Tom Pick is a “great lawyer” who stands out for his deep knowledge of EU and German competition law and regulation.
Tom Pick is a partner in Fieldfisher's Brussels office where he leads the competition team. Tom, who is German-qualified, has been practising competition law in Brussels for over 20 years focusing on all aspects of EU and German competition law, including behavioural antitrust and antitrust litigation, merger control, cartels and state aid. He also has significant experience in advising clients on competition compliance matters and policies, in particular the set-up of internal competition compliance programmes and the running of related competition law and dawn raid trainings. His work also involves regularly representing clients on competition matters before the European courts in Luxembourg and before civil courts in Germany, as well as before the European Commission in Brussels and national competition authorities. His specific sector expertise includes energy, transport, food retail, chemicals, tobacco products, consumer electronics, steel and agrochemicals.
His expertise in antitrust covers all aspects of EU/German antitrust law, including advising on distribution, specialisation, R&D, commercialisation, production, joint-venture and technology licensing agreements, as well as advising on abuse of dominance scenarios. A particular focus of his work over the past five to six years has been advising on the interface between antitrust and IP and, particularly, disputes in the area of licensing of standard essential patents.
As far as merger control is concerned, he represents notifying parties or targets, and he acts on behalf of third-party intervenors, in merger control proceedings before the EU Commission and national competition authorities, including advising on and handling/coordinating multi-jurisdictional filings.
As regards cartels, he is regularly called upon to advise clients in cartel investigations conducted by the European Commission and/or national competition authorities, including advising on leniency, settlement and the handling of private cartel damages claims and strategies.
In the area of state aid, he regularly counsels public authorities, private parties (including third parties) on all aspects of EU state aid laws and regulations.
Tom graduated from the University of Bonn and also spent a year at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. He earned a postgraduate degree (LLM) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where his studies focused on European constitutional and substantive issues. Tom joined Fieldfisher at the end of 2016 after almost 10 years as a partner in leading UK, US and Belgian firms, including a period of almost two years where he ran his own competition boutique in Brussels.
Tom is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and has published numerous articles on European and German competition law. He sits on the editorial board of renowned publication World Competition – Law and Economics Review and is the Europe editor of the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law. He is a member of the German Bar, the Brussels Bar (E-List), the Belgian-German Lawyers’ Association and the Association of German-speaking Lawyers. Tom speaks German, English and French.
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