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Mark Howard

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Mark is a corporate/M&A lawyer with considerable experience in a broad range of deals and advisory work for private and listed companies.

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About

Mark provides corporate finance, private equity and strategic advice to clients across a range of sectors. Mark focuses on the TMT sector and has in particular advised on many transactions across the IT managed services and software sectors. 

Mark acts for founders, management teams and growth companies, supporting them through the full lifecycle of corporate events and transactions including fundraisings, buy & build M&A strategies, private equity backed buy-outs, trade sales and IPOs.

Mark is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners for Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market.

Mark is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience

  • Advising the management team of high-growth client Zenzero on its majority acquisition by Macquarie Capital Principal Finance
  • Advising the founder and management shareholders of leading UK-based data marketing agency, REaD Group Limited, on the sale of the company to data solutions company, Sagacity Solutions Limited. The founder and members of management have become shareholders of the combined group.
  • Advising IFS, the global enterprise software company, on a number of acquisitions including of Axios Systems PLC, a global provider of cloud-based Enterprise Service Management (ESM) software, of mlpsystems, a provider of omni-channel contact centre and customer engagement software, Field Service Management Limited and 360 Scheduling Limited, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile workforce scheduling and optimisation software

  • Advising awarding-winning IT support and technology services provider, Advania UK, on a number of transactions including the acquisitions of Azzure IT, Sipcom, Sol-Tec, Mirus IT, Perspective Risk, Green Fields Technology and JMC IT.

  • Advising long standing FTSE 250 client, discoverIE Group plc, on a number of transactions including the acquisitions of Silvertel, Antenova and Sens-Tech

  • Advising managed services provider, Acora, on its investment round with Palatine Private Equity LLP and growth strategy including the acquisitions of Secrutiny, Westgate IT, M9 IT and Veber. Acora delivers a wide range of industry leading 24/7 IT infrastructure, cloud and helpdesk services, working primarily with UK-headquartered global mid-market companies

  • Advising the shareholders of Veriton Pharma on its sale to SERB Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a European specialty pharma business backed by Charterhouse Capital Partners

  • Advising the Juno Health pharmacy group on its acquisition (by way of a scheme of arrangement) of the entire issued share capital of Avicenna Holdings Ltd, which comprises of 21 pharmacies, as well as Avicenna’s buying group operations and serving more than 1,000 pharmacies

  • Advising the shareholders of iconic British sports car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company Limited on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Investindustrial, a leading European investment group

  • Advising the founders of multi-award winning provider of voice communication, data, hosting and cyber security, Charterhouse Voice & Data Plc, on a strategic investment by August Equity LLP

  • Advising Panagiotis Dimitropoulos, founder and CEO of InternetQ plc, on the £72 million recommended takeover offer for InternetQ plc by a consortium comprised of Mr Dimitropoulos, multi asset manager Toscafund Asset Management LLP and private equity house Penta Capital LLP

  • Advising the senior management of TTT Moneycorp in relation to the £212 million acquisition of TTT Moneycorp by private equity house Bridgepoint from RBS Special Opportunities Fund

  • Advising fastjet, the low cost African airline, on a number of fundraisings including its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of US$40.7m

  • Advising NASDAQ listed Advanced Energy Industries Inc., a global leader in innovative power and control technologies used in thin-film plasma manufacturing processes and solar energy generation, on its acquisition of HiTek Power Group

  • Advising long standing AIM-listed client, Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) plc, the UK, Ireland and Morocco focused renewable energy, oil and gas exploration, development and production company, on a range of fundraising and corporate matters including its most recent £7m equity fundraising announced in March 2022
  • Advising long standing client, Transense Technologies plc, the AIM listed technology company that develops sensor systems for the automotive and industrial markets, on a number of fundraisings and corporate matters including its most recent fundraising announced in February 2019 and on its iTrack technology transaction with Bridgestone Corporation

Our thinking

  • Mark Howard writes for the Evening Standard on the blocked Telegraph takeover, the NSI Act and the Enterprise Act 2002

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    In The Press

  • Trends in M&A 2024

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    Insights

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Zenzero’s management team on its majority acquisition by Macquarie Capital

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises the discoverIE Group on its acquisition of Silvertel

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Pracedo founder on the sale of the company to Collabera Digital

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on acquisition of Computer Service Centre

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises REaD Group on company sale to Sagacity Solutions

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    News

  • IT Pro quotes Mark Howard on investment in UK tech start-ups

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    In The Press

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Zenzero on the acquisition of OnTech

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Content+Cloud on the acquisition of award-winning service provider Azzure IT

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on its acquisition of Secrutiny

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    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc on its £7m equity fundraising

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    News

  • International Business Reports cover the firm's involvement advising the shareholders of Zenkraft on the sale of the company to Bringg

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    In The Press

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises the shareholders of Zenkraft on the sale of the company to Bringg

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    News

  • AIM Market Webinar

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    Insights

  • Public Company Update: Winter 2021

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    Insights

  • Listing Rules changes are in...exciting times for founders and fast-growing companies

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    Quick Reads

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Acora on the acquisition of M9 Holdings

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    News

  • Overhaul of London's stock market listing regime set to significantly boost capital raising opportunities for high-growth and founder-led technology companies

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    Insights

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