Mark Shepherd > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Heads the firm’s Private Equity team. Advises institutions, management teams and investee companies on UK and cross-border buy-outs, buy-ins, growth capital transactions, re-financings and exits. Also advises on mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings and joint ventures as well as general corporate advice.


Trained Simmons & Simmons 1997–99. Solicitor Simmons & Simmons 1999–2002. Joined Burges Salmon 2002. Partner since 2008.


Member of the International Bar Association


Attended University of Bristol – Law (LLB and LPC).


Football, surfing and snowboarding.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Burges Salmon LLP handles the full spectrum of fintech work, including financial services regulation, blockchain and cryptocurrency issues, cybersecurity work, payments matters, technology transactions and commercial arrangements. Martin Cook leads the Bristol-based practice, advising fintech clients across transactional and regulatory issues. Mark Shepherd focuses on M&A transactions in the sector. Associate Brandon Wong is another key member of the team.

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Led from the firm’s Bristol headquarters by Mark Shepherd, Burges Salmon LLP provides a “cradle-to-grave” service to an impressive roster of funds from fund formation, through to their downstream investments and exits. As well as work for conventional venture funds, the firm also has significant traction among family offices and pension funds, which are increasingly deploying capital for investments in early stage companies. On the investee front, the firm has visibility among start-ups, primarily by virtue of its involvement in several accelerator programmes. Edinburgh-based corporate finance partner Danny Lee is also a key member of the firm’s national offering and handles work for investors and investees, including within the tech, life sciences and renewable energy sectors.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP advises PE houses across the full lifecycle of investments, from buyouts to bolt-on acquisitions and through to eventual exits. The practice is also instructed by management teams and is active across sectors including financial services, retail and technology. Mark Shepherd leads the team in Bristol, with Danny Lee also taking a lead on deals from the firm’s Edinburgh office.

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

At Burges Salmon LLP, the corporate team is recognised for its expertise in transactions spanning public and private M&A as well as investments. The team continues to have a strong offering in mid-market private equity, counting funds, management teams and portfolio companies amongst its clients. Key sectors for the practice include financial services, technology and renewable energy, where it advises on deals involving energy assets and SPVs. Nick Graves and Rupert Weston jointly lead the team, with wide-ranging experience across the transactional space. Mark Shepherd heads the private equity team and handles a steady stream of mandates in this area, while Richard Spink has notable expertise in cross-border work. Camilla Usher-Clark is another name to note, with a strong track record in the energy and utilities sectors. Amongst the directors in the team, Tim Roberts stands out for his recent work on high-value deals across a range of sectors.