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Thought Leaders - Competition 2021
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

“Thomas is one of the finest lawyers in the area of antitrust litigation”
“He really rocks the claims litigation world in Germany”
“I very much like working with him”

Biography

Thomas Funke is the co-head of the international competition practice at Osborne Clarke.

In the European Court of Justice and Germany’s Supreme Court, Thomas obtained ground-breaking decisions in Hydrogen Peroxide (C-352/13), Akzo v Commission (T-345/12), CDC v Commission (T-437/08) and the BGH Coffee Roaster litigation. He represents Deutsche Bahn in one of the largest follow-on actions against the EU trucks cartelists.

The European Commission retained him to defend its E.ON/Innogy and RWE/E.ON merger clearances against sixteen third-party challenges in the EU General Court. Thomas secured German merger clearances for several multi-billion transactions in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. He recently represented Lekkerland before the European Commission and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt and helped his client win merger clearances for its heavily contested acquisition by REWE.

Thomas has represented leniency recipients and negotiated settlements with the Bundeskartellamt. He successfully defended industry leaders in European Commission antitrust investigations - including a global automotive component supplier, a leading German retail group and a digital champion from North America.

Thomas is a recognised antitrust expert for the automotive sector. He has published on the EU block exemptions, antitrust procedure, energy regulation, vertical restraints, merger control, data access and digital antitrust.

Thomas has spoken at the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting and chaired international antitrust conferences. He is recommended in Chambers Global, Legal500, GCR, Handelsblatt, Juve, and Wirtschaftswoche.

In addition to an IBA diploma in 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 (LL.M.), as well as a doctorate from Bonn University (Dr. jur.).

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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