Van Bael & Bellis (London)

Marc Freedman

Van Bael & Bellis (London)
Associate

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.

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Articles

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Marc Freedman, Alex Stratakis The UK Competition Authority blocks the merger of two companies offering container handling equipment and services to port terminals following a phase II investigation (Cargotec / Konecranes)

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Introduction On 29 March 2022, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that – following an in-depth, Phase 2 investigation – it had prohibited the proposed merger between Cargotec and Konecranes. The CMA noted that it was not satisfied with the remedies package proposed by the (...)

Catherine Gordley, Marc Freedman The EU Commission, along with the German and UK Competition Authorities clears the acquisition of a provider of customer relationship management software by a Big Tech company (Meta / Kustomer)

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On 27 January 2022, the Commission conditionally cleared Meta’s (formerly Facebook) acquisition of Kustomer, a small, innovative customer relationship manager (“CRM”) software creator. In a parallel process, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) cleared the same transaction with regard to Germany (...)

Todor Papanov, Marc Freedman, Alex Stratakis The UK Government publishes an open letter to businesses providing more clarity on its upcoming national security and investment regime

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On 20 December 2021, the UK government published an open letter to businesses providing more clarity on its upcoming national security and investment regime. The new legal framework, which the UK government calls “the biggest shake-up in 20 years of the UK’s system for screening investments”, (...)

Marc Freedman The UK Competition Authority publishes its final remittal report deciding to block a completed acquisition by sports-inspired casual footwear and apparel retailer of its rival (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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On 5 November 2021, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its final remittal report into the completed acquisition by sports-inspired casual footwear and apparel retailer JD Sports (“JD”) of rival Footasylum, deciding (once again) to block the transaction. This is the latest (...)

Marc Freedman The UK Competition Authority announces its decision to impose a record-breaking fine of £50.5M on a Big Tech company for multiple and serious breaches of an Interim Enforcement Order imposed as part of the Authority’s investigation into the company’s complete acquisition of an online provider of GIFs (Facebook / Giphy)

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On 20 October 2021, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced its decision to impose a record-breaking fine of £ 50.5 million on Facebook, for multiple (and serious) breaches of an Interim Enforcement Order (“IEO”) imposed as part of the CMA’s investigation into the tech company’s (...)

Marc Freedman, Alex Stratakis The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal endorses the Competition Authority’s broad discretion in relation to the share of supply test (Sabre / Farelogix)

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On 21 May 2021, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) unanimously dismissed an appeal by aviation technology and software supplier Sabre against the decision of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) to block its acquisition of travel industry software innovator Farelogix. Sabre’s (...)

Marc Freedman, Todor Papanov The UK Competition Authority launches a consultation on the future of national competition rules applicable to vertical agreements post Brexit

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On 10 February 2021, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) launched a consultation on the future of the UK competition rules applicable to vertical agreements. Following Brexit, the EU block exemption regulations which were in force at the end of the transition period (i.e., on 31 (...)

Marc Freedman, Todor Papanov The UK Government launches a consultation on a domestic regime for subsidy control following the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU

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On 3 February 2021, the UK Government started a consultation process regarding the UK’s future subsidy regime, which will be entirely separate from the existing EU state aid framework. Following the conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) and the end of the Brexit (...)

Marc Freedman The EU Court of Justice confirms the rebuttable presumption of decisive influence for parent companies controlling 100% of voting rights in subsidiary (Goldman Sachs)

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On 27 January 2021, the Court of Justice dismissed in its entirety an appeal by the Goldman Sachs Group (“Goldman Sachs”) against a General Court judgment upholding a European Commission’s decision finding Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for the conduct of its subsidiary, Prysmian SpA (...)

Marc Freedman The EU Commission and the UK Government publish an agreement governing post-Brexit trade relations that includes provisions on competition law enforcement and cooperation

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The Trade Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) includes various provisions regulating EU and UK competition law enforcement and cooperation, which became effective as of 1 January 2021. Competition law and merger control The TCA provides for a mutual commitment from the UK and the EU to maintain (...)

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