City law firm, Wedlake Bell, has expanded its corporate team with the addition of the highly ranked senior M&A/corporate team from Bates Wells including two new partners, Mark Tasker and Stephen Callender along with Associates David Duhig and Tom Boersma. All join with immediate effect.
Mark has more than 30 years’ experience of advising clients on corporate transactional work in a variety of sectors including technology, financial services and the impact economy. His focus is advising on both cross-border and domestic private company transactions including M&A, venture capital and private equity deals. Mark also works extensively on corporate fundraising including equity capital markets work, in particular on AIM. He joins from City firm Bates Wells, where he was head of M&A and Corporate Finance having previously founded and led the Corporate and Commercial department from 2010.
Stephen has a successful practice advising corporate clients, including in the construction materials sector, the technology sector, and the natural resources industry. He has a particular focus on UK capital markets (advising issuers, nomads, brokers and financial advisers on private placings, IPOs, secondary fundraises and dual listings) and M&A (acting for both public and private companies). He also joins from Bates Wells, where he became a partner in 2016.
Mark Tasker said: “I am delighted to join Wedlake Bell as part of the firm’s growing, talented and busy corporate team. I look forward to helping to continue to drive forward the firm’s corporate transactional offering, advising clients both in the UK and internationally.”
Stephen Callender added: “I am pleased to be joining Wedlake Bell alongside Mark and our previous team. Wedlake Bell’s corporate offering is growing fast and I am excited to be a part of that story.”
Martin Arnold, Managing Partner at Wedlake Bell, comments: “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Mark and Stephen into the corporate team. Their arrival will further strengthen our offering within the corporate M&A sector by contributing invaluable expertise to the department. Their experience and prior work for both domestic and international clients will add to our already well-established team, demonstrating once again the firm’s growth in this area.”