Antitrust Law , Competition Law
Thomas Wilson is one of the founding partners of Kirkland’s Brussels office and heads the Brussels competition team.
Thomas advises on the full spectrum of competition law, including EU, German and international merger control, cartels, state aid and antitrust compliance as well as foreign direct investment matters. He has played a lead role in a large number of high-profile and industry-transforming mergers, including in 5 EU Phase II investigations. Thomas also regularly represents clients before the German Federal Cartel Office. He is also a part-time lecturer at King’s College London for the Post-Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law.
Thomas counsels large corporates (e.g. AbbVie, Celanese) as well as some of the world’s leading private equity firms such as SK Capital, GTCR, Warburg Pincus, Audax and Clearlake. According to recent client feedback, “Thomas takes a focused business/market approach, provides clear client advice and project manages flawlessly on complex, global regulatory processes”.
Thomas regularly speaks at competition law conferences, frequently publishes on practically relevant topics and has been consistently recognized for his work by legal directories. He has been recognised as a “Thought Leader” in GCR’s Who’s Who Legal 2020–2022 editions and featured in ‘GCR 100’ (2021). According to GCR’s Who’s Who Legal 2022 edition, Thomas is commended by clients for his “inside-out knowledge of competition law” and “in-depth experience of EU merger control rules”.
Kirkland’s Brussels office assists clients with their antitrust needs across Europe, working closely with our London antitrust team. Our lawyers handle cases before the European Commission and courts, with particular experience in merger control. The team advises on challenging and novel cases involving a variety of transaction structures, including matters with fix-it-first solutions, carve out divestments packages and behavioural remedies. The team also has significant experience with foreign direct investment filings in Europe and globally, and adeptly navigates European and U.K. regulator relationships.