Mark is a highly experienced Commercial, Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyer with over 20 years of experience having worked at international law firms, ASX and LSE listed corporates, government organisations, SMEs and Start-Ups. Mark has a significant reputation in FinTech and other innovative technologies having advised Deutsche Bank’s technology and procurement department for more than 10 years.
Mark recently provided technology law advice to a newly established Australian full service financial services firm. Mark negotiated all major technology contracts required for the firm to be able to provide equity, debt, corporate advisory, research, prime brokerage and traditional fixed income services by deploying cutting edge technology. Mark also has expertise advising on intellectual property-intensive projects including copyright, design, trade mark and patent licensing, data aggregation and commercialisation, technology integration, Saas, IaaS, PaaS, systems integration, R&D, joint venture collaborations and AI. Mark has studied Applied Corporate Governance with the Governance Institute of Australia with a view to better understanding the board and senior management strategic decision-making process.
Mark has negotiated many novel and bespoke transactions focused on unconventional situations requiring particular scrutiny. He regularly worked ‘on the ground’ undertaking critical deals in multiple jurisdictions including China, India, Europe and the US. In a progressive, international online environment, Mark has particular interest in advising clients on matters relating to data privacy, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
Mark has worked across a multiplicity of industries including financial services, retail and supply chain, healthcare, R&D, engineering and technology. He has also managed sophisticated IP portfolios for a number of global conglomerates.
Mark qualified in London after receiving an MA in Law/Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He practised at Herbert Smith Freehills, then Allen & Overy before moving in-house for many years during which time he was fully integrated in the business and its day to day operations, gaining a full understanding of its commercial aspirations and risk profile. Mark has advised SMEs and top tier Australian ASX listed companies including Coles, Medibank and Incitec Pivot. Mark has also advised governmental and public organisations including the Royal Melbourne Hospital and CSIRO.
Mark is dual-qualified in Australia and the UK and has advised companies seeking to expand in both jurisdictions including post-Brexit corporations realising the potential opportunities in Australia. Prior to studying at Oxford, Mark trained as a classical pianist with the Royal College of Music, London.