Mark Rawlinson is head of the London office, having previously run the corporate department. Mark specialises in mergers and acquisitions, particularly in competitive or contested situations. He is ranked in the exclusive star category of M&A lawyers by Chambers. In 2010 he was described by The Times as 'the highest-profile lawyer' of the year due to his roles for BP on its strategic response to the Gulf of Mexico situation and for the Red Knights in their attempts to buy Manchester United. He has recently won The Lawyer's Partner of the Year award for 2011.Other highlights include advising P&O on the competing bids by Dubai Ports World and Port of Singapore Authority in 2006, a transaction that earned his team the M&A Team of the Year award from The Lawyer and Mark a commendation as Deal Lawyer of the Year from Legal Week. The previous year he helped Manchester United Football Club prolong its defence against the Glazer family bid. And for 18 months, between November 2001 and April 2003, he advised P&O Princess Cruises on the competing bids by Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean, resulting in its combination with Carnival - the first example of companies listed in London and New York being put together under a dual-listed company structure. Mark was born in 1957 and educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He has been a partner for over 20 years and is relationship partner for a number of international companies (including AB InBev, BP, BG, Carnival Corporation, Compass, 3M, Vestas and Wolseley).
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