Michael Madden


Michael is a Partner in our EU & Antitrust team and is a regulatory specialist with almost 20 years’ experience.  

As well as advising on State aid, merger control and antitrust matters, he has extensive experience advising clients on sectoral regulation with particular expertise in media and telecoms. Michael has a background as a competition economist and previously worked with 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 University College Dublin and the University of Western Sydney and has contributed to a wide variety of publications on competition and regulatory matters.


  • Antitrust, Merger Control and State Aid
  • Media and Communications
  • Regulated Industries

Representative Matters

  • Michael advises clients on merger notifications to the CCPC and the European Commission.  

  • Having particular expertise on the Irish media merger regime, Michael has advised Virgin Media on its acquisitions of TV3 and UTV Ireland.  More recently, Michael advised 21st Century Fox on its proposed acquisition of Sky and in respect of Disney’s proposed acquisition of 21st Fox assets.  

  • Michael has also advised Discovery Communications in respect of its acquisition of Scripps Network Interactive, in which we were successful in persuading the Department of Communications that the merger did not trigger under the Irish media merger regime.


Chambers & Partners 2019

Very knowledgeable lawyer” who “ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand”.

Legal 500, 2019

Next Generation Lawyer”, Michael Madden “ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand”.

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Areas of Expertise

Competition & Antitrust Media & Telecoms

Professional Memberships

The Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of England and Wales


University College Dublin, BA & MA (Economics)

Trinity College Dublin, Diploma in Statistics

Kings College London, Diploma in EU Law