Thomas Janssens is the managing partner of Freshfields’ Brussels office and local practice group leader for the antitrust, competition and trade group. He has been a partner since May 2005.
Thomas specialises in EU and Belgian competition law with particular expertise in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), energy, consumer products and health-care sectors. He represents clients on the full range of antitrust matters including merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance, with an emphasis on practice before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Europe and beyond. Thomas also represents clients before the European and national courts.
He is recognised in his fields of expertise in several legal directories including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal: Competition.
Thomas was educated at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and Columbia Law School (USA), and was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1995. He has spoken and published on a variety of EU competition law topics and is co-consulting editor of Global Competition Review’s Getting the Deal Through: Dominance, a guide to the regulation of dominant firm conduct in 40 jurisdictions worldwide, now in its 12th edition for 2016. He is also vice chair of the antitrust committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) . Thomas is trilingual in English, Dutch and French.
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Thomas is the managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Brussels office and local practice group leader for the antitrust, competition and trade group.
Thomas specialises in EU and international antitrust law, covering transactional and behavioural matters. He regularly guides clients through complex multijurisdictional matters, managing cross-border challenges and parallel proceedings before several authorities as well as leading teams of Freshfields lawyers and local counsel around the world. His experience crosses a range of industry sectors with a particular focus on regulated industries including telecommunications, media and technology, where he advises a variety of media, telecoms, entertainment and technology clients. For example, he is currently guiding Liberty Global’s subsidiary Telenet, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium, through the competition law aspects of its headline €1.3 billion “fixed to mobile” acquisition of Belgium’s third largest mobile network operator, BASE.
He is an officer on the IBA’s Antitrust Committee and is a regular commentator on topics of EU and national antitrust law. He also serves as co-consulting editor of Getting the Deal Through: Dominance, a guide to the regulation of dominant firm conduct in 35 jurisdictions worldwide.
This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology which can be purchased from our Shop.
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