Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor




Mark is a senior UK law corporate finance partner in the London office of Dorsey & Whitney specialising in UK securities law and mergers and acquisitions.  Areas of expertise include:

IPOs and secondary offerings: Mark has advised banks and issuers (including non-English domiciled companies) on over 40 flotations and secondary issues (rights issues and open offers) both on AIM and the main market of the London Stock Exchange and is listed in public equity 'Leaders in their Field' category in Chambers Directory. He is also experienced in pre-IPO placings and other funding arrangements.

Takeovers and Mergers: Mark is experienced in takeovers and mergers, having advised on recommended, hostile and contested bids with an aggregate value of over £2.5bn.

Acquisitions and disposals:  Mark has extensive experience of UK domestic and cross border private company acquisitions and disposals.

Private equity: Mark has advised on primary and secondary management buy-outs and buy-ins for companies in sectors ranging from leisure to construction industry.

Other: Mark's practice also covers corporate restructurings and joint venture and shareholder agreements.

Mark has been an active ambassador for the AIM market and has given seminars on AIM at conferences and other events both in the UK and abroad.

Education & Admissions

University of York, England (B.A.)


  • England & Wales


Representative Transactions

Initial Public Offerings
  • IPOs of Easynet Group plc, The Innovation Group plc, Bickerton plc, Concurrent Technologies plc, Goals Soccer Centres plc, Shed Productions plc, BNS Telecom Group plc, Biofutures International plc, Autoclenz Holdings plc, Monto Group plc, China Biodiesel, Northern Recruitment, Fonebak plc, The Local Radio Company plc, Spice Holdings plc, Excel Airways Group plc and others;
  • Accelerated IPOs of Cello Group plc (£35m) and The Local Radio Company plc (£50m).
Secondary Offerings
  • Trombone rights issue by JJB Sports plc to fund the purchase of Sports Division plc (£448m); Open offer and placing by The Innovation Group plc (£181m).
Takeovers and mergers
  • Offer by Xansa plc for Druid Group plc, Offer by Golden Rose Communications plc for London Jazz Radio plc; Offer by Meyer International plc for Grahame Group plc; Offer by GEAC Corporation for JBA Holdings plc; Offer by Guardian Media Group Limited for Jazz fm plc; Offer by Gladedale Holdings plc for Country & Metropolitan Holdings plc (combined value over £2.5bn).
  • £100m restructuring of Euramax Group. £60m demerger of Xyratex and Havant Holdings.
Private Equity
  • Secondary buy out of EAT backed by Penta Capital Partners (£44m); MBI of information services division of Mysis backed by Kleinworts Private Equity (£50m); MBO of Xyratex Limited backed by Hg Capital (£60m).

News & Resources


Persons with Significant Control: Important new regulations that are now in force
Shareholder Meetings - Some Important Changes
ABI Guidance on Share Allotment Authorities, BERR Consultation on Notice Periods for Meetings, FSA Clarifies Disclosure Requirements
"Company Reporting: Topping up annual UK reports for the US"
Regular contributor to legal periodicals focused on the public markets and takeovers and mergers.

News & Press Mentions

IFLR 1000 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Chambers UK 2018 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Chambers UK 2017 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey's London Office Recognized as 2016 Global M&A Award Winner
Dorsey’s London Office Named 2016 Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year
Chambers UK 2016 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey & Whitney Represents Entone in Acquisition by Amino
Dorsey & Whitney advises Quindell Plc on £637M+ Sale of its Professional Services Division
Chambers UK 2015 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey & Whitney Advises Quindell Plc on World’s Largest Telematics Contract
Dorsey Among Top Four US Law Firms For Advice on Key Business Issues

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Society for Computers & Law
  • Radio Academy


     UK Chambers 2018 Mark Taylor
  • Listed as a Leader in the field of Corporate M&A by Chambers UK, 2014-2018
  • Listed as a Leader in the field of Corporate M&A by Chambers Europe, 2008-2015
  • IFLR1000 Highly Regarded – State, 2018


  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2014-2017) in Mergers & Acquisitions and Flotations
  • "Excellence in Domestic Divestitures - UK," Corporate Livewire's 2016 International M&A awards
  • "M&A Law Firm of the Year – UK," Finance Monthly Global Awards 2016
  • Ranked by Legal 500, 2011
  • Public equity 'Leaders in their Field' category in Chambers Directory 2006
Mark Taylor