Marc Freedman focuses on UK and EU competition law.

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

His experience spans a wide range of sectors, including digital/tech, e-commerce, consumer products, food and drink, basic industries, pharmaceuticals and media.

Marc has particular expertise in relation to UK merger control, and he has successfully assisted clients in numerous merger investigations before the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  For instance, Marc has been involved in several high-profile UK merger investigations, with recent examples including Cargotec/Konecranes, Ali/Welbilt, JD Sports/Footasylum, and FNZ/GBST. 

Moreover, Marc has previously completed a year-long secondment to the Phase 1 Mergers team of the CMA, during which he worked on multiple complex CMA merger investigations.

In the digital space, Marc has – in addition to advising on multiple merger control mandates – also assisted various clients on a number of recent UK and EU antitrust investigations and sector inquiries concerning Big Tech companies (including App Stores, Mobile Browsers, Facebook Marketplace, Amazon Buy Box, Google Adtech and Cloud Infrastructure Services).

Marc has also recently completed a six-month secondment to the in-house competition team of a leading global pharmaceutical company.

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


  • Country rapporteur (UK) for the EU Competition Law Handbook, Jones and Van der Woude (Sweet & Maxwell, 2021).
  • Co-author, UK chapter, Chambers Global Merger Control Guide (2023)




  • 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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