Partner – EU & Competition Law - Commercial
Marc is a seasoned competition and commercial lawyer (Belgian and French qualified) with extensive European experience in private practice and multinational companies. His focus is on EU/competition law, supply chain commercial contracts, regulatory and compliance.
Marc is a “client first” oriented lawyer who aims to deliver creative solutions using a pragmatic approach based on his 30 years of expertise and his acquired “know-how”. He thrives on helping companies sustain their business and adopt successful growth strategies by providing practical advice on their projects and by proactively assisting them in litigation matters and regulatory proceedings.
Marc’s experience has been gained within the Big 4, reputable law firms and as managing partner in addition to his international expertise in commercial/distribution and antitrust matters in various industries at the EMEA level.
Marc advises clients on structuring their business in Europe, negotiating and drafting international commercial agreements. He has strong expertise in selective distribution for luxury goods companies. Marc also represents his clients in litigation matters including arbitration related to the execution of such agreements.
He also provides assistance on Belgian and EU competition law in the context of merger control, notifications, compliance programs, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, dawn raids, complaints, state aids and regulatory matters.
Marc also acts for French clients (individuals and companies) wishing to do business in Belgium.
He is a member of the Brussels and the Paris Bar.
Marc regularly publishes articles and lectures on various subjects of commercial and competition law. He is a member of the CCI France-Belgique and the International Distribution Institute (IDI). He speaks fluent French and English.
Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation
The European Commission (the "Commission") has recently published a draft revision of the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption...Article | Posted: 15 Dec 2021
"we have worked with Marc for over 10 years. He has guided us through many corporate transactions and legal matters. He has always given us good counsel and handled our legal matters to our utmost satisfaction. Besides handling the current matters, Marc has always been proactive and given us vision on what needs to be done in the future to stay compliant with the many legal changes that occur in both Belgium and the EU. Being based in the United States, this is particularly important to us. Also, as we are a global company with offices around the world, having a strong legal partner in each country is vital. I would highly recommend Marc Picat for any company for their legal matters."
Jon Husley, CEO ITT
"J'ai collaboré avec Marc à plusieurs occasions et toujours avec beaucoup de succès : c'est un excellent professionnel, particulièrement dans le domaine de la concurrence mais aussi du droit des affaires de manière plus générale. Il est très proche de ses clients qu'il accompagne avec grand professionnalisme et une approche pratique très pointue."
Frank Buffaud, Avocat
EU & competition law, commercial, supply chain contracts, regulatory, compliance
Qualifications and Professional Bodies
- AB Legal
- Taylor Wessing (Managing Partner of Brussels office)
- PWC / Landwell
- Arthur Andersen International