Mark Beattie



Bribery & Corruption
Civil Recovery
Company Commercial
Copyright Infringement
Corporate Fraud Investigations
Fraud & Economic Crime
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax Tribunal Appeals
Mark is a consultant to the firm.  His areas of expertise are Corporate, Financial Services, Competition and general Commercial Law.  He is pragmatic and client focused and has extensive experience in corporate transactional, corporate governance, financial services regulatory and competition law, derived from working with international, UK public sector and UK private sector clients.  

Admitted as a solicitor in 1979 he has worked at Taylor & Humbert (now part of Taylor Wessing) as a solicitor in their Corporate department.  He spent 15 years at Davies Arnold Cooper, 12 of them as a partner in the Corporate/Commercial department and thereafter, 10 years a partner in the Corporate department of Beachcroft Wansboroughs.    During 2008/9 he acted as a consultant to two Financial Services Authority regulated entities and three other commercial entities.  

Mark’s Corporate law experience includes advising on the start-up of businesses and charities, sales and purchases and structuring of companies and businesses, share rights, minority and joint venture interests.  He also advises on group re-organisations, and the obtaining of appropriate regulatory clearances, drafting company constitutions and on non – tax aspects of shareholder, LLP and partnership arrangements, corporate governance, including advising executive and non-executive directors on their duties; the interaction of Companies Acts with financial services legislation and competition law, and minority shareholder rights. Mark regularly advises on all areas of commercial company law.

He advises on management services, insurance broking, claims handling, introducer, appointed representative, affinity and material outsourcing agreements.  

His Financial Services law experience is too numerous to detail in full but includes advising on insurance perimeter guidance issues, change of control, contents of compliance manuals, TCF and regulatory aspects generally, including on approved persons duties and on applications for and changes to authorisation and obligations in respect of run – off. 

With extensive experience in Competition Law, Mark has advised companies, individuals, UK state owned entities and trade associations on the effect of information sharing, non-compete; potential price collusion; standards raising and other collaboration and joint venture arrangements. 

He advises national and international private sector entities or groups and also UK state owned entities on responses to OFT and EU competition law related enquiries, including advising several UK insurers on the European Commission investigation into business insurance and has successfully defended clients against anti-dumping and abuse of dominant position allegations.  

His commercial law expertise includes advising on outsourcing, agency, consultancy, intellectual property (software and trade mark) assignments and licences, management services, guarantees, contracts to provide education services, supply and loan agreements and employee rights on redundancy.



Associations and Memberships

Member of the Company Law Committee
The Competition Law section of the Law Society.

Recent Examples of Work

Advising as the lead lawyer on the purchase of a group of investment entities in 7 jurisdictions (including organising and conducting due diligence in those jurisdictions) for a UK regulated entity establishment of joint venture structures in India for UK life insurer and for UK investment management company (both involving Mauritius intermediate holding companies).   

Mark was lead lawyer on acquisitions and disposals of interests in investment fund management companies, insurance brokers and insurers and both conducts and advises on making recommendations following, corporate governance reviews.  

Acting in the two-stage sale of investment management company to a US bank, purchase of UK health insurer, and consequential insurance portfolio transfer and share capital reduction, sale of a UK Government department trading activity to private sector, proposed full listing of investment fund on Irish Stock Exchange and the sale of PLC football club and subsequently advising the its independent directors on its subsequent sale.

Advised companies and UK government owned entities on the application of competition law to their day to day trading activities and on UK and EU mergers and acquisitions, including obtaining regulatory clearances and advising and negotiating on the terms of divestment undertakings.

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