Maikel Van Wissen

Maikel van Wissen

Managing Associate, Brussels

"I am an experienced competition lawyer, advising clients on complex national, European and global competition law matters. Clients value my "can do" mentality, combining in-depth knowledge and strategic insights, with a strong commercial sense for what drives businesses."


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Maikel is a Managing Associate in our global competition practice, based in Brussels. He also heads the Linklaters competition practice in the Netherlands.

Maikel’s experience spans from complex transactional to contentious competition law cases. He represents clients in merger control reviews before the European Commission, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets as well as regulatory authorities worldwide. He has significant experience handling antitrust investigations by national and international competition authorities, compliance issues, self-reporting and follow-on litigation. Maikel has a strong track record in contentious matters before the European and national courts.

His practice spans many industries and sectors, including financial services, FinTech, media, telecom, food services and healthcare. He also has significant experience advising private equity houses and financial sponsors on a range of competition law issues.


Work highlights:

Maikel has been a key adviser in many significant competition cases. His recent experience includes:
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in relation to its £46bn recommended offer for Shire plc, the largest ever outbound M&A deal by a Japanese company
  • SIX Group in relation to its US $3bn partnership with Worldline, creating a pan-European payments provider
  • A consortium of international banks in relation to the set-up of Payconiq. Payconiq is the first international cross-border payments service that enables consumers to make online, on-the-go and peer-to-peer payments
  • Recruit Holdings Co. on its €1.42bn all-cash tender offer for USG People
  • Air France-KLM in defence of multiparty follow-on litigation in the Netherlands relating to the the European Commission's Air Cargo decision
  • A healthcare company in one of the EC’s recent reverse payment investigations
  • Mediahuis on its public offer for Telegraaf Media Groep, creating a leading multimedia company in the Dutch-Belgian market
  • EQT and Investor in relation to their sale (US $4 billion) to Baxter International of Gambro, a globally leading manufacturer of dialysis devices

Professional experience

Maikel is a former board member of the Dutch Competition Lawyers Association and an editor of one of the leading Dutch competition journals. He regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of EU competition law topics, including innovations in competition law and antitrust damages litigation.

Recent publications include:

Maikel van Wissen & others, "Interview with Johannes Laitenberger – a competition case handler who became Director-General", MP, December 2017

Maikel van Wissen & Tetske Welling, "Collective redress of damages: legislative proposal on collective redress actions", MP, February 2017

Maikel van Wissen & Lodewick Prompers, “Big Data, Big Concerns? EU Competition Law Implications of the Changing Role of Big Data in the Financial Services Industry”, Competition Policy International, December 2016

Education and qualifications

Maikel studied law at the University of Amsterdam, as well as at L'Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza".

He speaks English, Dutch and conversational Italian.