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 > Projects and PPP

Eversheds Sutherland is experienced in advising state bodies on large -scale projects; in 2019, it acted for EirGrid on an electricity interconnector between Ireland and France, and the National Development Finance Agency on its social housing PPPs. Beyond this, it is also active in private sector projects in education, energy and transport. The team is led by Mark Varian and Peter Curran, and also includes ‘outstanding‘ senior associate Alison Bearpark. Varian specialises in energy, and chairs the Energy Committee of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, while Curran specialises in advising public sector bodies on projects. Angelyn Rowan joined Philip Lee in 2019.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources

Renewables specialist Mark Varian leads the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which handled a number of wind farm financings for clients including AIB/First Trust and Craydel Group. Corporate specialist Lee Murphy specialises in energy M&A, and was part of the team that advised on Shamrock Wind’s acquisition of a 60% stake in a wind farm development company. The practice also assists with conventional energy matters, with work in this space including assistance to EirGrid with the Celtic Interconnector. The team is able to leverage its global network to offer cross-border advice to international clients including China General Nuclear.

Ireland > Planning and environment

The very professional’ planning and environment team at Eversheds Sutherland is co-led by Stephen BarryMark Varian, Cian MacGinley and Peter Curran. Key recent work includes defending Kitara in class action proceedings relating to allegations of pyritic heave in a large residential complex in Dublin, acting for Spencer Place Development Company in proceedings that arose from the alleged disposal of hazardous waste at a waste facility, and representing a high-profile client in a planning injunction and associated nuisance claim. Kevin Collins left for Pinsent Masons LLP.

Ireland > Construction

Eversheds Sutherland‘s practice covers construction developments, transactions and disputes, including advising on public-private partnerships, landmark construction projects, development financing and litigation. The team also acts for the insurers of design teams in professional negligence claims. Clients include major domestic investors, developers, banks and financial institutions, and state bodies, as well as international companies. Practice head Dermot McEvoy has extensive experience in construction and property disputes. Mark Varian, who specialises in construction, projects and energy law, and Stephen Barry, who has a niche expertise in health and safety matters, are also key contacts. Angelyn Rowan departed for Philip Lee in November 2019.