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Marc Reysen
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Marc is a German-trained lawyer with a PhD from Bonn, an LLM from Edinburgh and extensive experience advising German as well as international clients on all aspects of EU and German competition law as well as international strategies. A founding partner of the competition boutique RCAA, he shares his time between Brussels and Frankfurt. His practice focuses on complex merger, advisory, and cartel matters in which he combines deep experience with RCAA’s signature hands-on approach.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN COMPETITION LAW?

Curiosity and the ability to help shape the world we live in. Where else do you have the opportunity to learn about other businesses every day, advise on how they will position themselves to meet future challenges, and advocate on their behalf?

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF ESTABLISHING A COMPETITION BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM?

The biggest challenge is a practical one: dealing with the complexity of a multitude of tasks – providing legal advice, actively developing the business and actually running the operations. Thus, we need to be very focused. The exciting upside is that we are able to determine where we want to go and implement new ideas rapidly.

HOW DOES YOUR FIRM STAND OUT FROM OTHER COMPETITORS IN THE MARKET?

Clients have remarked that what really makes a difference is full partner commitment and the experience we bring to the case in every matter we take on. In addition, our international activities
and familiarity with local law firms in many jurisdictions ideally position RCAA to effectively guide clients through the maze of multi-jurisdictional competition laws.

WHAT QUALITIES MAKE A SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION PRACTITIONER?

The ability to listen, open mindedness, intellectual rigour in the analysis and attention to detail when delivering advice to or advocating for the client.

ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES CURRENTLY FACING ANTITRUST LAWYERS IN EUROPE?

European antitrust lawyers are not alone in facing tighter legal budgets that require more efficient provision of legal advice, technological changes – in particular the use of artificial intelligence – that impact the way we produce advice and the international spread of competition laws which often requires advice to be put into a global context. Some of these work in favour of firms such as RCAA – such as a focus on efficiency or the use of AI for large audits or document heavy cartel investigations. Overall, the key is to remain focused on what you are good at and be aware of how your practice needs to evolve to be able to effectively meet client expectations.

THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE SEEN HIGH LEVELS OF MERGER ACTIVITY GLOBALLY – HOW HAS THIS AFFECTED YOUR PRACTICE?

Merger review has always been and continues to be a significant part of our practice. One change we have seen is increasing demand for more sophisticated advice to third parties as markets consolidate. This type of advice is exciting in that it brings a new perspective to merger control work while still requiring the intellectual rigour required for successful advocacy work.

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Dr Marc Reysen LLM is a co-founder of Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy (RCAA), a competition boutique that reintroduces a sense of personal commitment to the provision of competition law advice.

Brussels-based, Marc advises clients on various issues of European and German competition law and represents clients before the European Commission and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office. Besides his focus on merger control and general advisory work, Marc has advised and defended clients in a number of cartel investigations at national and international level, being willing to defend a client just as much as cooperating with authorities where this is called for.

Reflecting his clients’ needs in a globalising world, Marc’s practice also has a special focus on developing compliance strategies for regional and global businesses. For this purpose, he works closely with a number of other law firms that provide specific local input to develop approaches that are in line with a client’s global policies and accommodate local specificities.

Marc is applying RCAA’s signature hands-on approach throughout his work: it impacts how he advises owners, investors, and buyers on merger control matters in ways that go beyond the filling out of forms. It makes him roll up his sleeves to help clients face the multi-jurisdictional challenges of devising global distribution systems. It gives him a sense of context when he uses down-to-earth language to explain that successful antitrust compliance depends on ethical business values as well as legal tools.

Marc holds law degrees from the Universities of Bonn and Edinburgh. He currently serves as the senior-vice chair of the antitrust committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).

WWL says: The "hugely smart" Marc Reysen has a broad depth of experience advising international clients on EU and German competition law.

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