Thomas Funke is a favourite among peers, who praise his “strong experience in damages claims and automotive matters” and call him “an excellent litigation specialist”.
Peers and clients say:
"Thomas is strongly committed to antitrust litigation, and is an intelligent lawyer."
"He is a very good competition practitioner."
Thomas Funke advises on German and EU cartel investigations, antitrust litigation and merger control.
In the European Court of Justice and the German Supreme Court, Thomas secured 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 cartel damages case.
As lead counsel in German and EU cartel cases, Thomas has represented key players from the automotive, energy, banking and technology sectors. He recently defended a global technology group and an international tour operator in EU antitrust investigations. Thomas also secured expedited German merger clearances for several multibillion-euro life sciences transactions.
As co-leader of the international competition practice at Osborne Clarke, Thomas works from Cologne and Brussels.
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 leads his firm’s transport and automotive sector initiative in Germany.
Thomas has spoken at the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting and chaired international competition conferences. He has published extensively on the EU block exemptions, antitrust procedure, energy regulation, internet retailing, vertical restraints, damages litigation and merger control.
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 (LLM), as well as a doctorate in law from Bonn University (Dr jur).