Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)

Thomas McGrath

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
Senior Associate

Tom is a senior associate in the antitrust, competition and trade group. His practice covers all areas of EU, UK and international competition law, from merger control to cross-border investigations into anti-competitive behaviour. He has extensive experience of EU, UK and global merger filings and has advised clients on several complex Phase I and Phase II merger control filings requiring remedies to the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority as well as other international competition authorities. Tom also regularly advises on cross-border investigations into anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance, global antitrust compliance and best practice, and EU and domestic aviation regulation., Tom has advised clients across a broad range of sectors, including air transportation, fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, heavy industries, telecommunications and media.


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1044 Bulletin

Megan Yeates, Theodore Souris, Thomas McGrath, Martin McElwee The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, in a merger case involving two companies providing technology solutions to the travel industry, confirms the Competition Authority’s broad discretion to review deals with limited UK nexus (Sabre / Farelogix)


In a continuing trend of increased regulatory intervention in deals globally, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal) has confirmed that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has broad discretion to claim jurisdiction over mergers, even where one party has very limited and indirect (...)

Alastair Chapman, Sascha Schubert, Thomas McGrath, Thomas Wessely The EU Court of Justice clarifies that the suspension obligation only applies to actions of the merging parties which contribute to the change in control of the target undertaking (EY / KPMG)


On 31 May 2018, the EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) gave judgment in the EY / KPMG case on whether the EU suspension obligation was violated when KPMG’s Danish unit terminated a material contract prior to receiving competition clearance for its merger with Ernst & Young (EY). The ECJ concluded (...)

Alastair Chapman, Sascha Schubert, Thomas McGrath, Sneha Ramakrishnan The EU Commission fines a multinational cable and telecommunications company €124.5 million for breaching EU Merger Regulation by implementing its acquisition before the approval by the Commission (Altice / PT Portugal)


The European Commission (Commission) announced today its decision to fine multinational cable and telecoms company Altice €124.5 million for breaching the EU Merger Regulation by implementing its 2015 acquisition of a telecommunications operator, PT Portugal, before notification to, or approval (...)

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