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Mark Joscelyne


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Mark advises on a wide variety of domestic and cross border transactions, including corporate acquisitions and disposals, IPOs, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and private equity transactions. Mark's focus is on corporate work generally particularly where there is structuring involved, including in relation to IP and employment related matters. 

Mark also has extensive experience advising on tax issues relevant to real estate, setting up property funds, VAT planning and stamp duty land tax planning.

Mark advises clients from a wide range of sectors including TV and broadcasting, technology and real estate.

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"Clients judge this team to be "more commercial than most" and also appreciate the fact that the firm is willing to be flexible with its billing arrangements. The team's work dovetails with the rest of the firm, and as such it is particularly focused on key areas such as media, real estate and technology. The team recently advised F&C Reit Asset Management on the sale of St Katherine's Dock."

Chambers Directory 2012

Mark Joscelyne has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses transactional and tax planning matters both domestically and internationally.

Chambers Directory 2012

Mark Joscelyne is recommended - Corporate Tax

Legal 500, 2010

Mark Joscelyne is highly regarded - Vat and Indirect Tax

Legal 500, 2010

Relevant experience

  • Liberty, a US owned Euronext listed company, on the tax issues on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the FSA regulated £5.2 billion Pearl Insurance Group and the associated debt/equity restructuring;
  • Kaupthing Bank, on the tax aspects of the pre-packaged administration of Asquith, the UK nursery group, involving a debt restructuring and acquisition of Asquith by Kaupthing as senior lender;
  • New Star Asset Management Group Plc, on the tax issues on its return of capital (£364 million) to shareholders and its admission to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange;
  • New Star Asset Management Group Plc, on the tax aspects of the financial restructuring with its lending syndicate and the subsequent acquisition of New Star by Henderson Group Plc which completed in January 2009;
  • RDF Media Group Plc, one of the largest independent television production and distribution companies in the UK and US, and its management team on the tax aspects of the management buy-out/take private of the company effected by way of a scheme of arrangement and capital reduction;
  • RDF Media Group plc, on the sale of the company to French based multimedia company, Zodiak Entertainment;
  • Sofidel S.p.A, one of Italy's largest tissue manufacturers in relation to its acquisition of LPC Group from its family shareholders. The combination of Sofidel and LPC Group created Europe's second largest tissue paper producer with a combined turnover of €1.3 billion per annum;
  • New Energy Finance Limited, the leading provider of subscription-based news, data and analysis on clean energy and the carbon markets on the tax aspects of its sale to Bloomberg L.P;
  • Various overseas private equity investors, on the tax structuring of the acquisition of Thames Water by a Macquarie led consortium;
  • The Seminole Tribe, on the UK tax aspects of its acquisition of the Hard Rock chain from Rank for $965 million;
  • The management of Delancey Real Estate Asset Management, in connection with the establishment of DV4 Limited, a new property investment fund which raised in excess of £1 billion; and
  • Various US private equity investors, on the £220 million US backed private equity leveraged buy-out of Vertex Data Science Ltd.
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  • 1978 – (LLB), University College London, U. of London
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