Mark Banks

Mark Banks

Associate
Baker & McKenzie Services Limited

Biography

Mark is a Senior Associate in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London. Mark is also a member of the Firm's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group.

Practice Focus

Mark advises clients in three broad areas:

  1. Investigations & regulatory enforcement: Mark advises clients on the management of internal and external investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Mark has particular experience advising clients on the mitigation of risk under bribery & corruption, fraud and money laundering laws.

  2. Commercial litigation: Mark acts for clients on a broad range of complex and high value commercial litigation, particularly in the financial services sector.

  3. Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): Mark advises clients on sustainability, governance, ethics and human rights considerations, particularly in connection with the rollout of corporate compliance programmes and corporate due diligence exercises.

Mark has a focus on the Financial Institutions and Energy, Mining & Infrastructure industry sectors, and he has undertaken secondments in the litigation and regulatory enforcement teams at two global banks.

Representative Legal Matters

Investigations & regulatory enforcement

  • Acting for a global extractives company in relation to an investigation into alleged bribery and corruption involving engagement with the Serious Fraud Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission and Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
  • Acting for the former managing director of a defence contractor in relation to high profile criminal proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office on charges of corruption and misconduct in public office.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in relation to an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged bribery and corruption in a recently acquired subsidiary.
  • Acting for a Middle East-based transportation company in relation to an internal investigation into alleged bribery and corruption.
  • Advising a global telecommunications company on its involvement in a criminal investigation into complex VAT fraud.
  • Advising a partner in a global law firm in relation to an SRA regulatory investigation into professional conduct issues.
  • Representing an investment bank in relation to a high profile Select Committee inquiry.

Commercial litigation

  • Defending a global bank against a £118 million High Court claim for breach of the Quincecare duty and dishonest assistance arising out of the collapse of a Ponzi scheme.
  • Acting for the receiver of a Thai bank in relation to an enforcement action against assets in England and Wales arising out of an £80 million banking fraud.
  • Defending a financial services company against a £128 million unlawful means conspiracy claim in the High Court arising out of the pre-packaged administration and sale of a retail company.
  • Defending a global investment bank in connection with a claim for breach of contract and negligence arising out of the fraudulent misappropriation of customer funds.
  • Defending a commercial real estate firm in relation to a £750 million High Court claim for breach of an implied duty of confidence relating to a London property development.
  • Acting for a high-net-worth individual in connection with a Norwich Pharmacal application brought against a payment services provider arising out of a high value fraud.
  • Advising a technology company and members of its C-Suite in connection with seeking injunctive relief arising from the harassment of senior company employees by a third party.
  • Acting for British Airways in injunctive relief proceedings in relation to the company's high profile dispute with cabin crew over strike action.

ESG compliance & advisory

  • Advising a number of companies in relation to their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Acting in collaboration with Nokia on a project for Asylum Access and Host International relating to refugees' right to work. The project won the Collaboration Award at the TrustLaw Awards 2019.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales

Corporate Responsibility

Mark is a member of the London office's Pro Bono Committee. He has worked with a number of charities and NGOs on pro bono matters including the National Deaf Children's Society and the Centre for Reproductive Rights.

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2015)

Education

  • College of Law (Legal Practice Course) (2012)
  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law) (2011)
  • Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) (2010)