Mark is experienced in all aspects of domestic and international bank and capital market fundraising, project and asset financing, securitisation programmes and cross-border transactions.
Mark regularly acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on debt capital markets and other funding transactions. He also advises public and private sector agencies on complex and novel projects and transactions, including major infrastructure projects.
Mark has a particular interest in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors and has advised clients across a range of commercial and financial matters.
Mark is recognised as a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and as a leading individual in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and AsiaLaw Profiles 2016 for his banking & finance expertise. He is also recognised as a notable practitioner by IFLR1000 2019.
Mark has advised:
- Westpac Banking Corporation on a public offer of $400m Tier 2 regulatory capital debt securities under the new Financial Markets Conduct regime
- Solid Energy’s five major bank lenders in relation to the $450m voluntary administration, the largest and most complicated voluntary administration in New Zealand history
- Chorus New Zealand on the public issue of $400m of five-year, unsecured, unsubordinated fixed-rate bonds
- Ōtākaro, a Crown owned company, on its establishment and the acquisition and funding of the Christchurch rebuild Anchor Projects from CERA
- Crown Irrigation on its funding support for private irrigation projects, including its investment into Central Plains Water and its engagement with Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Council over possible investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme
- Goldman Sachs and Citi (as lead arrangers) on the NZ aspects of the successful global refinancing of Norse Skog’s debt facilities
- ACC on its participation in the Transmission Gully PPP project as an equity and debt provider
- Keolis Downer and Kiwi Rail on their joint bid to operate the Wellington Metro commuter rail service
- Chorus on the Government’s debt and equity investments in Chorus through Crown Fibre Holdings, for the purpose of funding the Government’s $1.5b ultra-fast broadband rollout
- Crown Irrigation Investments on its funding support for regional irrigation projects
- Telecom (now Spark) on its three-way operational separation, designed to improve the competitive market for telecommunications services
- Treasury on its $500m financial support package for AMI Insurance and on the Government's $2.5b inflation indexed bonds
- domestic and international banks including CBA, ANZ, Westpac, BNZ, Citi and TD Bank on a wide range of corporate funding facilities
- banks and borrowers on a wide range of syndicated and bilateral loan agreements, and
- major NZ banks on the establishment of (and ongoing updates to) a full range of international and domestic capital markets programmes, including short and medium term funding programmes and covered bond programmes.