Mark Rawlinson joined the Ministry of Justice as a Lead Non-Executive Board Member on 4 June 2018.
He is a leading adviser to company boards. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, particularly competitive or contested situations. In 2017, he advised Unilever on its response to the approach from Kraft Heinz.
Mark is currently Chairman of UK Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, prior to which he was a corporate partner at Freshfields for over 25 years. He was regularly listed in the ten most highly regarded M&A lawyers worldwide in
The International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisition lawyers. In 2016 he advised BG Group on the Royal Dutch Shell offer and AB InBev on its recommended offer for SAB Miller. He won Financial News’ ‘Partner of the Year’ Award in 2016, as well as The Lawyer’s ‘Partner of the Year’ award in 2011.
Our Lead Non-executive is a senior figure from outside the department who brings expertise and skills from outside of the department. They:
- support the Secretary of State in their role as Chair of the Board
- give guidance and advice to MOJ leaders and ministers
- support and challenge management on the department’s strategic direction
- provide support in monitoring and reviewing progress