Mark McNamara Private Equity - Australia

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King & Wood Mallesons
Level 61 Governor Phillip Tower
1 Farrer Place NSW
2000 Australia

Tel: +61 2 9296 2064
Fax: +61 411 568 277


Mark is the leader of the King & Wood Mallesons Private Equity team. His area of expertise lies across the full range of M&A transactions for private equity clients – MBOs / LBOs, public takeovers, private M&A and securities offerings.

Mark’s client list boasts a number of leading Australian and global private equity players, including KKR, TDR Capital, CHAMP, Ironbridge Capital, CHAMP Ventures, Quadrant Private Equity, Archer Capital, Pacific Equity Partners and many others. He has represented clients with interests in a wide range of industries, including media, health, manufacturing, education, food & beverages and transport.

Mark is regarded as one of Australia’s leading private equity lawyers, with clients praising him as “a well-rounded practitioner: very strong legally whilst also having the business smarts to navigate the grey areas”. “He thinks creatively about the situation and looks at the broader picture and all of our options” – Chambers Global, 2012. The 2013 edition Chambers Global quoted a client saying that “he is one of the best lawyers that I have ever come across, world class”, while others add that “he has a brilliant handle on the Asia-Pacific region” and he “brings a huge amount of gravitas to the table” – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012. Mark has also been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Sydney Private Equity “Lawyer of the Year”.

Practice leader Mark McNamara is singled out as “the best private equity lawyer in Australia” and an insightful and commercial practitioner who “cuts through the chaff to get us to the point where we want to be.” He is active across a broad range of industry sectors, and acted as lead partner for CHAMP Private Equity in the Shelf Drilling buyout.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Leading private equity firms and industry participants across Australia and Asia look to Mallesons to help execute their strategy through superior, commercially focused and solution-orientated legal advice. Our sector focused, full service team works closely with clients on each stage of the private equity fundraising, buy, build and exit lifecycle.

Private equity in Australia and Asia fared relatively well during the last two years, and remains a strong focus of international and local investors. Having reaped the benefits of the private equity boom in the US and elsewhere, international private equity firms are looking further afield for new opportunities and Australian private equity firms are increasingly looking at opportunities across Asia.

Australia is a leader in the Asia Pacific region with over $25bn under management, and recently, the consumer goods & retail, financial services, health, mining services and energy & environment sectors have been the largest recipients of this investment.

As a key advisor to the private equity industry since its inception, Mallesons’ Private Equity team understands the dynamics of the industry, its central players, their needs and unique challenges. We have strong relationships with private equity sponsors across the market, as well as investment banks and other institutional investors, which we leverage for the benefit of our clients.

Reflecting the unique structure and wide-ranging needs of private equity firms, our Private Equity team brings together market-leading experts across M&A, banking, tax, competition, employment, intellectual property, informational technology, funds and equity capital markets.

King & Wood Mallesons:

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, financial capitals and the home of information technology – we’re on the ground where our clients need us most. We offer them unrestricted legal capability and capacity across the region’s most dynamic economies, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Clients benefit from our extensive network of legal advisors with the right expertise, sector insights and relationships to help them realise the opportunities and navigate the region’s complex web of regulators.

This game-changing combination is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the only firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law which enables us to provide strategic advice on the ground in these must win markets.

Across 30 international locations we are delivering industry expertise across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and specialist legal services.

We’re opening doors and unlocking opportunities for business. We ask the right questions, listen hard and focus not just on what clients want, but how they want it.

We use this to help our clients recognise where they are, where they want to be, and where they could be.

We are also committed to delivering real value for our people – empowering them to grow and to achieve great things in a flexible, dynamic and supportive environment.

We’re already achieving great things together and this is just the beginning.

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