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Mark Hawes

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Bristows LLP

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Corporate, Charities and Not-For-Profit


Partner specialising in corporate law and charities law.  Mark has particular expertise in advising on M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, venture capital and private equity financings, and other corporate transactions in IP-rich sectors such as Life Sciences and Technology.  He advises clients as diverse as multinationals, start-ups and universities.

Mark is head of Bristows’ charities and not-for-profit practice.  He acts for a number of the UK’s leading learned societies and professional institutions incorporated by Royal Charter, as well as a wide range of arts, medical research and other charities, which he advises on constitutional and governance issues and on the structuring and operation of their trading subsidiaries’ activities.

Mark is a trustee and the deputy chairman of The Royal Theatrical Support Trust.


Articled Jaques & Lewis (now Eversheds) 1984-86; qualified in 1986; assistant solicitor at Freshfields 1986-93; assistant solicitor at Bristows 1993-96; partner since 1996; head of Bristows’ corporate group since 2003


Knowles Hill School; King’s College, London University (1983 LLB)


Theatre, opera, literature, cinema.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The life sciences and technology sectors are particular areas of focus for the team at Bristows LLP, which regularly acts for large multinationals. Joint managing partner Marek Petecki advised AstraZeneca on the $300m sale of the European commercial rights to its Seloken heart medicines, as well as on the disposal of its early-stage rare disease drugs; Louise Eldridge acted for Ferroglobe on its acquisition of manganese alloy plants in France and Norway from Glencore; and practice head Iain Redford assisted WPP with the £60m acquisition of Design Bridge. The team is also noted for its work for early-stage growth businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs: recent highlights include Mark Hawes advising UK biotech NuCana on the UK aspects of its $114m IPO of American depositary shares on NASDAQ, and Matt Dennis acting for OXIS Energy, a battery cell company, on four financing rounds. Key clients include Diageo, Cronin, Canon and Amazon. Of counsel David Horner is also noted.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô team at Bristows LLP¬† is known for its particular expertise in advising charities operating principally in the science, engineering and technology sector as well as in the arts and culture arena. It has particular strength in advising charities on all the legal aspects relating to medical research. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Mark Hawes¬† shows ‚Äėforensic attention to detail and to strategy‚Äô and Miranda Cass¬† is recommended for her specialism in advising charities on the various taxation issues that they face. Robert Bond¬†serves as a trustee of the South West Grid for Learning ‚Äď the firm advises it on various commercial, IP/IT and data protection issues. Clients says that Bond ‚Äėhas provided exceptional support and advice in particular in relation to data protection and GDPR‚Äô. Other key clients include Alzheimer‚Äôs Research UK.

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