Marcus Pollard

Competition Counsel, Hong Kong SAR

"I advise on all aspects of Hong Kong and Chinese cartel and competition law investigations, as well as competition litigation and Asian/global merger control. I focus on counselling clients through the challenges of Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance and other Asian competition law regimes."

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Marcus is a counsel in our Global Competition Practice, based in Hong Kong.

He has a range of experience based on his work in both Europe and Asia, as well being a former in-house lawyer at the Hong Kong Competition Commission. His focus is assisting clients under investigation under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance.

Marcus has taken a lead in merger control aspects of Asian and global transactions, including advice on transaction structure, handling Chinese merger filings and the coordination of other multi-jurisdictional filings.

Prior to moving to Asia, Marcus was based in Brussels and worked on a range of global cartel and antitrust matters – including investigations with complex remedy/commitment processes in the EU and China, leniency applications, and multi-national litigation.

He has experience of working with clients in several industries, including the financial services, healthcare, IT, telecommunications, food & beverage, and retail sectors.

Marcus has previously spent time on secondment to the firm’s Beijing and Milan offices.

Work highlights

Marcus has been a key adviser in many significant cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance matters. These include advising:

  • a respondent in the first enforcement proceedings before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal and Court of Appeal
  • multinational clients on ongoing confidential cartel and antitrust investigations under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance
  • CP Group on the US$10.6bn acquisition of Tesco Thailand and Malaysia
  • Advent International on the £1bn acquisition of Laird
  • EQT on the multi-jurisdictional merger control aspects of its divestment of Gambro to the healthcare company Baxter International Inc (remedies in EU, US and China)
  • Vodafone in relation to various matters including its £1bn recommended offer for of Cable & Wireless Worldwide
  • Johnson & Johnson on its US$21bn acquisition of Synthes, including the EU’s Phase 2 investigation and filings in over 15 jurisdictions
  • various Asian and global clients in the industrial, retail, healthcare, financial services and private equity sectors on competition law investigations and compliance matters across Asia and the EU

Professional experience

Marcus is described as "Up and Coming" by Chambers and that "He attracts strong praise from clients, who describe him as a "rising star with a wide breadth of experience," valuing his "client-centric approach" and the "commercially sensible advice" he provides". Marcus has also been named a Next Generation Lawyer by Legal500 and as a Future Leader in Hong Kong Who's Who Legal: Competition. 

He regularly publishes and speaks at major conferences, including on competition law and policy in Asia. His major publications include:

  • Marcus Pollard, "Great Expectations – The First Year of Hong Kong’s Competition Law Enforcement", Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 8, Issue 2, 25 February 2017
  • Getting the Deal Through, Vertical Agreements 2017 – Hong Kong, 2017
  • Marcus Pollard, "More than a cookie cutter: the global influence of European competition law", Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Volume 5, Issue 6, 1 June 2014

Education and qualifications

Marcus studied Law (with Law Studies in Europe) at St John’s College, Oxford University and Leiden University. He holds a LLM in European Law from the College of Europe (Bruges).