Gavin Bushell

Gavin Bushell

Baker McKenzie BV/SRL


Gavin Bushell is a partner in the European Competition & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group in Brussels, where he advises clients on EU competition and merger control law.

He has more than 20 years of experience practicing law and is a frequent speaker at legal conferences, particularly on merger control matters. In 2020, Gavin was listed as one of a limited number of practitioners in the Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition.

Gavin was individually ranked in Chambers & Partners Global - Belgium for Competition Law in Band 3. Clients appreciate that Gavin Bushell is "very quick in giving his assessment and gets to the point". He leads high-value merger control mandates that often trigger merger notifications in the EU and across multiple jurisdictions. "He goes the extra mile and finds pragmatic solutions to the problems," says another source. Clients say that Gavin Bushell is "extremely business-oriented, which makes it very easy to talk to him and to explain the practical issues." He is a key figure in the Firm's competition team, regularly advising on EU merger investigations and assisting in the co-ordination of supporting global filings. Clients appreciate his ability to handle international mandates, saying: "He has huge experience in cross-border or multi-jurisdictional filings."

In March 2012, Gavin was named by Global Competition Review as one of the top 40 of the world's leading competition practitioners in its 40 under 40 survey. He is author of a number of articles on EU competition and merger control law and is the author of the three-chapter Introduction to EU Competition Law: Mergers and Acquisitions, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Practice Focus

Gavin focuses on EU competition and merger control law, and he has acted for global companies in various sectors including aviation, bacteria, banking, beverages, food ingredients, industrial equipment, manufacturing, mining, parcel delivery services, recorded music, manufacturing, medical devices, packaging, pharmaceuticals and nuclear energy. He has broad experience in all aspects of merger transactions, as well as representing clients in litigation before the General Court of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to challenge European Commission decisions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represents a company in the construction chemicals investigation by the European Commission.

  • Represents Chr. Hansen in its EUR 12 billion merger with Novozymes.

  • Represented Sika AG in its EUR 5 billion acquisition of MBCC Group.

  • Represented Chr. Hansen in the sale of its NCD division.

  • Represented Lonza AG in the sale of its LSI business.

  • Represented Hitachi Ltd in its GBP 11 million acquisition of the ABB Power Grid business before the European Commission and coordinated the global merger filing strategy.

  • Represented Lonza and Chr. Hansen in their microbiome joint venture before the European Commission.

  • Represented Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Group before the European Commission in its EUR 1.7 billion acquisition of the Radisson Group.

  • Represented Camso in its EUR 1.7 billion acquisition by Michelin.

  • Represented AGFA in its proposed joint venture with LHG.

  • Represented one of the largest German airlines and Brussels Airlines in the acquisition of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium before several national competition authorities.

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in its USD 5.8 billion acquisition of Alere, Inc. before the European Commission to secure conditional phase I clearance in the face of an active complainant, and in securing purchaser approval for three divestment businesses subject to an upfront buyer commitment.

  • Represented Lonza in its USD 5.5 billion acquisition of Capsugel before the European Commission.

Professional Honors

  • Listed, Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition, 2020
  • Best Business Article, Mergers category - Antitrust Writing Awards, Concurrences Review in cooperation with George Washington University, 2018
  • Band 3, Chambers Europe for Competition Law, 2017
  • Listed, 40 under 40 of the World's Leading Competition Lawyers, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales - Member
  • Barreau de Bruxelles - A-List


  • Brussels~Belgium (2002)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2002)


  • English
  • French


Author, "How Illumina-ting: the EU Merger Regulation and the brutal operation of power under Article 22 EUMR," Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 20 April 2021

Author, "EU Merger Control: Life without the UK - Brexit and Beyond," Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 3 December 2020

Author, "Merger Control: To fee or not to fee, that is the question (and some practical tips)," Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 21 November 2020

Co-author, IBA Merger Working Group submission in response to the European Commission's public consultation on the White Paper on Foreign Subsidies, September 2020

Author, "EU Merger Control and the Implications from the Coronavirus Crisis," Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 20 March 2020

Author, "EU Merger Control: The Innovation Theory of Harm - The Debate Continues," Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 22 March 2018