Marc Freedman focuses on UK and EU competition law.

Marc’s practice includes advising clients on UK, EU and multi-jurisdictional merger control, foreign direct investment screening, antitrust investigations, abuse of dominance, market studies and market investigations.

His experience spans a wide range of sectors, including financial services, food and drink, automotive, basic industries, pharmaceuticals and media.

Marc has particular expertise in relation to UK merger control, having recently completed a year-long secondment to the Phase 1 Mergers team of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  During his secondment, Marc worked on a number of complex and high-profile CMA merger investigations, including: FNZ/GBST; Breedon/Cemex; ION/Broadway; and DMG Media/JPIMedia Publications (which was the subject of a PIIN from the Secretary of State for DCMS).

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Marc worked as a competition associate in the London office of a leading UK law firm.




  • King's College London, Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law, 2019
  • BPP Law School (Holborn, London), Legal Practice Course, 2013
  • University of Leicester, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 2012

Bar Admission

Solicitor, England and Wales

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    • 21/12/2021
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    The New UK Foreign Investment Regime – “The Biggest Shake-up in 20 Years”

    The UK's National Security and Investment Act, which enters into full force on 4 January 2022, represents a major overhaul of the UK foreign direct investment (“FDI”) control regime. The Act provides the UK government with wide powers to scrutinise transactions not traditionally subject to heavy FDI scrutiny, ranging from artificial intelligence and data infrastructure to communications and transport, and also establishes a mandatory notification and suspensory review regime.

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    • 27/10/2021
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    Dawn raids are back on the agenda for competition authorities – is your company prepared?

    Dawn raids are firmly back on the European Commission’s (the “Commission”) agenda. Recent dawn raids in the animal health and wood pulp sectors signal the start of a new wave of unannounced inspections across Europe over the coming months, which will concern many different sectors and different types of suspected competition law violations. Now is therefore the right time to review and update companies’ internal dawn raid response strategies, to ensure that they are effective and adapted to “modern” dawn raids.

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