Michael is a Partner in our Competition & Antitrust team and is a regulatory specialist with almost 20 years’ experience. He has extensive experience advising clients on economic and sectoral regulation and leads our media and telecoms practice.
Michael also has a background as a competition economist and previously worked for the Irish telecoms regulator, ComReg. This allows him to bring unique mix of experience and expertise to bear in advising clients on regulatory matters and in ensuring a practical and effective approach to engagement with national and EU regulators.
Michael has taught economics at various Irish and international universities and has contributed to a wide variety of publications on competition and regulatory matters
Media and Telecommunications
State Aid, Merger Control and Antitrust
Advises clients on merger notifications to the CCPC and the European Commission.
Advised RBS on merger control aspects of its proposed outsourcing of cash processing services.
Advised Liberty Mutual on its merger control notification to the CCPC in connection with its acquisition of Ironshore insurance.
Advised Liberty International on its merger control notification to the European Commission in connection with its acquisition of the Quinn Insurance business.
Advises a major motor insurer in connection with the CCPC’s competition investigation into the insurance sector.
Advised Expedia on the CCPC’s investigation into ‘most favoured nation’ clauses.
Advised in respect of the European Commission’s abuse of dominance investigation into Google.
Advises both public and private clients on the interpretation and application of State aid law, including on making and defending State aid complaints.
Advising the Department of Communications on State aid aspects of its National Broadband Plan, including on the State aid notification to the European Commission. Other clients in this area include Science Foundation Ireland, National Treasury Management Agency, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, various universities and Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.
“He is a very knowledgeable lawyer who is very good at covering our bases.”
“Next Generation Lawyer”, Michael Madden “ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand”.
"Provides very definitive, comprehensive and authoritative answers with very quick turnaround times."
Michael Madden is “attentive on even the smallest of issues”.
Michael ‘impresses clients with his wide range of regulatory and commercial experience.’
Michael is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in telecoms and attracts praise as a 'strong tactician’