Markus Wellinger focuses on competition and regulatory issues.

Markus represents clients before the EU and national courts (both in Belgium and other countries), the European Commission and several Member States’ national competition authorities. He also assists clients with commercial arbitration under the AAA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, in various complex commercial disputes.

Markus’ experience includes assisting clients in merger control cases (securing merger antitrust clearance from more than 30 competition authorities within and outside the EU), compliance programmes and cartel investigations, strategic alliances and other commercial arrangements (such as distribution, R&D and technology licensing), abuses of dominance and EU State aid rules. Markus also regularly provides clients with advice on EU regulatory issues including technical, health and environmental regulations and standards, consumer protection and safety.  He has filed a large number of successful internal market complaints with the European Commission which led to Member States’ changing national regulations.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 1993, Markus started his professional career with a leading Belgian bank.


French, English, Dutch, Swiss German, German


  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Competition Law
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
  • IFLR1000 for EU Competition (Leading Lawyer)
  • Legal 500 for Competition Law
  • PLC for Competition Law
  • Best Lawyers – Competition/Antitrust


  • University of Keele, M.A. in Diplomatic Studies, cum laude, 1992
  • Institute of European Studies, University of Brussels, LL.M. in European Law, magna cum laude, 1991
  • University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, magna cum laude, 1989


Contributor to the fourth (2004) and fifth (2010) editions of Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (Kluwer), the standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

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Notable assignments

  • The Legal 500

    Assisting a client in obtaining unconditional second phase merger clearance before the European Commission in the “three to two” combination by two large copper producers and recyclers of their copper shapes businesses.

  • Securing merger clearances, both at EU level and across national jurisdictions, for the creation of the world's largest coatings producer.

  • Successfully applying for waiver of commitments before the European Commission in one of the few cases where commitments have been modified.

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