Mark Bankes is a corporate lawyer based in London. He specialises in international securities, mergers and acquisitions and international restructurings. A number of these transactions have been in the mining and energy sectors in jurisdictions including the UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mark has advised on international securities transactions since the introduction of Rule 144A in the early 1990s. He advised on a privatisation which involved the first listing of Global Depositary Securities on the London Stock Exchange in 1994 and has advised companies, investment banks and governments on a large number of securities transactions since then. Most of the securities transactions on which he works involve an application of both US and UK securities laws.
Mark’s key focus in the areas of mergers and acquisitions has been advising on cross-border transactions; whilst in Hong Kong, he advised on the acquisition by HSBC of Midland and has subsequently advised a number of companies, especially mining companies, on both public and private acquisitions.
Mark has advised on international restructurings for more than ten years, including a number of group, balance sheet and debt restructurings. In 2004 he led the Ashanti Goldfields restructuring through to its eventual merger with AngloGold Limited. He also advised the Drax Group on its restructuring in 2003 and refinancing and listing in 2005.
Mark is praised by sources for his "astute commercial brain and outstanding attention to detail" in Chambers and Partners 2009.