Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)

Thomas Graf

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Mr. Graf’s practice focuses on EC competition law, regulatory affairs, and intellectual property law. His experience includes work in a number of industries, including, IT, pharmaceuticals, media, sports rights, energy, and engineering. Mr. Graf has represented clients in many landmark cases before the European Commission, national competition authorities, and the European Courts.


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13549 Bulletin

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Patrick Bock, Thomas Graf, Andris Rimsa, Vladimir Novak, Edward Dean, Sophie Donnelly The EU Commission seeks public comments on draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and vertical restraints guidelines


The European Commission (“EC”), on July 9, 2021 [1], published its long-anticipated proposed update of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation [2] (“VBER”) and the corresponding draft Vertical Restraints Guidelines (“Vertical Guidelines”) [3] for public consultation and comment by September 17, 2021 (...)

George S. Cary, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Graf, Leah Brannon, Richard Pepper, Henry Mostyn, Alexis R. B. Lazda, Savannah Haynes, Kristi Georgieva, Jan Przerwa Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19: The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extreme demand and price volatility for certain products, as well as fluctuations in firms’ costs. As firms struggle to manage these changes, agencies are aggressively seeking to show they are preventing consumer exploitation—for example, as a result of (...)

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Thomas Graf The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigations on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)


On May 18, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 investigation of its acquisition of WhatsApp The magnitude of the fine dwarfs the few penalties the Commission has imposed in the past for (...)

Thomas Graf The EU Court of Justice renders its judgment on licensing of satellite broadcasting holding that national law blocking the importation of foreign decoders is contrary to the freedom to provide services (Football Association Premier League)


The Court of Justice Speaks On Licensing Of Satellite Broadcasting* On October 4, the European Court of Justice rendered its judgment in Premier League v QC Leisure. The Court concludes that blocking the importation of Greek pay-TV decoders into the UK restricts the freedom to provide services (...)

Thomas Graf The Advocate General Kokott renders her opinion holding that the principle of exhaustion applies to the transmission of live football matches in the same way as to physical products (Football Association Premier League)


UK Pubs And Greek Decoders – The Implications Of The Premier League Case For The Dissemination Of Digital Content* The European Court of Justice is expected to render its judgment in Premier League v QC Leisure in the next few months. At the heart of the case, lies the question whether (...)

Thomas Graf The EU General Court fines a company for abuse of a dominant position in the pharmaceutical sector addressing the issues of market definition and dominance analysis (AstraZeneca)


The General Court’s Judgment In AstraZeneca, Lessons For Market Definition And Dominance Analysis* On July 1, 2010, the European General Court rendered its judgment in the AstraZeneca case, dismissing for the most part AstraZeneca’s appeal against the Commission’s infringement decision of June (...)

798 Review

Douglas H. Ginsburg, Frédéric Jenny, Joshua D. Wright, Thomas Graf Patents: Can antitrust authorities contribute to fixing the dysfunctional patent system? (New Frontiers of Antitrust, Paris, 21 February 2014)


This second roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust” (Paris, 21 February 2014) was dedicated to the: “Patents: Can antitrust authorities contribute to fixing the dysfunctional patent system?”. This roundtable acknowledges the fact that there is an increasing number of cases at the (...)


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