both on exchange and OTC
  • Advising a boutique investment bank on financings in Russia and Africa
  • Advising a South Africa-based bank on financings in Russia and Africa
  • Advising an export credit agency on transactions in Europe and Africa
  • Advising a development bank on transactions in Africa, Latin America, South East Asia and Russia
  • Advising a London-based international bank as lead arranger on the financing of E.ON's €42.32 billion offer for Endesa – the world's largest syndicated loan (Euroweek)
  • Advising a major brewing company on the financing of its acquisitions of brewers in Central and Eastern Europe, Germany and the United Kingdom
  • Advising a Spanish mobile communications company on its £18.5 billion acquisition financing of O2 – Most Impressive Loan/Best Western European Loan (Euroweek)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales

Education

  • College of Law, Law Society Finals
  • College of Law, Common Professional Examination
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc (Economics)

Community Engagement

  • Deputy Co-Chair, British Exporters' Association
  • Export Finance and Trade Committee, UK Finance
  • Chair, Legal and Compliance Sub-Committee, British Exporters' Association
  • Loan Market Association ECA Documentation Project, Working Party
  • Trustee, National Youth Agency
  • Chair, People Development Committee, National Youth Agency

Awards & Honors

  • Legal 500, Trade Finance - London - "Leading Individual" (2016-2020)
  • Global Trade Review - Winner, "Best Deals of 2016"

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