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An internationally pre-eminent criminal silk specialising in corporate crime, business crime, civil fraud, commercial fraud, money laundering, PoCA and asset recovery. He defends corporates, individual directors, professional service firms accused of wrongdoing and ultra-high net worth individuals under investigation by the UK, DoJ, SEC and many other overseas law enforcement authorities. Mark is recognised as a leading individual QC in both of main legal directories, where he has been described as having a stellar reputation.

Current notable cases include defending a director of a major retail bank facing investigation into alleged fraud offences; defending an overseas private banker on trial for alleged money laundering offences in connection with an alleged theft of €100 million; advising a third party concerned with proceedings between a FTSE 100 company and a law enforcement authority where the Claimants allege a criminal conspiracy existed between senior law enforcement officials and a solicitor at a City law firm; defending a principal defendant in confiscation proceedings in Operation Amazon, one of the highest profile prosecutions currently before the courts.

Other notable cases: representing the main witness in Commercial Court proceedings between LIA v, Société Générale S.A., a €1.5 billion euro claim by a sovereign wealth fund against a bank where bribery and corruption was alleged; successfully defending Hong Kong businessman James Sutherland, Chairman of a large group of fiduciary companies operating in 12 jurisdictions prosecuted by the SFO for allegedly money-laundering $120m from Britain’s largest boiler room fraud; Advising Vincent Tchenguiz in connection with a substantial civil fraud claim against a business advisory firm and an overseas bank; Representing the CEO of Capital World Markets concerning alleged involvement in investment fraud- the “Heron Tower case”; Advising a putative defendant in connection with LIBOR and EURIBOR; Representing a FX company under investigation for allegedly laundering £1 billion. Successfully defending a major accounting firm under investigation in relation to bribery offences in 74 countries; representing the Ministry of Environment of a European sovereign state after their stock exchange was compromised by cyber-hackers - shares switched to the London Stock Exchange and spot trading commenced -emergency freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and asset recovery; Representing the Lithuanian State in conjoined civil and criminal proceedings after a well-known Russian oligarch allegedly misappropriated €1 billion of securities from a high street bank, where he was Chairman - obtaining restraint orders over his UK assets; Heading an internal investigation on behalf of a property developer into alleged corruption of the Prime Minister, Deputy Minister and Minster for Planning of the Turks & Caicos Islands - negotiated the first civil recovery order and immunity from prosecution agreement following a Commission of Inquiry and political corruption investigation; Obtaining management receivership and restraint orders over the assets of a group of companies with an annual turnover of £140m – “EastEnders”; Representing the former Chairman and CEO of RBG Metals plc and Allied Deals Inc. in £1.2 billion hidden assets proceedings; Representing the CEO of a chain of Money Service Bureaus, dubbed “Britain’s biggest money launderer".

Mark has been called to the Bar in the UK, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; British Virgin Islands Circuit; Grand Cayman (ad hoc.) and Turks & Caicos Islands (ad hoc.)