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Marc Martens

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Regulatory, Public and Administrative Law Group in Brussels.


Marc is the co-head of our International Life Sciences Group and of our Regulatory, Public and Administrative Law Group in Brussels. He provides the full range of advice in these fields, specialising in life sciences, he provides strategic advice to Belgian and international pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies as well as industry associations facing complex regulatory frameworks. Marc's areas of expertise cover issues relating to life-cycle management, data exclusivity, marketing and reimbursement authorisations and clinical trials. He advises numerous biotech companies and deals with a wide range of issues regarding Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products as well as cells and tissues. His expertise also covers a full range of public procurement, environmental law, REACH, RoHS, WEES and other Belgian and EU regulatory issues. He advises companies, public bodies and industry associations on related matters. Marc regularly publishes and speaks on life sciences regulatory topics and provides an introduction to Biotech Law at the University of Brussels.


Before joining Bird & Bird Marc worked a.o. for the Vice-Prime Minister in Belgium as expert in the field of re-organization and privatization of public enterprises and as a Research Assistant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in the field of Public Law.


Marc speaks French, Dutch and English.


Member of the Board of the Belgian Biotech sector organisation BIO.BE.


Law degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Degree in Public & Administrative Law from the University of Brussels.


Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Bird & Bird advises its clients – many of which are active in the TMT and life sciences sectors – on leasing arrangements, environmental issues and real estate financing. Tax specialist Brent Springael and corporate partner Marc Martens are the names to note.

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Belgium: EU regulatory


Within: Food

The ‘outstanding’ group at Bird & Bird has ‘great business sense’. Among its recent work, group head Marc Martens and recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle advised Juice Plus+ on various food supplements and labelling issues. Dr. Oetker, Creta Farm and Kraft Heinz are also clients.

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Information technology

Within: Information technology

Bird & Bird is at the forefront of trends in the IT regulatory space, with expertise in IT contracts, cybersecurity, public procurement, outsourcings and complex litigation. Benoit Van Asbroeck recently advised the EC as part of the Coco-cloud project consortium. Marc Martens is also recommended.

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Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Within: Leading individuals

Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Within: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Among Bird & Bird’s recent matters, it advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline. It also advised Teva on the development of EU strategies for public procurement and mobile medical applications. Marc Martens heads a group that includes recently promoted counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle, who has strong expertise in the use of biological material for therapeutic applications and scientific research.

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Privacy and data protection

Within: Privacy and data protection

Benoit Van Asbroeck’s group at Bird & Bird regularly assists with GDPR compliance, data breaches, the processing of sensitive data and other data protection issues. Marc Martens and senior associate Julien Debussche are also key contacts. The firm is part of a consortium advising on an EU-funded big-data project.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Marc Martens - Bird & Bird

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird has a leading position in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, sector organisations and manufacturers. In the biotech space, the team recently advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline, and Bone Therapeutics on regulatory issues connected to its product portfolio. Practice head Marc Martens has broad contentious and non-contentious experience, Jean-Christophe Troussel specialises in IP and technology and Bruno Vandermeulen excels in pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. Nicolas Carbonnelle, who was recently made up to counsel, often advises on the use of biological material for research and manufacturing, including of advanced therapy medicinal products.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Bird & Bird enjoys global recognition for its IT and telecoms experience. It has developed a strong data protection practice, which often handles cross-border matters; Benoit Van Asbroeck is a key contact in this field. In a recent highlight, Van Asbroeck, senior associate Julien Debussche and associate Jasmien César advised SAP on data protection, pseudonynimization and anonymisation techniques and IT-related issues concerning the client’s ‘enterprise threat detection’ product. Marc Martens assists TMT sector companies with public law questions and public procurement. Other clients include Proximus, Epson Europe and Jot Internet Media.

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