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Mark Bertram

Mark Bertram

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Mark is a Corporate partner, concentrating on international and UK mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and other strategic ventures, who has over the last 25 years advised on some of the most high profile TMT sector transactions. His clients include BT, Sony, Burda, Universal, Dentsu Aegis, MoneySupermarket and News Corp.

Mark is the UK representative partner on the CMS Global Corporate/M&A Committee, overseeing all the operations of the CMS Global Corporate/M&A group.

Mark has been listed as a Key Figure in Legal 500 for each of M&A:Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals £250m+; Private Equity; Technology, Media and Telecoms. He has presented to the American Bar Association and contributed the UK chapter of the ABA's International Manual on 'Negotiated Acquisitions'. 

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“Mark Bertram's ‘cool, calm and collected’ demeanour is highly regarded by clients, who turn to him for a range of M&A, finance and wider governance matters. He offers considerable strengths in the technology and media sector.”

Chambers 2017

"The firm’s dedicated marketing services team pulls in the multi-disciplinary expertise of corporate head Mark Bertram>"

Legal 500, 2016

"Mark Bertram’s team wins praise for its 'understanding of the television production sector, which leads it to provide nuanced advice, tailored to the sector’s market and appetite for risk'."

Legal 500, 2015

"Mark has been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its London Super Lawyers lists (2013 – 2015)"

Super Lawyers 2015

"Mark Bertram is 'easy to work with and helpful in finding solutions', and is active in the publishing sector."

Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • SIS Group on its disposal of SIS LIVE Limited, a leading provider of connectivity services, to  NEP, a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment.
  • News Corp on its sale of global video advertising technology group Unruly to Tremor International.
  • Dentsu Aegis Network on the acquisitions of B2B International, a market research business with operations in the UK, China, German and the United States and of Whitespace, a creative agency in Scotland.
  •     Immediate Media on the acquisition of the business of "BBC Good Food" from BBC Worldwide and on the disposal of wedding platform Hitched to Weddingwire International.
  • US-based Fortune 1000 pharmaceuticals developer Catalent on its $133m acquisition of UK based Juniper Pharmaceuticals.
  • Voith Group on the acquisition of BTG Group from Spectris PLC for total gross cash consideration of EUR 319m. 
  •     The management team of Cavendish Corporate Finance in its sale to finnCap.
  • Burda GmbH on its acquisition of Immediate Media, the UK based publishing group and home of the Radio Times and other BBC branded magazine titles, including Top Gear and Top of the Pops.
  • Ministry of Sound group on the sale of MoS Recordings, home to the iconic dance music label and A&R business to Sony Music.
  • Attenda, IT managed services business on its sale by Darwin Private Equity to Ensono.
  • Dentsu Aegis Network, international digital marketing communications group, on acquisitions of content marketing group John Brown Media and outdoor advertising solutions provider Liveposter.
  • Tesco Plc on its disposals of Tesco Broadband and Blinkbox Entertainment to TalkTalk Telecom and of Blinkbox Music to Guevera.
  • The Iliffe Trusts on the £220m sale of Local World Holdings to Trinity Mirror and more recently Iliffe Media on its acquisition of 13 regional titles for £17m from Johnston Press plc.
  • dunnhumby, the leading customer science company and Tesco PLC subsidiary, on its acquisition of Sociomantic Labs, the Berlin based global ad technology group.
  • MoneySavingExpert.com on its sale to MoneySupermarket plc for up to £87 million.
  • TSX listed Tuscany International on its acquisition of Paris based Caroil SAS, with operations in Columbia and Central Africa, from Maurel & Prom for $200 million.
  • Chrysalis PLC on its £107m recommended sale to BMG Rights Management.
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Education

  • LL.M 1987, Warwick University, Warwickshire
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Publications

  • Author of Aspatore's book 'Negotiating the Complexities of UK M&A Law'
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