Marc Israel

Partner, London


“He manages to translate relatively complex communications into stuff we can all understand as commercial beings.” “He has a rare quality of being very strategic, he gets the business objective we are trying to pursue.”

“He is responsive, available, commercial, sound and plugged in.”
Chambers UK 2024


Marc Israel is a partner in our global Antitrust practice based in London.

He has considerable experience in a wide range of antitrust work and has been involved in some of the most high-profile UK and European cases in recent years in the fields of M&A, cartels and antitrust litigation.

Much of Marc’s work involves dealing with cross-border cases (both for UK and overseas clients) and he regularly represents clients before the UK and European competition authorities, and has also appeared before the UK and European courts in competition cases.

Highlighted cases, some of which established legal precedents now reflected in guidance published by the relevant antitrust agencies.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Ireland (non-practicing)
Legal Practice Course
The College of Law, London
Common Professional Examination
The College of Law, London
Master of Arts
University of Cambridge
Modern & Medieval Languages
St. John's College
University of Cambridge


Representation of Brookfield Infrastructure Group, partnering with GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund), on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming requiring antitrust clearances in several jurisdictions including a remedy (agreed up-front) in Australia

Representation of EQT, the leading Swedish private equity firm, on the acquisition of Trimb, by its portfolio company – Karo Pharma – and securing from the Swedish Competition Authority a Phase 1 clearance with remedies limited to only one product despite overlaps in a number of product categories

Representation of JLA in connection with the Phase 2 investigation in the UK relating to its acquisition of its major competitor, Washstation, and limiting remedies

Representation of Virgin Active on several transactions, either acquiring or selling health clubs, securing unconditional clearance from the UK authorities for the acquisition of Esporta, and minor divestments on the sale of c. 30 clubs to David Lloyd

Representation of French-listed company, Loxam, on antitrust matters and securing unconditional clearance from the CMA on various UK acquisitions, despite relatively high market shares

Representation of a leading airline in connection with the CMA’s investigation into Sabre’s proposed acquisition of Farelogix and successfully arguing against the merger which was prohibited in the UK (despite being cleared in the US)

Representation of Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs on their joint acquisition of the private equity portfolio of the National Bank of Greece

Representation of BATS Global Markets Inc. on its acquisition of Chi-X to create the largest pan-European equities trading platform, which was cleared unconditionally by the UK’s competition authorities following an in-depth review

Representation of DC Thomson on its acquisition of Friends Reunited from ITV, which was cleared unconditionally by the UK's competition authorities following an in-depth review

Representation of Mitsubishi Rayon Company on its acquisition of Lucite, one of the first mergers cleared by MOFCOM in China based on behavioural remedies

Awards and Recognition

Band Two – Competition Law, Chambers UK 2024

Leading Individual – Corporate and Commercial – EU & Competition, Legal 500 UK 2024

Marc is recommended in the Global Competition Review 100