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Mark Varian, Partner

Mark Varian


Partner & Head of Construction, Projects & PPP

Practice areas

  • Aerospace, defence and security
  • Automotive
  • Construction and engineering
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • ESG
  • Governments and Infrastructure
  • Industrial engineering
  • Project and infrastructure finance
  • Transport

Practice notes

Mark is a Partner in the Construction and Projects Group.

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'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

Mark Varian "has a great amount of experience in the renewable energy sector" - Chambers Europe

"Practical and responsive to issues" - Chambers Europe

Mark Varian is "very knowledgeable about the renewable energy market in Ireland, and his advice is practical and business-oriented." - Chambers Europe

Sources describe Mark Varian as an "experienced, commercial and committed" partner who has "an excellent knowledge of the energy industry." - Chambers Europe

Mark Varian advises "both public and private bodies on social infrastructure and transport projects. He also has a strong reputation for handling energy projects." - Chambers Europe

Mark Varian is "commercially minded," according to sources. Clients appreciate his "prompt and relevant responses, delivery of advice in a timely fashion and ability to respond on short notice." - Chambers Europe

Clients describe Varian as "a great lawyer" who is "well updated in industry knowledge and gives fast responses." -  Chambers Europe

According to commentators, he is "capable of driving a matter towards its goal, with inventive yet functional ideas." -  Chambers Europe

Sources praise his "negotiating skills and market-related advice." - Chambers Europe

Clients say “he takes the time to read our strategy and structures the negotiations to support it,” - Chambers Europe

‘Mark Varian is always cheerful and happy to take a call. Very knowledgeable and keen to ensure success of his clients.’ - Legal 500

Mark has been recommended in Chambers Global since 2006 in both Real Estate and Banking and Finance.