Mark Varian > Eversheds Sutherland > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Eversheds Sutherland

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Mark is a Partner in the Construction and Projects Group in Eversheds Sutherland Ireland.
Mark specialises in construction, projects and PPP law. He has acted for developers, employers, banks and contractors in some of the largest and most complex building and engineering projects undertaken in the State. He has also advised on the commercial aspects of many transactions in the telecoms, renewable energy, transport, waste and oil and gas sectors. Mark has been recommended in Chambers Global since 2006 in both Real Estate and Banking and Finance.
Mark's recent experience includes:
- Acting for National Toll Roads in the Waterford N25 PPP (value in excess of €200m)
- Acting for AIB in the financing of the new eircom headquarters (value in excess of €150m)
- Advising Hollandia BV in relation to the development of the Samuel Beckett Bridge, Macken Street, Dublin


Partner, Head of Projects & Construction

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Ireland > Construction

Eversheds Sutherland leverages its international network of offices to advise on complex, multi-jurisdictional construction projects. In addition to advising on residential and commercial developments, the team is also active in fast-growing sectors such as data centres. The construction practice frequently works alongside the firm’s other teams, such as banking and real estate, to provide comprehensive advice on project development. Construction disputes also form a key part of the practice, with Dermot McEvoy leading in this area and acting for developers and contractors. McEvoy co-heads the team with Mark Varian, who specialises in non-contentious work. Conall McLoughlin is another name to note in the team and provides advice across the lifecycle of projects.

Ireland > Projects and PPP

Eversheds Sutherland’s projects practice spans the negotiation of contracts between developers, public bodies and contractors, the financing of projects, and transactions involving project assets. The team acts for both public and private bodies in this area; it is particularly noted for its work in public procurement, including advising on disputes between state bodies and bidders for projects. The practice is led by Mark Varian, who specialises in the energy sector, and Peter Curran, who has close relationships with a number of public sector organisations. The pair work closely with the firm’s wider energy, construction, corporate and real estate practices.

Ireland > Planning and environment

Eversheds Sutherland is highly experienced in planning-related litigation, acting for developers and other parties in challenging planning decisions as well as defending against challenges to proposed developments. Practice head Stephen Barry is particularly active in this area, handling cases alongside litigation partners including Norman Fitzgerald and Neil O’Mahony. In the environmental space, the team assists clients with the environmental aspects of developments and transactions; construction and planning partner Mark Varian focuses on this work and is noted for his experience in energy projects.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources

Eversheds Sutherland leverages its international connections to advise on complex energy projects in the Irish market. The Dublin office is able to draw on the wider firm’s experience in areas such as offshore wind, and also acts alongside teams in the UK and Europe to advise on cross-border projects, including the proposed electricity interconnector between Ireland and France. In addition to handling the development of projects, the practice advises on their financing and the acquisition of project assets. Practice head Mark Varian has over 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. Peter O’Neill is another name to note, with expertise across both corporate and commercial matters in this space.