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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Mark Shepherd

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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.


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


Football, surfing and snowboarding.

London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Led out of the firm's Bristol headquarters by Mark ShepherdBurges Salmon LLP handles a significant amount of venture capital work for both investors and investees as a function of its broader private equity offering. Active in mandates across all stages of the investment process and in particular sector strengths of the firm as a whole, including energy and education, the team also benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's private client pedigree - of particular use in relation to early-stage investments on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth angel investors and their family offices.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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