Marc Hansen is a partner based in the Brussels and London offices. Mr. Hansen’s practice focuses on European and UK competition law, including cartel investigations, market dominance and antitrust/IP issues. He also has considerable expertise advising on compliance issues and investigations, in particular involving corporate fraud, undisclosed commission schemes and bribery.
Mr. Hansen has represented clients in numerous cartel cases and acts as global lead counsel in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving US, EU, Japanese, Canadian, Australian, South African, Brazilian, Indian, Chinese and other enforcement authorities. He has advised clients in the most complex EU cartel cases of recent years, including Professional Video Tapes, Automotive Wire Harnesses, Emissions Controls, Prestressing Steel, Diesel Engines, Smart Card Semiconductors, High Voltage Power Cables, Battery Recycling, Industrial Batteries and several of the Automotive Components cases. Notable successes include the case which led the Commission to revise its fining policy on acquired subsidiaries (ArcelorMittal, recognized by the 2011 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards). The cartel practice includes defense against European and US civil antitrust damages claims, and Mr. Hansen has particular experience coordinating claims raised in the UK, German and Dutch courts with US class action proceedings.
Mr. Hansen has particular experience advising on antitrust and IP interface issues and advised on disputes involving leading technology standards, including automotive refrigerants, DVD, Bluray, SDMI, Tetra, 3G UMTS, and 4G-LTE. In 2009, the Financial Times recognized as “standout” the victory in the EU antitrust case against CISAC music licensing practices.
Mr. Hansen serves on the Non-Governmental Advisor Panel of the intergovernmental International Competition Network (ICN) and was a speaker at proceedings of ICN in 2008, 2010, 2011 and in 2014. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles on competition law, and has served as Co-chair of consultative groups of the European Competition Lawyers Forum on the Horizontal Guidelines (2010) and Leniency Incentives (2011). Publications like Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal, The Legal 500 UK, Chambers UK, Chambers Global (Japan Competition Law) and IFLR 1000 list him as a leading or recommended lawyer.
"Darwinism in cartel enforcement: can a farmer become a hunter? - or, why devalue a currency (or leniency incentives) if you are an import reliant country?" Competition Law & Policy Debate 1.4 (2015): 16-22.