Joint founding Partner of Bray & Krais. Trained at Theodore Goddard before joining John Kennedy as a newly qualified solicitor. Graduated from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a first class honours degree in Jurisprudence in 1990. Admitted in 1993.
Mark’s clients include event companies, investors, advertising agencies, festival owners, record and publishing companies, high-profile sports people as well as major artists including Ed Sheeran, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. With over 20 years of experience, Mark has particular expertise in international branded live events and has worked on a number of experiential projects for brands, agencies, charities and promoters in different territories across the world.
Such live events include the Live 8 concerts (where Mark represented the Band Aid Charitable Trust and implemented all the requisite contracts for each of the worldwide concerts) and Rolling Stones™ touring since 1996. Other branded projects include Live Earth, Nokia New Years Eve™, Hennessy Experience, Buchanan’s Forever branded concerts in South America, the Bacardi and Groove Armada ground–breaking partnership, the worldwide Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Programme, and Arthurs Day 2009 – 2013 for Diageo. Mark also provided the legal and business affairs support for F1 Rocks™, which has staged branded live events in locations including Singapore (2009), Sao Paolo (2010 and 2011), India (2011 and 2012), Milan and Valencia (2011). Mark also advised Richard Thompson on the sale of talent management agency Merlin Elite to M&C Saatchi.
Since 2011, Mark Krais has ranked in Chambers UK Band 1 for his high-profile non-contentious work in London and UK-wide and experience of advising on international live events. Mark wins praise for his in-depth music expertise, especially with regard to live work and “has a much sought-after specialism in international live events and tours for some of the biggest brands in music history.” Interviewees applaud Mark for being “extremely sensible” and note that he is “very knowledgeable about the music industry as a whole – not just the law but also the business and the people involved”. With regards to his negotiating skills, Mark is described as “a master” and “his timing is outstanding” – interviewees are “endlessly impressed”. Mark is described in The Legal 500 as “dynamic, well-connected, industry-savvy, and well-respected”, and is recognised as a Leading Individual for his music work.