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Mark Adair

Partner


Mark is a Partner on our Commercial team and advises domestic and international clients on a range of complex technology law matters. He has a particular focus on the areas of software, e-commerce, and data security.

With deep subject matter knowledge and expertise in these fields, Mark regularly counsels major technology multinationals operating at the cutting-edge of law, finance, and technology. As an experienced contracts negotiator, he specialises in steering customers and suppliers through the legal challenges arising from transformative technology projects and global outsourcing arrangements.

A regular conference speaker, Mark is known as a thought leader in the Irish technology law sector and frequently provides expert commentary for leading media publications. A variety of organisations retain him to coach their staff on negotiating and winning better positions in their IT and software contracts.

As a member of the firm’s foreign direct investment (FDI) practice, Mark specialises in helping fast growing international companies establish operations in Ireland and providing on-going legal advice as their business develops. 

Specialties 

  • Software development, licensing and reselling

  • E-commerce and fintech payment platforms

  • Cyber and IT security arrangements

  • IT and telecommunications managed services

  • Cloud hosting and software-as-a-service arrangements

Representative Matters

  • Acting for a major financial institution on the complex multi-million euro outsourcing of its entire IT security function. 

  • Advising a broadcaster on the procurement and implementation of a new core IT system for its HR and finance functions.

  • Advising a major financial institution on the data protection/GDPR aspects of a €2.1bn non-performing loan portfolio sale. 

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  •  ‘Legal challenges when using Big Data in Fintech’, Keynote speaker at Predict Conference, RDS, Dublin 
  • ‘Successfully Negotiating Cloud Computing Contracts’, Cloud Computing and ISO27001 event, Croke Park, Dublin

Authorship

Author of the Irish chapter of Thomson Reuters Data Privacy Advisor, December 2018

Co-author, ‘Data Security in the Food & Beverage Industry’, Checkout Magazine, May 2018

Contributor to feature on ‘Brexit and UK Fintech’, Financier Worldwide Magazine, February 2018

Author, ‘Impact of Brexit on data transfers by UK and European businesses’, Financier Worldwide magazine, November 2017

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Areas of Expertise

Technology Law Media & Telecoms Commercial Contracts & Sourcing Fintech Privacy & Data Security General Data Protection Regulation Data Centres

Professional Memberships

Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

International Technology Law Association

Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI)

International Bar Association

Education

University of Cambridge, MA Law

Bristol Law School, Legal professional training