Mark studied for his MA at Cambridge University before completing his Law Society Professional Examinations.
Subsequently he was Articled at Slaughter & May, the leading City law firm between 1985 - 87
Mark has significant experience of Investment banking and mergers & acquisitions advisory – gained at Schroders between 1987 – 1994 where he worked on all forms of purchases, sales, IPOs and fundings. During his last 2 years at Schroders he was working to the board, effectively being the investment banker to an investment bank which included the purchase of a Wall Street investment banking partnership for $400m.
In 1994 Mark joined Barclays where he headed up various group projects before running their UK and offshore mutual funds business - 650,000 accounts, $14bn under management. His work at Barclays included working with Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisers based in San Francisco which was purchased by Barclays.
In 1999 Mark headed, on behalf of a UK plc, the set up of a web centric retail financial services aggregator – a website (Moneyextra.com) from which comparison information could be gleaned on all available retail financial products. In a time when the business world had gone mad and dot.com businesses were going bust at a phenomenal rate Mark built one of very few successful dot.com businesses and steered the company to a successful exit for $60m. Post sale – Mark remained with the purchaser to merge and run two other businesses they had acquired in the retail financial services sector.
Since 2004 Mark has served as CEO of IFG Group plc “UK”. IFG is a Dublin and London based financial services business with Market capitalisation of about $200m. The company operates in the Ireland, UK and Offshore businesses and makes about $17m profit on turnover of about $120m (Figures based on 2005).
Mark became Non Executive Chairman of Poisson Rouge in October 2006.