Thomas Funke advises on German and EU cartel investigations, antitrust litigation, distribution strategies and merger control.
In the European Court of Justice and the German Supreme Court, Thomas helped secure decisions in Akzo v Commission (T-345/12), CDC v Commission (T-437/08), the Hydrogen Peroxide litigation (C-352/13) and the German BGH Coffee Roaster case.
As lead counsel in German and EU antitrust investigations, Thomas has represented key players from the automotive, energy, banking and technology sectors. He recently defended a multinational technology company in EU cartel investigations and secured expedited German merger clearances for several multibillion-euro life sciences transactions from the Federal Cartel Office.
Leading the competition practice at Osborne Clarke, Thomas represents the German offices in the firm’s International Council. He splits his time between Brussels and Cologne.
He has been recognised as a leading expert for the EU competition framework for the automotive sector. With a focus on aftermarket competition as well as connected and autonomous vehicles, he heads his firm’s international transport & automotive sector initiative.
Thomas has spoken at the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting and other international competition conferences. He has published on the EU block exemptions, antitrust procedure, energy regulation, internet platform retailing and merger control.
In addition to an IBA diploma in international competition law and his German qualification, Thomas earned a certificate from the University of California and a Master's degree from the University of Virginia (LLM), as well as a doctorate in law from Bonn University (Dr jur).
WWL says: The "go-to guy" for German antitrust litigation and all types of competition work in the motor vehicle sector
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