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A&L Goodbody

42-46 FOUNTAIN STREET, BELFAST, BT1 5EF, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Work +44 28 9031 4466
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Fax +44 28 9031 4477
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www.algoodbody.com
Belfast, Dublin, London, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco

Mark Blair

Tel:
Work +44 28 9072 7598
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A&L Goodbody

Work Department

Commercial Property

Position

Partner

Career

Mark Blair is a Partner in the Commercial Property Department. He specialises in property development, investment and management in the commercial and residential sectors. Mark advises a wide range of clients including various owners and occupiers, commercial developers and investors, pension funds, retailers, banks and Government bodies. Mark has acted on some of the largest investment transactions in Northern Ireland, including in the utilities and renewable energy sectors, and has particular experience in loan portfolio and alternative investment market acquisitions.

Member

Mark is a member of the Communications Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. He was also a member of the Belfast City Council delegation to MIPIM in 2016 and 2017. Mark was a member of the Organising Committee of the Insider Media Northern Ireland Property Investment Conference 2015 and 2016.


Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blair - A&L Goodbody

Within: Commercial property

A&L Goodbody’s property team’s expertise includes assisting investment firms, property developers and banks with hotel developments, loan portfolio sales, and high-value acquisitions. Highlights in 2017 included Tracey Schofield leading advice to the Jurys Inn Group in the acquisition of an adjoining site to extend the city centre hotel by adding 80 bedrooms; Schofield then assisted private equity investor Lone Star with the Northern Irish aspects of the sale of the Jurys Inn Group to Swedish hotel investor Pandox. This complex transaction involved securing the site acquisition and new hotel licence before the disposal took place, and the disposal involved negotiating certificates of title and deeds of release. Mark Blair  heads the practice.

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Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

The ‘very robust and commercially minded’ planning team at A&L Goodbody is well known for handling regulatory and non-contentious work within the real estate sector and has notable expertise in providing planning advice to councils. Key clients include Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Property partner Mark Blair leads the team.

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Legal Developments by:
A&L Goodbody

  • The Competition Law of Turkey

    The Article 167 of Turkish Constitution attributed to the government the duty to take ?for money, credit, capital, product and service markets, measures providing and improving healthy and regular procedures? to prevent ?monopolization and cauterization created as result of activity or agreement in the markets?.
    - A&L Goodbody

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  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the “ES Law”) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

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  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

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  • UK Telecoms company fined £100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) which is the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of £100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‘BA’) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.