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Mark Hickey
Mark Hickey
Mark Hickey Chairman & Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7689
m: +61 412 298 858
o: Newcastle

Mark Hickey

Chairman & Partner

About Mark

Mark is a senior corporate lawyer who advises on corporate transactions, capital raisings and major development projects. His experience spans more than 20 years, during which he has advised on property and infrastructure projects in Australia and the Middle East and company listings on the ASX and AIM in the UK. He leads our Corporate team in the Hunter and has had many leadership roles within Sparke Helmore, including being a member of the firm's Board for nine years. He was elected Chairman of Partners in July 2015.
What he does

Mark helps his clients by providing corporate advisory services involving transactional mergers, acquisitions and disposals for mid-market SMEs in the mining services, bio-techs, technology and engineering sectors. He also works on corporate reconstructions for mid-market clients. Mark's work also includes capital raisings and IPO listings.

He is particularly focused on restructuring businesses for mergers, private equity investment and listing on the ASX and AIM (UK), and advising company Boards on legal strategies for merger, equity raisings and restructures.

Mark's property experience includes working on syndicated property developments and property related IPOs, as well as large institutional, private and public joint ventures, relating to port infrastructure.

Who he works with

Mark's clients include major and medium-sized corporates, private equity funds, and state-owned corporations.

Work done recently
Sale of Observatory Crest Pty Ltd to Arrow Electronics Inc
We acted for the founding shareholders of Australian and New Zealand distributor Observatory Crest on the sale of the business to giant multinational distributor Arrow Electronics Inc., a NYSE-listed Fortune 500 buyer.
Investment by Inflection Private Equity into CMO Compliance
We advised CMO Compliance on Inflection Private Equity's investment in the company. CMO is a global, market leader in governance and risk compliance software.
oOh!media's employee equity incentive schemes
We advised the management of oOh!media and their connected entities in relation to their equity and options in the company, on a dual track sale and IPO process that ended in oOh!media's initial public offering and listing on the ASX.
Mirror Image International Holdings sale of shares
We advised two target companies, Mirror Image International Holdings and MIA Technology Australia Pty Ltd, and six independent companies as the vendors, on the sale of shares in the two target companies.
DNV Group's acquisition of International Standards Certification
We advised the DNV GL Group AS on its acquisition, through its Australian and Japanese subsidiaries that form part of its Business Assurance Group, of the International Standards Certification business in Australia and Japan.
DSA Hospitals sale of Charlestown Private Hospital
We advised DSA Hospitals Pty Ltd (trading as Charlestown Private Hospital) in the sale of the Charlestown Private Hospital business to Nexus Day Hospitals, controlled by Wolseley Private Equity fund.
What his clients say

"Mark and his team were instrumental in helping us through a complex and technical listing of our company Medlab Clinical Ltd on the ASX. They were timely, practical and outcome-driven. Mark and his quality team were crucial to the success of the IPO." – Sean Hall, CEO, Medlab Clinical Limited

"I have worked with Mark on many M&A transactions and find his practical skills and drive to achieve outcomes for clients are what make him an excellent operator in this space." – Darren Turner, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

"Their commercial acumen and negotiating skills have greatly assisted us in building our business and brand... a trusted corporate advisor to our organisation." – Richard Claut, Chairman, RTC Group

Mark has been acknowledged once again as a leading Corporate lawyer in AFR's Best Lawyers 2018.

Qualifications

Mark has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Law. He is an Accredited Specialist in Business Law and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Property Council of Australia. Mark is also a director of HunterNet.

Life before Sparkes

Mark joined Sparke Helmore in 1999 after working with Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney.

Life outside of Sparkes

Mark enjoys surfing, sailing, snow skiing and mountain biking.