Tom Pick, Partner - Competition, Regulatory and Trade
I am a partner in the Competition, Regulatory and Trade group of the Brussels office of Fieldfisher.
My practice focuses on all aspects of EU and German competition law, including behavioral antitrust and antitrust litigation, merger control, cartels and State aid. I also have significant experience in advising clients on competition compliance matters and policies, in particular the set-up of internal competition compliance programs and the running of related competition law and dawn raid trainings. My 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 European Commission in Brussels and national competition authorities. Specific sector expertise exists in energy, transport, chemicals, tobacco products, consumer electronics, steel and agrochemicals.
My 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 in abuse of dominance scenarios.
As far as merger control is concerned, I represent notifying parties or targets, and I act 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, I am 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, I regularly counsel public authorities, private parties (including third parties) on all aspects of EU State aid laws and regulations.
After having graduated from the University of Bonn and completed an LL.M at the University of Edinburgh I started practicing as a competition lawyer at UK firm Hammonds in Brussels in 1998 (where I became partner in 2007). After the merger with Squire Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) I left the firm in 2011 and ran my own boutique competition practice for a couple of years before joining the Brussels office of Belgian firm DBB as partner responsible for the competition practice. In November 2016 I then joined Fieldfisher's Brussels office as the resident competition law partner.
I am a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and have published numerous articles on European and German competition law. I am sitting on the Editorial Board of renowned publication "World Competition – Law and Economics Review" and am the Editor responsible for the Europe Section of the "Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law". I am Member of the German Bar, the Brussels Bar (E-List), the British-German Jurists Association, the Belgisch-Deutsche Juristenvereinigung and of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V..
In addition to my native German, I speak English and French fluently.