Michael is a partner in our Competition & Antitrust team.
With almost 20 years’ experience, he is a regulatory specialist with particular expertise in advising on Irish and EU media and telecoms regulation.
Michael advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of Irish and EU audiovisual media services law, including well known video-sharing platforms on changes brought about by the revised AVMS Directive.
He also advises many high profile online platforms on the regulation of harmful content and online safety regimes. This is increasingly relevant as many jurisdictions, including Ireland, seek to minimise the online availability of harmful content through regulation.
Michael also has intimate knowledge of the Irish and EU telecoms regulatory frameworks. He advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of telecoms regulation. He also advises many well-known online service providers on the scope and application of the new European Electronic Communications Code which will bring many such companies within the scope of telecoms regulation for the first time.
He advises clients on competition law matters, in particular in relation to media merger control and State aid.
Prior to joining Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, Michael worked with the telecoms regulator, ComReg. This allows him to bring a 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 at Irish and international universities and contributes to a wide variety of publications on 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.
Michael provides "expert legal advice" that is "supported by in-depth sector knowledge".
Michael Madden is ranked as a "Next Generation Partner"
“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”.