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Mark Thorne

Managing Partner | Dublin
Banking and Capital Markets


Mark Thorne is our Managing Partner. He specialises in Banking and Capital Markets, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance and Financial Services.

His corporate and corporate finance practice includes experience in public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. In the structured finance area his emphasis is on local and cross-border NPL acquisition and financing, asset and structured finance, repackaging and capital markets.

Mark's representative transactions include acting for and advising:

  • Merrion Group Holdings on the sale of the group to Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland.
  • Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of a stake in LCH Group.
  • FBD Holdings Plc and FBD Insurance Plc in relation to a range of commercial and corporate matters. 
  • A European Credit Institution on its potential acquisition of a portfolio of Irish loans and associated retail credit firm operations. 
  • A global private equity fund in its bid for an Irish Credit Institution.
  • BNP Paribas on its acquisition of the Fund Administration and Custody business of Credit Suisse with total assets under administration of in excess of USD 150 billion.
  • A leading distressed asset buyer on its acquisition of a €120m portfolio of commercial real estate-backed loans and its subsequent refinancing.
  • On the purchase/sale of a number of performing and non-performing Irish loan books – including acting for the purchaser in relation to the due diligence, acquisition and financing of the "Project Kildare" portfolio of Irish real estate-backed loans (nominal value c. €675m) from EBS/AIB.
  • The purchaser of the “Project Royal” portfolio of UK commercial real estate loans (nominal value c. GBP 1bn) from Lloyd’s Banking Group and the related financing of the acquisition with senior bank debt and subordinated notes listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • The purchaser of a €430m senior loan backed by a portfolio of bonds issued by the former Lehman Brothers Collateralised Debt Obligation – Excalibur.
  • FBD Holdings plc on its USD 120m joint venture arrangements with Farmer Business Developments relating to FBD's Irish and Spanish property and leisure assets.
  • FBD Holdings on the sale of its regulated corporate insurance broking subsidiary, FBD Brokers Limited, to JLT.
  • A global regulated insurance and risk management group in its European restructuring.
  • The board of a listed Irish insurance company in a takeover approach.
  • The board of a regulated Irish Collective Investment Fund in the successful defence of a hostile takeover.
  • The shareholders on the sale of one of Ireland’s leading nursing home business.
  • A leading international bank on the integration of its Irish Authorised Fund Administration Businesses.
  • Lone Star on multiple cross-border distressed debt acquisitions, sale and joint venture acquisitions and financings and securitisation of assets in Korea, Japan, Germany, UK and Ireland.

Mark Thorne

Managing Partner | Dublin
Banking and Capital Markets


Mark's representative transactions include:

  • Advising BNP Paribas on its acquisition of the Fund Administration and Custody business of Credit Suisse with total assets under administration of in excess of $150 billion.
  • Advising a leading distressed asset buyer on its acquisition of a €120 million portfolio of commercial real estate backed loans and its subsequent refinancing.
  • Advising in relation to the purchase/sale of a number of performing and non-performing Irish loan books including acting for the purchaser, in relation to its due diligence, acquisition and financing, of the “Project Kildare” portfolio of Irish real estate-backed loans (nominal value of EUR675 million approx.) from EBS/AIB.
  • Acted for the purchaser of the so-called “Project Royal” portfolio of U.K. commercial real estate loans (nominal value of circa STG£1billion) from Lloyd’s Banking Group and the related financing of such acquisition with senior bank debt and subordinated notes (which notes are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange).
  • Acted for the purchaser of a EUR430 million senior loan backed by a portfolio of bonds issued by the former Lehman Brothers Collateralised Debt Obligation – Excalibur.
  • Advised FBD Holdings plc. on its $120 million joint venture arrangement‘s with Farmer Business Developments relating to FBDs Irish and Spanish property and leisure assets.
  • Advised FBD Holdings on the sale of its regulated corporate insurance broking subsidiary, FBD Brokers Limited to JLT.
  • Acting for a global regulated insurance and risk management group in its European restructuring.
  • Advised the board of a listed Irish insurance company in course of a takeover approach.
  • Advised the board of a regulated Irish Collective Investment Fund in the successful defence of a hostile takeover.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of one of Ireland’s leading nursing home business.
  • Advised a leading international bank in relation to the integration of its Irish Authorised Fund Administration Businesses.
  • Advised Lone Star in relation to multiple cross border distressed debt acquisitions, sale and joint venture acquisitions and financings and securitisation of assets in Korea, Japan, Germany, UK and Ireland.

Related Practice Areas

Banking and Capital Markets

Financial Services

Corporate and M&A

Education

University College Dublin

The Law Society of Ireland