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English, Mark

Mark J. English

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +32 2 416 5015
Fax: +32 2 416 5100

Mark English is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Brussels office. He joined the firm in 2017. Mark qualified as a solicitor (England and Wales) in 2009.

Mark’s practice covers all areas of European and UK antitrust law, with a focus on European Commission antitrust and merger control proceedings. Mark has developed a particular expertise in unilateral conduct cases and in the application of antitrust rules to intellectual property rights. Mark has extensive experience in the high-tech and aviation sectors, and has an interest in due process issues in EU antitrust enforcement.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Mark worked for several years as an associate in leading Brussels antitrust practices, and was a “blue book” trainee in the Hearing Office for DG Competition of the European Commission.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (UK), a postgraduate diploma from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, UK), and a master’s degree from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).

Mark is fluent in French and has an intermediate level in Spanish.

  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • Finnair
  • SAS
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • IATA
  • United Airlines
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in the European Commission “exclusivity payments” investigation (Case AT.40220) and the subsequent application for the annulment of the European Commission decision before the EU General Court (Case T-235/18 Qualcomm, Inc. v Commission)
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in the European Commission “predation” investigation (Case AT.39711) and the subsequent application for the annulment of the European Commission decision before the EU General Court (Case T-671/19 Qualcomm, Inc. v Commission)
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in respect of merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors in the EU (Case M.8306) and other jurisdictions (China, S. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Mexico, and Russia)
  • Counsel to Qualcomm in various EU antitrust advisory matters, in respect both of chip supply and of intellectual property-related / licensing activities
  • Counsel to Samsung in the European Commission standard essential patent investigation and settlement (Case AT.39939 Samsung – Enforcement of UMTS Standard Essential Patents)
  • Counsel to Singapore Airlines in respect of EU merger control aspects of the divestment of its shareholding in Virgin Atlantic to Delta (Case M.6828)
  • Counsel to Finnair, SAS and IATA in various EU antitrust advisory matters
  • Counsel to a Japanese multinational in a European Commission cartel investigation
  • College of Europe
    (LL.M., European Community Law, 2007)
    • “Very good” / “Très bien”
  • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
    (Legal Practice Course, with distinction, 2006)
  • The University of Sheffield
    (B.A., Law with French, first class, 2004)
    • Winner of Tolley Publishing prize for outstanding academic achievement (2004)
    • Winner of the Leonie Joggerst prize for Competition Law (2004)
  • England and Wales, Solicitor
  • Brussels (Belgium), A-list (French-speaking bar)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP:
    • Associate, 2011-2017
  • Howrey LLP:
    • Associate, 2010-2011
  • Hearing Office for DG Competition, European Commission:
    • “Blue Book” Trainee, 2009-2010
  • Pinsent Masons LLP:
    • Trainee Solicitor, 2007-2009
  • Named “Future Leader” in Competition by Who’s Who Legal (Global Competition Review) (2017‑2021)
  • Named “Rising Star” in Competition and Antitrust by Expert Guides / Euromoney (2019)


  • Member of editorial team of the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice (JECLAP), Oxford University Press (2016-present)
  • Chapter on EU Competition Law and the Rail Sector in EU Competition Law and Regulation in the Transport Sector, Second Edition, edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco and Ben Van Houtte, Oxford University Press (2017)
  • An assessment of injunctions, patents and standards following the Court of Justice’s Huawei/ZTE ruling, JECLAP, co-authored with Miguel Rato (2016)
  • IP and Antitrust: Recent Developments in EU Law, chapter in Communications and Competition Law: Key Issues in the Telecoms, Media and Technology Sectors, International Bar Association / Wolters Kluwer, co-authored with Miguel Rato (2015)
  • IP and Antitrust – EU, GCR Know-how, assisting Miguel Rato (2014-present)
  • Chapter on Competition Law on the State in Understanding EU Internal Market Law, Third Edition, Norbert Reich / Annette Nordhausen / Jeremy Scholes, Intersentia (2014)
  • Procedural rights in EU antitrust enforcement – fifty years on, chapter in Scrutinizing Internal and External Dimensions of European Law, Peter Lang / College of Europe, co-authored (2013)
  • EU competition law developments in the aviation sector, EU Air & Space Law, co-authored (2010)
  • Transparency and process: do we need a new mandate for the Hearing Officer?, European Competition Journal, contribution as a member of the ECLF Working Group on Transparency and Process (2010)
  • An offer you can’t refuse? An analysis of EC cartel settlement, Derecho de la Competencia Europeo y Español, Vol. X, edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco, Dykinson (2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture – College of Europe, Bruges – Standard-essential patents: FRAND royalties, the Huawei judgment, and its aftermath (2018 and 2019)
  • Lecture – Brussels School of Competition, EU competition procedure (2019)
  • Lecture – Derecho de la Competencia Comunitario y Español, Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, Madrid – the application of EU competition law to the transport sector (2012-present)
  • Panelist – “Chillin’ Competition” conference, Brussels, speaking on the application of EU antitrust rules to the exercise of certain intellectual property rights (2016)
  • Talk – Aviation alliances, cooperation and joint ventures, London, Competition Challenges in the Transport Sector 2016 Conference, IBC Legal (2016)
  • Workshop – The future of litigations SEPs – the Impact of Huawei v ZTE, London, Standards, Patents & Competition Conference, IBC Legal (2015)
  • Talk – Managing in a world of antitrust risk – Lessons from the frontlines in cartels, merger control and antitrust litigation: European Union, Seoul, InHouse Community Korea Outbound Symposium (2015)
  • Lecture – College of Europe, Bruges – EU competition law fundamentals (2014)
  • Lecture – Academy of European Law, Trier – EU policy towards vertical agreements: the block exemption regulation and its explanatory guidelines (2013)
  • Lecture – Derecho de la Competencia Comunitario y Español, Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, Madrid – European Commission enforcement procedure (2011)